Classroom Utilization

MOOC’s function based on the concepts that students can choose an appropriate location to consume their content.

RSA’s Re-imagining work video

Don’t require students to watch videos at home.  Present all the activities and ask students to make a plan to determine when and where they will do the work

Students should be trusted to partake of the required content

RSA’s Re-imagining work video

Stop micro-managing student progress.  The individual assignments will be done as the student sees fit.  Make sure students are aware of assessment dates and trust them to be prepared.

Students should be given a variety of choices on the method they wish to use to learn the material

RSA’s Re-imagining work video

Provide a variety of ways to learn concept X.

Students should be part of a large community, as well as a smaller (“cluster”) that is based on their interests and learning styles

Dave Cormier’s “Success in a MOOC” video

Require students to identify a 2-5 peers who they will collaborate more often and more deeply with.

Lessons should be short to avoid losing students to distraction

Limit the length of videos to 15 minutes at a maximum.

Students should interact with eachother to discuss the course material (not just with the teacher)

Various methods can be used to provide discussion.  Forums (via Moodle, Socrative, Blogs), in-class discussions (pair-share, small-group study).

Use tags to allow students to easily find student-generated content.

Alice Keeler’s Blog

Choose a short hashtag (#LenzChem? #JISChem?) and encourage students to use it when uploading photos, blogs, etc.