Minnesota State University Mankato at Edina
Abstracts for June Meeting
Online Discussion Student Self-Grading: Who, What, When, Why, Where, How
Laura Marie Schwarz, DNP, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor, Nursing
RN Baccalaureate Completion Program Coordinator
School of Nursing
360 Wissink Hall
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Description: This session focused on the theoretical concepts and practical essentials faculty can use to implement student self-grading of their own online discussions. Andragogy and other adult learning premises serve as an underpinnings for this innovation. An explicit rubric combined with the quizzing tool serves as a conduit for implementation of this grading method in the online course room. The presenter has successfully used the student discussion grading method with hundreds of learners for many semesters and will provide practical tips through this interactive presentation. Both anecdotal and study evidence support this assessment method.
- The audience participants will describe adult learning theory as support for this innovation.
- The audience participants will describe the methodology for constructing and implementing student self-grading in the online learning management system.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Laura Schwarz is an Assistant Professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she teaches Nursing, primarily in the online RN-BS program of which she is also the coordinator. Laura has been an RN since 1991, and a nurse educator since 1996. She has taught numerous online courses and has over many years of experience teaching online. Dr. Schwarz has made numerous presentations, publications, and awards in her career.
Providing Quick and Effective Audio Feedback
Carrie Miller, PhD
Instructional Designer , Academic Technology Services
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Feedback on assignments plays a large role in motivation and learning. Formative feedback can be instrumental in improving the learning experience for the student. It also has the potential to provide just-in-time intervention and remediation to those students who may be struggling and would benefit from more in-depth or personalized feedback than other students. Audio feedback gives instructors a time efficient way to provide students personalized, in-depth feedback on assignments. Written feedback for many assignments, such as PowerPoint presentations or creative assignments such as infographics, wikis, or blogs, often requires the use of a separate document such as a rubric that creates a natural disconnect between assignment and feedback as the student is forced to flip back and forth between assignment and rubric. The use of screen capture software can allow the instructor to explore the assignment while providing spoken, real-time feedback. This method of feedback creates an immediate connection to the areas where the student excelled and the opportunities for improvement.
Participants in this session will:
- Identify solutions to providing quick audio feedback using various online tools.
- Examine best practices and strategies for effective recording.
- Discuss how to maintain data security and FERPA requirements.
- Review specific tools: Jing, Screencast, and Screencast O’ Matic.
About the Presenter
Carrie Miller is an instructional designer at Minnesota State University. She is also currently a faculty member in the Masters in Adult Education and Training program at University of Phoenix Online, where she facilitates courses in Technology and Elearning. Carrie received her PhD in Educational Technology from Arizona State University. She has presented numerous conference sessions on integrating technology in P-16 classrooms, using podcasts for language courses and evaluations of educational gaming. Carrie writes a blog documenting her experiences with technology tools in the online classroom at http://technofrenchie.blogspot.com/
Continual Engagement in the Online Classroom: How It Fosters Student Success
Dr. Mary I. Dereshiwsky professor of Educational Leadership and Research at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Professional Studies at Capella University.
This session will focus on how effective online instructors can maintain continual engagement in their interaction with their students. Specific strategies will be shared for mastering techniques in wording discussion and assignment feedback to students, how to engage students in online discussion, and how continual engagement builds student resiliency, self-reliance and study skills.
- The audience participants will understand the meaning of continual engagement and why it is important for student success.
- The audience participants will learn strategies for modeling continual engagement for their students.
- The audience participants will learn strategies for fostering effective online discussions to encourage student participation.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Mary I. Dereshiwsky is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Professional Studies at Capella University. She is also a tenured full professor of Educational Leadership and Research at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She holds the designation of Certified Online Instructor (COI) offered by the Learning Resources Network (LERN). She has developed online curriculum in statistics, qualitative analysis and research methods. Dr. Dereshiwsky also publishes and presents research in the areas of online curricular design, evaluation of online student performance and mentoring of online faculty. In addition, she is the Associate Editor of the eJournal of Education Policy (eJEP) and the Editor of the Journal of Business Management and Entrepreneurship (JOBME). She also serves on dissertation committees as methodologist.
The goal of the Upper Midwest Chapter of the United States Distance Learning Association (UMWDLA) is to offer useful tools and resources for members. The website will serve as a virtual meeting room where members can discuss similar interests, ask for help or suggestions from other members, or host webinars.