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Preparing Teachers to Teach in Online and Blended Learning Environments

DR. PAUL RESTA, U. OF TEXAS, AUSTIN JARL JONAS, BLACKBOARD INC WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011

Welcome and Introductions Jarl Jonas

Sr. Program Manager CourseSites

[email protected]

My Lifelong Learning Journey

- K12 Teacher, FL & NJ - Faculty Dev. Coord., NYU - Dir. Virtual College & Corp. Learning , NYU - Consulting Manager, Bb - Program Manger, CourseSites by Bb 2

Agenda

• • • • • A Call to Action The Need to Keep Up What is CourseSites?

CourseSites Demonstration • • • • • Create an Account Create a Course Invite Students Set-up Home Page Resources Questions

CourseSites is a fully hosted, online course creation and facilitation service for high school teachers and higher education instructors.

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A Call to Action http://www.redefineteachered.org

Prepare teachers to teach in online and blended learning environments.

Virtual schools, online courses, and blended learning environments (face-to-face and online) have grown exponentially across the country in recent years and this trend will continue well into the future. Few, however, are learning to teach online classes. Twenty first Century educators must get training and experience in online and blended learning environments as part of their that they master the skills to 4 educator development programs so

The Need to Keep Up

• Supplemental or full-time online learning opportunities are available to at least some students in

48 of the 50 states

plus Washington, DC.

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, as well as Washington, DC, have statewide full-time online schools.

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have state virtual schools or state-led online initiatives, and Alaska is planning to open a statewide online learning network in 2011.

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growth rates between 20% and

• • 75% of school districts had one or more students enrolled in an online or blended learning course.

5 planned to expand online offerings in the coming year.

Need for Free Resources

“School budgets are under pressure —and many teachers are opening their own wallets as well as turning to free resources.” Source: Deepening Connections: Teachers Increasingly Rely on Media and Technology PBS and

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What is CourseSites?

CourseSites is a free, fully hosted online course creation and facilitation service, specifically designed for individual instructors.

Presentation Tools

• Online Environment • Email • Text Chat • VoIP/Whiteboard

Distribution Tools

• 24/7 Access • Email • Social Sharing • Virtual Classroom • Blogs

Communication Tools

• Text & Voice Discussions • Email • Text Chat • VoIP/Whiteboard • Journals

Content-Based Tools

• WSYWIG Editor • Mash-ups (YouTube) • Wikis • VoIP/Whiteboard • Podcasts

Productivity Tools

• Lesson Planning • Efficient Grading • Progress Reports • Performance Dashboard 7

What’s In It For Me?

Interactive course websites at no cost for: • • • Teacher Education Faculty Pre-service Teachers In-service Teachers 8

Creating an Account http://www.coursesites.com

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Quick, Easy Registration

Instructors can sign up using popular web service credentials to lessen # of online accounts and reduce login errors 10

SETTING UP COURSES

How do we make sure students do not feel like this?

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Course Structures

Choice of 32 pedagogically-driven course structures w/ sample content helps expedite the course building process 12

Course Themes

Choice of 50 themes creates aesthetic learning environment and enhances student engagement 13

Initial Guidance

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Instructor Home Page

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Getting Started with CourseSites

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Student Orientation

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Accessibility & Universal Design

Request enrollment at accessible.coursesites.com

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Instructor Community

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Lesson Planning

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Learning Modules

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Notifications

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Wikis, Blogs, Journals

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CourseSites Live

Tools Participant Window Whiteboard tools Text chat Audio controls Activity Window (optional) 24

CourseSites IM

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CourseSites Voice

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Multi-media Resources

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Images

www.cooltext.com

(course banners) www.flamingtext.com

www.pics4learning.com

www.loc.gov

(Library of Congress) www.gettyone.com

www.flickr.com

course banners) (royalty free)

(now from w/in CourseSites)

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Video

www.youtube.com

(now from w/in CourseSites)

www.teachertube.com

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Web Content

www.slideshare.com

www.merlot.org

(Advanced K12, HE) www.eduhound.com

(now from w/in CourseSites)

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Programs

www.techsmith.com/Jing www.ispringsolutions.com

PPT ) (create recorded overviews) (Creates Flash-based resources from 27

Partner Capabilities

Partner Capabilities – also at no cost!

Respondus

• Assessment Creation • LockDown Browser • StudyMate Class • Free versions for use on CourseSites only •

SoftChalk

• Free version for use on CourseSites only 28

Testimonials and Showcases

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Get Started Today!

http://www.coursesites.com

[email protected]

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Stay Connected!

• CourseSites Blog (Coming Soon) community.coursesites.com

• YouTube www.youtube.com/coursesites • Facebook www.facebook.com/coursesites • Twitter @coursesites 31