The Teaching Online Challenge

 

 

Introduction

What is the best and most effective way for YOU to teach online?

According to the Online Report Card – Tracking Online Education in the United States, in 2014, there were 5.8 million students in the United States who took at least one college distance course.  The study reveals only 29.1% of academic leaders say their faculty accept the “value and legitimacy of online education.” Growth continues, despite lack of support from faculty.

As a dedicated teaching professional, you see an opportunity in closing the “value and legitimacy” gap to meet the needs of your online students. The essential question  to you is; what is the best and most effective way for you to teach online?   You are challenged to create a Teaching Online Action Plan to systematically improve your online teaching!

How It Works

This challenge is designed to help you develop your Teaching Online Action Plan  to apply in your own teaching. There is no requirement of  prior knowledge or experience  teaching online to participate in the challenge. You are the expert  who knows your content and teaching strengths. This challenge  is designed to provide a flexible, reflective and personal learning experience – enabling you to tailor your learning based upon your own goals, requirements and level of commitment.

The challenge runs for 8 weeks. You can complete the challenge as quickly as you  want. However, we encourage you to work together with other participants, and complete one Guiding Question Worksheet/ Action Plan , you receive a badge. When you complete all 8 tasks, you will have developed your Teaching Online Action Plan . Plus you will receive a Letter of Completion to promote yourself. 

The Weekly Learning Process

Mondays

  • On Mondays a link to a worksheet template will be emailed  that contains a guiding question, a link to related content, and a process to follow to help you develop your Guiding Question and  Action Plan .

Thursdays

  • Complete your worksheet by the end of Thursday, and post your results in the Google+ Community.

Sundays

  • Comment on two other worksheets by the end of Sunday. Provide further insight into to the participant’s results. Practice improving your online interaction with insightful commenting.
  • Post your results into your Teaching Action Plan and edit them as necessary.

Join the Google+ Community.

Earn a Badge

Earn a badge when you:

  1. Complete your worksheet by the end of Thursday, and post your results in the Google+ Community.
  2. Comment on two other worksheets, by the end of Sunday. Provide further insight into to the participant’s results. Practice improving your online interaction with insightful commenting.
  3. Post your results into your Teaching Online Action Plan and edit them as necessary.
Earn a Letter of Completion
  1.  Earn all 8 badges
  2. Complete your Teaching Online Action Plan

 Google+ : A Google@UH Consumer App

Under an agreement with Google, the University of Hawaii (UH) offers two types of Google applications through Google@UH: Core applications (Core Apps) and Consumer applications (Consumer Apps).

Consumer Apps include Google+ which is  governed by either Google’s general Terms of Services or by app-specific terms.

To use the Consumer Apps with your Google@UH account, you must first turn on the Consumer Apps at http://www.hawaii.edu/google/extra. Instructions to turn on the Consumer Apps are at http://www.hawaii.edu/askus/1649.

The Teaching Online Challenge Google+ Community

Join the Community: Google+ Community

Join Google plus community

Do you see “Ask to Join” when you go to the Teaching Online community? If so, click on the green button to join the community. Login with your hawaii.edu email  username and password. If the button says “member” you have already joined the community.

Here’s a quick rundown on how to use Google+:

  1. Click on ‘Home’ to view your home stream – here you’ll see posts based on your interests and what/who you follow.
  2. Click on ‘Collections’ to see and share posts based on topics you’re interested in.
  3. Click on ‘Communities’ to have conversations with other people who share your interests.
  4. Click on ‘Profile’ to see your own posts.
  5. Click on ‘People’ to find people to follow, see who you are currently following (that’s where you manage your circles as well), or who follows you.
  6. Click on ‘Circle Streams’ to see streams (posts) from specific circles you’ve created. (NOTE: if you don’t see this option, go to Settings, scroll down to Advanced Settings, and turn on ‘Enable circle stream in navigation’.)
  7. In ‘Settings’ you can fine-tuned a few profile features, as well as your notifications.

This workshop is not about Laulima. Go  Here for more information on Laulima.

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