Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes

[Reading] ➸ Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes By Flower Darby – Johndore.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes
  • Flower Darby
  • 10 June 2017
  • 1119544890

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Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online ClassesFind Out How To Apply Learning Science In Online ClassesThe Concept Of Small Teaching Is Simple Small And Strategic Changes Have Enormous Power To Improve Student Learning Instructors Face Unique And Specific Challenges When Teaching An Online Course This Book Offers Small Teaching Strategies That Will Positively Impact The Online ClassroomThis Book Outlines Practical And Feasible Applications Of Theoretical Principles To Help Your Online Students Learn It Includes Current Best Practices Around Educational Technologies, Strategies To Build Community And Collaboration, And Minor Changes You Can Make In Your Online Teaching Practice, Small But Impactful Adjustments That Result In Significant Learning Gains Explains How You Can Support Your Online Students Helps Your Students Find Success In This Non Traditional Learning Environment Covers Online And Blended Learning Addresses Specific Challenges That Online Instructors Face In Higher Education Small Teaching Online Presents Research Based Teaching Techniques From An Online Instructional Design Expert And The Bestselling Author Of Small Teaching

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10 thoughts on “Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes

  1. Jeanne says:

    I went from face to face teaching to remote this Spring not something for the faint of heart It is likely that many colleges and universities will be online or remote at some point in the Fall Given that, I have been trying to consider how to handle this unfortunate and undesirable situation as well as I can.It s not that I hate teaching online I am always pleasantly surprised that it is better than I fear Still, online does not compare in fun and excitement to teaching in atradition I went from face to face teaching to remote this Spring not something for the faint of heart It is likely that many colleges and universities will be online or remote at some point in the Fall Given that, I have been trying to consider how to handle this unfortunate and undesirable situation as well as I can.It s not that I hate teaching online I am always pleasantly surprised that it is better than I fear Still, online does not compare in fun and excitement to teaching in atraditional classroom Not all days with my students, but many are my students make me excited and think, and I hope this is a two way street I haven t experience that same level of ongoing excitement online.I ve read Small Teaching twice and have referred to it on a number of occasions in between It is engaging, thought provoking, and personal In Small Teaching, Lang argued that rather than attempt a radical redesign of our courses, we should make small changes that can be successfully implemented immediately In making small changes, we are less likely to be overwhelmed andlikely to make the changes successfully Having made Massive Changes in one of my courses in 2017, I know that feeling of being overwhelmed although I am glad about where my course ended up Several semesters later.Although Small Teaching Online has a new first author, it has the same excitement, the same foundation in the teaching and learning literature, and an equal respect for students, as its predecessor Online students drop coursesfrequently than face to face students Online classes require students to have stronger literacy skills and to accept greater personal responsibility for their learning to succeed Some students can do this without additional support and some cannot, but others will succeed under the right conditions Darby and Lang argue, as do others, that online students especially benefit from having a clear structure for navigating the course, support as needed, and ongoing engagement with faculty and each other As Darby and Lang note, online teaching can be about social justice.We have the ability to empower our students to succeed We know that online classes may be the only option for learners juggling full time work and family obligations p 224 A couple of things stood out for me and will be among next year s small changes I will be communicatingfrequently with my online students and will leavevideo announcements I will be asking my online students to bepersonal with me and with each other from the beginning, even in their introductions I m going to rethink how I talk think about late assignments I like the syllabus annotation assignment, although may use this in a face to face course, and am going to ask my students to consciously think about their connections with professionals in the field, also in a face to face course.I hope to be teaching face to face in the Fall, but will be ready if not

  2. SocProf says:

    I picked up this book because the original Small Teaching volume was so insightful to me Needless to say, this one is not a revolutionary to me as the original one It s a bitshallow since all the principles that werethoroughly covered in the original are just simply mentioned without too much detail To be fair, the author does recommend reading the original Small Teaching before getting into this one So, this isa sequel than a stand alone book Otherwise, I got a few useful I picked up this book because the original Small Teaching volume was so insightful to me Needless to say, this one is not a revolutionary to me as the original one It s a bitshallow since all the principles that werethoroughly covered in the original are just simply mentioned without too much detail To be fair, the author does recommend reading the original Small Teaching before getting into this one So, this isa sequel than a stand alone book Otherwise, I got a few useful tips that are easy to implement and use But I suspect this book will be most useful tonovice online course designers and teachers.Disclaimer I still find no value to discussion board that all these designers love so much So, I did kinda skip the sections pertaining to that

  3. Neil R. Coulter says:

    I haven t really enjoyed online education, whether as a teacher or a student As a student, I ve taken a number of online courses, and while they can be a decent way of getting some information, they haven t been anything like actually being in a classroom I m told that muchengaging, vibrant online classes exist I just haven t found them yet.As a teacher, when I m leading an online class I often feel like I m in a big, empty, sterile room, talking to no one There are times where I feel I haven t really enjoyed online education, whether as a teacher or a student As a student, I ve taken a number of online courses, and while they can be a decent way of getting some information, they haven t been anything like actually being in a classroom I m told that muchengaging, vibrant online classes exist I just haven t found them yet.As a teacher, when I m leading an online class I often feel like I m in a big, empty, sterile room, talking to no one There are times where I feelconnection than that to my students, but overall I feel very little connection, and the whole experience seems much less satisfying and interesting than being in a classroom with people.However, I m at a school that is pushing me to doandonline teaching, so as long as I m here, I d better keep trying to become better at it, regardless of whether I ll ever love it I d seen an article by Flower Darby in the Chronicle for Higher Ed and decided to check out her book.The book is good It has a lot of tips to help foster the connection with our students that all of us wish for In the days since finishing the book, I ve already started putting into practice Darby s advice about using video to make weekly announcements, instead of just typing out messages all the time I m not comfortable posting awkwardly unprofessional videos of myself, and I haven t yet seen if students will nowreadily post videos of themselves in response I m also not sure if it s going to be feasible for my classes, most of which reach out to students all over the world, some of whom struggle with bandwidth costs and reliability But it s a start, and will probably get easier as I continue doing it.The other helpful part of the book is the many references to other books on the same topic, which I hope to look at over the next few months I love learning, but it s hard to want to learn something I don t have great interest in doing Darby s book helped me improve a little bit, but it hasn t convinced me that this will ever be my life s passion

  4. Karen says:

    One of the best teaching books I ve read The author goes beyond theory to offer solid, practical strategies.

  5. Elaine says:

    Many of you out there in the world have kids who have been suddenly thrust into on line learning This book review is from the person on the other side of the screen a University Professor.Teaching online is different than teaching in person, just as it is different from the learner As the conductor of the experience, several big issues show up right away The technology, itself, is cumbersome to use, requires constant fiddling and never quite operates the way that you need it to We ll thin Many of you out there in the world have kids who have been suddenly thrust into on line learning This book review is from the person on the other side of the screen a University Professor.Teaching online is different than teaching in person, just as it is different from the learner As the conductor of the experience, several big issues show up right away The technology, itself, is cumbersome to use, requires constant fiddling and never quite operates the way that you need it to We ll think of the technology as the string section it must be in harmony, even if it is in the background The second part of the experience is the students, what we ll refer to as the brass section Students have figured out how to insert a screenshot of their frozen faces, and for some reason, they think we actually DO NOT notice this Last week I had to tell students that they can t stay in bed as I glimpsed the bare shoulders of a student who was presenting that day as he sat up in bed They chat, they text, they look at their phones, they stare at the screen intently making it clear that they are looking at totally different things They get up and walk away They hold CONVERSATIONS with others in the room and think that in some way I can not see that this is occurring In other words, they blast away with little regard if their actions are disruptive or if they are not learning As a faculty, I get up in the morning, and vainly rake away at my hair I ll be seen in my rooted glory for multiple hours every day, from 8 30 am until 3 00 pm I change my background to give myself something new to see I fiddle with the technology, learn how to play videos, put students into breakout rooms and cold call a lot Over and over I say please mute , or I am muting everyone or please unmute I point to the future and remind them that this current phase will end and that at some point this will be an interviewing story as they move off to look for jobs I check in on virtual office hours, which no one attends, or everyone attends I read the day s email s from the administration thanking me for doing a good job while notifying me of frozen hiring, no merit increases and questionable enrollment levels for the fall At the end of each day, I check my flattened and rooted hair, sign off of Zoom for another day, and head off to check on my son s on line learning for the day I text myself what I need to do for the next day so I won t forget I remind myself what day of the week it is so that I don t goof up and open up the wrong Zoom class on a wrong day I read a few chapters of this book, and vow to integrateof the concepts when I have time, and when the hair gods are in my favor I head off to wash my hair, as my headphones have flattened it into an unruly mess My ears hurt from listening all day to students who keep forgetting to use headphones, and therefore are hard to hear, causing me to strain My eyes are tired from staring into a screen all day and my brain is mush A few academic friends and I text briefly about the day s experience as the day closes, but largely, we are in this alone Us, and the kids on the other side of the screen

  6. Amanda says:

    Surprisingly to me , Small Teaching here doesn t refer to small classes too bad but instead to making small changes incrementally So this book was less applicable to me than I expected, since my classes are going to be small but not Small Nevertheless, it was very readable quick and painless The last few chapters started to feel a little repetitive, but I did gather some ideasimportantly inspiration to provide a good experience for the wee ones, which overall I consider a succes Surprisingly to me , Small Teaching here doesn t refer to small classes too bad but instead to making small changes incrementally So this book was less applicable to me than I expected, since my classes are going to be small but not Small Nevertheless, it was very readable quick and painless The last few chapters started to feel a little repetitive, but I did gather some ideasimportantly inspiration to provide a good experience for the wee ones, which overall I consider a success Main takeaways for me UDL allow people to choose written vs video vs audio submissions when possible Make the syllabus collaborative, invite annotations and changes so studos are invested Check in regularly with studos one on one when they start to fall behind Build community, encourage interaction, make forum posting a lotflexible Make gradingDid You Get It Y N rather than fine grained

  7. Erika says:

    Lots of useful ideas in this one Well structured Could have been shorter.

  8. Julie says:

    I read both this book and Small Teaching as preparation for the fall semester I team teach in one asynchronous online class and I am developing another for the spring semester that I will teach on my own, so the information in this book was of immediate use to me I thought the book was well written and included a lot of practical advice In fact, at least for the first section of the book, I went in and made some changes to my Blackboard site based on what I had just read Here are some of my I read both this book and Small Teaching as preparation for the fall semester I team teach in one asynchronous online class and I am developing another for the spring semester that I will teach on my own, so the information in this book was of immediate use to me I thought the book was well written and included a lot of practical advice In fact, at least for the first section of the book, I went in and made some changes to my Blackboard site based on what I had just read Here are some of my key takeaways 1 Taking an online course yourself can be really helpful The instructional designers at the university where I work created an online class to teach people how to develop online classes That was a great idea 2 I liked the idea of creating assignments that a ask students to comment on what they want to get out of the course as tied to the stated course objectives and b ask for three key takeaways from the course at the end of the course In fact, I liked these ideas so much that I used them to tweak similar discussion board items 3 Whatever does not have an assessment directly tied to it will not get done That means for every mini lecture video, there needs to be a short assessment mechanism As a former online student, I can assure you that whatever did not have an assessment was likely skipped in favor of working down my list of deliverables 4 It is possible to do a summary of the responses to a discussion board topic as a way of providing feedback You can quote particularly good responses students like to see their good work highlighted I tend to stay out of the discussion board exercises because I don t want to comment for some people and leave others out, yet I don t want to have to comment on every submission This seems like a good compromise approach that I might try out this semester 5 I really like the suggestion of scheduling a single 10 minute phone call or in person chat with every student In our class, we do two synchronous Zoom sessions with one on one make up sessions for those who cannot attend I think the one on one sessions areuseful 6 I also really like the idea of creating sub groups using the discussion boards and allowing the students to select a topic that they are interested in I have been toying with doing something similar for thesubstantive content in the new class that I am creating, but this approach to implementing things would be a lot less work for me 7 I am intrigued by the suggestions of using a mind mapping software and b software that allows the students to annotate provide feedback on the syllabus I m not sure how these ideas would play out in a real class

  9. Stan Skrabut says:

    If there was one book I could give to faculty that taught them strategies for online learning and teaching, Small Teaching Online Applying Learning Science in Online Classes would be that book Darcy Flowers and James Lang have written a book that reflects the advice I currently give to faculty plus some The guidance that Flowers and Lang provided elevate online courses from correspondence courses to those with substantive human interaction ReadIf there was one book I could give to faculty that taught them strategies for online learning and teaching, Small Teaching Online Applying Learning Science in Online Classes would be that book Darcy Flowers and James Lang have written a book that reflects the advice I currently give to faculty plus some The guidance that Flowers and Lang provided elevate online courses from correspondence courses to those with substantive human interaction Read

  10. Wiebke Kuhn says:

    While the small teaching strategies may not seem as small as they are in Lang s Small Teaching book, a lot of these are scalable you can start with one and keep growing.Key takeaways for me Instructor engagement with students is as important as in a face to face classroom but it has to be better planned because the spontaneous encounters will not be likely Empowering students to increase their motivation is essential for student success choice is one way to do this, whether that is giving While the small teaching strategies may not seem as small as they are in Lang s Small Teaching book, a lot of these are scalable you can start with one and keep growing.Key takeaways for me Instructor engagement with students is as important as in a face to face classroom but it has to be better planned because the spontaneous encounters will not be likely Empowering students to increase their motivation is essential for student success choice is one way to do this, whether that is giving options for assignment topics, options on how many discussion posts need to be written, options on how to work through the required material, or a segment of the course that is designed by students.Transparency in assignment design students need to understand why they are asked to work through certain tasks Students need to get practice in successful online learning this may be new for us, but it is definitely a new environment for most of our students.Encouragement something that can happen quickly in a face to face classroom takestime and effort in an online class be an online cheerleader