This is a quick summary of a FREE professional development webinar I attended from the Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) group. This FridayLive session was about good practices for online education, esp. those encouraged by accreditors, states, et al.
Courses and educational programs that have on-line or distance components have existed long enough to have a history. Scholars and accrediting agencies are sincerely interested in promoting good practices that improve student learning. What are the good practices that have emerged, where did they come from, how are they implemented by individuals and by programs, and what are the interests taken by external agencies such as states and accreditors?
Guest: David McCurry, Director of Distance Education at University of South Carolina Upstate
Interviewer: Doug Eder, emeritus assessment scholar and faculty member
Moderator: Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
Summary & Resources
It was a good conversation and lots of great resources were shared (see below). The TLT group is a great organization with a long history of promoting effective teaching practices. Dr. McCurry shared the attributes of good practices in online education from “National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements” (NC-SARA). We also discussed the 2018 CHOLE Report findings and the role of the Chief Online Learning Officer (COLO).
UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
ICT – Information and Communications Technology
There is no such thing as educational technology (Dr. McCurry’s blog)
A Concierge Model for Supporting Faculty in Online Course Design (MuCurry & Mullinix)
Leading & Managing eLearning (Book Recommendation)
Take advantage of upcoming Friday Live Sessions to learn more about Teaching, Learning and Technology. Keep up the good work TLT!
I love webinars/online conferencing tools and usually participate in at least a few online meetings each week. This week I am scheduled to participate in the following 5 webinars:
- Goto Webinar Meeting with a Vendor
- Adobe Connect – Training with a DU Faculty Member who wants to use it for an online meeting
- Bb Collaborate – Meeting with ECP Directors
- Bb Collaborate – Sloan C Webinar on Competency-Based Degree Programs and Online Education
- Adobe Connect – TLT’s schMOOC
Although we’ve been using web conferencing tools for many years, there are still technical glitches that always crop up, especially if you have participants who are new to online meeting tools. If you participate in webinars, you will probably be able to relate to this funny video.
According to the Teaching, Learning and Technology Group (TLT), a schMOOC is a:
somewhat connectivist, hypothetically Massive Open Online Course. This learning experience is “somewhat” connectivist because it combines structured and non-structured, along with social and individualized, learning options (choose to connect with others — or not), and it’s hypothetically massive because it could attract large numbers of participants in theory (but in practice it won’t).
What I love about about MOOCs and schMOOCs is that they provide a wonderful opportunity to learn, grow and connect with “like-minded” colleagues. I’m currently participating in a schMOOC sponsored by TLT called the “Seven Futures of American Education 2.0 schMOOC: Perspectives, Strategies, Plans.” This FREE course is based on John Sener’s “The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World.” I met John and purchased his book at a Quality Matters conference in October of 2013 and I am very excited to have the opportunity to explore this topic with the author and other learners in this schMOOC.
This course is delivered outside of a traditional LMS environment which takes a little getting used to but it is also a bit refreshing. The course content is primarily “housed” on a google site and we use Adobe Connect for our synchronous sessions and a Google+ community for asynchronous interactions. The course has provided some good examples of effective ways to leverage online tools like Animoto and PowToon (thanks Beth!) and have inspired me to take some time to explore them further. Today we had a twitter chat which was new to me and several of my fellow schMOOCers. I hope to fully engage in this course but even if I don’t, I feel like I have already benefited from the experience.
So far I’m really enjoying all of the wonderful lifelong learning opportunities offered by MOOCs and schMOOCs and I’ll continue to take advantage of this professional development while these courses are still Free & Open.