Engaging Students in Online Activities – Deirdre Cijffers

Deirdre Cijffers must have seen IndiWork!

A little more information here.

Influencing behaviour

Nudge theory

Making choices / making it easy (apples of chocolates at the supermarket checkout)

Three way approach – involve.org.uk (short video explanation here)

  • shove (firm nudge) (assessment approach)
  • think (through intellectual engagement)
  • nudge

face to face / online self study / online collaborative

How can we assess the work the students are doing? Language skills? Content? Organisation? -What about for online work? Assess on Action? Assess on what they have learned? The second is better – can they complete a task on what they have learned? Face to face task link to the the online activity. Students  – am I doing this just for a score, or am I doing it so that I can do better in the assessment?

Portfolios – student make decision about what they keep in their portfolio. Examples of writing, speaking – share with teachers, add comments.

Engagement – how will you get them excited about the coming semester? Find out their motivations? Their goals, and then smaller steps – long term and short term. Ask them what grades they want? Setting them up for disappointment?

Learner training – not really teaching them how to use a LMS – can do it themselves; instead train the learners how to manage time; understanding the feedback and the needs analysis.

Look at topics from a different perspective to maintain student’s interest

On-going dialogue with students about how they will reach their final goal – getting a good GPA, working for a good company, studying overseas.

Overtly linking online work to face to face work

Portfolio – review and evaluate the items in their portfolio. Set a limit of the number of items. How do the items show improvement? How do the achievements relate to their goals?

Email reminders – with link, and positive phrasing “half the class have already done this”, rather than “half the class have not done this”; Only three places left – make it seem like an opportunity, encouraging and positive – all about nudging!

Very clear instructions – on forum activity. Why are they doing it? What is the task? What do they need to do?

Student friendly timing. Reduce the number of activities near the final exams. Long enough for everyone to participate, but not so long as people will get bored. Around a week.

Set up online interactive activities in class time; praise of good work done online; recognition of interesting contributions in class.

  • Shove – assessment strategy – but think wide
  • Think –  engage students in the process
  • Nudge – making it easy to do the right thing

101 tips to motivate the online learner – more for corporate training, but some can be used. (pdf)

  • Make the “What’s in it for me” message loud and clear.  – Think
  • Send regular emails, with Attention grabbing subject line – Nudge
  • Assess all components of the blend – Shove (or participants will view online components as optional)

How do we motivated the unmotivated? What if students have not done the online activities prior to the lesson?

Self assessment / peer (cross) assessment? What role do they have?


Confessions of a Course Instructor

“In this hilarious and interactive talk, Dr. Roberts makes a true connection with the audience by offering the surprising confessions of a professor. He demonstrates the unexpected power of misconceptions and asks us to open our eyes about how we view everyone around us. It’s time to get personal and take down the barriers between a professor and his students”

Not sure about the ‘hilarious’, but an interesting talk nevertheless.

David Crystal Interviews

See the original videos here: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/video-interviews-david-crystal

I couldn’t add the videos from that site to here, but now British Council Russia have added them, making them more accessible.

A couple of sites with more about David Crystal.

His homepage, where you can buy his books and see where he will be presenting: http://www.davidcrystal.com/home

And his blog, with some interesting posts: http://david-crystal.blogspot.com

Mobile learning, blended learning, IndiWork, blogs, wikis, forums and Softchalk

All in 90 minutes!

1. Start with mobile learning, and the way they are becoming ubiquitous.

Here’s one of my posts from 2010: https://aboutadam.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/online-voice-recording/

It mentions vocaroo, audioboo, podbean, wikispaces, voxopox and voicethread. All still working and around.

After using the voice technologies, talk about the mobile phone video taking technologies? Face blurring on YouTube, and private posts.

Then the way mobile phones are being used to quiz students in class – student response tools – socrative.

And the phone as a camera.

2. Blended learning

Probably be honest and say that there are institutional pressures to have ‘blended learning’ although what does it mean? The course and a half syndrome could come up.

IndiWork is part of the blended learning ‘movement’. The 1013 forum post this summer might be a good thing to show.

That would lead us into elearn, the forums; I can show how wikis are used, plus something about blogs.

And finally Softchalk.

A lot to show and tell. will they be interested?