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    Engaging your Students Online Fiona  McCloy  Office  for  Digital  Learning  October  2015  

  • Session Outline This webinar explores how Ulster’s VLE could be used to engage your students and what tools are available to monitor this engagement. -  Practical ideas and tools -  Tools to monitor engagement

  • Student Engagement Student engagement in individual student learning •  improves outcomes •  value is no longer questioned

    “Specific aspects of engagement, such as involvement, time on task, and quality of effort, have repeatedly been linked to positive outcomes.”

    Trowler, V. (2010) Student Engagement Literature Review. York: The Higher Education Academy

  • Principles “Chickering and Gamson (1987) summarised the evidence into seven effective practices in undergraduate teaching and learning...” 1.  Student-staff contact 2.  cooperation among students 3.  active learning 4.  prompt feedback 5.  time on task 6.  high expectations 7.  respect for diverse learning styles

    Chickering, A., & Gamson, Z. (1987). Seven principles of good practice in undergraduate education. AAHE Bulletin, 39, 3-7.

  • 8: Course Enhancements



    Peer Review""



    ShareStream!Manage & embed

    video content"

    ShareStream!Media Assignment"

    !Retention Centre!

    Collaborate!Web conferencing

    tool for synchronous


    Use of Blackboard to support student engagement?

    Context: blended, open and online learning

  • Engaging your Students Online

    Is the learning: purposeful, challenging, authentic, real-world, problem-based, relevant, experimental, inspiring, fun, collaborative, reflective, social, creative...

    Sense  of  Belonging  

    Learning  Content  

    Learning  Community  

    Regular  Ac>vi>es  

    Regular  Feedback  

    Actions and Activity

  •      1.  Sense  of  Belonging    

    IDEA   TOOL  

    Introduce  yourself  with  video  message   ShareStream  (video-‐streaming),  captured  using  your  own  handheld  device  

    Communicate  when  you  will  be  engaging  online  –  lead  by  example  

    Item,  Announcement,  Email,  Calendar  

    Communicate  expectaJons     Learning  outcomes,  course  documentaJon,  Rubric  

    InducJon  and  orientaJon   Web  conferencing  tool  (Blackboard  Collaborate  should  be  available  S1  AY  2015/16).  

    Digital  literacy  task  as  part  of  InducJon,  introduce  the  tools  that  will  be  used  

    e.g.  Journal,  creaJng  video,  Blog,  etc.  

    Ice-‐breaker  acJvity  -‐  build  relaJonships  -‐  could  link  to  learning  objecJves,  learning  experience,  learning  preferences,  etc.  

    Blog,  Discussion  Board  

    Build  relaJonships  and  model  desired  behaviour  

    Discussion  Board,  Blog,  Messages,  Send  Email,  Collaborate,  ShareStream  

    Signpost  support  for  students   Programme  Support  Area,  Student  OrientaJon  Course,  Blackboard  Helpdesk  

  •      2.  Learning  Content    

    IDEA   TOOL  

    Embed  video  content  -‐    annotated  screencasts,  live  presentaJons,  work  based  simulaJons,  work  place  orientaJon  

    ShareStream,  Collaborate,  Mashup  YouTube  videos,  TechSmith  Relay  (create  screencast),  create  on  handheld  device  

    Embed  Web  2.0  social  media  into  your  content  to  make  it  topical,  relevant  and  interacJve    (Could  encourage  students  to  do  this  when  they  are  creaJng  content)  

    e.g.  TwiXer  Widget  embedded  via  Text  Editor,  Mashups  ShareStream  presentaJons    

    Add  word  clouds  to  encourage  criJcal  thinking   Create  Word  Cloud  and  add  as  an  image    

    Add  copyright  compliant  images   Mashups  Flickr  (select  more  opJons,  search  for  CreaJve  Commons  licence)    

    Add  bespoke  digitally  designed  content  or  reusable  learning  objects,  e.g.  animaJon  or  simulaJon  

    ODL  Special  Projects  –  opportunity  to  work  in  partnership  with  digital  designers  to  enhance  the  quality  of  digital  learning  content.  

    Use  the  range  of  tools  available  to  present  content  in  a  a  meaningful  and  accessible  way  

    Learning  Module,  Glossary,  Folder,  Item  

  •      3.  Learning  Community    

    IDEA   TOOL  

    OpportuniJes  for  regular  interacJon  and  discussion  relaJng  to  the  learning  objecJves  

    Discussion  Board,  Collaborate,  Blog  

    Build  relaJonships  and  a  learning  community  –  by  skilful  moderaJon.  

    Discussion  Board,  Collaborate,  Blog  ODL  E-‐Tutor  Course  (e-‐modera>ng  skills)    

    Encourage  students  to  work  collaboraJvely  on  learning  tasks    

    •  Group  tool  -‐  gives  students  a  collaborate  work  space  –  with  access  to  communicaJon  and  collaboraJon  tools,  e.g.  Discussion  Board,  Messages,  Wiki,  Blog,  etc.  

    •  Wiki  tool  -‐  a  space  where  students  can  create  work  collaboraJvely,  individual  student  effort  can  be  viewed  by  instructor  

    Draw  the  students  back  into  the  learning  community  by  highlighJng  new  content/acJviJes  

    Announcements,  Email,  NoJficaJons,  Mobile  App  

    Provide  separate  break  out  areas  for  social  acJvity  and  general  support  

    Discussion  Board  

  • Fostering Learning Communities Pedagogical  IniJate  quesJons  

    Provide  informaJon  Make  connecJons  

    Give  informaJve  feedback  Summarise  key  points  

    Managerial  Demonstrate  leadership  Keep  discussions  focused  

    Monitor  regularly  Invite  missing  members  Set  up  rules/norms  

    Social  Set  the  tone  

    Encourage  parJcipaJon  Invite  responses  

    Ask  quesJons  to  clarify  Acknowledge  contribuJons  

    Technical  Demonstrate  the  use  of  the  system  

    Start  new  threads  Provide  opportuniJes  to  explore  the  

    system  Develop  a  study  guide  

    FacilitaJon  skills  for  online  discussions  

    Wang, Q. (2008), Student-facilitators' roles in moderating online discussions. British Journal of Educational Technology,

    Student Engagement Tips (PDF).

  •      4.  Regular  Ac>vi>es    

    IDEA   TOOL  

    Range  of  regular,  relevant  and  challenging  tasks.  These  can  build  up  to  a  larger  summaJve  assessment.  

    Discussions  Board,  Blog,  Journal,  Collaborate,  Assignment,  Wiki,  Test,  TurniJn  GradeMark,  ShareStream  Assignment  Tool,  Group  Assignment  

    Introduce  acJvity  and  communicate  expectaJons  

    Video  announcements  (embed  video  into  Announcement  Tool,  trigger  Email),  Rubric    

    Design  tasks  to  allow  student  choice  and  promote  creaJvity  

    Use  of  Apps,  handheld  devices,  social  media,  etc.  

    InteracJon  and  dialogue  around  tasks   Discussion  Board,  Collaborate,  Wiki,  Groups,  PeerMark  

    Peer  review,  compare  their  work  with  that  of  their  peers,  reflect  on  their  own  

    TurniJn  PeerMark,  Self  &  Peer  Assessment  Tool  

    Group  acJviJes,  collaboraJve  tasks   Collaborate,  Wiki,  Group  tool,  Discussion  Board  

    Self-‐assessment  and  reflecJon   Journal  tool  

  • Outside the VLE Many tools and technologies…




    Video Streaming


    Smartphone, tablet, laptop, microphone, webcam...

    YouTube, vimeo, iTunes U, Khan Academy…

    Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, LinkedIn, Pinterest…

    Powerpoint, SlideShare, Camtasia, Prezi, Keynote…

    Explain everything, Evernote, Nearpod, iMovie, Socrative…

    that could be used creatively in tasks

  •      5.  Feedback    

    Formative process Lead to improvement

    On-going dialogue Promote self-regulated learning

  • Monitor Student Engagement

    Why? Monitor student engagement to gain an insight into student performance, especially when they begin. Identify and track at-risk students and act upon this information to help student achievement. Tools available to help Global Navigation > Retention Centre Control Panel > Evaluation > Course Reports Control Panel > Evaluation > Performance Dashboard Control Panel > Evaluation > Retention Centre Control Panel > Grade Centre

  • Retention Centre •  Student access

    more than 5 days •  Set up your own

    rules •  Via Global Nav or

    Course Tools

  • Retention Centre •  Xxx •  Xxx •  xxx

    Performance Dashboard •  Click column title to

    order information (ascend or descend)

  • Grade Centre

    Reports •  Run a variety of reports

    for each module •  Ability to tailor by format,

    date and user.

  • Grade Centre •  Each assessment added to a module creates a column

    in Grade Centre. •  From range of assessment and collaboration tools. •  View submissions, grade, provide feedback, view stats.

  • Learning Design

    Careful consideration of the overall learning design and how to link it all together. One size does not fit all – consider discipline, topic, cohort, class size, learning outcomes, experience, etc.