Virtual School Meanderings

November 20, 2017

Blended Learning: Is it Right for You?

From our friends at SoftChalk.

Blended Learning: Is it Right for You?

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The blended learning format can be particularly attractive to students, as it provides flexibility in being able to complete work on their own schedules, yet also offers face-to-face contact with instructors and fellow students. However, the format may not be optimal for all courses or all instructors.

This is the second in a series of blog posts addressing various aspects of blended learning. In this post, we discuss what factors to consider when you’re thinking about redesigning a course for blended delivery.

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This article is one of a series published in SoftChalk Talka blog covering timely issues related to all aspects of instructional design and published by SoftChalk LLC.

Have a comment on this topic? Suggestions for future topics or interest in being a guest writer? Send me an email at natalie@softchalk.com.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Natalie Saltzberg

November 16, 2017

Innovators in Online Learning – Empowering Faculty to Take Control of Their Own Content

Note this article from Tuesday’s inbox.

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Hi Michael,

Does your university or college have an instructional design team that works with faculty to help them develop effective online courses? Learn how the instructional design team at a multi-campus community college works to empower faculty to take control of their online course content.

In a recent “Innovators in Online Learning” interview, Lynnda Brown and Jennifer Campbell, Associate Professors and Instructional Designers at Tulsa Community College, discuss how they work with faculty to:

  • choose effective learning strategies for online teaching
  • assist individual faculty with aligning outcomes and creating assessments
  • lead design teams in the development of common curriculum  (e.g. First Year Experience Seminar)
  • design and run professional development workshops for faculty
  • facilitate workshops focused on designing entire courses and working with specific online strategies or tools

… and more!

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Have a comment on this topic, suggestions for future topics, or want to nominate someone for an interview? Send me an email at natalie@softchalk.com.

Enjoy!

Natalie Saltzberg

November 10, 2017

Create High Quality Online Lessons

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

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You have a learning management system (LMS)—but is the content in your LMS course awesomeor is it meh? If you’re a college or university educator, instructional designer, or school administrator who is looking to upgrade the LMS course experience, look no more!

In this webinar, we’ll show a fast and easy way for faculty to create high quality online lessons and eBooks that are interactive and will engage students. Did we mention it’s FAST and EASY?
You’ll also learn how you can deliver your lessons directly inside of your school’s learning management system (LMS).

Register for a FREE webinar today and see how you can create a professional-looking, interactive, online lesson in an hour with SoftChalk Cloud!

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We look forward to seeing you there!

The SoftChalk Team

November 8, 2017

Blended Learning: What And Why

Another item from Monday’s inbox…

Blended Learning: What and Why

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In a face-to-face class, Internet resources supplement what is supplied by the instructor and print materials, while online learning and course management services facilitate student coursework and help track learning progress. In completely online courses, the Internet supplies the medium of instruction and interactions with peers, instructor, and materials occur digitally. Increasingly popular today is blended or hybrid learning, which combines the best features of face-to-face and online courses.

This is the first in a series of blog posts addressing various aspects of blended learning. In this post, we discuss what blended learning is and how to structure your course to make it successful for both educators and students.

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This article is one of a series published in SoftChalk Talka blog covering timely issues related to all aspects of instructional design and published by SoftChalk LLC.

Have a comment on this topic? Suggestions for future topics or interest in being a guest writer? Send me an email at natalie@softchalk.com.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Natalie Saltzberg

October 24, 2017

Instructional Design for Online Learning – Delivering Content Online

From yesterday’s inbox…

Instructional Design for Online Learning (Step 5): Delivering Content Online

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How can you create a more engaging, interactive, and personalized online or blended course? This is the fifth and final post in a series of articles addressing key steps for creating high-quality online learning content. Step Five: make the learning content available to students. This can be done in a variety of ways, and what works best depends on teachers’ individual contexts, namely what online platforms or services are available to both teacher and students. Read the full article…fading line.jpg

This article is one of a series published in SoftChalk Talka blog covering timely issues related to all aspects of instructional design and published by SoftChalk LLC.

Have a comment on this topic? Suggestions for future topics or interest in being a guest writer? Send me an email at natalie@softchalk.com .

I look forward to hearing from you!

Natalie Saltzberg

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