Your Online Class is Ready to Start: Did you Do it Right?

Your online class is almost set to begin. How do you get your students going in the right direction? Attendees will acquire a list of Web 2.0 Tools that they can use to design effective icebreakers to help get their online class started. Tips and tricks will be shared to help build a successful online classroom environment.
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Key Components To Effective Digital Communication:
  • Participation
  • Collaboration
  • Reflection

Establish the Environment:
  • Start early
  • Set clear rules & expectations
  • Establish group norms
  • Set a positive tone to communications
  • Provide guidelines for responses
  • Assist students and address needs immediately
  • Demonstrate active participation
  • Send reminder messages / post clear due dates
  • Evaluate the group dynamics & needs
  • Adjust your teaching style, level of personal participation & facilitation

Icebreaker Ideas:
  • Now Introducing...
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • First Time...
  • Photo Collage
  • Find Someone Who...
  • Favorite Website Tour
  • We are Alike
  • Biography
  • Three Truths and a Lie
  • K-W-L

Web 2.0 Tools:

Additional Resources:
(from Jenna Linskens)
Understanding Online-Communities Website
Technology Skills for Online Learning Prezi
Strategies to Engage Students in Collaborative Online Learning Slideshare
Providing Meaningful Feedback in the Online Learning Environment Slideshare
Supporting and Developing Online Discussions Wikipage

Recommended Books:
Grounded Designs for Online and Hybrid Learning: Designs in Action
Web 2.0 How To for Educators, Second Edition
Flipped Learning
75 e-learning Activities: Making Online Learning Interactive

Broadbent, B. (2002). ABCs of e-learning: Reaping the benefits and avoiding the pitfalls. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass / Pfeiffer.
Maeroff, G. (2003). A classroom of one: How online learning is changing our schools and colleges. New York: NY, Palgrave MacMillian.
Palloff, R. M. & Pratt, K. (2001). Lessons from the cyberspace classroom: The realities of online teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Rosenberg, M. J. (2001). E-Learning Strategies for Delivering Knowledge in the Digital Age. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
Watkins, R. (2005). 75 e-learning activities: Making online learning interactive. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer.