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Tags: Micro-teaching discussions, personal journal entries, article critique
Hello Everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful week off last week and enjoyed the Thanksgiving Holiday. I am thrilled to see you all working in your small groups teaching your lessons from your Micro-Teaching Lesson Plans. By now you should have posted your lesson plan, a description about how you will teach your lesson to your peers, and also the actual teaching materials for your peers to learn about the lesson. Each lesson should take approximately 15-20 minutes, so please make sure you have enough information available for your peers, but not too much information. We all have a busy week these final weeks of our course, and we want to make sure everyone has time to participate in each lesson in their small group. I have noticed some files are available through file exchange and some are available through the discussion board, so please make sure you check both areas in the small group site. Please also remember that by the end of your discussion period you should have given your peers both a short program evaluation and a short assessment. These can be very brief, but please make sure you put in some sort of assessment for your peers and some sort of evaluation for your peers. You should probably post those by tomorrow morning at 8am to give your peers enough time to look at them. The sooner you can post them during the follow-up discussion period, the better. Thank you again for your hard work this final week of our discussion! I know it is one of our most interesting and challenging weeks, and it is wonderful to see the various ways you have chosen to teach your micro lessons for adults. As I mention previously, in the future you will be taking at least two more courses about adult education methods where you will become masters in the teaching of adults. So this week get your feet wet and have fun. In addition to our discussion this week, we do have Personal Journal Entry #9 due. It is posted and ready for you to submit anytime between now and 11:55pm on Saturday. After that, on Monday, we have two additional assignments due- the final two assignments for the semester. We have the last of our papers; the article critique, which I explained will be strictly scored for APA style and grammar, much like our initial paper- the Adult Education Positionality Paper was. So, please be very careful with APA style guidelines and with grammar and format in that Article Critique paper that is due by 11:55pm on Monday. Also, due on Monday is your Final Personal Journal Entry. It’s a reflection on the course. The questions will be ready for you on Saturday morning at 8am. So you can turn in that Personal Journal Entry any time after 8am on Saturday, and you can turn in your article critique anytime between now and 11:55pm on Monday. As always, please feel free to post any questions or concerns on the “Ask the Instructor” discussion board. I do have office hours tomorrow, which is Wednesday, from 8am-12pm. Please feel free to contact me via telephone or come in for a visit, if you have any questions or concerns about the course. Part of your Personal Journal Entry this week is to do a grade check. Please run a grade report or look in your grade book and check all the scores you have received in the course. I want to make sure everyone gets the correct grade in the course and that there are no surprises. So please add up your points in the course. Take a look at what score you are likely going to get and ask me any questions if you think an assignment has been scored incorrectly or unfairly. I am very open to talking to you about your scores in the course, so please don’t hesitate to contact me either tomorrow during office hours or via your Personal Journal Entry. I will have office hours next week as well, on Tuesday morning from 8-9am, and those will be my last office hours of the semester. Thank you again for all of your hard work this semester and for you wonderful discussions this week. I look forward to participating in the rest of your discussions which are open until Wednesday night at 10pm. Thanks everyone and have a nice week!
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Ian Cleary, Founder of RazorSocial.com provides some great online marketing tools to help Course Creators with their marketing. The six tools we discuss are: Hootsuite - a Twitter Management tool (and other social media accounts too) - https://hootsuite.com Nimble – Relationship management tool - http://www.nimble.com Postplanner – a Facebook content scheduling tool, excellent for content discovery too! – http://www.postplanner.com (Affiliate Links) Inkybee – Smart Blogger Outreach and Influencer Identification - http://www.inkybee.com NeedTagger – Twitter Search tool on Steroids - http://www.needtagger.com Google Analytics – the free sophisticated analytics programme from Google – if you are not using this, you need to ask yourself why not? - http://www.google.com/analytics/
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Cathy Presland, eBook Expert on how she helps Authors write and self publish online. In this Episode I have a great Interview with Cathy Presland, an eBook Expert who talks about how she helps authors write and self publish their books, particularly on the Amazon platform. You can find all the Podcast Episodes in iTunes by following this link: http://jbdcolley.com/OLPiTunes
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Tags: Discussion, empirical vs. non-empirical research, presentation discussion boards
Hello Everyone, I hope you are enjoying Week #11. I think you all are having another terrific discussion this week on participatory action research (PAR), mix methods research and the difference between empirical and non-empirical research. I hope you all have taken time to read the articles written by our own department chair Dr. Susan Birden, and listened to Dr. Birden’s audio description of the work that she does. We added her work to this course because she really talks about a need for non-empirical research to be valued within the education field. Often times we see the divide in research be between qualitative and quantitative research, and non-empirical research gets left out of the conversation. So, I am really excited that you have been exposed to research from empirical to non-empirical. I have posted the discussion questions for the presentation week in the presentation week folders. You can take a look at how the discussion will run and that will give you a sense of what to expect when you’re presenting. Of course your presentation materials and your final literature review are due this Saturday. I will post all of those materials on Sunday and then our presentation discussion during Week #12 will begin on Tuesday. We will have an altered discussion schedule from next week from Tuesday to Thursday, due to the Veteran’s Day holiday. The presentation discussion board will open on midnight on Tuesday and will close on midnight on Thursday. So we have that entire discussion period to work on the presentation discussion board. This discussion will not have the same structure of our regular discussions, in that your first post response is not due as soon as the discussion opens. Instead you are required to make a first post on each of the four discussion boards (or three discussion boards if you are a presenter) within the 36 hours that the discussion is open. So, the discussion is open on midnight on Tuesday and then you are going to want to make sure that by noon on Wednesday you’ve posted a first post response to everyone who is presenting this week. Yes, presenters you do have to participate in the other discussion boards this week, as well as facilitate your own discussions board. I know it will be a busy week, but the discussion activity and the materials for the discussion are only reading requirement for this week and I think it is going to be extremely interesting and very valuable, as well. Those of you who have not done a lot of peer review in previous courses or have not worked with me in the grant writing course previously, I want you to encourage you to think through the peer review process. It’s critically important that you approach peer review with an open mind. Both as a reviewer and the presentation presenter who is being reviewed. Please know that we are all working together to learn as much as we possibly can about research and research methods, and all of the peer reviewed critiques will be given with the best intentions. So, I think if we all have an open mind and know that we are all working together to try to learn as much as we can the peer reviewed process will go very well. I’ll post some peer reviewed guidelines as well just so that you can take a look at how peer review typically should be approached. Thanks again for all you hard work in the course good look on all your final assignments. I hope they are coming along well. I will of course be available via “Ask the Instructor” discussion board and by email. On Saturday, I do have limited availability in the afternoon and evening, so please post any questions early in the day on Saturday. Thanks so much everyone have a great week and weekend!
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Tags: Discussion, Veteran's Day, course readings
Hello Everyone, I hope you are all enjoying Week #11. I have certainly enjoyed your presentations on your Mini Case Study of an International Adult Education Provider. Thank you for choosing such interesting providers, I think we have all been learning a lot from these presentations. Of course the follow up discussions is currently under way and it will go until 10pm tonight. Next week, we do not have a discussion, so after our discussion ends tonight we will not be discussing together until Week #13. Next week we are off of the discussion board in observance of Veteran’s days. Even though we don’t have a discussion next week, we of course still have course reading to do that are due this Sunday, and you have readings due the following Sunday, as well. You also have a personal journal due this week and next week. While you are off from the discussion board next week, I highly recommend that you begin or continue to work on your next two paper assignments. You do have your Micro Teaching Lesson Plan due, as well as an article critique due, before the end of the semester. The guidelines for the micro teaching lesson plan are available in the assignment guidelines folder and I will have the guidelines for the article critique posted by this Friday. As always please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns about the assignments. Even though we will not have a formal discussion next week the “Ask the Instructor Discussion Board” will be open and I will have my normal office hours. As a reminder, the micro teaching lesson plan is due November 23rd, and your article critique is due CEP week on Monday, December 9th. I’ve really enjoyed all the hard work that you are doing in this course- please keep it up! As a reminder, registration opens tomorrow for the spring semester. Please make sure you contact your adviser to touch base and to get your pin number to register for the spring. I will hopefully work with you all again sometime in the future, and I hope you all enjoy the rest of the semester and have a great spring semester as well. With that I am going to sign off and say have a wonderful weekend and take care!
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Tags: Discussion, mim-case study of an international provider, presentation
I hope you are enjoying week #10! It’s been a really interesting discussion about the different chapters that you choose to read in the Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education. I think those chapter are all very important, and you all will have a chance to get more in-depth in those topics in ADE 605 and ADE 655. In this course we just introduce the ideas and you study them further in future courses in the program. So I’m sure you’ll enjoy those courses later on in your time period in the ADE program. This week, as a reminder, you have your international mini case study of and adult education provider due. It’s due Saturday by 11:55pm and you will be presenting your case study as part of our discussion next week. Much like you did for the presentation of your site visit reports, you will have the option of doing an ipadio phonecast, Youtube video or typing out your transcript of your report as a First Post. So, be prepared to turn in your mini case study of an international provider and be prepared to do a brief presentation, which will be your First Post for next week’s discussion. I’m really looking forward to seeing what providers you chose and to learning more about them. As always, I have office from 8am-9am on Tuesday and 8am -12pm on Wednesday. Please feel free to come in and visit or call. I always love to connect with students, so please feel free to contact me at any time and remember the “Asks the Instructor” discussion board is always open. Thank for all your hard work! Have a great weekend.