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Seven Tips for Creating a Positive Online Learning Experience…in Odijoo

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Here’s a great article by Faculty Focus on the “Seven Tips for Creating a Positive Online Learning Experience“.

Try applying these principles in your own Odijoo classroom :

“Personal introductions…”
Use Odijoo’s internal messaging system to send out introductions and alerts to your students. Try also engaging your students in a few introductory activities to get to know them better and create discussion.

“Constant presence in the classroom…”
Keep your students engaged by constantly creating discussions in your classroom. In Odijoo, anyone can start a discussion within a classroom, so you can encourage your students to do the same.

“Timely response to all student postings and assignments…”
Set criteria for your Odijoo quizzes and Odijoo discussions in the completion reports settings. Include detailed automatic feedback but also provide individual feedback to students for a personal touch and a more effective learning experience.

“Be clear in all “housekeeping” aspects…”
Make your course policies known, by setting specific grading criteria for your classrooms and annoncing it to students in quiz wording, classroom discussions and messages. Odijoo makes it easy to not only set a standard for your classroom, but also to make that standard known to your students.

“Give assignment feedback that is positive and that helps the student improve…”
Be detailed in your Odijoo quiz feedback and completion reports. If a student something right, provide some positive reinforcement. If they get it wrong, let them know how to improve for next time.

“Share tips, ideas, information, and personal perspectives to make the students feel more comfortable…”
Odijoo’s social learning features make it easy for students and teachers to discuss, collaborate, share and learn together – take advantage of this!

Constant presence in the classroom. When students see that the instructor is very active and visible in the class—in discussion, in class postings, etc.—it reassures them that instructor is real, is interested in the class, and is there for individual students. This will have a big impact on student success because they know the instructor is around for questions and concerns AND it gives them a more positive feeling about being in the class.
Timely response to all student postings and assignments. First, responding in a timely manner will keep students from having hold assignments until they get clarification from the instructor. It is also crucial that the instructor give thorough and immediate feedback on all assignments so students can learn how to improve and can go on to the next assignment in a timely manner.
Be clear in all “housekeeping” aspects. Grading criteria, all contact information, policy on late submissions, “netiquette,” and other such items need be clearly defined so there is a minimum of confusion later on in the class. As I have taught more classes over the years, I have compiled an extended list of these based on student queries; posting these early in the class cuts down on student confusion and student emails asking about these items—a big time-saver for both student the instructor.
Give assignment feedback that is positive and that helps the student improve. Students must have feedback on assignments that lets them know how they are doing in the class (i.e., their grade), what they need do to improve, and what they are doing right. I give individual item feedback that is made up of three parts: what is wrong, why it is wrong, and how it can be made right; I also will give positive feedback for individual points that are outstanding; and I always include an overall positive comment at the end of the assignment.
Share tips, ideas, information, and personal perspectives to make the students feel more comfortable. All of these have one goal: to give additional understanding of the subject being discussed, written about, etc. Personal perspectives are especially helpful, including those of the students: it puts the subject matter in a “real life” context, it gets more students actively and enthusiastically involved in class, and creates a stronger rapport between the students and the online instructor.

Read the full article here