Topic 8: Integrating Interactivity into Online Courses
Faculty Team Members:   Consultants:
Stacy Rohrbaugh - Allegany Paula Noeller - CCBC
Wendy Ostendorf - Cecil CC Michael Harsh - Hagerstown
Sarah Sayre - Carroll CC Diana Zilberman - BCCC
Lucy Thomas - Capitol  
      

Analyze the Audience

The level of training for beginners and intermediate. Faculty who are engaged in online teaching at any level can be benefited from the training.

Learning Objectives

Integrate interactivity into an Online course to help students learn as much as they learn in a face-to-face class. The elements of interactivity in a face-to-face classroom need to be effectively translated into an Online classroom.

Presentation of Topic Information

How interactivity in a face-to face classroom differs from an Online course? How each of these elements can be effectively translated to an Online class?

Course delivery platform plays a major role in increasing the interactivity in an Online class. For example. synchronous class vs. asynchronous class. In a Synchronous Online class, most of the interactivity elements in a traditional classroom can be transferred. Among the course delivery platforms available, CorissLine www.coriss.net has synchronous live classroom feature.

~ Integrating Interactivity into Online Courses, PowerPoint Presentation, Mike Harsh, Hagerstown Community College

~ Integrating Interactivity into Online Courses, PowerPoint Presentation, Diane Zilberman, BCCC

~ Integrating Interactivity into Online Courses, Presentation, Paula Noeller, CCBC

Available Resources
  • What are the available resources on this topic? List online resources and print resources

Online Resources

~ The Encyclopedia of Educational Technology http://coe.sdsu.edu/eet/

~ Building Interactivity into Online Courses http://www.csupomona.edu/~raguthrie/sd/rnd.htm

~ LearnScope: Top Tips for Increasing Online Interactivity http://www.learnscope.anta.gov.au/display_stories/1-90000/1501-1800/display_stories_1660.html

~ ED Technology Distance Learning http://www.ed.gov/Technology/distance.html

~ Distance Education in an Information Age http://home.sprintmail.com/~bniedrauer/de/

~ Creating Streaming Media Files for PCs with Real Producer http://math.allconet.org/workshop/

~ URLs & Resources for Interactive Learning The attached list of interactive learning projects is adapted from žBeyond the Electronic Reserve Shelf Pedagogical Possibilities and Resources in Web-Enhanced CoursesÓ by Robert E. Wood, Syllabus, November/December 1999. For each topic, additional resources have been added.


Print Resources

~ Attitudes towards Interactivity in a Graduate Distance Education Program: A Qualitative Analysis by Brent Muirhead, Dissertation, December 1999.

~ Interactive Distance learning Exercises that Really Work! By Karen Mantyla, American Society for Training & Development, October 1999.

~ Classrooms with a difference: Facilitating learning on the Information Highway by Elizabeth J. Burge and Judith M. Roberts, McGraw-Hill, January 1998.

~ Beyond the Electronic Reserve Shelf Pedagogical Possibilities and Resources in Web-Enhanced Courses by Robert E. Wood, Syllabus, November/December 1999.

 

Exercises

Identify various methods of interactivity in a face-to-face classroom.
Discuss how each of the above methods can be translated to Online classroom.
Ask the participant to take a quiz or respond to a survey using any one of the course delivery platforms.
Ask participants to select a course from any website and evaluate the course. This will provide the participant a hands-on training on integrating interactivity into course.

Assessment Strategies Quizzes, exercises, post paper or PowerPoint response to website, presentations in various formats, etc. Grade the quizzes, exercises etc and compare the outcome to that of In class quizzes and exercises. Compile the survey results to study various factors and effectiveness of interactivity in an Online class.