Instant messaging for improving instructor feedback in distance learning

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 17/12/2020 - 10:46
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South Korea was one of the first countries to implement a national mandate for online learning in response to the pandemic.

This has given me and my research team a unique opportunity to use surveys and focus groups to identify some of the important challenges faced by students learning remotely. Perhaps the most fundamental has been the lack of adequate instructor feedback.

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One of the biggest challenges for students learning online is the lack of immediate instructor feedback, Justin Fendos’ research revealed. He explains how his team trialled instant messaging as a way to enable prompt responses to on-the-spot questions from students
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One of the biggest challenges for students learning online is the lack of immediate instructor feedback, Justin Fendos’ research revealed. He explains how his team trialled instant messaging to enable prompt responses to on-the-spot questions

The art and science of online discussion forums

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 16/12/2020 - 14:32
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Online discussion forums are an effective way to ensure students engage critically with subjects, but require careful thought and planning by instructors to facilitate interesting and fluid student dialogue, as Karen Srba explains

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Online discussion forums are an effective way to ensure remote students engage critically with their subjects but require careful thought and planning by instructors, as Karen Srba explains

Steps universities should take to support staff with digital teaching

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 15/12/2020 - 09:00
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For many academics, the move to online education has been a leap into the unknown. Gunter Saunders explains what institutions can do to support and train staff in this new mode of teaching, for the present and future
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For many academics, the move to online education has been a leap into the unknown. Gunter Saunders explains what institutions can do to support and train staff in this new mode of teaching, for the present and future

This is not normal: Advice for stressed academics

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 14/12/2020 - 09:00
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With the overhaul of teaching, soaring workloads, childcare demands and other challenges presented by Covid-19, many academics are at risk of burn-out. Psychology professor and father-of-two Jay Van Bavel outlines steps that stressed lecturers can take to manage workloads
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With the overhaul of teaching, soaring workloads, childcare demands and other challenges presented by Covid-19, many academics are at risk of burn-out. Psychology professor Jay Van Bavel outlines steps that stressed lecturers can take to manage workloads

Pausing playback: training students to read and take notes in online classes

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 11/12/2020 - 12:38
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Reading and note-taking are vital to learning, but are too easily overlooked by remote students. Steven Mintz explains how you can boost students’ motivation to read and take notes during online classes
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Reading and note-taking are vital to learning, but are too easily overlooked by remote students. Steven Mintz explains how you can boost students’ motivation to read and take notes during online classes

Pastoral care for students in the digital classroom

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 10/12/2020 - 18:37
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Providing the pastoral care students need can be difficult when teaching remotely. Here, Chris Headleand offers tips on looking out for students’ general well-being when limited to online communication
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Providing the pastoral care students need can be difficult when teaching remotely. Here, Chris Headleand offers tips on looking out for students’ general well-being when limited to online communication

Using virtual reality to create avatar videos for teaching online

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 09/12/2020 - 17:03
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Avatars can be a useful tool when recording lectures and classes for online teaching. Here, Kojiro Yano describes how he uses virtual reality to make recording avatar-led online classes easier
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Avatars can be a useful tool when recording lectures and classes for online teaching. Kojiro Yano describes how he uses virtual reality to make recording avatar-led online classes easier

Socio-emotional learning online: Boosting student resilience and well-being

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 04/12/2020 - 09:00
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The Covid-19 crisis has led to worsening mental health and increased stress among students. Kathleen Chim talks about how the Open University of Hong Kong has tried to build students’ mental resilience through socio-emotional learning
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The Covid-19 crisis has led to worsening mental health and increased stress among students. Kathleen Chim talks about how the Open University of Hong Kong has tried to build students’ mental resilience through socio-emotional learning

Engaging students in readings and microlectures

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 30/11/2020 - 13:19
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Three online teaching experts share advice for motivating students to read and engage with microlectures online, then answer questions on key challenges
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Three online teaching experts share advice for motivating students to read and engage with microlectures online, then answer questions on key challenges during this ACUE webinar

Recording effective microlectures

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 30/11/2020 - 12:41
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Two online teaching experts share advice on producing and using effective microlecture videos that keep students interested and engaged with online courses
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Two online teaching experts share advice on producing and using effective microlecture videos to keep students interested and engaged with online courses in this ACUE webinar