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great #OnlineLearning isn't necessarily media-rich. it's connection-rich.

the LEAST engaging online courses I've taken have been media-rich and connection-poor.
I see a lot of #HigherEd LD postings that seem to misunderstand this. That worries me.

pedagogy before tech
people before pedagogy

btw all of this is covered in the research on effective #OnlineLearning particularly the work of xu and jaggars…
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Starting an online course as a #blogger or instructor? See this.

In the last 5 years, and most especially last year 2020, we saw a rapt growth of online teaching which has both benefited the students, course creators, and of course the software/platforms used in creating these
online training courses.

Take for instance, based on the Online Learning Growth Statistics, Chart, and Rate by SaaSprout, it was disclosed that “One-third of the learners that ever registered on a MOOC platform joined in 2020 which majorly was due to the pandemic.
MOOC providers, in particular, benefited immensely by attracting many learners with their free online courses from top universities”.

Going on, we also saw that “Based on findings from a pair of Pew Research Center surveys conducted in spring 2011, nearly two-thirds of college
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A return to in-person learning in Canadian universities this fall, without a #VaccineMandate and other mitigation measures, is rife with complications. And many questions. A thread 🧵1/
#HigherEd #Ontario #OntEd #VaccinesWork
The largest class I am teaching in-person this fall has 120 students. If we estimate that 70% will be fully vaccinated by this fall, that means this class will have 84 vaccinated students, 36 unvaccinated students, and 1 vaccinated prof spending 3-hrs together every week.
Current estimates suggest that two doses of an mRNA vaccine are ~88% effective against the #DeltaVariant. So if a student brings Delta to class, we are looking at an outbreak with many infections - mostly in the unvaccinated students - but also in ~10 fully vaccinated students.
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Now #CMMNeededNow
#OnlineLearning for the Future
With our Futurists/Fab Expert Panel👇👇👇
@UniversitySA @gsiemens
@Deakin @partridh
@victoriauninews @Chris__Walsh
@curio_group @matthewriddle
Let's go!
@Deakin @partridh
3 things
-Student as person
-Blended/ Integrated learning
"Student in life of uni vs uni in life of student"
-Sense of belonging & connectedness
[Relationship rich edu is the future -Thx @pfeltenNC]
@UniversitySA @gsiemens
"MOOC pioneer in 2008" "HE Royality"
Learning Analytics & AI
Are at early stages of change
L&T is now global competitive & corporate ecosystem
What does HE edu do for future society
"Everyone will be dumbest person on team cos AI wins"
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Re: cameras off online. “But, how will I read the room?” You only thought you were reading the room in-person. We are flawed at observing accurately. We hold biases about what engagement looks like. Large rooms are not easily read. And the list goes on.
Using non-visual and having more than one way to “speak up” participation techniques are not only more inclusive, they are a better snapshot of reading the room than an n = 1 visual one.
It’s why I became a huge proponent of classroom response systems a dozen years ago. I get 100% of students weighing in. As a data person, that’s a valuable and more valid way to “read the room.”
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I'm seeing lots of teachers new to #RemoteLearning and #LiveLessons talking already about student burnout. As someone who has been online teaching since March, let me hit you with some pieces of information that might help... /1
1. Accept that your 'old' 100% cannot be your new '100%'.
2. You can adjust your expectations without adjusting your standards, don't let someone convince you that shortening your lesson is short-changing children /2
3. Asynchronous will become your new favourite word. Children will work at their own pace at their own time. You have three hours a week with Y10? Do a lesson intro, set them off to work, be available for help during your lesson. Set a deadline for work to be complete. /3
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I’ve compiled 6 tips for the move online based on @AccessTCD & @SchoolofEdTCD research. During #schoolclosures last year we surveyed 1000+ students and 700+ teachers about their experience of #onlinelearning. Although it's difficult to be back here, we have learned so much. (1/N)
1. Prioritise student & staff wellbeing. Connection before content. Everyone is dealing with different circumstances at home often unbeknownst to others. Check-in with students and colleagues. (2/N)
2. A whole-school approach is needed when moving teaching and learning online. Our research suggests that schools who used a whole school approach had higher engagement from students and higher collaboration among teachers. (3/N)
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I went to bed last night really angry and frustrated that people are still forcing learners to be on camera...
At this point I wonder if the holdouts are people we can get through to, who are just in need of more support and information about the science of teaching and learning, or if they are committed to their own ignorance? Is it worth continuing the conversation?
Anyway, sometimes you continue the conversation not because you believe it will change someone's mind, but because of what will happen to you if you don't keep speaking your mind, I guess.
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10 Business ideas to generate #income.

Looking to escape your day job? Or just looking to increase your disposable income with a side hustle.

Check out my 10 favorite #moneyideas that could let you fire your boss.

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1. Re-selling goods

Look on local #Facebook groups for items that you could add a markup on and re-sell. Most people selling are looking for extra cash, so you could even negotiate a cheaper price. You don't even need to buy the product before you advertise to sell it.
2. Tutoring
Technology has fast tracked our ability to connect. Target a specific niche. You could teach English online, science, math, or even music. I personally use this to increase my income each month. There is a global audience wanting to learn. #onlinelearning
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I've been running sessions for educators adjusting to online teaching and many are facing challenges with live, synchronous's some small ways to enhance things...1/ #onlinelearning #onlineteaching
There are so many distractions when teaching via videoconferencing, including the video of yourself. We have a tendency to keep looking at ourselves, so hide this to remove an unnecessary distraction. 2/
Eye contact is an important aspect of communication, but we usually look everywhere but our webcam. Looking into the webcam is hard but good to master - adding post-it notes with key points adjacent to it can help. 3/
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#EdTech | From #BYJU’S to #Unacademy – competition in India’s fast-rising online education sector - by @sanchdash

@unacademy @BYJUS @vedantu_learn #Eruditus…
The opportunity in Indian #EdTech is huge and the top edtech startups are all vying for the same pie. In 2020 alone, India’s edtech startups have raised over $1.5 billion which is just as much as the startups had raised in the past five years put together.

According to a Redseer report, India’s #EdTech startups had raised $1.6 billion between 2014-2019. Here's a look at the valuations of India's fast-rising #onlinelearning sector.

@BYJUS @unacademy @vedantu_learn #Eruditus
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On #TeachersDay, @ugc_india integrated distance & online regulations notified in the gazette focusing on access & equity on one side and quality-centric autonomy to the universities on the other.

The integrated regulations are student-centric. Many quality provisions have been made to ensure mobility, equivalence among different modes of education, complaint handling mechanism, etc. #DigitalIndia #OnlineLearning
@ugc_india integrated distance & online regulations are compliant to budget and #AatmaNirbharBharat announcements.
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I'm going to try to put something more extensive together this week, but in the meantime, this might be helpful to newly online educators who are struggling with the question of how to engage students online:…

Many of us think of online engagement in these three buckets:
1. Teacher-student
2. Student-student
3. Student-content

Found this article calling that the "Trifecta of Student Engagement."
Instead of the current obsession with synch vs. asych, your time might be better spent here. Look through your course plans and identify which bucket your activities/assignments/content fall under. Do you have a balance of the three?
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I just read an article in #HigherEd world that said it's not okay to misspeak in your instructional videos and probably thousands of people read this and I just want to say that's not actually true.

The mistakes are the best part.

One of my least favorite parts of #highered is this hatred of mistakes and being human.
If you restart recording every time you make a mistake you will spend all your waking hours recording videos because you are a human being and we make mistakes. And who does that serve? No one. That time can be put toward your own rest and play or student support.
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I want to say a quick thing about pre-course surveys from a #traumaaware perspective. I think they are a great way to connect. AND. Please do not phrase them in such a way that students will feel required to share their stories and trauma with you...

I think it's okay to say "Is there anything that you'd like me to know so that I can best support you in this class?"

I don't think it's okay to say, "Tell me what challenges you are facing this term."

See the difference?

You can also add a note that the survey is optional. In short, it's critical to make this a choice not a requirement. As @AlexSVenet says, we are not the trauma detectives.

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"This flexibility can also greatly benefit
students with health concerns for whom participation is
contingent upon treatment schedules and feeling well enough to perform required tasks."

Wow, pleasantly surprised by this inclusion of #chronicillness in the regs.
"The individual pacing made possible by
asynchronous learning allows for a more tailored educational experience that promotes mastery of subject matter over attendance in scheduled activities."

#highered #onlinelearning
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On the @usedgov preliminary release of the #distanceeducation definition final federal reg today...some comments....…

#distancelearning #onlinelearning
@usedgov On "correspondece course" - p. 41:
"The most significant change made to the definition of “correspondence course” in these regulations is the removal of the concept of self-pacing, which is not vital to the distinction between correspondence courses and distance education." 2/x
@usedgov For distance education definition...not emergency enactment, so the definition goes into effect on July 1, 2021.
However, institutions have the option of early adoption of this definition prior to that date. 3/x
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Wrapping up our 3-day @OLCToday workshop with @CleaMahoney and our amazing faculty learners. Our topic is teaching synchronous sessions. Guess what? Come closer...most of our workshop is asynchronous...
I continue to hear about institutions mandating that educators teach their formerly f2f classes in a fully synchronous format. If that ship has sailed, do your best. But I do want to repeat my plea: don't do this.

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The @OLCToday Accelerate conference program is posted. I'll be presenting a pre-conference workshop on #HumanizingOL and a discovery session on using scope of practice to support trauma aware teaching.

The pre-conference workshop is an add-on registration. Details here:…
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I can’t get past the paywall, but I think it’s safe to say that I disagree.
Also “free of distractions” is not an actual thing y’all.
Okay wait, I logged in to my free account and I can see it.
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I will be facilitating an Online Teaching Foundation circle with @LumenLearning through Lumen Circles (formerly @facultyguild) this fall.

Y'all know I'm always looking for spaces of mutualism that benefit both faculty and students...

This model is the real deal, and I'm so proud to be a part of it. If you're looking for transformational #facdev offerings on a variety of topics (online learning, OER, active learning, etc.), you can find more info here:

I've also added the Lumen info on my website under Events:

Happy to chat in DM with any questions too.

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I want to follow-up on the Making Shapes in Zoom article with a few more thoughts on TEACHING students how to engage in a @zoom_us (or whatever) session.

Depending on class size, consider setting up 1:1 Zoom sessions with students. These can be 15 minutes each with the goal of helping students turn their cameras and mics on and off, use the chat, and play around with the other Zoom engagement tools. Let them PRACTICE!
If you have small enough numbers, this 1:1 practice time is going to be a worthwhile investment for you that will pay off in engagement in later group sessions. I promise.
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[Thread on #remoteteaching]

Thank you @ProfJohnRBuck for a wonderful convo on fall remote teaching. I always learn so much from our discussions and the call today was no exception! For the benefits of others, here are a few things that came up in the call. #AcademicTwitter

What is the best way to develop a personal connection with students, when we won't be seeing each other face to face ever. It's different than in spring, when we started off with face-to-face instructions. This requires some serious thinking. #onlinelearning #remotelearning

How to encourage class participation when many universities (like Rutgers) are recommending asynchronous remote teaching (for obvious reasons that students might be spread across different time zones). This also brings up the question of equitable teaching.

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