Personal information has a bad reputation currently. We hear those words and think of privacy concerns and social media. But the very heart of human connection is the sharing of personal information. This is how we make friends. This is how we learn. In the online classroom, sharing of personal information is a way toContinue reading “personal information sharing”
Author Archives: Martha
Does “personal” matter?
Information sharing in an academic setting does not have to be personal, but is it important to have something personal somewhere? In face-to-face classrooms, personal sharing is common between student and teacher. Things leak out. In the online environment, is there room for the personal? Teachers typically present a bio or background note at theContinue reading “Does “personal” matter?”
Why am I even writing this blog
I am interested in how online teachers build rapport in classrooms, but it is more than that. I have worked in art schools a long time and I have seen how new artists are made. There is an embodied practice in the studio. Students learn to become artists by working with their instructors. Through collaborationContinue reading “Why am I even writing this blog”
There are so many ways of getting help to students. We speak of many options in the learning center world: tutoring, embedded tutoring, writing facilitation, supplemental instruction, and academic navigators or coaches. There are probably even more models of instructional support. It can be useful to know how these models address different needs and institutions.Continue reading “Facilitating/Navigating/Tutoring”
Where does education end and information begin? Where does information end and education begin? Studying information science in a department of education has given me pause. We are studying information behaviors, but so much of what I am studying are also tied closely to the educational process. I find it difficult to tease out theContinue reading “Information/Education”
Let’s talk about the messiness of research and writing. It corresponds to art making, but rarely is the messiness as visible. Sure, you might see strewn papers or piles of books, but art messiness is more palpable. The longer I work with art students, the more I am perplexed at their reluctance to engage allContinue reading “Messiness”
We were looking at assessment of online learning today. There are a lot of tools for assessment, but I feel like you pretty much have to use them all to get a good sense of what a course offers. It is hard to disentangle the learning management system from the course content. Does a courseContinue reading “Assessment”
All my reading about online coursework leads to one important aspect: motivation. Without motivation, passing an online class is impossible. No matter how much support is provided, motivation to finish the class lies in the student. No amount of pushing and prodding is going to help the student who just doesn’t want to do theContinue reading “Motivation”
What is embedded support?
We can put learner support in the way of the student by embedding directly in the LMS those supports as necessary. Embedded tutors and embedded librarians are not uncommon. Less common, but perhaps necessary, are embedded advisors, embedded counselors, and perhaps even financial aid officers. Why is this beneficial? First, the support staff needs toContinue reading “What is embedded support?”
Teaching vs Training
I used to have long conversations with a colleague about our online component at a former school. He insisted that the online education was okay for training but true teaching didn’t happen there. I couldn’t disagree with him given the state of our online courses. The teachers were supposed to be facilitators, but often justContinue reading “Teaching vs Training”