TLT.GS/todaysPLAN for FrLv! 20190308

LTAs for Online Synchronous Sessions 

Special Focus:  First 5 minutes of first SYNCHRONOUS session of an online course

LTAs = Low-Threshold Applications, Activities

Guest:  Beth Dailey              Cameo:  Saundra McGuire


2pm ET Intro, Warm-Up – Steve  Gilbert

Introduction – including begin recording

Scope
Only online courses in which faculty seek to encourage students’ engagement & participation, especially via use of “essential” features of the online resources used in the course.   

Why focus on LTAs for 1st five minutes of 1st online synch session for online course? 
Because the first 5 minutes of the first SYNCHRONOUS session of an online course can acknowledge and address Lower the Threshold for participation (get through 1st dip into the pool)?

Advice

  • Don’t assume all students already have same access, experience, dexterity, attitude…
  • Practice any tech option you intend to use during 1st synch session; 
    goal:  “automaticity” [John Sener];
  • Select SMALL number of easy to use online synch options  
  • Acknowledge limitations or challenges likely to be encountered by participants
    • Controls, buttons, features, etc…  may not appear or be accessible in exactly the same ways for each participant!  Due to UNAVOIDABLE AND UNPREDICTABLE variations in devices, operating systems, bandwidth, versions of Apps,…
    • [Zoom!!  Good news:  can use via PCs, Laptops, Tablets, smart phones, ….
      Bad news:  interface cannot possibly be identical for all configurations.
  • Confirm students’ ability/willingness to use features of essential technology.  
  • Give immediate practice at simplest possible level, use least threatening options.
  • Recommend additional references, resources for those who want additional help with the technology.

Features we’ll use today in 1st 5 minutes to demonstrate Zoom resources that support the advice above

 Yes/No Handraising;  Text Chat;  Shared Whiteboard;  Audio & Video Participation; Silence


Yes/No Handraising

Why?   Minimal level of responsive participation!

Demo

  • Explain/demo where to find this feature
  • Ask 1-part question:  Anyone need further explanation of handraising in zoom?
  • Ask 2-part question (RESPOND “YES” ONLY IF THAT IS YOUR ANSWER TO BOTH PARTS)  Results of this will be used later for roll-call participation:
    Do you have a microphone, etc. necessary for speaking in Zoom session today?
    AND
    Would you like to be “called on” to speak vocally today? 
  • Ask transitional question:  Anyone need explanation of Zoom Text Chat?

Text Chat

Why? Most commonly available feature in synchronous online systems.  Does not require instantaneous response.  Adds a usually-enriching dimension.

Caution:  Chat can become very active.   Don’t be reluctant to specify acceptable/unacceptable usage.

Option:  Voice of the Chat

Demo

  •  Everyone, please enter your name and city in Text Chat now. 

Shared Whiteboard – (Map of US/world – click)

Why?  Simple NON-VERBAL introductory activity.  Shared whiteboard can be used in MANY different ways for more advanced purposes, but quick response from all may require at least an initial practice.

Yes/No Question:  Would you like some explanation of use of shared whiteboard in Zoom?

Demo

  • Ask question:  everyone, pls use whiteboard to indicate  your city

Audio (& Video?)

Why?

  • Asking question – anyone need explanation of audio/headset/mic?
  • Ask question:  use Yes/No (Handraising)  to indicate if willing to try microphone now

Demo

  • Roll call of only those who say “yes”;  ask those who wish to try video at that time to do so.  SAY ONLY NAME, INSTITUTIONAL ROLE

Beth Dailey & Cameo(s) – Saundra McGuire


Beth Dailey

“Using Reflection” – opportunities for students to reflect at beginning and at end of …(e.g., training event)

  • BETH Recommendations for activities that are almost always useful, but we can easily forget to use them, and many of us dislike repeating the same activity too many times….therefore, good to have a couple of variations that each of us can use/try….AND remind ourselves not to simply omit one of these because WE have become so inured/accustomed…even when we KNOW they are valuable to include

BASICS FOR SINGLE TRAINING EVENT

BETH’S VARIATIONS

  • Multi-session Course
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)

BETH’S INVITED VARIATIONS


Saundra McGuire

Director Emerita, Center for Academic Success, 
(Ret) Assistant Vice Chancellor  & Professor of Chemistry
Louisiana State University

Introduce students to Bloom’s Taxonomy and learning strategies by using reflection activities.  Require them to post how they will use this information for the class, and have each student respond to two or three posts.

2:40pm ET  Other????

2:50pm ET Closing

REFLECT SILENTLY (MAKE NOTES IF YOU LIKE) SHARE VIA CHAT

  • NEEDS FOR AN LTA 

REFLECT SILENTLY (MAKE NOTES IF YOU LIKE) SHARE VIA CHAT

  • LTA MIGHT SHARE

Next Week:  THEME:  REFLECTION – Apps etc.


Robin Sullivan

Saundra McGuire

Steve Gilbert:  Notation & Syntax – Instructional Bottlenecks

…??? …

 


  1. Clarify a Topic, Issue:  Articulate a
    1. Useful Question
    2. Request for Resource
  2. Identify, Share Resource
    1. At least one strategy, online tool, etc.
    2. Shareable, Shareworthy (almost immediately useable/useful)
  3. Follow-Up
    1. Decide Unnecessary
    2. Identify Specific Activity, Date, People

 

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