OLC Accelerate 22nd Annual International Conference November 16-18, 2016 – Orlando, FL

PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY - A CASE STUDY IN TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED LEARNING

Key components of the course design included

Guided Practice: This LTI tool aligns resources to activities, allowing the student to select their own path through the content using resources that work best for him or her. Behind the scenes, instructional staff can view reports on usage – helping them to further refine the resources being offered.

Countdown Game: This LTI tool uses games-based learning to introduce concepts at the beginning of each unit. The student completes vocabulary exercises to earn points and move up a class leaderboard. Instructors can access reports that highlight terms that are regularly missed within the game, and customize their synchronous learning sessions appropriately.

G-Chem Site: This freely-available website serves as the online backbone of the course. It hosts most of the course content, including reading, images, videos, animations, and simulations. Students are directed to content within the site via assessments, Guided Practice, and other course components.

Open Textbook: The course team created an open textbook using the OpenStax platform. The textbook could be viewed for free online using mobile or desktop devices, and could be downloaded in epub format for viewing on reading devices.

Take Away

5 STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING A CULTURE OF ONLINE ACCESSIBILITY

Take Away

Strategy # 1: communicate the consequences:  Make everyone aware of the potential consequences of inaccessible online content

Strategy # 2: meaningful instruction: Make all educational resources simple, relevant, and extremely useful

Strategy # 3: Project based partnerships: Build partnerships based on specific projects and products

Strategy # 4: establish proximity: Establish close proximity with students and create a channel for direct feedback

Strategy # 5: Be agile: Stay informed, stay current, and be agile

Using Videos As An Alternative To Traditional Assessment To Enhance Student Learning And Engagement In Large Classroom

In this session, I will share my experience as an Instructional Technologist working with faculty and students in a large classrooms using free and easy-to-use software to produce and upload videos as assessments. This session will benefit both students and instructors to know how to produce videos (students) and assess video submissions (instructors) in large classrooms.

CREATING ADAPTIVE LEARNING COURSES - WHAT INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN PRINCIPLES DO YOU NEED TO CONSIDER?

Take Away

1. Be explicit in how you introduce you design.

2. Avoid saying "This is New"

3. Focus on the pedagogy

4. Don't onverwhelm students with many different technology

5. Hold learners accountable for work completed outside of in-class time

6. Seek formative feedback throughout the course!

Credits:

Steven Cain

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