August 21, 2014
by Greg Walker

Start by “building rapport” with your distance learners.

You don’t teach a class. You teach a student.

Connecting to students and  ”building rapport” is a crucial element of teaching for the best online teachers. Highly effective online teachers have a strong trust in students. They believe students want to learn and know they can learn until proven otherwise.

In What the Best College Teachers Do, Ken Bain (2004) discusses some of the major ways that teachers can connect with students through the practices of effective teaching. Below is a list of suggestions to help you connect with your students.

  • Spend time online with students to nurture their learning.
  • Invest in your students by not fostering a feeling of power over them.
  • Have the attitude that, “There is no such thing as a stupid question.”
  • Create an online environment where everyone can contribute and each contribution is unique.
  • Foster the feeling that teachers are fellow students and human beings struggling with mysteries of the universe.
  • Provide task praise (you did that well) and avoid person praise (you are so smart.)
  • Give students as much control as possible over their learning.
  • Provide lots of non-judgmental feedback.
  • Encourage collaboration and cooperation.
  • Provide many opportunities to revise and improve work.
  • Avoid language of demands and promises.
  • Make a promise to your students that you will try to help each one achieve as much as possible.
  • Understand your students’ ambitions.

August 21, 2014
by Greg Walker

Set-up Your Laulima Course Before the Semester

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Every semester, new Laulima sites are automatically created for every course you are teaching. It is important to set up your Laulima workspace and set up each course.

August 21, 2014
by Greg Walker

Starting to Teaching Online

Starting to Teaching Online

The purpose of this site is to help instructors or faculty who are new to teaching online, or who have had a poor experience of teaching online from the lack of following best practices.This is a conservative approach for transitioning from the classroom to teaching online that was created by Tony Bates his Nine steps to quality online learning.  The emphasis in this series of posts is on getting the fundamentals of online teaching right. We know that learning is a process. The focus is mainly on using LMS’s (like Laulima), because that is what institutions currently have, and they provide an adequate ‘framework’ within which the key processes of teaching and learning can be managed. The following are Tony’s key points.

  • Are you tempted  to merely to move your face-to-face course online such as using lecture capture for students to download recorded classroom lectures at home, or using web conferencing to deliver live lectures over the internet? Please don’t do that.  There is a lot of evidence to suggest that doing this does not lead to good results for online learners. (See for instance, Figlio, Rush and Yin, 2010).  Online learning allows you to deliver content or information in ways that lead to better learning than through a one hour lecture. Also it is critical for students to feel the instructor is “present” online. Examples include interacting with students in discussion forums, directing them to recent relevant articles or events, and responding promptly to questions (see for instance, Richardson and Swan, 2003).
  • We suggest that you need to re-think the way you will teach online.  You do not want to just move your face-to-face course to an online version. We suggest re-designing your course to meet the requirements of your online learners. As Tony concludes, “ It is important to design online teaching in such a way that it best suits online learners. Fortunately, there has been a lot of experience and research that have identified the key design principles for successful online teaching. This is what these nine steps are all about.

The nine steps are based on two foundations: effective learning strategies resulting from tested learning theories; and experience of successfully teaching online. Focus is on instructors new to online learning. The posts are meant to lead you into working with other professionals, such as instructional and web designers, and preferably in a team with other online instructors.

August 21, 2014
by Greg Walker

‘Common Muslims’ fend off Islamophobia

Whenever Muslim extremists trigger headlines worldwide for their latest atrocities, Islamic history professor Abdul-Karim Khan of Leeward Community College is approached by students, faculty and friends who ask: How can these terrorists possibly use religion to justify their aggression?

Khan takes a big breath and patiently starts: “There is nothing in the Quran that can justify a human being killing another human being (because) he is not a Muslim,” adding, “A vast majority of Muslims do not subscribe to the extremist worldview they (terrorists) have.”

“Common Muslims” like himself, who make up 99 percent of the 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, are often asked to defend their faith against Islamophobia, for which only a few thousand radicals are responsible, Khan said. So even if it is outside of a classroom, he is regularly called upon to teach people about his faith, “but that’s my job,” he said with a laugh…<more>.

Common Muslims’ fend off Islamophobia

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August 21, 2014
by Greg Walker

Welcome to the Fall 2014 semester teaching online at Leeward Community College.

I hope the following information will help you to get off to a great start in your online courses.

Every semester, new Laulima sites are automatically created for every course you are teaching. It is important to set up your Laulima workspace and set up each course.

Laulima Support

If you have a question about Laulima you may want to refer to the Laulima Support page. If you need further help with Laulima please sign-up for a TO^3 appointment.

If students do not see your course in Laulima.

If your students do not see your course listed in the blue tab bar, check if it is listed under the 201330 or 201333 term under the “My Active Sites” tab. If it is not there, please fill out a “Request Assistance” form and provide detailed information about the course you are looking for.

Face-to-Face Laulima Orientation Activity for New DE Students

The Educational Media Center will be providing a face-to face Laulima Orientation ActivitynSaturday August 23rd, 2014  8:00-9:00 am Room BE-229 for new students on how to use Laulima. All DE students have received email notifications inviting them to the orientation activity.

Online Laulima Orientation Activity for New DE Students

The Educational Media Center also provides the Laulima Orientation Activity online for DE students. Here are the directions to complete the activity.

  1. Join the De student orientation Laulima course. After you log into Laulima, in the “My Workspace” tab to the left scroll down and click on “membership.”Once that pops up click on joinable sites. Scroll down until you see “DE Student Orientation. If it is not visible at first go to the top right where it says “show 20 items…” Click on the drop bar and click on “show 200 items…” then look for the DE course. Once you find the DE course click “join” right underneath it.After that you can find the course by either scrolling up and clicking on my “My Current Sites” or by clicking the “My Active Sites” tab at the very top of the page
  2. Here is a short video on how to join the DE Student Orientation course in Laulima.
  3. Complete the Laulima DE Orientation Activity Sheet.

iLearn@Leeward is a site dedicated to helping distance students. Here are a couple of  resources your students can find at this site.

iTeach@ Leeward- dedicated to helping distance faculty. Here are a few resources you can find at this site.

Here are a couple of additional resources you may be interested in.

Distance education is all about removing barriers for students, especially the barrier of isolation from teachers and colleagues. To help you remove the barriers of student isolation we suggest reviewing  the seven principles of good practice in undergraduate education (A Collection of Ideas for Teaching and Learning with Technology) originally framed by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1986.

Technology One-On-One
Finally, if at anytime you need assistance with your online course please sign-up for a TO^3 appointment.

I hope you have a rewarding Fall 2014 semester. Please feel free to contact me by phone or email if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Greg Walker

Distance Education Coordinator

May 5, 2014
by Greg Walker

Free: Teaching Online for Beginners May 11 – June 27, 2014


  • 11 May 2014 2:00 PM
  • 27 Jun 2014 3:00 PM
  • Online meeting info in Registration Confirmation Email [also check your Junk folder] and via email 24 hours prior to event start


  • If you’re new to a TLT Group event, please become an Online Institute Registrant member for free to participate (and consider becoming an individual member!)

Presenters; Steve Gilbert and Beth Dailey and Others


Teaching Online for Beginners (TOL4B) is a Massive Open Online Course or Whatever (MOOCow) designed to help you, as a successful faculty member in higher education, begin to teach entirely online or include more online resources and activities in your courses. Video Overview

You care about your students and their learning. You are busy and will continue to be busy. By sampling available options, benefits and drawbacks to teaching online you will cross the starting line. You will experience and experimentwith a variety of easy to learn, reliable, widely accessible and least expensive tools and resources and strategies related to creating social presence and building community online.

You will realize teaching and learning online does not necessarily mean teaching and learning alone, does not require being overworked, giving up your best teaching or losing meaningful contact with students. It can be satisfying and fun.

The “Action” path through the MOOCOW is designed to help you achieve a variety of learning outcomes which includes producing a mini self-introductory video which will become part of a more complete introductory unit in an online course, as per rubric, as well as a plan for crossing the starting line to further enhance online teaching knowledge and skills.

You may also want to chose a Design It Yourself (DIY) path to meet your own learning goals.