Facilitating Online Discussion in e-Learning

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As with in-person classes, discussion amongst instructors and students is central to most e-learning programs. This presentation looks at leading methods for facilitating online discussion. I will group them by methods that are largely synchronous or asynchronous.

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  • 1. Facilitating Online Discussion in e-Learning Glen Farrelly March 2011
  • 2. Session Agenda
      • Introduction
      • Synchronous Online Discussion
        • Webcasts
        • Web Conferencing
        • Webinars
        • Instant Messaging
      • Asynchronous Online Discussion
        • Blogs
        • Forums
  • 3. Learning Outcomes
      • Learn key terms
      • Determine key technologies & leading companies
      • Identify requirements & caveats
      • Share best practice
      • Answer questions
  • 4. Hierarchy of Internet Media INTERNET Email Instant Messaging Website Blog Social Networking Site VoIP Forum Mobile Website Streaming audio/video Wiki Virtual world Podcast & Online video
  • 5. Internet Media Asynchronous Synchronous Blog Instant messaging (chat) Email Voice Over IP (VoIP) Forums Webcast (live) Podcast Webinar (live) Webcast/webinar (archived) Virtual worlds Webpage
  • 6. Synchronous Online Discussion
  • 7.
    • Plan:
      • Key terms & defining features
      • Leading products
      • Requirements
      • Best practice & caveats discussion
    Synchronous Discussion
  • 8.
      • Key terms
        • Webcast
        • Webinar
        • Web conference
        • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
      • Related terms:
        • Streaming
        • Podcast
        • Digital video
        • Video hosting service
    Synchronous Discussion
  • 9. Webcast
      • One to many
      • Streaming
      • Live or on-demand
      • Video or audio
      • No audience interaction
  • 10. Webinar
      • Web seminar
      • Live or on-demand
      • Often use presentations or screen sharing
      • Audience interaction not required
  • 11. Web Conferencing
      • Live
      • One to many or one to one
      • Interactive
      • Collaborative
  • 12.
    • ROLES:
      • As participant:
        • Question or comment via the chat box
        • Direct messages to everyone or presenter
        • Indicate your status via icons
      • As host or presenter:
        • Invite attendees
        • Lead session
        • Field questions or notes openly or privately
    Web Conferencing & Webinars
  • 13. Webinars & Webcasts
    • Requirements for presenter & audience:
      • Computer no more than 4-5 years old
      • High-speed Internet connection
      • Media player or plug-in (e.g. Flash, Real Player)
      • Speakers
    • To record:
      • Webcam or digital video recorder
      • Microphone (often built into camera)
      • Sufficient lighting & low ambient noise levels
  • 14. Leading Products
    • Skype
      • Cost : voice only free, video free if under 2 users (otherwise $4.99/day, $8.99/month)
      • Pros : easy to use; familiarity; established company; screen sharing
      • Cons : cannot record; doesnt have extensive functionality; software must be pre-downloaded
  • 15.
    • Adobe Connect:
      • Cost : uncertain - expensive
      • Pros : established company; extensive functionality; can record easily
      • Cons : learning curve; add-in software for presenters
    Leading Products
  • 16.
    • Adobe Connect:
      • Uses Flash
      • Public or private
      • Live or canned
    Leading Products
    • Features:
      • presentations
      • screen sharing
      • text-based chats and Q&A
      • interactive polls
      • audio or video integration
  • 17.
    • Slideshare's Zipcast
      • Cost : free for unlimited number of participants
      • Pros : web-based (no downloads); established company; social media integration
      • Cons : cannot record; advertising present; not private (unless pay $19/month)
    Leading Products
  • 18.
    • Vyew
      • Cost : free up to 10 people
      • Pros : can record; entirely web-based (no downloads); additional functionality
      • Cons : less well-known company; advertising present
    Leading Products
  • 19. Best Practice & Caveats
      • How have you used web conferencing or webcasting software before?
      • What technical or user hurdles have you encountered?
      • Can you share an instance when any of these technologies helped achieve an educational outcome?
  • 20. Instant Messaging
      • Also known as chat
      • Real time
      • Not archived
      • No visual threads method
      • Via Web or mobile
    Chat short hand BTW = by the way GMTA = great minds think alike IMHO = in my humble opinion K = okay LOL = laughing out loud TTFN = ta ta for now :) = smile :( = sad :O = surprised ;) = wink
  • 21. Asynchronous Online Discussion
  • 22.
    • Plan:
      • Key terms & defining features
      • Blogs
      • Forums
        • Overview
        • Leading products
        • Considerations
      • Best practice & caveats
    Asynchronous Discussions
  • 23.
      • Key terms
        • Blog
        • Forum
      • Related terms
        • Comment
        • Thread
        • Seed
    Asynchron