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1 Engaging Undergraduate Students in Large Online Classes Beverly Baliko, Mary Boyd and Vera Polyakova-Norwood College of Nursing, University of South Carolina

2 Cally Latchford 2

3 Tips for Participating in Adobe Connect Technical Tips Audio: Your computer speakers (or headphones) provide the audio. Closing other programs can improve your audio. We recommend using an updated version of Flash. Troubleshooting: Closing browser and rejoining event often corrects technical issues. Full Screen Option: During the presentation, the Full Screen button at the upper right will allow you to switch back and forth between full screen and normal view. Two additional icons are available for other viewing options. 3

4 Tips for Participating in Adobe Connect Participation Tips Use the General Chat to: Introduce yourself; Share questions or comments; Communicate a technical issue. Interactivity: We will use polls and additional chats throughout the event for interaction. Slides & Handouts: Download PPTs from Slides & Handouts pod. Evaluation: Link and instructions provided at the conclusion of today s event. 4

5 Beverly Baliko 5

6 Mary Boyd 6

7 Vera Polyakova- Norwood 7

8 Engaging Undergraduate Students in Large Online Classes

9 Learning Outcomes Describe an effective learning environment for teaching large online classes Identify teaching strategies and learning activities for engaging large groups of undergraduate students online Select technologies for presenting course content, supporting teaching and learning activities, and creating social presen 9

10 USC College of Nursing Selected BSN courses are delivered online. MSN and DNP degrees and NP certificate program are delivered primarily online. 10

11 Why we offer undergraduate classes online 11

12 From: You will be teaching 250 students. Can you do it ONLINE? Best Wishes!!! 12

13 Ok. What do I do now? Panic 13

14 Get Started Early! 14

15 Talk to an expert or a colleague 15

16 Large undergraduate classes we taught online 16

17 Interactive exercise Chat What is your discipline? What is your class size? How long have you been teaching online? What are your biggest challenges? 17

18 Decide how to you will teach your course What should students take away from this course? Lectures? Discussions? Other interactive activities? Tests and quizzes? Collaborative projects? How will students submit assignments? How will you provide feedback? 18

19 Select technologies Learning Objective Presentation of course content Communication with students Activities and assignments Activity Teaching, Learning and Technology Group Technology 19

20 Interactive Exercise CHAT: What technologies do you use to teach online? 20

21 Prepare a Syllabus, Description of Assignments, Course Schedule Include Expectations for online class attendance and participation Class policies How to submit assignments How feedback will be provided Your availability by phone, , etc. 21

22 Build a course site to offer a structured and supportive learning environment 22

23 Create meaningful site navigation 23

24 Organize the Syllabus section 24

25 Finalize online projects and assessments Include grading rubrics for papers and projects 25

26 Post Weekly Course Guides 26

27 27

28 Produce lectures, handouts etc. for each week/topic Weekly Guides must be detailed and complete! 28

29 Utilize existing materials from relevant websites Please keep this as part of the course. During my interview they did notice this certification on my resume! Spring 2013 Student 29

30 Interactive Exercise CHAT: What web resources have you used in your classes? 30

31 Provide examples of projects and assignments 31

32 Write How-to Guides for technologies and activities 32

33 Set up discussion boards, blogs, wikis, group work areas 33

34 Post Faculty Information 34

35 Post an Opening Greeting 35

36 When Everything Is Posted Enjoy Teaching Online! 36

37 Interactive Exercise Opinion Poll: When I teach online, I prepare and post all course materials before the semester begins I prepare and post materials as the semester progresses I only allow students to see the material for the current week/unit/module CHAT: Questions? Comments? 37

38 Have students greet each other on discussion boards Hey Group! I know we already got to know each other pretty well after our Thursday clinical orientation, but here is a short introduction about me. I am originally from Germany, but moved when I was 3. I sadly have no cool German accent and do not remember my time in Germany. Have students greet each other on discussion boards 38

39 Post Announcements frequently 39

40 Encourage students to ask questions on the Discussion Board 40

41 Provide audio/video course updates and feedback to students 41

42 Interactive Exercise Opinion Poll Producing weekly videos A. increases faculty work load B. saves faculty time C. enhances faculty social presence D. requires advanced technical skills E. Other? (Post in general chat) 42

43 Keep students engaged with interactive activities! 43

44 Quizzes and tests with feedback 44

45 Online Surveys with feedback Instructor Feedback on Opinion Poll 1 I am glad to see that the overwhelming majority of you think that this course is important. Now, the next question: This course is important because... a) I really want to learn more about policy and politics and how these affect me professionally. b) this is a required course and I REALLY want to graduate. c) both a & b You can just answer that one in your head :) I also see that many of you believe nurses should have an active role in politics. Maybe you'll be come one of those voices who advocate for nurses and patients. Thanks for the great participation in our first poll, and I hope we'll learn a lot this semester and have fun at the same time! 45

46 Scavenger Hunts Class Discussion Board In the News Today Forum Keep up with the current events! If you come across a pertinent news item, please post it in this forum so that all of use can see it. Let's help each other to stay on top of what's going on in the political and health care arenas. Don't forget to double-check your link to make sure it's working. 46

47 Short papers 47

48 Group Wiki Projects 48

49 Discussions/Critiques of projects Class Discussion Board Issues Projects Discussion and Critique Forum 49

50 Class mini-research project 50

51 Online Debates Students conduct online debates write EBP recommendations participate in and evaluate 3 other debates See Supplemental Materials 51

52 Online Debates 52

53 Online Debates Class Discussion Board Group 1 Debate Group 2 Debate Group 3 Debate Group 669 Debate 53

54 Interactive Exercise Opinion Poll What kind of activities do you do in your online courses (pick all that apply): Discussions Tests and quizzes Projects Papers Wikis and blogs Video presentations CHAT: What is your favorite online activity for student engagement? 54

55 Do not overload the course with busy work! 55

56 Ask students for suggestions to improve the course 56

57 Do not forget to say Good-bye at the end of the semester I really enjoyed this class. I learned a lot about the policy and politics in the healthcare and how nurses how a big role in it. I wish everyone the best of luck! Everyone have a great Christmas and New Year's; Be SAFE and have fun!!! NURS J430, Fall 2011 Class Discussion Board 57

58 Teaching a large class online is different 58

59 You need social support, too! Keep in touch with colleagues who teach online 59

60 Comments? Feedback? Beverly Baliko Mary Boyd Vera Polyakova-Norwood 60

61 Questions? 61

62 Reflection/Evaluation CHAT: What was the most useful tip or strategy discussed in this workshop? What new activities discussed today would you like to try in your course? How can this workshop/presentation be improved? I still have questions about 62

63 Upcoming Events 63

64 Final Thoughts Evaluations Certificates of Participation 64

65 Spring 2013 event information

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