Social Videos

Description Instructor: Jim Hobart, Advertising/Public Relations, Nicholson School of Communication, UCF Course Title: ADV3008 Principles of Advertising Student generated video; have students create their own videos to illustrate course concepts or ideas. Share not only with other fellow students, but also with family and friends. Benefits: student-centered learning; motivation; anchored instruction Copyright concerns: Increase students’ …

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Social Networking Networks

Description A social networking service (SNS) is an online site that focuses on building social relations among people. Through social networking services, such as Facebook and Twitter, people or groups can share ideas, activities, events, and interests within their networks. Besides communicating with family and friends, SNSs can be used to interact with students and …

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Social Networking Communication

Description Instructors use social networking tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. to interact with students and engage student learning. See the following Innovative Online Teaching Practice video for details on how social networking tools may be implemented in an online course. While the focus is on Twitter, the principles are applicable to other social …

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Social Bookmarking

Description Instructor Testimony I Instructor: Tammy Boyd, College of Education, UCF Course Title: EDH 7401 – Higher Education and Public Policy Diigo has proven to be extremely useful for students in my mixed mode classes. I have had the greatest success using it with my policy classes. The students love having access to the diigo …

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Setting Discussion Expectations

Description Selecting an effective discussion topic is important, but does not guarantee an interactive, fruitful discussion. It is crucial for instructor to set the stage and establish clear expectations for how students should participate in the discussion. Learning Objectives Before designing an online discussion, think about what you want your students to learn from the …

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Send students an introductory email message before the course begins

Description Many faculty members begin their online courses by contacting students in advance of the course start date or during the first week of classes with an introductory email message (Bellafiore, 2007; Gibson and Blackwell, 2005; and Mensch and Ali, 2007). The purpose of this communication is to welcome the students, establish a comfortable class …

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Reach More Students with Targeted Office Hours

Description One of the biggest challenges instructors face with large class sizes is connecting with students individually. Often students will make use of office hours for that personal connection, but there are only so many hours in the day and teaching online adds another layer of complexity. What are targeted office hours? Have you ever …

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Provide Peer and Professor Feedback through Social Media

Description Facilitate student-instructor and student-student interactions using collaborative social media technologies. One popular web application is called Voice Thread. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio …

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Problem-Based Learning

Description Problem-Based learning Problem-Based Learning is an instructional strategy in which students learn the subject matter of a course and the related skills by solving real-world problems and reflecting on their experiences of solving the problem/s. In Problem-Based Learning, students may be given a specific course-related problem to solve or they may be provided with …

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Use Smart Phones for Student Interaction

Description Instructor Testimony I Professor: Rick Brunson, Journalism, Nicholson School of Communication, UCF Professor Brunson encourages his students to use only their smartphones to collect and file information to be used in a news story. They used voice-to-text conversion apps, digital notepads, and other applications on their smartphones to interview students, capture the information, and …

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