Online Pedagogy

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Online Pedagogy

Our Students Online, W.16

This week included a lot of reading I really enjoyed with. These moments are a good time to analyse and draw conclusions. Sometimes just to reflect about this experience, thinking about these surprising results, or trying to find what to do if?.

As Ko&Rossen say in the beginning of Chapter 10: Preparing Students for Online Learning. “learning online can be as exasperating for the student as for the instructor”.

Jakob Nielsen, College Students on the Web (2010)Nielsen

I did like this article, especially in relation with the myths about Student Internet Use:

  • Myth 1: Students Are Technology Wizards
    Students are comfortable with technology: But, except for computer science and other engineering students, students are not technology experts — or “digital natives”.
  • Myth 2: Students Crave Multimedia and Fancy Design
    Students don’t go for fancy visuals and they definitely gravitate toward one very plain user interface: the search engine. They are strongly search dominant.
  • Myth 3: Students Are Enraptured by Social Networking
    Yes, virtually all students keep one or more tabs permanently opened to social networking services like Facebook. But that doesn’t mean they want everything to be social.

Matt Richtel (NYTimes), Growing up Digital, Wired for Distraction (2010)

This article is about the distractions and time-wasters that students have always faced. But in this case is related to computers and cellphones, as a new challenge to focusing and learning.

The article mentions several descriptive examples that illustrate this problem.

Beyond the journalistic aspects, my attention was drawn to the importance of rest periods for brain activity. Brain studies suggest to researchers that periods of rest are critical in allowing the brain to synthesize information, make connections between ideas and even develop the sense of self.

The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2010ECAR

A really detailed study about the using of IT in the academic activity. I want to emphasize some points from the 2010 study that caught my attention:

  • It’s was interesting to confirm the increase of students between 30-50 years old and older, who have used social networking web sites. The percentage of students in the range 18-30 years old increases less and the students between 18-24 years old maintained the same percentage.
  • Another thing I considered interesting but not surprising is that despite the high use of social networks among students, and some integration into their academic experience with classmates, just about 30% had accepted university instructors as friends or contacts.
  • This study shows an overestimated student perception about their adequate preparedness on using IT in academic courses.

The 2012 study provides an excellent summary, with especially revealing aspects:

  • Importance of the combination of blending modalities and engaging learners.
  • Portable devices as individual platforms.
  • IT as a critical component for the academic success and the professional future.
  • Use of multiple communications options.

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQ are relevant for my courses

  • What are your policies for online tutoring?
    Detailed descriptions of our online tutoring policies are available on our online tutoring policies page. Basically, we respond best to short, specific questions.
  • How and where do I submit my coursework?
    You will receive detailed instruction at the start of your module. Information about your coursework and submission methods.
  • How do I get feedback on my work?
    Students are given feedback on the outcome of their performance in coursework and examinations. The information, comments and advice should encourage you to reflect critically on your work and help you to develop academically.
  • How can I prepare for online study?
    Depending on your experience of higher education, we offer a range of resources to help you to prepare. Your study materials will tell you if you need to do any preparatory work before your course or module starts.
  • What support will I get whilst I am studying?
    You will have a tutor. Your tutor will be your first contact for help with any study issues. Tutorial support can include tutorials by phone or by computer conferencing. Your tutor will support you by:
    – guiding you in your studies and helping you to understand the content of the module
    – giving tutorial support
    – giving you advice on setting up a study group with other students
    – providing constructive feedback on your assignments
    – monitoring your progress on the module


Online Pedagogy

Week 15: Screencasting and multimedia

To start, I’d like to show a presentation about learning technologies I did in spanish in a conference.

I connected the mind-mapping activity precisely with Concept maps as a graphical tools for organizing and presentation of knowledge. I tried with different tools, some known as CmapTools and others unknown like LucidChart and MindMeister.

The screencast was recorded with Screen-o-Matic, I never used before. I’m surprised with great features and easy to use.


As for the polls and surveys I must admit I know several applications like SurveyMonkeyPollDaddy and Surveygizmo. I “converted” a survey I distribute before as a printed document and re-created in SurveyMonkey.

Survey: Why do you Dropout from the online program?

It was hard work, especially, as ever, recording over and over again until I’ve been fairly satisfied.

Instructional Design Online Pedagogy

Week 14: Creating Class Elements Part 2: Audio and video

Catching up …

A week exploring interesting web applications I already knew and had used. Always good to refresh your memory!. The highlight was updating a presentation on Slideshare with a “robotic” voice produced with a free text to speech web software. It was a new learning. Ejeyot was a discovery, simple to use, but in which I repeated several times until I was satisfied with the result.

Web2 learning2 v2 from Jaime Oyarzo Espinosa
Online Pedagogy

BBC News – UK universities \’face online threat\’

“Complacent” British universities that fail to respond to the rise of online universities will be swept away by global competition, says a report into the future of higher education.

BBC News – UK universities \’face online threat\’.