March 4, 2015
by Greg Walker
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How Learners Can Get the Most Out Of Online Discussions

In How Learners Can Get the Most Out Of Online Discussions Mary Burns provides these types of posts for discussions :

  • Initiate a thread
  • Respond to a thread
  • Affirmation (yes, no, I agree, great!, etc.)
  • Introduce a new idea
  • Reinforce/Expand upon existing comment
  • Ask a question
  • Answer a question
  • Evaluate information provided
  • Summarize/synthesize (comments)
  • Provide motivation
  • Provide feedback
  • Provide examples that illustrate topic in posting
  • Interpret/Infer (drawing conclusions from content or other postings)

March 3, 2015
by Greg Walker
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Premiere issue: Journal of Online Learning Research

  1. Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in Online Learning

    Kathryn Kennedy, Michigan Virtual University, United States; Leanna Archambault, Arizona State University, United States

    As Gutierrez and Penuel (2014) pointed out in a recent issue of AERA’s Educational Researcher, to be relevant and rigorous, a component of effective research needs to be its direct and meaningful… More pp. 5-7

  2. A Call to Action for Research in Digital Learning: Learning without Limits of Time, Place, Path, Pace…or Evidence

    Cathy Cavanaugh, Worldwide Education, Microsoft, United States; Christopher Sessums, Johns Hopkins University, United States; Wendy Drexler, International Society for Technology in Education, United States

    This essay is a call for rethinking our approach to research in digital learning. It plots a path founded in social trends and advances in education. A brief review of these trends and advances is … More pp. 9-15

  3. Learning to Learn Online: Using Locus of Control to Help Students Become Successful Online Learners

    Susan Lowes & Peiyi Lin, Teachers College/Columbia University, United States

    In this study, approximately 600 online high school students were asked to take Rotter’s locus of control questionnaire and then reflect on the results, with the goal of helping them think about… More pp. 17-48

  4. Pioneering the digital age of instruction: Learning from and about K-12 online teachers

    Leanna Archambault & Jean Larson, Arizona State University, United States

    The purpose of this study was threefold: (1) to examine the needs of K-12 online teachers, including the dominant factors and career paths that influenced their decision to teach online; (2) to… More pp. 49-83

  5. Investigating the Potential of MOOCs in K-12 Teaching and Learning Environments

    Jennifer Nigh, Kristine E. Pytash, Richard E. Ferdig & William Merchant, Kent State University, United States

    The massive open online course (MOOC) is a relatively new concept in K-12 teaching and learning environments. Although significant work has been done with MOOCs since 2008, it has only been… More pp. 85-106

  6. Documenting and Sharing the Work of Successful On-site Mentors

    Joseph Freidhoff, Michigan Virtual University, United States; Jered Borup, George Mason University, United States; Rebecca Stimson & Kristen DeBruler, Michigan Virtual University, United States

    Emerging research suggests that on-site mentors can play an important role in supporting K-12 online learners, yet in practice there is wide variability in what mentoring looks like from program… More pp. 107-128

March 3, 2015
by Greg Walker
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The online Course And Faculty Evaluation System (eCAFE) is open for use.

Please log in to eCAFE at http://www.hawaii.edu/ecafe using your UH username and password to set up your surveys.

The survey set-up period runs form Monday, March 2, 2015 – Thursday, April 9, 2015

To login to eCafe please go to  http://www.hawaii.edu/ecafe/

If you are unfamiliar with eCafe please go to: http://www.hawaii.edu/ecafe/coordinator/faq#instructors

The Leeward Distance Education Committee has approved the following recommended survey questions. We highly encourage you to use these questions. This will help to establish consistent evaluations each semester for your online course and can be compared across courses and disciplines.

  1. Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.
  2. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
  3. The instructor treated students with respect.
  4. The instructor was willing to help and respond to questions in a timely manner.
  5. Assignments are returned promptly.
  6. Work requirements, course objectives, and grading system were clear from the beginning.
  7. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
  8. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
  9. The course workload was well-distributed throughout the semester.
  10. The materials provided by the instructor were relevant to the course objectives.
  11. The activities & assessments in the course were reflective of course objectives.
  12. I learn to apply principles from this course to new situations.
  13. What did you like least about your online course experience?
  14. What did you like most about your online course experience?
  15. I would recommend this instructor to other students.

Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this course?*  This question is added to all Leeward CC surveys.

Six questions are found in the first section, “Campus Specific Questions” and the last 10 are found in various sections (look for the number).

  1. The instructor was willing to help and respond to questions in a timely manner.
  2. Work requirements, course objectives, and grading system were clear from the beginning.
  3. The materials provided by the instructor were relevant to the course objectives.
  4. The course workload was well-distributed throughout the semester.
  5. The activities & assessments in this course were reflective of course objectives.
  6. I would recommend this instructor to other students.

003  I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.

058  The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.

093  The instructor treated students with respect.

130  The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.

133  The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.

176  Assignments are returned promptly.

296  Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.

315  What did you like least about your online course experience?

316 What did you like most about your online course experience?

February 24, 2015
by Rachael Inake
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Google Sites embedded in a Laulima site

If you are using a Google Site for weekly or topic modules, did you know you can embed it in your Laulima site using the Web Content tool? Follow the instructions below. Please note that the URL you copy for your Google Site to add into your Laulima site must exclude the forward slash at the end otherwise it will not embed.

  1. Sign into your Google Site. (If you’re not automatically signed in, scroll to the very bottom of the site and click on the Sign in link.)
  2. Click on the More actions button (looks like a gear located at the top-right corner) on your Google Site. Click on Manage SiteIn the left menu click on General and in the Security section, check mark, Allow embedding on other sites.
  3. Copy the URL of your site’s home page, which should be something like, https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/lee-eng-100-lastname. (Important: Don’t copy the “forward slash” at the end of the URL otherwise it will not embed properly in Laulima.)
  4. Log into your Laulima course site, and click on Site Info and then on Edit Tools in the menu at the top. Check mark the Web Content tool and click Continue.
  5. Type a name for your page, such as “Weekly Modules” in the Title box. Paste the URL you copied of your Google Site in the Source box. Click Continue and Finish.
  6. You’ll see a new link in the left menu of your Laulima site towards the bottom. To re-order this, click on Site Info and click on Page Order in the menu at the top. Click and drag to re-order pages. Click on Save.

BONUS TIP: Since you link to the home page of your Google Site (e.g. “Week 1″) in your Laulima site, it would be helpful to change the home page, aka “landing page,” of the weekly modules when the new week or topic starts so it reflects the current week’s ot topic’s page. To do this:

  1. Sign into your Google Site. (If you’re not automatically signed in, scroll to the very bottom of the site and click on the Sign in link.)
  2. Click on the More actions button (looks like a gear located at the top-right corner) on your Google Site. Click on Manage Site.
  3. Scroll to where it says “Landing Page” and click to change it, then select the new page you’d like the “landing page” to be (i.e. the upcoming or current week’s or topic’s page).
  4. Now when you click on the Web Content tool you just added for your Google Site in your Laulima site, you should see that landing page you chose. Students don’t have to click in the Google Site to go to the current week’s or topic’s page.

February 20, 2015
by Greg Walker
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Get off to a safe start

The Internet offers so many opportunities to explore, create and collaborate. And to make the most of the web, it’s important to keep yourself safe and secure. Whether you’re a new Internet user or an expert, the advice and tools here can help you navigate the web safely and securely.

  • Secure your passwords

    Learn more about how to create strong passwords and keep your information safe.

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  • Signing in and out

    Signing into your Google Account is simple and useful—but know when it is important to sign out as well.

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  • Managing multiple accounts

    Many devices now support multiple online accounts. Learn more about how to control which account you use, and when.

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  • Check your Gmail settings

    If you use Gmail, you can follow these steps to help make sure your account stays safe.

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  • Use secure networks

    Be extra careful whenever you go online using a network you don’t know, and learn about setting up your home router and WiFi network securely.

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  • Lock your screen or device

    You wouldn’t go out for the day and leave your front door wide open, right? Find out why you should also lock your screen or device.

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  • Keep your device clean

    Find out some common signs that your device might be infected with malware—malicious software designed to harm your device or network—and how you can protect yourself.

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