Week 1

Welcome to Back to Humanizing Online Instruction (#HumanMOOC)

We are currently in Week 1 (December 14-20, 2015)

This website serves as the main communication hub for the course, a neutral zone where you will come each week for updates and pathway guidance.

This week, we will be looking at instructor presence. Establishing instructor presence is critical in an online class so that students do not feel isolated and alone. Imagine if an instructor didn’t show up to teach in a face-to-face class? What makes an instructor successful in an online classroom is no different than a face-to-face classroom. Your role as the lecturer or faculty is to help your students become more involved in the subject area and content, connect them with you (the professor), and other students.

If you are new to this website, be sure to read the course Syllabus to become familiar with the unique structure or this course and the basics of the content.

Week 1 Competencies

Competency 1: Introduces self to class in engaging, visual manner
Competency 2: Reflects on pros and cons of instructor video in class
Competency 3: Demonstrates usage of interactive educational tool to connect with learners

Now it is time to choose either the Garden and Stream  (or both). Click on the images below to read what that pathway will look like for Week 1:

stream beginner garden

Additionally, for those that are not sure about the Garden pathway, you can choose the middle option to help you dip your toe into the idea of connected learning (see the gray question mark image above).

Looking to catch up on past Week 0? See the Week 0 Neutral Zone page.

The Stream | Week 1

This pathway is designed to be more like the linear, guided knowledge pathway that most of you are used to in a typical online course. You will work through a pre-determined set of videos, content, and assignments. This is a good pathway for new learners or those that prefer more structured, guided learning experiences.

Ready for the stream? For this week, your activities include:

Want to also do some social interaction with this week’s content? See the Garden for social interaction.

Interested in socializing, but not sure how to do all of that non-linear stuff? We have a special Gardening for Beginners option for those transitioning from the Stream to the Garden.

The Garden | Week 1

This pathway is designed to be more like a social, non-structured, self-guided pathway. You will work through creating your own goals and connecting with other learners to think through various assignments. This is a good pathway for more advanced learners or those that prefer more interactive learning experiences.

Not sure how to do all of that? We have a special Gardening for Beginners option for those transitioning from the Stream to the Garden.

Ready for the Garden? For this week, your possible activities include:

Want to look at some of the content we think you may need for this week? See the Stream for our content.

Gardening for Beginners

Thinking about taking the Garden pathway but still not sure what to do? Here are some ways to jump into social learning.

That’s basically it! Want to go back to the content we think you may need for this week? See the Stream for our content.

Ready for some social interaction with this week’s content? See the Garden for social interaction.