News you can use from CCCO's Center for Academic Excellence
Teaching Excellence Update
We wish you a very happy holiday season and all the best in 2015!
New Student Help Videos
Check out the video links below!
Brown Bag Webinar
Join us Feb. 5 for a brown-bag discussion on student engagement (details below)!
New videos to pass along to students
1) a 2-minute introduction to CCCOnline courses:
2) a 2 ½-minute instructional video on the Dropbox tool in D2L (this includes an Overview, Submitting a File, and Viewing Grades/Feedback):
Webinar Alert: Virtual Brown Bag: Discussions, Announcements, Grades
When: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 1:00-2:30 PM MT
In this webinar, you’re invited to come share your own tips and tricks with colleagues! We will have an open forum on what works with regards to facilitating highly engaging discussions, writing effective news announcements, and offering succinct and useful grading feedback. (Discussions, Announcements, and Grading all are instructor evaluation categories in CCCOnline’s Teaching Excellence – TE – program.) Robust participation encouraged! Facilitators: John Ragan & Liz Dzabic, Center for Academic Excellence
Registration for this webinar closes the day prior to the session. You can register for this webinar at the Training and Professional Development Database and find registration details and instructions on the Registration Process page.
Effective Online Discussions
1) Posts which question, interpret, or add information to the discussion.
2) Posts which critique conflicting statements or ideas.
3) Posts which encourage students to interact and collaborate.
4) Posts which encourage students to share information.
5) Touch all students in a discussion (this can be done through individual responses to students, and through group posts which are addressed to several students, etc).
6) Be aware of what each student needs (some students post at a high level; others might express confusion or uncertainty, etc).
7) Know when to lead and when to be led in the discussion, by letting students take charge sometimes.
The discussion techniques established at CCCOnline reflect all of these good suggestions. By making the kinds of posts explained in this article, CCCOnline instructors would automatically be meeting the important goals of having active presence in the discussion, adding new information to the discussion, encouraging students, and engaging students.
DeCosta, M., & Palenque, S. (2014, August 11). The Art and Science of Successful Online Discussions. Faculty Focus. Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/art-science-successful-online-discussions/