The Voices of Online Learning

In these Pearson produced videos, instructors Meredith Carpenter, Steve Lurenz, and Tom Stoudt discuss how they flip, create community, and change lives in their respective classrooms. Specifically, they mention:

  • the fail-safe learning environment of the flipped classroom. In a flipped classroom, the students can’t “do something wrong” as the instructor is there as a guide to redirect.
  • that online learning success is when the students come together as an online learning community with common goals.
  • the flexibility that the online environment affords the student the opportunity to review material repeatedly until either the student understands the concept or can compose an intelligent question.

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From the Trenches – An ASU Online Student Perspective

Kenzie Horn, ASU Online student.
Kenzie Horn, ASU Online student.

Full disclosure: my daughter is an ASU Online freshman – she has 25 credits under her belt as of now.  She has taken required courses and electives and thus far she is loving the convenience of getting her bachelor’s degree online through ASU while attending a two year professional acting studio in New York full-time.  Her dream is to act on Broadway; my requirement is that she earn a four year degree at the same time. 

As a seasoned online student, I thought it would be useful to pass on some of her ideas about what makes a great online course.

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Games 4 Change 2013

This is my third year of attending the Games 4 Change conference* and I am excited about the growth of the serious/social impact/persuasive game genres.  I love to infuse games in the curriculum I teach AND the curriculum I help design with ASU Online faculty.  I’ve seen and experienced the power of games — immersive and tiny (non-immersive).  Simply, good games enhance learning. Continue reading

Student Success with Video Chats on Google+ Hangouts

Christina Carrasquilla, a lecturer for ASU’s  Graphic Information Technology Program, presents the hows and whys of using Google+ Hangouts in her courses. She discusses how video chats enhance student engagement, promote social interaction, encourage course community, and lead to higher student performance and satisfaction. Using the Google+ social network for course interactions is easy. All students are given an ASU gmail account due to ASU’s partnership with Google. Why Google + Hangouts? Listen and learn!
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Using Mini-Games in the Classroom

Professor Marilyn Dantico talks about her experiences incorporating games in her required upper division research methods course.  Hesitant at first, she included word search, jeopardy, scatter, and arcade games that highlighted important course concepts.   Comparing class mid-term performance against a previous semester, student scores improved while standard deviation and mean difficulty remained stable.  The high score went up six points, and the mean, median, and mode went up four points.  For the final, the high score increased two percent and the mean and median increased.

Will she use games again?  Watch and find out!

Teach. Play. Learn.

Let’s talk games. Not Gaming. A little interactivity in your online course to break up the monotony of lecture, video, discussion board, paper, and quiz. Nothing too threatening, too disruptive, too time-consuming. But fun. And different. And doable.
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Designing Dynamic Discussion Question Prompts

We’ve all used them…you know, the yes/no discussion board prompts,  the six-part question, and the obvious answer query.  We vow, at least I do, to revamp these next time.  Unfortunately, next time comes without the extra time to re-conceptualize and implement my vastly improved discussion starters. Thus, my need for the experts: Drs. Orlando, Paul, and Elder.

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The Myths of Online Learning

Nicely done article on online learning myths. Admittedly, the author of the article, John Ebersole is a proponent of online learning per his page bio, but he correctly explains the viewpoint that all of us at ASU Online believe; namely that online education done well can improve the lives of people who may not have the opportunity, flexibility, or desire to obtain a full-time campus based degree program.

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