New media for fun, effective instruction in online courses

Catherine Liggett, a German instructor for Oregon State University Ecampus, captivates students and conveys key course concepts with a series of video lectures — which she calls “Hammer Grammar.” She records her lectures with easy-to-use software called Camtasia, and each video presents a topic in German grammar and employs doodles and humor to make it entertaining as well as highly effective. This is the ninth in a series of posts from the 2013 Ecampus Faculty Forum, which is an annual … Continue reading

Online labs: Creative solutions to the impossible

Delivering an online course with field and laboratory work presents many challenges. Here’s a video featuring a pair of Oregon State University instructors as they discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the alternative methods (e.g. streaming video to demonstrate complex labs) they use to construct and evaluate student work, such as web-based plant identification. Watch as Dawn Anzinger, a professor in OSU’s Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, and Stan Gregory, a fisheries and wildlife sciences professor, share their keys … Continue reading

New national data sheds light on distance ed enrollment

This week the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the most thorough breakdown yet of students who take distance education classes in the United States, providing a level of in-depth insight that previously was unavailable. Using the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the findings shed light on the impact of distance education courses on enrollment at the state level. The data is from fall 2012 and marks the first time the NCES has gathered information on enrollment in … Continue reading

Play, create, share, reflect: Exploring online instructional technology

Hear how the motto “play, create, share, reflect” provides a framework for both students and instructors to explore and apply technologies within a safe online environment. Discover new tools and see student examples in action as Oregon State University’s Cheridy Aduviri gives an insightful, helpful presentation. Aduviri is an instructor for OSU’s College of Education in the ESOL Bilingual Program. Her academic interests are in curriculum development, instructional technology, creativity and issues surrounding culture and language. This is the seventh … Continue reading

Step in front of the camera: Video that resonates with students

A common misconception of online learning is that the distance between students and their instructors is too great for the instructor to truly have their presence felt in class. Faculty who teach online with Oregon State University Ecampus prove that simply isn’t true, however. This video features a panel of Oregon State faculty from a variety of disciplines who share their tips for creating and integrating video that resonates with students. Their wisdom can help you amplify your “instructor presence” … Continue reading

Using multimedia for more effective distance advising

Dawn Marie Gaid is an environmental sciences academic adviser for online students at Oregon State University. Seen here at the 2013 OSU Ecampus Faculty Forum, she discusses the rationale behind and approach taken to create a multimedia presentation that results in a more effective new student orientation process. Watch and learn how you might apply this same approach to various facets of your online course. This is the fifth in a series of posts from the 2013 Ecampus Faculty Forum, … Continue reading

Talking in class is a good thing: Creating effective online discussions

A panel of experienced online instructors from Oregon State University share their strategies to help you make the discussion board an effective part of your class. Learn techniques for designing and facilitating discussions – even in courses that are not traditionally discussion-centered, such as math. The video below features advice, how-to tips and additional commentary from OSU Ecampus instructors Charisse Hake (mathematics), Olga Rowe (sociology) and Jean Moule (education), as well as adviser Brenda Kellar (anthropology). This is the fourth … Continue reading

Survey results show student, federal interest in online ed is rising

The Instructional Technology Council put community colleges under the microscope in its 2013 Distance Education Survey Results, but the findings certainly have implications for higher education as a whole. The survey — Trends in eLearning: Tracking the Impact of eLearning at Community Colleges — polled 143 ITC member institutions and asked them to help paint a picture of how online education is evolving nationwide. Here are some highlights of the survey: Student demand for online classes continues to grow at … Continue reading

Secrets to success to make you a ‘favorite’ instructor

Oregon State University Ecampus conducts an annual survey of OSU’s distance learners, and in 2012 a number of faculty were recognized as “student favorites.” Ecampus then invited a few of these instructors to join a panel discussion at the 2013 Ecampus Faculty Forum to share their strategies for delivering exciting and effective learning online. The video below will introduce you to the faculty trio of Dr. Kevin Ahern (senior instructor of biochemistry and biophysics); Dr. Nicole Duplaix (instructor of fisheries … Continue reading

What makes an online instructional video compelling?

The latest (March/April 2014) issue of the Educause Review features a detailed report on effective use of videos in online courses. Specifically, Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education (SCE) team tries to answer questions that are vital to online course design: “What characteristics do students perceive as influencing their learning?” And “what videos receive the most views?” By examining analytics from SCE’s video hosting platform and conducting in-depth interviews with 10 students about their online learning experiences, the SCE group’s … Continue reading