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Online Learning Blog

Welcome to the Online Learning Blog for faculty and instructors at the GTU.

Getting a view of student participation in your course

It can be very helpful to know when your students are accessing your course and what they are engaged in; Moodle has several options that make this easy for you to see. This data can help you notice which students are really engaged with the material and who might be falling behind. It can also help you in planning your time--if you know, for example, which day of the week your students are most likely to post on forums, you can choose more effectively when you want to sign on to read them. There are two ways to do this in your course in Moodle.

Online Learning: Experience Matters

by Laurie Isenberg, Director of Community & Continuing Education, Pacific School of Religion | Students who have successfully adjusted to online learning through preparation or experience are measurably more successful.

Keeping a copy of your Moodle courses

It's a good idea to make a back up of your courses each semester. While we do have general system back ups, including all the courses on Moodle, having your own back up ensures that you have access to it at all times. In addition, it means that you can retain student work and other information that may be useful to you in the future. Backing up your courses just takes a few minutes and a few clicks of the mouse:

Content from the world's major museums--that you can use in your classes

With more than 30,000 artworks available from 151 museums around the world, the Google Art Project is a treasure trove for educators. The site lets you link directly to works of art that students can see in high resolution detail, along with helpful notes about the artist, the artwork, its location, dimensions and more. You can also send your students on a virtual trip of museums ranging from The Hermitage to the National Museum of Delhi to The Tate and many more.

Teaching with Moodle MOOC

What to learn more about teaching with Moodle? Or curious about what MOOCs* are all about? Moodlerooms has let us know about an online course on Teaching With Moodle, sponsored by WizIQ. The course begins on June 1st and is free and self-paced. Follow the link to sign up.


Building community in the virtual clasroom

Looking for more information about building an effective online classroom? Consider this book: Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt, Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom (San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons, 2007)

Quick tutorial on copyright from the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has created a tutorial specifically for educators about copyright issues in the classroom. Copyright and Primary Sources allows you to go at your own pace and provides examples of different educational needs and how to meet them without violating copyright. Because each educator is responsible for his or her own use of material, it is important that we are all aware of applicable laws.

Student engagement

Is there a correlation between students' level of engagement with a Learning Management System, such as Moodle, and their grades? Yes, according to researchers. Griff Richards of Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, Canada, engages this research and other ways to be aware of students' progress in courses with online components in his paper, Measuring Engagement: Learning Analytics in Online Learning. (Thanks to Moodle for bringing this to our attention).

Welcome to our blog of online learning resources!

Welcome to a new resource dedicated to issues of online learning at the GTU. We will combine information about best practices for online learning, including an exploration of pedagogy, alongside practical tips and techniques to enhance the experiences of learning and teaching. If you are would like to contribute to this blog, we'd love to include your perspectives. If you have a question you'd like answered or an issue you'd like to see addressed, please contact us as well.

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