Use Three-Before-Me as a Communication Strategy in a Large Class

Description The concept of “Three Before Me” pushes the responsibility of locating an answer to commonly asked questions to the student. The student must prove to the professor that he/she has contacted three different sources prior to contacting the professor. Link to example artifact(s) If you have questions regarding the material, assignments, technical issues, and/or …

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Assess Authentic Learning with Student-Generated 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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Use Social Networking Tools to Engage Students in Extended Professional 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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Use Social Networking Tools to Share with Students Brief Supplemental Content Links and Status Updates Related to Course Work

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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Use Social Bookmarking to Organize and Share Online Resources

Description Social bookmarking allows users to search, manage, organize, and save web content for personal use to revisit and/or share with others. This can be especially useful in education or academia, for example, when conducting research or collaborating with multiple individuals on a project. Instructor Testimony I Instructor: Tammy Boyd, College of Education, UCF Course …

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Set 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 & Blackwell, 2005; Mensch  & Ali, 2007). The purpose of this communication is to welcome the students, establish a comfortable class environment, …

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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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Use Problem-Based Learning to Develop Students’ Course Related Skills

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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