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Notes on North Texas Regional Community College Technology Forum
Session I: Why Tech Projects Fail… Cancelled
Barbara Taylor, Collin County Community College
Blended has structured meeting times, but student can ‘attend’
Department uses costly simulations available on line, instead of always requiring students to come to on campus lab.
Students must have good time management skills, and procrastination is a real
Bottom Line: They indicated these solutions do not work well with new students,
Dr. Paul Taylor, Chief Strategy Officer, Center for Digital Education
Discussed trends in online percentage of baby boomers and gen Y, such as younger students expecting information on handhelds in addition to computers, as well as expecting an ‘experience’, not just service.
Indicated majority of US online, 81% students online, and in 2007 majority of US will have broadband, across all demographics
Discuss how much education on line is asynchronous (70%) and synchronous (10%)
Mickey Slimp, Dean, Learning Resources, Tyler Junior College
Example retention rates for online courses: developmental math, 7%.
Getting started 1. Administrative a. Identify students early b. Capture email c. Make first contact i. Phone ii. Postcard iii. Email d. Send information packet e. Technical headstart i. Equipment test ii. Login test iii. Needed downloads f. Avoid late enrollment 2. Orientation a. Introduce self b. Introduce class to each other c. Force interaction… build community i. Instant messaging ii. Discussion area 1. Ice breakers 2. Student pages d. Navigate class e. Identify student expectations f. Set expectations i. Calendar ii. Participation (avoids procrastination) 1. 3 times a week in class discussion area g. how to deal with problems 3. During the semester a. Modularize Calendar i. Activities ii. Major Events iii. Exam Dates iv. Front load course to avoid burn out v. use selective release of content b. Use Reviews/Quizzes as reward opportunities c. Use multi-sensory, go beyond course management i. Phone 1. call center ii. Email iii. Snail mail iv. Newsletter 1. may be student created v. use video and sound d. Use Groups i. Schedule group activities ii. Identify partners iii. Lab work iv. CHAT e. Help! i. Use Distance Ed office ii. Use campus IS office iii. Use call center iv. Use work study students to help v. Use Student assistants to help vi. Use Student services (testing center) f. Link up with i. Professional associations ii. Fellow instructors iii. Other institutions g. Avoid Burnout i. Plan time ii. Let students know your hours iii. Know the signs 1. can’t catch up 2. frantic 3. avoidance h. Solutions i. Get ahead ii. Team teach i. Learn from the experience i. Collect data ii. Student polls
Ken Haley, Paris Junior College
Primarily discussed using PowerPoints, delivered on CD, to distance students.
PowerPoints included scanned pictures, audio files of instructor, short video
files of instructor.
I noted that none of the content was compressed, which is why it was delivered on CD… huge files size. Presenter did not know XP had a video editing tool built in, etc.
Also discussed using threaded group discussions, and the importance of letting students know that someone is reading posts.
Also discussed using real time chat to allow real time interaction and to build community.
Also discussed sending out encouraging letters to jump start students, and help them keep up.
His conclusion: Avoid student isolation, and use multiple approaches to increase chances of success
I did not win the camera, but I suggested that next year that they evaluate
presenters, to improve overall quality of presentations, and perhaps include
a session on fair use, since too many presenters were violating copywrite left
and right… not a good thing to do around students.
© R. Craig Collins, 2005
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