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  1. 1. <ul><li>Mobile Communication Strategies in Online Learning </li></ul>Heather Zink Health Sciences Instructor Rasmussen College heather.zink@rasmussen.edu (email) twitter.com/zinkpath (twitter) facebook.com/heatherzink.at.rasonline (facebook) download slides: slideshare.net/heatherzink
  2. 2. Session Objectives <ul><li>By the end of this session, you will be able to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss selected mobile strategies for communicating with students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate the different platforms and decide on their best uses in your classroom. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locate additional resources to assist you with incorporating these strategies into your teaching repertoire. </li></ul></ul>06/22/11
  3. 3. Get connected!
  4. 4. PODCASTING <ul><li>A journey to connect </li></ul>Welcome to episode number 1 of the M120 Podcast, I'm your host Heather Zink.    
  5. 5. EXPANDING the boundaries! <ul><li>Mobile & flexible learning option </li></ul><ul><li>Anytime-anywhere access to instructional content </li></ul><ul><li>Repeated as often as the student needs </li></ul>
  6. 6. What do you listen to?
  7. 7. How do I start? 06/22/11
  8. 8. Concept Development <ul><li>Choose a theme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An overview of the weekly assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hot topics in the news </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key terms for the week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal area of expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review of journal articles pertinent to the topic of the week/module </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Campus-based courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Record in-class lecture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow-up lecture answering questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-lectures ~ listen before class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disease of the week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research skills: how to summarize, paraphrase, find quality sources, cite them appropriately </li></ul></ul>06/22/11
  9. 9. Use your knowledge <ul><li>It’s time to work! </li></ul><ul><li>Things to consider… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you passionate about the topic? Will this resonate in your voice as you speak about it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you speak on the topic(s) over the course of several episodes? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you design the episodes so that you are not &quot;recreating&quot; the wheel each week? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the content similar enough each week that your energy can be focused on the same types of information each week? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the content of interest to your students? Will they be asking for more episodes? </li></ul></ul>06/22/11
  10. 10. Oh, the places you’ll go! <ul><li>Consider your options - audio or video </li></ul><ul><li>Pick one and try it out, don't be afraid to fail </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize free resources to start off with, get your voice out there! </li></ul>06/22/11
  11. 11. Audioboo 06/22/11
  12. 12. @ZinkPath <ul><li>health sciences instructor, graduate student, biologist, mom & runner trying to live a greener life. </li></ul>06/22/11
  13. 13. http://www.twitter.com 06/22/11
  14. 14. in the course 06/22/11
  15. 15. Adding the widget to the course 06/22/11
  16. 16. Add html code 06/22/11
  17. 17. Why Twitter to your teaching repertoire ? <ul><li>Group collaborations and status updates </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile class announcements </li></ul><ul><li>In-field activities and updates </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Notetaking </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time collaborations via mobile devices </li></ul><ul><li>How do I get started? </li></ul><ul><li>Create a free account </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.twitter.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Start posting updates </li></ul><ul><li>Follow your friends and colleagues </li></ul>06/22/11
  18. 18. course-related “tweets”
  19. 19. personal tweets
  20. 20. GOOGLE VOICE
  21. 21. Student Conversation <ul><li>Student : i’m having trouble downloading the podcasts for Chapter 3, any ideas? </li></ul><ul><li>Me : I just checked to see if they were uploaded correctly and it looks like they are. Did you try the PSC? Best bet for technical issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Me : The number is 1-866-693-2211. </li></ul><ul><li>Student : ok, thanks! </li></ul>
  22. 22. 06/22/11
  23. 23. WORDS OF WISDOM <ul><li>Pick ONE of these to implement </li></ul><ul><li>Set boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your students </li></ul><ul><li>Use the mobile application to connect students to the Angel Course </li></ul>06/22/11 Copyright Rasmussen, Inc. 2010. Proprietary and Confidential.
  24. 24. Get connected!

Hinweis der Redaktion

  • Mobile technology has increased the convenience with which we receive and deliver information. This session will address strategies for reaching students utilizing various mobile platforms, include podcasting, Twitter, and Google Voice. A discussion of the successes and implementation of these techniques, as well as how the students have responded, will also be shared. The interactive session will arm participants with the tools to reach their students in a mobile capacity for immediate implementation in Summer quarter classes.
  • The theme of today is the best utilization of mobile technologies in higher education. The tricky part is that you have to put yourself out there for students to connect to outside the constraints of the classroom. I teach solely online courses to students all across the United States. Through the use of available technologies, I have to make it feel as though we, as a class, are in a physical space even though we will never actually meet. I try to connect with the students where they are. The way I “physically” reach them is through their phone. I connect with people in my life, both professional and personal, through my Droid Incredible so I know the students are doing it too. Students from elementary school to graduate school are texting, listening to music and podcasts, and talking with their friends throughout social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. I feel as educators we need to be a part of that conversation and deliver course content using one of those modalities students are already using. Some course management systems offer easier solutions than others to deliver content to a mobile device, but you need to find a way to get information to the student without the limitations of the CMS you work with. I’ll discuss 3 ways that I’m currently using to reach my students’ mobile devices.
  • I started my journey with podcasting. As a College we added the Wimba software component to our CMS and I was given an opportunity to talk to students directly about course content embedded right in the course. I didn’t think it was enough to keep in the course, I needed to get to them away from the computer. Podcasting was the best option for me. I could talk to students about weekly assignments, difficulty topics, and help them with reading the textbook all through their mobile device.
  • The podcast offers kind of like a magazine subscription over the internet – students subscribe to the RSS feed in the course and then the audio files I upload each week to delivered automatically to their “subscription reader” without them needing to go find it. iTunes is a common reader students use, but Android phones offer other programs. While the podcast is housed in the course, the audio component links to a web address that students can access anywhere with an Internet connection. My most favorite piece about the podcast is that they can now repeat the content – whether is be guided reading through a challenging Pathology textbook or pronunciation guide for Medical Terminology students – as often as they need to. Some students need to hear it over and over again before it syncs in. I always try to provide a transcript of the podcast thought for the visual learner. Hitting more than one of the student’s senses at the same time provides a better chance in the information will stick.
  • How many of you listen to podcasts? Type in the chat area something you listen to. It may have nothing to with education as you can see on the screen. I like grammar girl and manic mommies as a parent. These audio files, if crafted well, can make you feel like you are sitting in the same room as the host. That’s what I try to do with my course podcasts. I start off each episode with a greeting “Hello and welcome to the M120 podcast, I’m your host Heather Zink. This week we’ll be talking about…..” it helps it to seem more like a radio show than something required for class. Grammar Girl CarTalk Manic Mommies Food Makeover Moms TEDTalks
  • After I started to get the hang of the podcast, I realized that I needed a way to share weblinks with students that applied to course material that week. The goal would be to reach them, again, through the mobile device as easy as possible. The course email system we use doesn’t read very well using the mobile function, so I needed something else. Twitter was about 2 years old when I found it and it has worked extremely well for me since the beginning. My tweets have evolved in the 3 years I’ve been using it, but its functionality has always proved successful. I actually have the twitterfeed, a list of my previous 4 tweets, posted in my course using html code from Twitter. That way if students don’t want to follow me for fear of the unknown technology they don’t have to, but they can still get the same information.
  • I’ve also connected my Twitter account to my Facebook account so students who have friended me on Facebook get the same information in the format they like best. On the screen are several of the course-related tweets I’ve made in the past month. I use hashtags, a pound sign and then the course number, to denote specific information for a specific course. I will announce when assignments are graded or when our live classes are about to start. I try to relate weblinks I find to course material as often as possible. The example at the bottom is another faculty member I work with whose tweet I found very relevant to my students as well. While course-related information is valuable, I also wanted students to remember that I was a real person not just a robot hitting keys and grading their assignments.
  • So I try to contribute to the social aspect of twitter along with the course-related information. I’m a coffee drinker and tell my students that in my introduction. Caribou is at the top of my list for coffee brands after living in Minnesota for 3 years. I use twitter to connect to other educators as well and so frequently I will find something to share with my colleagues as well. I’ve explained my uses for twitter with the students and so they understand they’ll see a good mix coming through my feed. I’m a mom too and love to share my kid’s accomplishments with my students as I know most of them are parents as well. I actually had a student comment on Logan’s bike riding post during class that same evening. I know they are reading what I’m typing, and twitter provides a variety of applications and modalities for them to access my tweets.
  • The final piece of technology I’d like to discuss is Google Voice, I know it’s been around for a while now, but I’ve just started using it this quarter. I follow fellow panelist Jason Rhode on twitter and noticed he was providing students with a texting option in his courses. This got me thinking about how I could incorporate it into my communication with students. I don’t want to provide my personal cell number and my office phone number will not allow text messages. That’s where Google Voice fits in. It’s a separate number students can either call or text and the call will come directly to my mobile phone through the Google Voice widget on my phone. The following video clip shows you have the mobile app works.
  • I love that during office hours students can send me a quick question through text as opposed to logging into a live session or sending me an email. This is an actual conversation that took place with a student in the second week of the quarter. I had more students text me in the first two weeks of class than call my office phone in a year. No joke. It’s an easier way for them to communicate without the fear of talking to me. I realize talking to a professor will help students establish professionalism and appropriate communication, however, it’s a slippery slope in online education. The student never sees me in person, only through EyeJot video messages or on a webcam during a live classroom session. It can be intimidating to initiate a phone call and I can appreciate that. I want them to feel comfortable communicating with me in whatever way works best for them to get their questions answered. The goal is understanding the course content.
  • As an online instructor, I try my hardest to make my classroom mimic a campus-based experience as much as possible. These technologies have proven successful time and time again for me with my students. It takes some effort to learn the technology and how it works, but getting started with one is all you need to do. Students will recognize your commitment to their learning is you show an interest in them and their needs. Students lead busy lives with family, work, and social activities. As I teach mainly adult learners with full-time jobs already, schooling needs to fit in with their busy schedule. Using the podcast, Twitter and Google, I try to make my courses fit in with things they are already doing in their home lives. I hope you’ll taking one of these suggestions and work it to suit your needs. Feel free to contact me anytime to chat more about this. Put intro slide back up with contact details.