Sunday 5th August
The SPEAKER : Natasa Bozic Grojic
"Keep your online participants engaged "
The event took place last Sunday but I was not online. I watched the recording today since I was not able to watch it live.
I must confess that I wanted to watch it as I have met the speaker many times, virtually, and I have appreciated her way of working. The first time was two years ago when she was working in an EVO session.
You can access her profile and get more information by accessing this link https://about.me/natasabozicgrojic and by reading her eportfolio https://www.netvibes.com/lunas994#General
Natasa based her reflections on what she had learnt in this year’s EVO Session working online on Moodle and thinking about her experience online as a learner while doing some Moocs some years ago. In particular she shared with me an experience as a teacher by using Moodle, which I did last year and which she did this year. You can find more information in her blog post http://lunas994.blogspot.com/2018/03/keep-your-online-learners-motivated.html
She explained that it is important to plan well and to work on the layout of your course as you will have to get all the learners engaged. It is important to design the first week well and to provide help , support and also tips by using chats, forums and also videotutorials online. Online learners may have different backgrounds and Learning experiences online ; some might be less or more tech savvy, as a result the tutor online plays an important role.
Engagement is the key word to success. By helping the learners and by supporting them and also badges and simple tasks might be appropriate to help them continuing learning. Icebreakers and good introductions are important, teachers need to be flexible sometimes and be ready to encourage also the less able learners.
She suggested these tips to begin with
- A view out my window
- 3-2-1 introduction
- Two truths and one lie
- Post a picture of your classroom
- Where on our website can you…?
- Or you can adapt your favourite icebreaker for online use.
In order to get a sense of progress she suggested these tasks and final rewards :
- badges and certificates
As I have started some courses in a blended learning way I can easily understand what she meant. The teacher must be patient, onbserve what's happening online and work on bettering the activities.
What questions came up as you watched the event?
I thought that to begin with you need to try to work online. At the beginning it might be difficult. You need a lot of training and learning by doing.
How did the content relate to you as a teacher?
It is something I am now learning about as I am using Weschool for my classes in Italy. But I think that Moodle is a great learning managing system.
What were some thoughts that came through your mind?
It is important to share ideas and learn from the others.
How did you feel as you watched the event?
I felt that today teachers need to be able to work also online. In most universities in Italy people teach by using Moodle while in secondary schools we are starting and some of us are using different LMS.
So far I have watched six webinars and I have particularly enjoyed this one, the one by Judy Wong and the one by Susan Brodar but I will watch the others in the next weeks as they are available online and on Youtube..
What would you like to do in the future?
I will start using Google Classroom and this is my next step in CPD but I will continue doing some online learning regarding Moodle which I feel is great but in my school we are going to choose another LMS.
What a question that you would like to research
I would like to learn more about some other ways of working online as so far I have used Moodle, Weschool and Schoology.
Here is the screenshot of a course she did online where Natasa found a good guide for the learners who were getting into the course. I cannot but agree with her: it is the layout of the course that makes the difference.
Engagement is a priority if you do not want to fail!!