Welcome to Humanizing Online Instruction (#HumanMOOC)
We will soon begin Week 0 (November 14 – 20, 2016)
Humanizing online instruction means creating a sense of connectedness that has been noted in research studies as methods for engaging and retaining students. This MOOC introduces learners to the process of building community in an online course. Prerequisite knowledge for this course is familiarity with online teaching and learning, willingness to interact and learn using a variety of technologies, and a desire to understand how multimedia might supplement instruction. This course is free and does not require a textbook. To be successful in this course, plan to spend approximately 3 hours per week completing activities and interacting with other participants. The primary audience for this course are those who wish to explore methods and tools that will enhance the sense of community and presence in online or hybrid learning.
This MOOC consists of three one-week modules which begin November 21st
Course Learning Objectives
- Evaluate the use of several asynchronous tools that enhance teaching presence, social presence, and cognitive presence to meet the needs of learners who choose distance learning for the sake of convenience.
- Evaluate and choose the audio/video screen-casting tool that will be used for providing learners feedback via video.
- Develop a sample course announcement using audio and/or video to include in comprehensive course communication plan.
- Consider and reflect on digital citizenship and how to demonstrate good citizenship using instructor presence.
- Experiment with new methods of monitoring and managing student progress.
- Develop course goals and outcomes communication.
- Develop a personal action plan explaining the new communication strategies to enhance instructor, cognitive, and social presence that will be included in the learners’ future courses.
- Explore the use of problem-based learning/project-based learning and triggering events that can build learners problem resolution strategies to deepen cognitive presence
- Demonstrate how technology interaction can make instructors and learners more “real” online and how these interactions have an influence on learning.
To get started with Humanizing Online Instruction (#HumanMOOC), please take sometime to review the following:
- Canvas help: if you need help with Canvas, access the Canvas Network Help Forum for technical support. There you can ask questions and report bugs. You can also request new features at the Canvas Network Feature Forum.
- Course Support: The course facilitators will participate as much as possible in the course interactions. Please feel free to contact us regarding the course, content or information at anytime by posting to the I Need HELP! discussion. We will respond as soon as possible within 48 hours. We will read and respond to discussions, blog posts, tweets and other interactions as much as “humanly” possible. The course facilitators will also be available during the live Google Hangout sessions using the backchannel on Twitter (hashtag #HumanMOOC)
- For more information on how you can utilize Twitter effectively see the twitter guide for academics.
Week 0: To Do List
- Review the course welcome and orientation (Week 0 in canvas).
- Become familiar with your MOOC wayfinders; Whitney Kilgore, Maha Al-Freih, Patrice Prusko, and Matt Crosslin.
- Find ways to participate in this course and create your own dat-to-dat learning activities calendar using this syllabus as a guide.
- Develop your personal action plan.
- Introduce yourself in the discussion board, connect with your peers on Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn, and be ready to share your experiences
Ready to go now? Good!
The Stream | Week 0
This pathway is designed to be more like the linear, guided knowledge pathway that most of you are used to in a typical online course. You will work through a pre-determined set of videos, content, and assignments. This is a good pathway for new learners or those that prefer more structured, guided learning experiences.
Ready for the stream? For this week, your activities include (which you probably already went through by now):
- Join the Week 0 Hangouts
- Go through the Week 0 content
- Introduce yourself on the introduction discussion forum
Want to also do some social interaction with this week’s content? See the Garden for social interaction.
Interested in socializing, but not sure how to do all of that non-linear stuff? We have a special Gardening for Beginners option for those transitioning from the Stream to the Garden.
The Garden | Week 0
This pathway is designed to be more like a social, non-structured, self-guided pathway that may be new to many of you. You will work through creating your own goals and connecting with other learners to think through various assignments. This is a good pathway for more advanced learners or those that prefer more interactive learning experiences.
Not sure how to do all of that? We have a special Gardening for Beginners option for those transitioning from the Stream to the Garden.
Ready for the Garden? For this week, your possible activities include:
- Join the Week 0 Hangouts
- Find people in your networks to connect with
- Create an account in the HumanMOOC Connect section
- Add your blog to the HumanMOOC blog hub
- Join the HumanMOOC Google Plus Community
- Write a blog post, or record a video, or create some type of media, about your expectations for HumanMOOC and share in the Connect area, on Twitter, or in the Google Plus Community.
Want to look at some of the content we think you may need for this week? See the Stream for our content.
Gardening for Beginners
Thinking about taking the Garden pathway but still not sure what to do? Here are some ways to jump into social learning.
- Sign up for Twitter. Read this page to learn more about the basics of how to use Twitter.
- Create a blog. Read this page to learn more about the basics of blogging.
- Check out the HumanMOOC Activity Bank for activity ideas.
- Look into the basics of the HumanMOOC Connect area. This is a good place to share your blog posts with others in the class.
That’s basically it! Want to go back to the content we think you may need for this week? See the Stream for our content.
Ready for some social interaction with this week’s content? See the Garden for social interaction.