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Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

@elpatronhimself think we need to tell novice researchers this PPT

RQ
Theoretical Perspective
Lit Review
Methods
Analysis
Discussion...

..Boring AF. Break out of the cardboard boxes the academy has forced upon you.

Greg McVerry

Make up your own methods, better yet do with with the community you are in as a writer and studying as a writer. . ..but seriously don't let others dictate the patterns you find in refactored truth

Greg McVerry

Week One Module for #edu506 @scsu studentd building up their skills in teachign online literacies in k12 classrooms

Goals:  Explore methods to make our online classes a caring place where every student know what it takes to succeed. Objectives: Analyze how you applied elements of Community

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Explore methods to make our online classes a caring place where every student know what it takes to succeed.

Objectives:
  • Analyze how you applied elements of Community of Inquiry to your first week
  • Explain why intentional hospitality matters in online learning.
Read

Skim the readings for the salient points. Try to survive this week. I debated just giving you an infographic but I went full source in case you return.

Bali, M., Caines, A., Hogue, R. J., DeWaard, H. J., & Friedrich, C. (2019). I ntentionally Equitable Hospitality in Hybrid Video Dialogue: The context of virtually connecting. eLearn, 2019(5), 5.

Garrison, D. R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2010). The first decade of the community of inquiry framework: A retrospective. The internet and higher education, 13(1-2), 5-9.

Write

Share a reflection of your first day.

Share yoru daily and/or weekly schedule

Participate

You took pride in designing your classroom. Your online class should be the same. Over time you can add all the paint and posters, get all the student work hung up, make anchor charts.

For now less is more.

  • Get a piece a paper,
  • Draw out the text structure of a "class period" or "day" depending on your k12 school gets set up.
  • You get no more than four boxes.
  • Now make this layout in Google Classroom.
  • Provide a shot of your paper and the classroom template (NO student data can be displayed)
Reflection

This first week with your students your major focus has to be on social presence and intentional hospitality. Share the strategies you used to keep learning social while creating an environment where students know you care.

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Greg McVerry

Hey @scsu I wanted to share some insights we have had as we build and facilitate trainings to get ready for the 100% move online #edchat #literacies #edtechchat #highered

As our students will return to campus without setting a foot on campus we need to ensure we approach the week with care and compassion

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As our students will return to campus without setting a foot on campus we need to ensure we approach the week with care and compassion and then build out a space for learning using four better practices:

  • Use Asynchronous Communication
  • Use Simple Predictable Design
  • Focus On Teacher Presence
  • Provide Timely Feedback

Make Your Class Asynchronous

We have been providing training to many of you on two delivery methods:

  • asynchronous techniques using videos, readings, assignment, and Blackboard
  • synchronous techniques using chat and video apps like Microsoft Teams and WebEx

While as a faculty member you have the academic freedom to design your course in any manner that uses tools supported by the University we wanted to share some better practices:

The majority of your course should be asynchronous. While many faculty may want to just open WebEx or Microsoft Teams, launch the video chat, and teach during their assigned face to face class time this is not considered better practice.

  • Many of your students will be newly unemployed and have child care issues to figure out. Being available at specific times may not be possible to many. Conducting the majority of your classes asynchronously will help ensure every student can succeed.
  • Your synchronous chats should be used to supplement your class and increase your social presence. Better practice would not rely on live chat as your primary delivery system

Keep Your Design Simple

You need to keep your instructional design simple and predictable. For the next few weeks less is more. Provide as few tools to students as possible. Come up with a design for your modules (we made a course template) that you can repeat each week or each two weeks.

Focus on Teaching Presence

After simple design your teaching presence is the most important practice. Set aside 1-2 hours a day for teaching each class and another 1hour per class for delivering feedback. At a minimum you should post a note to each students' first post. Make sure you are posting a minimum of four days a week.

Try so send daily or weekly announcement. A short email, video, or audio announcement can help keep students engaged.
Email messages are very powerful. Send words of encouragement or feedback occasionally to student emails. Research shows this to be a very effective practice at increasing student engagement.

Timely Feedback

We are all worried about the increased work load but we know timely feedback ensures student success in online learning. First begin by asking if your assessments are important. Will they make a difference to student lives in 5 years. If you are doing the assessment for just a grade or accreditation it doesn't really serve a learning purpose and may not be needed.

Think about more frequent and shorter assessments. Use low stakes or ungraded assessments. Rely on peer assessments. Remember feedback, and not the assessment tools and grades we assign, drive learning.

Greg McVerry

Questions About the "Case Study" #edu506

When enough students ask you for clarification you realize that your assignment description needs improvement. This is happening with the "case study" assignment in #edu506. I

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When enough students ask you for clarification you realize that your assignment description needs improvement.

This is happening with the "case study" assignment in . I put case study in quotes because the assignment does not reflect our shared definition of a case study. My original error was calling a thing the wrong thing.

Instead of a case study where you are given a situation to consider, compare, or solve, students in will do a collaborative essay.

Why A Collaborative Essay

  • Research based methods for improving writing
  • Prepare you to teach through inquiry in elementary classrooms
  • Increase social presence in an online classroom

Research Based Writing Instruction

While it is based on research among older students the lesson of Writing Next ring true in elementary school (just as the best teaching in pre-school works in college).

The meta-analysis, a type of research that synthesizes multiple empirical studies, found eleven strategies that improve writing. Among the recommendations: collaborative essays and using the writing process.

The assignment, where you are writing two different essays ask you to consider to questions:

  • Should we focus on content knowledge or comprehension strategy instruction?
  • Should we level books in our classroom libraries and curriculum?

By working together on this essay you will gain practice and create evidence of growth around the ability to integrate multiple sources, use sources from class and optionally supplement these with your research, and present a well organized argument.

You will submit an essay around 450-500 words for each inquiry questions.

Prepare You Teach Through Inquiry

When teachers assign oprojects they often neglect students on the process of completing the inquiry process. As future elementary teachers you need to know how to teach through inquiry and how to teach argumentative writing. This assignment builds in opportunities to practice both. You will develop a plan to complete the assignment. Create a rubric to assess your writing, and finally reflect on the process. These are the same steps you will need to use as a teacher.

Develop a Plan

In terms of developing a plan and a schedule start at the due date 2020-03-17 and work backwards. Look at the tasks to be completed and choose a date for each. Develop a communication plan (face to face, phone Blackboard) and agree on a workflow (will you use Google docs, Office, etc).

Make a rubric

Then make the rubric. Look at the writing standards for fifth grade, specifically those focused on knowledge integration and argumentation. Choose 3-4 skills and develop them into criteria. Set what you think would be goal on each criterion.

Reflect on Process

You also need to create opportunities for students to reflect on their learning in order for learning to occur. Reflecting on writing and the inquiry process helps you grow.

Increase Social Presence

As we have discussed success in online classes takes your cognitive presence and social presence. I want us to use the group studies to focus on our social presence. Online learning does not mean learning alone. Stay in contact with each other, agree on a plan, and stick to the goals.

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