I grew up watching soccer with my grandfather. I know, sorry my fellow Americans, as a Russian girl I only knew one type of football, – the soccer type. I understood very little about the rules and technique of the players, but I knew the members of my favorite teams by heart….Holland, Argentina and Brazil…Now when I look back I wonder why I chose those teams as my heroes? I had no association with them in terms of their language, their looks (well, the dark, long-haired Argentinian players had probably something to do with the choice). Even the number of their victories had very little to do with my devotion. What I really loved the most is not how they played, but how they played TOGETHER. I could never understand how they could almost predict each other’s moves, and selflessly pass the ball after running across the field to their team player who was closer to the gates of the “enemy”.
Most online educators and trainers today realize the importance of collaboration and interaction online. However, I believe we do not pay enough attention to team building. Team building is an art which consists of various techniques that one must master in order to score goals online.
Think about the last presentation you observed online. We often learn that to create a good presentation we need to use powerpoint and to come up with 5-6 bullet-points per slide. While the clearly-marked points may have helped guide the presenter, they may not have engaged the listeners, who can easily “zone out” and forget material if it is presented in a monotonous way. Perhaps you suffered from the “Death by bullet points” syndrome: bullets made the presentation boring and did not capture the attention of the audience. So how do you create a “Wow!” factor for your online presentations?
In today’s “Hot Topics Wednesdays” episode I will describe a revelation that I had after watching a program on Charlie Sheen. Good old Charlie has done some crazy things in his life, but what was intriguing to me is that he has some quailties that correlate very deeply with human psychology. These lessons can be used to our advantage when we design our online course. Watch this 4 minute video to find out more! Continue reading →
I am very excited to share my “Teach Online” guide on how to find a job in distance education. Please watch this 3-minute video that provides details on this guide. Please pass along this information to anyone who is looking to get into the distance education industry. I really hope it will help them find the job of their dreams and help them to combine their passion for teaching with the lifestyle that they deserve!
We continue our conversation with David Richardson on how to create connection online. In today’s “Expert Talk” episode David provides valuable tips for online teachers and trainers that deal with transferring our personality online, in a synchronous classroom. He suggests:
- not reading from notes
- creating personal connection at the beginning of each class…..
Today’s Hot Topic Question comes from George, who asks:
How to avoid plagiarism online?
How to check for plagiarism when the students submit their work?
Research shows that around 75 percent of students are engaged in some form of plagiarism online. So what are the ways to prevent this situation? Here are some strategies that will show online teachers and trainers how to avoid plagiarism online.
Many of us are desperately trying to become more fluent users of technology and to move from the status of “digital immigrants” (borrowing Prensky’s metaphor) to the team of “digital natives”.
In this episode of the “ExperTalk” you will meet Varun Chopra, the Director of WEBner Solutions , located in India, who offers a convenient and FREE distance education option to catch up on your basic computer knowlegde from the convenience of your home.
Listen to this 3 minute interview and see for yourself.