On Teaching Online
The best teaching strategies. The right tools. Better learning.

On Teaching Online is an ongoing project designed to collect the best resources and ideas together to support online teaching. Instructional resources, workshops and examples of methods, research and practical tips will all be shared with members.

Please share your ideas and insights here and let us know how things are working– this is meant to be a place to come for the best evidence about high quality online teaching.

OTO 1 Introductions

OTO 2 Teaching skills

What teaching skills are needed to teach online?

OTO 3 Learning styles

Teaching students online requires a great deal of knowledge about who they are and what they will and can learn. Learning styles are one type of indicator of student learning capability and method. Knowing what type of learner a student is can help facilitate teaching across any domain.

OTO 4 Richard Felder on learning styles

In this episode we talk with Dr. Richard M. Felder, about learning styles. Dr. Felder co-developed (with Barbara A. Soloman) an online instrument called the Index of Learning Styles that assesses student learning preferences on four dimensions. Dr. Richard M. Felder is the Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University and co-director of the National Effective Teaching Institute (NETI). In this podcast Prof. Felder talks about his model of learning styles and strategies for online teaching.

OTO 5 Online Nursing education with Dr. Lisa Hopp

We talk to Dr. Lisa Hopp of Purdue University Calumet’s School of Nursing about distance education, nursing education and the future of online teaching.  Dr. Hopp is director of the Indiana Center for Evidence-based Nursing Practice. www.ebnp.org

OTO 6 Web 2.0 teaching tools

What are the best web 2.0 tools for teaching? In this episode we talk about Staci’s recent presentation of Web 2.0 teaching tools. In this follow-up we talk about collaborative tools, websites for creating and sharing media and much more.

OTO 7 Dr. Roger McHaney The Digital Shoreline

In this week’s podcast we interview Dr. Roger McHaney, professor of management information systems and distinguished teaching scholar At Kansas State University. Professor McHaney is the author of The New Digital Shoreline: How Web 2.0 and Millennials Are Revolutionizing Higher Education.  We talk about his book and the integration of Web 2.0 technologies with teaching and learning in higher education and business training. The book explores changes in higher education based on the influx of tech-savvy students using new information technologies in and out of classrooms.

OTO 8 Teaching strategies with Dr. Jason Rhode

Jason Rhode is the Assistant Director of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University.  He develops and offer training programs and support faculty and staff on teaching with technology and related topics, provide leadership on technology-related issues, and perform supervisory functions at the Center.

As an experienced online instructor, instructional designer, course developer and program director with over a decade of experience in the field of online learning, Jason has spent the past 7 years working closely with various units at NIU addressing faculty needs related to online teaching.  He also designs and teaches online and blended courses in instructional design and educational technology and enjoys sharing his expertise with others.

OTO 9 The OWL, Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab

Purdue University offers one of the most used, cited and loved site for online teachers and students alike. The Online Writing Lab, or OWL, is a very popular and useful site for aspiring writers, teachers and all of us who teach any aspect of writing.

OTO 10 Speaking about speech-to-text with Dragon’s Peter Mahony

This week we talk with Peter Mahoney, executive vice president at Dragon about their incredibly popular speech-to-text software.

OTO 11 Moodle teaching techniques with Dr. Susan Smith Nash

Dr. Susan Smith Nash talks about Moodle Teaching Techniques.

OTO 12 National Repository of Online Courses with Dr. Gary Lopez

Gary Lopez, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Monterey Institute for Technology in Education. Lopez is an experienced educator, business leader and author guiding the development of the National Repository of Online Courses and HippoCampus, a public website providing NROC content for high school and college students.

OTO 13 Dr. Curt Bonk, The World is Open

Dr. Curt Bonk author of The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education talks about online teaching and learning.

OTO 14 Online teaching techniques with Prof. Staci Trekles

Prof. Staci Trekles talks about teaching online using project-based learning, discussions and more.

OTO 15 Integrating online multimedia into the curriculum

Prof. Michael Miller talks about his JOLT article A System for Integrating Online Multimedia into College Curriculum.

OTO 16 Essentials of Online Course Design with Marjorie Vai

Marjorie Vai talks about Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide. The book uses a well-written and designed designed, step-by-step approach to online teaching, instructional design and producing high quality e-learning.

OTO 17 A taxonomy of collaboration with Dr. Janet Salmons

This is an interview about dialogues in which we have a dialogue about interviews with Dr. Janet Salmons. – Dr. Salmons is on the graduate faculty at Capella University’s School of Business and Technology,

OTO 18 ePortfolios and engaging students with Dr. Tracy Penny Light

Dr. Tracy Penny Light of St. Jerome’s University, part of the University of Waterloo, talks about engaging learners with e-portfolios.

OTO 19 The Illinois Online Network with Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson on the Illinois Online Network’s master online teacher certificate program and more.

OTO 20 Teaching math online with Dr. Maria Andersen

In part one of a two-part interview we talk with Dr. Maria H. Andersen, a mathematics Professor at Muskegon Community College and the Learning Futurist for the LIFT Institute. She talks about teaching calculus online, using Twitter to support online community, and the differences and similarities between online students and achievement.

OTO 21 The future of eLearning with Dr. Maria Andersen

In part two of a two-part interview we talk with Dr. Maria H. Andersen, a mathematics Professor at Muskegon Community College about her role as Learning Futurist for the LIFT Institute. She talks about the future of online educational and possible trends in course management and learning systems.

OTO 22 Google’s education evangelist Jaime Casap

An interview with Jaime Casap, the Senior Education Evangelist on the Google Apps for Education Team at Google, Inc.

OTO 23 Quality Matters with Dr. Kay Shattuck

In this podcast we talk with Dr. Kay Shattuck, Director of Research for Quality Matters(QM) about QM, online course assessment, and the QM framework.

OTO 24 The online teaching survival guide with Dr. Judith Boettcher

I talk with Dr. Judith Boettcher about her latest book The Online Teaching Survival Guide (written with Rita-Marie Conrad).

OTO 25 Cooking with Moodle with Silvina Hillar

Silvina Hillar talks about her Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook.  Ms. Hillar is a writer, course designer, Moodler, English Teacher, and a translator in every sense– teaching English to Spanish speaking students and writing this creative and example-rich book that translates open source technologies for online teachers.

OTO 26 The Innovative University with Henry Eyring

Henry J. Eyring is the co-author, with Clayton Christensen, of “The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out.” In this interview he discusses innovation in the university. Traditional universities are a cornerstone of society and culture but serious economic and organizational pressures are forcing universities to change how they operate, or risk becoming obsolete. In today’s ultra-competitive environment, how can university leaders improve an endangered system?

OTO 27 Every teacher has six jobs

This podcast we talk about the six roles all teachers fill, and how those functions have changed in the move to online teaching.

OTO 28 A conversation with David Warlick

In this podcast well-known writer, speaker and educational technologist David Warlick talks about developing educational collaboration resources and communities like The Landmark Project, Citation Machine, Info-graphic a Day and 2 Cents Worth.

OTO 29 Using online interviews in education research

Janet Salmons talks about using online interviews as a research method and about her new book, Cases in Online Interview Research.

OTO 30 Dr. Jay Caulfield on hybrid course design

Interview with Dr. Jay Caulfield, author of How to Design and Teach a Hybrid Course.

OTO 31 Coursekit.com social network and LMS with Joe Cohen

In this podcast Staci and I talk with Joe Cohen of Coursekit.  Coursekit is a free social media/learning management platform for courses that brings together easy-to-use instructor tools and familiar social networking features.

OTO 32 New web teaching tools

In this podcast Staci and I talk about a variety of online collaborative tools that are getting better and being updated all the time: Bubbl.us, DebateGraph, VoiceThread, and Scribblar.

OTO 33 Evaluating online program quality with Dr. Kaye Shelton

An interview with Dr. Kaye Shelton, Associate Professor at Lamar University, and author of A quality scorecard for the administration of online Education programs: A Delphi study.

OTO 34 Apps, e-books and education

In this podcast I talk about the changing world of creating and publishing educational materials.

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Evidence-based teaching: Active learning works

In one of the largest metaanalysis of undergraduate STEM education published to date active learning has again been validated.

The evidence for using active, engaging techniques like group projects, using clickers to assess in-class learning, instant feedback/five minute papers, and similar tactics may help students meet learning objectives far better than lectures. Using evidence from 225 studies a research group led by Scott Freeman of the University of Washington found that students in traditional lecture-only courses were one-and-a-half times more likely to fail than were those in classes involving some form of active learning.

The studies used were focused on undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes at American universities.

This is no great shock to most educators, but it again underlines the need to translate research evidence into practice in education. The metaanalysis used studies done in regular classrooms so there is still work to be done in defining how active learning strategies like using instant feedback to gauge student responses, grouping students into content-focused workshops, and calling on individuals randomly translates to online courses.

The study suggests using an active learning approach improved students’ grades by about 6 percent, on average, and could even bump an individual student a full letter grade higher.

The study was published in PNAS.

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