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Discussion: Best Practices for Teaching and Learning at a Distance

Session One: Saturday 10:00am–11:30am
Room 301
Ted Bongiovanni
Affiliation: New York University
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

The key notion is that online instruction can bring out the best in teachers and students—or the worst. Online education has to be more than just information and the presentation of materials. Teachers have to reconsider their roles and move away from traditional lecture based methods and engage in a variety of strategies, from creating simulations, to participating in forums and moderating blogs. The student role also changes to one where practice, and the creation of authentic learning artifacts can and should take center stage. A recent US DOE study showed that online learning—and especially blended learning can be even more effective than classroom instruction. In this session, we will share examples of activities that involve the use of digital tools at a distance that worked well, or ideas that we have tried that didn't work out quite as planned so that the group can troubleshoot them.

Conversational Practice:
The presenter will share 1 example of something that worked well, and another that needs the group to think on it, and then invite other participants to do the same. We will use a wikispace to document the talk and continue the conversation after the session.
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Sean Musselman posted a podcast summarizing the session here Thanks for the shout out!

Sun 31 Jan 2010 08:11:47 PM EST

Thanks Barbara! I'm so glad you came to the session and look forward to continuing the conversation. Here's the link to the NYU-SCPS online course preparation rubric:

NYU-SCPS Online Course Development Rubric

And here's a link to the questions used to structure the conversation:

Conversation Guide- Questions

And finally, if you're interested in joining the Distance Learning office at NYU-SCPS, please check out this job posting and drop me a line:

Educational Technologist

Sat 30 Jan 2010 01:32:05 PM EST

Thanks for a great conversation! Here's the link to the Course Development Elements we use in our training to prepare educators to design their own online courses http://edtechleaders.org/html_cores/trainingcores/ocd/documents/Course_Dev_Check.htm

We also just talked about online faclitation strategies for asynchronous courses, so here's the very basic tips we provide for effective online facilitation http://www.edtechleaders.org/documents/opd/ETLO_Ten_Tips.htm

Thanks! Barbara

Sat 30 Jan 2010 11:35:05 AM EST

Jean Kiekel Jean Kiekel said:

The presenter has not yet shown up to this session.

Sat 30 Jan 2010 11:07:13 AM EST