Daily Bookmarks 06/07/2007

Engagement Theory: A framework for technology-based teaching and learning  Annotated

  • Ideas for improving student engagement through collaboration, projects, and authenticity.
     – post by christyinsdesign

The fundamental idea underlying engagement theory is that students must be meaningfully engaged in learning activities through interaction with others and worthwhile tasks.

Web Teaching Articles: Taking discussion online

  • Pros and cons of asynchronous and synchronous discussion in online courses. Includes some ideas on how to encourage participation. This is fairly basic and assumes you aren’t familiar with these technologies at all, but it is a nice introduction to the options.
     – post by christyinsdesign

How Interactive are YOUR Distance Courses  Annotated

  • A rubric with 4 categories to evaluate the level of interactivity in online courses
     – post by christyinsdesign

However, studies such as one by Miller and Webster (1997, December) have found no significant difference in assessments of interaction between students in a synchronous (face-to-face) and asynchronous courses. Horn (1994) and Hirumi and Bermudez (1996) are among those who find that, with proper instructional design, distance courses actually can be more interactive than traditional ones, providing more personal and timely feedback to meet students’ needs than is possible in large, face-to-face courses.

Historic Maps

  • Collection of historic maps online with a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
     – post by christyinsdesign

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