Are you trying to keep up with student reports so that you can message at risk or failing students and encourage them to attend office hours or seek tutoring?
Are you watching your participants list to find and reach out to students who have not logged into the course or participated recently?
Are you trying to make sure students with an excelling grade have additional opportunities to further challenge them?
Are you wanting to find a way to get back a few hours of your life each week and let the PLD do some work to help you?
Many of the essential steps in helping your students succeed take a lot of TIME! The Personalized Learning Designer (PLD) will help you by completing these tasks for you, thus giving you back this time to focus on your teaching!
Upon completion of this workshop, you’ll be able to:
Design automated interactions with students and personalize their learning.
Create rules using the Personalized Learning Designer to assist with course management strategies.
Do you have PLD rules that you found helpful? Tell us about them in the comments!
Keep an eye on the CTL Calendar for upcoming workshops. The next one will be 10/29 @11am on the PLD. If you can not make the live workshop – it will be recorded AND/OR I have an online version of the PLD workshop in Moodle for you!
Sometimes things are easier said than done! How do you make a connection with students and build a community – when you never see them?! Unlike face-to-face courses, you don’t usually get to meet (in person) your students in an online course. How can you help make your online students feel comfortable and confident when interacting with the course, fellow students, and the instructor?
Luckily, we have a few ideas on how to help instructors to build class community in their online courses.
A lot of research is out there that concludes that when students feel connected and apart of a community they are more likely to be successful in the course. Courses that have community and promote a constructivist and/or social context approach to teaching and learning lead to increased student success rates.
Activities that help build a sense of class community (early the course) fall into three general categories:
Social Activities which focus on self-expression
Cognitive activities which focus on academic and professional goals.
“Getting Started” activities that allow students to become familiar with the course and technology.
Each of these types of activities develops social presence, promote learner engagement, and opens communication (oscqr.org, 2019).
Exciting news! Early Outreach is partnering and collaborating with Academic Technology in programming courses in Moodle to auto”magically” send notifications to at-risk students. The Early Outreach Tool will look for students whose course grade are below 70% at weeks 3, 5, and 7 and will send notifications from Early Outreach for support. The ultimate goal is to reach out to students early and often and provide the proper support so they are successful in their course.
Why would I want this Early Outreach tool in my Moodle course(s)?
The EO Tool will check grades at weeks 3, 5, and 7. If students grade range is between 0% and 70% the student and early outreach will be notified.
If the Early Outreach tool is successful you would no longer need to manually review your Moodle gradebook and make referrals to early outreach. This saves you time and ensures at-risk students are identified early and often. This is a win for instructors and a win for students!
What is the Early Outreach tool going to do and what do instructors need to do?
The “Early Outreach tool” will send an email and force an alert on your course to all students who have between a 0-70% course total at specific times during the year. The tool will check student grades on Monday at 8am on Weeks 3, 5, and 7 of the Winter term. The email/alert will communicate to students that they are at risk based on current course total and requests they meet with Early Outreach for support.
What do instructors need to do:
Nothing you are not already doing!!!
Keep an updated Moodle gradebook. Understand alerts go out Monday at 8am – it is essential the gradebook be accurate in order to target truly at-risk students.
Communicate with me if you find anything not working or if you have any concerns or questions.
Share any feedback on how the implementation of this tool impacted students.
Want more info?
If you would like to learn more about how we are using PLD to program early alerts or have other questions – please feel free to ask me! I would be happy to review the tool and student experience and answer any questions you may have.
Just let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org)! I will need to know what Winter CRNs you would like the tool implemented.
We are hosting a discussion today (10/5/18 12pm ATC) around student success in online courses. We hope many of you will be able to make it! However, if you can not the attached google doc is a collection of our notes and thoughts. Please continue the conversation by posting comments below!