Group 10 Work

Names: Angela Stopper, Michael Kunkle, Julie Shapiro & Annie Chong

Group Exercise 1:

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Question 1:
By applying the Community of Inquiry framework (Garrison et al.) to online learning environments, what can be done in these categories, or done better, to create a more balanced and robust educational experience?

Answer 1:

Social Presence: the ability to project one’s self and establish personal and purposeful relationships. The three main aspects of social presence are effective communication, open communication and group cohesion.”

1) By using discussion forum
2/ Pre-program video intros
3.) Small group interaction
4) Statement of each person's goals for the program
5) Emotional connection - through video

Tools we use to get people engaged and sharing (great way to do online introductions):
http://padlet.com/




Cognitive Presence: the exploration, construction, resolution and confirmation of understanding through collaboration and reflection in a community of inquiry.

1) By using backward design, the course outcomes are determined first - and then course content, activities and learning assessments are designed to support the course outcomes.

Tools we use to create really interesting discussion forums:
http://www.storiesinflight.com/flickrpoet/index.php
http://www.wordle.net/

Multimedia tools to use for online group work:
žZoho Notebook
žGlogster
žPrezi
žAudioboo.fm
žChirbit
žWeebly
žJing
žPowerPoint + YouTube

Open Education Repositories
Repository
Web Link
Merlot
www.merlot.org
Merlot Elixir
http://elixr.merlot.org/
OER Commons
www.oercommons.org
Ted Talks
www.ted.com
NPR news stories
www.npr.org
Science Daily
www.sciencedaily.com
Connexions
http://cnx.org/
The Orange Grove
http://florida.theorangegrove.org/og/access/home.do
Saylor
http://www.saylor.org/
Wiki Educator
http://wikieducator.org/Main_Page
MIT Open Courseware
http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
Open Yale Courses
http://oyc.yale.edu/
Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
http://oli.cmu.edu/learn-with-oli/see-our-free-open-courses/
National Repository of Online Courses
http://www.montereyinstitute.org/nroc/
Open Text Book
http://www.opentextbook.org/
Flat World Knowledge
http://catalog.flatworldknowledge.com/catalog

Teacher Presence: the ability to design, facilitate and directly instruct students.

1) someone who guides you to do the best on line presence

Tools we use:
http://screencast-o-matic.com/
http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html


Group Exercise 2:

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Dr. Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer of Kaplan Inc., discusses five "Myths About the Mind" in his article here. Dr. Saxberg is a cognitive scientist with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T. and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. At Kaplan Inc., Dr. Saxberg explores the workings of the mind to inform and improve learning environments including online and offline curriculum materials.

Below are the five common misconceptions about how minds work:
  • Your mind is an internal monologue
  • Your mind works like a computer
  • Expert minds just know more things than regular minds do
  • Your mind is like other minds
  • Talent makes things easier




Question 2:
How can online learning be re-imagined to address these myths? What's needed in the online learning environment? What needs to be removed or minimized?





Answer 2: