Tag Archives: Communication

The Kinetic Flow for Synchronous Sessions

One of the best features of Adobe Connect is also the most neglected features: the layouts feature. Layouts keeps content ready: plan a lesson and no one showed? Save it in a layout, so you can come back to it. … Continue reading

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Growing Community and Collaboration in Synchronous Sessions

Fostering community and collaboration online is easier said than done. Many online courses are designed for competency learning. Students progress through material and complete assignments and assessments to on a course to mastery learning. Although this model can benefit from … Continue reading

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Avoiding Cognitive Overload in Synchronous Sessions

There are two types of brain freezes. The first type follows an overly ambitious slurp of a frozen treat. The second type stems from an over-abundance of media and information. Some call this information overload. Researchers in instructional design and … Continue reading

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Teacher Presence in Synchronous Sessions

For students enrolled in an online course, it is easy to forget there is a live human being on the other end of the Internet. The synchronous session gives students a chance to interact with the teacher live, which can … Continue reading

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Taking @educonphilly into my Virtual Classroom

Two previous posts discussed my experiences at EduCon 2.8: Narrating Privacy without Fear and Listening to Voices. The entire weekend itself was valuable, but it would be a waste to merely attend, write about it, and then close my notebook, never … Continue reading

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100th Post: Looking at the Internet in Education

How does one answer, “Is the Internet good or bad for education?” I teach online, and I am completing my Master’s in an online program. Most days, I work from the comfort of my own home. Plus, I can work … Continue reading

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The Welcome Session – Communicate 4.3.1 #eteachertool

  The Communicate 4.3.1 quest asks participants to reflect on the importance of the synchronous session in building a community in an online class. At the close of last semester, I came up with a hypothesis about low attendance during synchronous … Continue reading

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This Week @GAvirtual

After another week of partial engagement from some students to daily engagement from others, I’d like to start this week’s reflection with a model of my students’ engagement. You see, there is a small core of students who communicate daily … Continue reading

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This Week @gavirtual

After a more-or-less quiet week, I’ve decided the bi-weekly assignment due dates create a slow week/very active week pattern for my students. Some turned in work, and I, as always, did due diligence grading and providing feedback, and for the … Continue reading

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Communicate 2.1.2 – Email #eteachertool

Communicate 2.1.2 – Communication Guidelines and Email Here’s some of what people are saying about email: The Pew Research Center 2015 report “Teens, Technology, and Friendships” states, “64% of all teens use email with friends; 6% do so daily.” This trend … Continue reading

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