New! Free MOOC Course: Fundamentals of Online Education (Planning and Application)

Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application
Fatimah Wirth

Georgia Institute of Technology

This is an introductory course on the fundamentals of online education. You will learn how to convert your face-to-face class into a robust online course based on theory and practice.

Next session: Jan 28th 2013 (5 weeks long)
Workload: 5-7 hours/week
Information, Technology, and Design
Education

About the Course

In this course you will learn about the fundamentals of online education. The emphasis will be on planning and application. In the planning phase, you will explore online learning pedagogy, online course design,privacy and copyright issues, online assessments, managing an online class, web tools and Learning Management Systems. In the application phase, you will create online learning materials. The final project for the course will consist of you building an online course based on everything that you learned and created in the course.

About the Instructor(s)

Dr. Fatimah Wirth is the Instructional Designer for Georgia Tech Professional Education and an Instructor for one of the NASA Electronic Professional Development Network (ePDN) courses. Dr. Wirth joined Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008.

She taught face-to-face for 12 years at an institution of higher learning before she joined Georgia Tech. As an Instructional Designer, she used the ASSURE model of instructional design to assist faculty in developing their online courses.

Her in-depth knowledge of how students seek help in an online class from her doctoral research entitled “Help Seeking in an OnlineEnvironment” has helped shape and create more robust online courses and more positive learner-based performance outcomes. In 2008, she helped successfully write a NASA CAN proposal.

Georgia Tech Professional Education was awarded the 5 year almost $3 million NASA CAN in early 2009. Based on this award, she created the basic structure of the NASA ePDN online courses. These courses are offered for free to all middle school STEM teachers who are U.S. citizens in the United States and around the world.

The NASA ePDN courses are collaborative in nature and are based on group work. In addition to creating the online structure, she has been teaching one of the online NASA ePDN Technology Integration Certificate courses for three years.

She is also a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. She has presented at a number of conferences based on the continuing research that she conducts with the NASA ePDN courses. Her research interest lies in cutting edge technology that can be used in the classroom to enhance the teaching and learning process.

Course Format

The class will consist of lecture videos, which are between 5 and 12 minutes in length. These may contain 1-2 integrated quiz questions per video.

There will also be standalone assignments that you will have to complete. There will be peer assessments. You will have a final project.

Frequently Asked Questions (with answers)

FAQ

Will I get a certificate after completing this class?

Certificate of Completion will be provided by Georgia Tech C21U

What resources will I need for this class?

You will a good internet connection as you may be downloading software, installing software and uploading files.

What is the coolest thing I’ll learn if I take this class?

You will learn how to convert your face-to-face class to a robust online course.

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  • https://www.coursera.org/course/foe

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    Teaching Academic Writing

    At most universities world-wide, future EFL teachers are required to write in an academic style. Essays, research papers, and theses are examples of the most important academic writing that the student-teacher (hereafter ST) does. Furthermore, when they become EFL teachers, it is quite possible that they will teach students wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels. However, there are few published, experiential accounts of how future EFL teachers are taught to do academic writing. In this article, I will attempt to fill that gap by sharing an account of an integrated, genre-based/process-writing experience in the Chilean context.

    Click on the link below to get Teaching Academic Writing:

    https://www.createspace.com/3801287

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    How to Coach A Debate Team

    How to Coach A Debate Team [Kindle Edition]

    This book contains all you need to know to successfully coach a debate team. You may need to convince students that debate is a good idea, though. Here are six reasons:
    1. Debating ability is a valuable skill.
    2. Debate utilizes useful English.
    3. It is a unique way to teach grammar.
    4. It develops critical thinking skills.
    5. It introduces global issues.
    6. It develops research skills.

    A more powerful reason to coach a debate team is given to us by Dr. Martin Luther King: ““Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace… If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation…” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

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    Pecha Kucha & English Language Teaching

    Pecha Kucha & ELT

    I saw my first Pecha Kucha over three years ago. It was when I was working at Universidad Andrés Bello at Campus Casona in Santiago with the students in the English Pedagogy program. I admit I’ve been fascinated by “Pecha Kucha” ever since that first time. I remember being very impressed by the performance I watched. There were a number of reasons for this. For now, let me share with you why I find Pecha Kucha to be so impressive and fascinating as a presentation technique.
    Firstly, when we speak of our first time doing something enjoyable, it’s always a good feeling. We like what we like, we know what we like, and because of that, we return often, to what we like.

    As you can tell by now, I like Pecha Kucha.

    Secondly, its principles are easy to understand and apply. It’s fast, it’s efficient, it’s effective, it’s collaborative, it’s visual, it’s easy to prepare, it’s fun. However, it does require practice, lots of it, to do this really well. Practice, oh what a sweet word in the ears of any EFL teacher. Students practicing what they are going to say, again and again, going over their own words, to speak about images they themselves have selected. Volumes of practice, huge quantities of practice, helping the students to achieve the eventual automaticity that is the hallmark of mastery.

    Having said that, of all the principles of the Pecha Kucha, the most important principle is this: images are powerful.

    Images convey meaning and emotions. In fact, the whole range of the human experience can be conveyed by images. For example, think of the images left on the walls of caves by cave men. No one needs a cave man to verbalize what you are seeing. You feel it – through your eyes – to your brain – to your emotions. It’s visual storytelling. That’s what the Pecha Kucha is, visual literacy in its purest form…

    Pecha Kucha & ELT

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    Unlocking Reading For All Students

    This book, “Unlocking Reading For All Students, shares reading fundamentals that were presented to a group of teachers at a school where I worked, Colegio del Verbo Divino, in Las Condes, in the city of Santiago de Chile. In this sense, it has undergone actual practical application of the concepts presented.

    Further, in terms of theory, this book aims to share research on reading, and more importantly, how to help students unlock the key to a lifetime of pleasure and learning. It does not seek to cause controversy, rather, it seeks to serve as a reference for the first time teacher of reading and for the experienced teacher of reading who wishes to return to the basics of reading, as defined by the National Reading Panel in 2000.

    Moreover, this book was made available, freely to the general public on “Slideshare.” After it has been viewed over seventeen thousand times (17,000) by teachers from all over the world, I am convinced of its value to you, dear reader, in your quest to “Unlock Reading For All Students“…

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    Time to Teach Teens

    The extremes of experience and the limits of reality.

    This is a formula for which one can approach teaching teens. Often, our best planned efforts in the classroom fail to capture the students enthusiasm, and thusly, fail to capture the students’ engagement.

    We’ve all been there.

    What can be done to improve student engagement?

    Dr. Kieran Egan suggests we focus on what is common to all teens: heroes and heroines, and from this vantage point, allow teens the possibility to become comfortable with their own need to find out the answer to a fundamental question:

    Who is my hero, who has qualities that I would like to emulate. This book is an experiential account of just such an effort with three teens, descriptive in nature, and thus beneficial from a practical viewpoint, while addressing the theoretical issues from the beginning…

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    Boudicca: England’s Celtic Warrior Queen

    Celtic Warrior Queen Boudicca

    Statue of Queen Boudicca on the Thames River in London

    What is deemed as “history” is often determined by those who survived to write it. In other words, history is written by the victors. The Roman historian, Tacitus, left us an account of the Roman victory over Queen Boudicca in the year A.D. 60-61.

    Prasutagus, the wealthy King of the Iceni tribe, had died. Upon his death, his wife, Queen Boudicca, became the new ruler of the Iceni tribe. She headed a rebellion against the occupying Romans in Britain in A.D. 60 in which more than seventy thousand Romans were killed. The rebellion was eventually crushed and Boudicca committed suicide. So, this is a neat, sweet his-story with a happy ending, if you were on the Roman side, that is.

    Yet undeniably, every community has a memory of itself. Not a history, nor an archive, nor an authoritative record, but a living memory, an awareness of a collective identity woven of a thousand stories.

    Now, with the help of the Roman historian Tacitus, I shall tell you Queen Boudicca’s story, her-story……

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    Boudicca: Her Story
    [Kindle Edition]

    What is deemed as “his-story” is often determined by those who survived to write it. In other words, history is written by the victors. The Roman historian, Tacitus, left us an account of the Roman victory over Queen Boudicca in the year A.D. 60-61.

    Yet undeniably, every community has a memory of itself. Not a history, nor an archive, nor an authoritative record, but a living memory, an awareness of a collective identity woven of a thousand stories.

    Now, with the help of the Roman historian Tacitus, I shall tell you Queen Boudicca’s story, her-story……

    Boudicca: Her Story [Kindle Edition]

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    Teaching Debate in Chile

    Teaching Debate in Chile https://www.createspace.com/3784907

    Introduction

    Teaching Debate in Chile

    Available now at CreateSpace

    By the end of November, my class of twenty-five 6th grade boys had finished their textbook and taken their final exams for the 2008 school year. Every student had passed and would be going on to 7th grade. But there were still three more weeks of school to go! What was I going to do in the final three weeks?

    The purpose of this article is to share with colleagues how I used debates with my students during those three weeks.

    Why did I decide to use debates?

    There were two reasons I decided to use debates. First, I had used various forms of debate in the past as a classroom speaking activity. One of my favourites is the “Balloon Debate”.

    In this activity, a group of four to eight students is formed. Each student chooses to be a famous person who is in a balloon that is rapidly losing altitude. The group can only be saved if one person sacrifices themself by jumping overboard. To decide who must jump, each student must give reasons why they should stay in the balloon.

    The teacher and/or the class (by voting) then decides who has made the least persuasive argument. That person must jump. This process continues until there is only one person left in the balloon, who lands safely, winning the debate.

    My second, and most important, reason for using debates with my class of sixth graders was because of a movie I saw, “The Great Debaters” (2007). It was directed by Denzel Washington. In it Denzel also plays the role of Melvin Tollson, coach of the undefeated Wiley College Debate Team of 1935.

    The movie is based on a true story, the 1934 Wiley College Debate Team. They defeated the National Champion Stanford Debating Team. In the movie, Wiley College Debates Harvard in a thrilling challenge debate that was broadcast on radio.

    If you like debating, that movie is a must see!

    Let me describe the simple yet powerful scene that made me think to myself, “Even my sixth-graders can understand that”. Denzel is explaining his philosophy about debating. The room is full of nervous students who are trying out for the debate team:

    Denzel: “Debate is combat. Your weapons are words. In a debate there is a “resolution”. One team, called the “affirmative team”, argues for the resolution. The other team, called the “negative team”, argues against the resolution.”

    When I heard that, I knew that was “all” my students needed to get started debating.

    For the full article, click here: http://ihjournal.com/debating-in-the-efl-classroom

    Teaching Debate in Chile (Credit: Thomas Baker)

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    The Last StoryTeller

    Congratulations Thomas!

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    The book “The Last StoryTeller” you recently submitted to KDP and enrolled in KDP Select has been published to the Kindle Store and is already available* for readers to purchase here.

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    Your book’s initial enrollment in KDP Select lasts for 90 days. For your convenience, your book’s enrollment will be automatically renewed for another 90 days, unless you cancel automatic renewal by un-checking “Automatically renew this book’s enrollment in KDP Select for another 90 days” box under “Enrollment Details” of your book before your book’s current enrollment term expires.

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    The Last StoryTeller

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    Reading Teacher

    To be a Writing Teacher, the teacher must write. To be a Reading Teacher, the teacher must read. Everything else is secondary to the teachers enthusiasm…

    Reading is for me an act of transformation that is magical. Thirst and hunger fade as the words find their place in my remembrance of you. Who might you be? You are here with me. Happiness, felicity, thy name is Gaby. Source of all my bravery, you are my poetry… Reading, I fear thee not. Fear of reading, Neither cold nor hot, I am reading. I read for my wife, Gabriela de Lourdes León Vargas. I read for my son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr. No fear of reading, I am reading…

    What can you do when your English language students are poor readers? Not an easy question to answer. Yet often, these types of questions have to be answered. This is the story of how I went about finding an answer, and a solution, when I was faced with this question…

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    Welcome to Chile! Viva Chile!

    My Dear Friend: Welcome to Chile (Essays from a Teacher in Chile) [Kindle Edition]

    Book Description
    Publication Date: February 19, 2012
    My Dear Friend, Welcome to Chile.

    This book shares the personal sentiment of its author, an expat, after having lived the past ten years in Chile. He says:

    “I live in Chile, the most beautiful country in the world.”

    He continues: “As I say these words, I want you to know that I come from the United States of America, a country that stretches from sea to shining sea, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The USA is indeed a magnificent country, but it isn’t Chile…”

    http://amzn.to/PNd5Wx

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    EdCamp Santiago: The First Seven Days [Kindle Edition]

    Book Description
    Publication Date: March 4, 2012
    Dedicated to all the educators, world-wide, who have participated in an EdCamp. Go forth, spread the word to the far corners of the Earth, something is happening. There’s something going on, a R(E)volution in teacher professional development. It’s called EdCamp….

    A conference, that’s not a conference. An “unconference” is a better term. A new paradigm in teacher professional development, a new, creative, innovative way of staying up to date on what matters most to teachers. As I said, it’s a paradigm shift in teacher professional development. Let me repeat: Paradigm Shift.

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    Being A Teacher in Chile [Kindle Edition]

    Book Description
    Publication Date: May 3, 2012
    “How do you become a good teacher?” Those of you who know me from reading my writing already know my answer. The short answer, the simple answer, the easy to understand answer. It has two parts.
    First, love what you do. Love being a teacher so much that if you had the power to be anything on Earth, pilot, astronaut, doctor, dentist, taxi-driver, singer, dancer, artist, musician, anything at all, you would still choose to be a teacher. Love being a teacher, that’s number one.

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    Soy Un Maestro: I Am A Teacher [Paperback]

    I am a teacher, and I teach in Chile. This year a new Teacher Career Law, defining the teaching profession in terms of increased prestige, attracting more applicants from higher performing students, an obligatory enabling exam, higher salaries, fewer hours teaching in the classroom, and higher responsibilities wil be passed, hopefully. This book totally supports the idea that a good law is needed, and now is the time to pass one, even if that law is not yet perfect. We Teachers have such a long way to go, and this is clearly a tremendous step in the right direction. To celebrate, all of the funds received for the sale of this book will go to support the EdCamp Santiago free conference for teachers in Chile. Thank you, in advance, for buying this book. May God Bless You…

    Soy el más afortunado de todos quienes trabajan. A un médico se le permite traer una vida en un momento mágico. A mí se me permite que esa vida renazca día a a día con nuevas preguntas, ideas y amistades. Un arquitecto sabe que si construye con cuidado, su estructura puede permanecer por siglos. Un maestro sabe que si construye con amor y verdad, lo que construya durará para siempre.

    Book Details
    Paperback: 170 pages
    Publisher: CreateSpace (July 3, 2012)
    Language: English/Spanish
    ISBN-10: 1478176520
    ISBN-13: 978-1478176527

    Soy Un Maestro: I Am A Teacher [Kindle Edition]

    Soy Un Maestro: I Am A Teacher [Kindle Edition]

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    La Desconferencia: EdCamp Santiago (Spanish Edition) [Kindle Edition]

    Book Description
    Publication Date: May 12, 2012
    Soy un maestro. Soy el más afortunado de todos quienes trabajan. A un médico se le permite traer una vida en un momento mágico. A mí se me permite que esa vida renazca día a a día con nuevas preguntas, ideas y amistades.

    EdCamp Santiago es la desconferencia. Entrada gratuita, desarrollo profesional, por profesores, para profesores. Compartir en vez de competir, aprendizaje entre pares. Participantes comparten y intercambian sus mejores prácticas pedagógicas: “Best Practices”.

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    The Chilean National English Test [Kindle Edition]

    Book Description

    Publication Date: March 25, 2012

    SIMCE Ingles 2010: The development of the national English test in Chile coincides with my story, which is woven autobiographically into the larger story, a test which apparently resulted in only 11% of students able to achieve a passing score.

    This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will reveal secrets to you that you thought you already knew about tests, test-making, and test-reporting.

    More importantly, if you are a teacher, you leave the reading of this book with a renewed sense of confidence in who you are, and what you do…

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    EdCamp Santiago: The First Seven Days [Kindle Edition]

    Book Description

    Publication Date: March 4, 2012

    Dedicated to all the educators, world-wide, who have participated in an EdCamp.

    Go forth, spread the word to the far corners of the Earth, something is happening.

    There’s something going on, a R(E)volution in teacher professional development. It’s called EdCamp….

    A conference, that’s not a conference. An “unconference” is a better term. A new paradigm in teacher professional development, for teachers, by teachers, sharing “Best Practice”, successful classroom experiences, peer to peer, a new, creative, innovative way of staying up to date on what matters most to teachers.

    As I said, it’s a paradigm shift in teacher professional development. Let me repeat: Paradigm Shift.

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    Amazon Author Page:

    Thomas Jerome Baker

    Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile.

    He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.

    Edcamp Santiago 2013 is currently looking for volunteers to help organize the annual event. If you are interested, contact Edcamp Santiago! Your help will make all the difference!

    Email: edcampstgo@gmail.com
    Facebook: Edcamp Santiago
    !Like our page on Facebook please!
    Read our Blog!
    Edcamp Santiago on LinkedIn
    Edcamp Santiago on Slideshare
    Twitter: @EdcampSantiago

    Es una red que reúne a Profesionales de la Educación preocupados por desarrollar y fortalecer las capacidades de sus comunidades educativas, a través de la creatividad, la innovación y el emprendimiento.

    Thomas was recently selected for membership in the Comunidad de Innovación Escolar of the Foundation Telefónica and Foundation Educación 2020. It is a network that brings together education professionals concerned with developing and strengthening the capacities of their educational communities through creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Thomas is also a past member (2011-2012) of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.

    Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of forty four (44) books overall.

    The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.

    http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Jerome-Baker/e/B007G9HJFM

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  • About profesorbaker

    Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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    One Response to New! Free MOOC Course: Fundamentals of Online Education (Planning and Application)

    1. I will have to remove you completely – like a block – and that shouls solve the problem for you. Stop by from time to time, because english is a language that touches all areas of life. Without language, we really don’t have life. Take care my friend,
      Thomas

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