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Untitled 3This week, in our course on online teaching job applications (OnRamp), I am reviewing and providing feedback on Statements of Teaching Philosophy. One of the things I implore to those who are writing these statement is to emphasize a student-centered learning environment. We talk and share a great deal about how to create a student-centered classroom in OT101 as well. Indeed, any conversation about online education will likely have the phrase “student centered” in it. But, what does a student-centered online classroom look like?

Leibtab (2017) lists 8 Things to Look for in a Student-Centered Learning Environment. I’d like to share this list with you and riff on it a bit – highlighting specifically what this looks like in the higher ed distance classroom.

1. The students are engaged, happy, relaxed, and unstressed. Mindful online instructors seek to assuage, and not stoke, evaluation anxiety by creating an atmosphere where it is safe to make mistakes and learn from them.

2. You can pull any student aside and they will be able to tell you what they are learning and why. And the answer will not be “because it will be on the test.”

3. The class is rooted in collaboration. In the online higher ed environment, this may not always be traditional “group work” as we’ve come to know it – although it could be. This could simply refer to weekly discussion forums where students come together to solidify their learning, share examples, and offer insights from their experience.

4. Students can personalize their learning. I find that both choice and opportunities to reflect suit this bill in the online classroom. For example, if psychology students are going to apply a personality theory as part of an assignment, they should be able to choose who in their lives or in pop culture they are applying it to. Reflective questions and assignments provide students opportunity to personally resonate with what they are learning and discuss how it is transforming their thinking.

5. Opportunity to explore personal interests. Leibtag says, “Exploring student interests (and interests that they may not even realize they have) is core to a great student-centered environment” (para 10). A student-centered instructor will establish a set of learning objectives, but then allow students some leeway in how they meet those.

6. Students are talking more than the instructor. I had a clinical supervisor in graduate school tell me that if I (the therapist) am talking more than a client/patient in a session, then I’m doing it wrong. I think the same advice applies in the classroom environment. Certainly, the instructor has much to offer and has a responsibility to teach. But the classroom should not be the instructor’s “stage.” The classroom belongs to the students and they should be provided opportunities to learn by contributing (vs. simply listening).

7. Students are evaluated in multiple ways. An exam-only approach to evaluation does not allow all learners to shine and it doesn’t provide opportunity for detailed feedback. A rich combination of discussions, exams/quizzes, essays, reflective journals, presentations, etc. allows students to show you what they have learned in a wide variety of ways – ways that offer opportunities for conversation in addition to grades.

8. The diversity within an online classroom is embraced and used to the advantage of the classroom. I am reminded of the 1845 Irish Potato Famine metaphor here. The famine occurred because farmers did not diversify the species of potatoes they grew. The particular species that most farmers planted was especially susceptible to the fungal blight that hit, wiping out the majority of the country’s food source. Had a more diverse crop been planted, the blight may have wiped out some, but certainly not all, of the food. This presents a cautionary tale against the one perspective or mono-cultural approach to a learning environment as well. Diversity strengthens and builds resilience to myopic-thinking.

How do you create a student-centered classroom? Please feel free to share in a comment below!

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10 Online Teaching Positions – Grand Canyon University

4 Online Teaching Positions – Northern Vermont University

2 Online Teaching Positions –  Capella University

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…as well as online teaching opportunities at: American College of Education, California Baptist University, CTU-Online, Delaware State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Franklin University, Grantham University, Gratz College, Husson University, Independence University, Maryville University, MCPHS University, Purdue University Global, Regis College, Southern New Hampshire University, University of Florida, University of Maryland Global Campus, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Walden University, and West Liberty University.

 

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6 Online Teaching Positions – Grand Canyon University

3 Online Teaching Positions – Georgia Military College

2 Online Teaching Positions –  Franklin University

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…as well as online teaching opportunities at: AIU Online, Ashland University, CTU-Online, Independence University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Maryville University, Northern Vermont University, Ocean County College, Saybrook University, Trident at AIU, Unity College, University of Maryland Global Campus, University of Phoenix, University of St. Thomas, University of the Cumberlands, Upper Iowa University, and Walden University.

 

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10 Online Teaching Positions – Strayer University

8 Online Teaching Positions – AIU Online

6 Online Teaching Positions –  Walden University

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…as well as online teaching opportunities at: American College of Education, American National University, American Public University System, Ashford University, College of the Florida Keys, CSU-Global, Grand Canyon University, Independence University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Ivy Tech Community College, Nebraska Methodist Health System, Purdue Global University, Saybrook University, Southern Nazarene University, Southern New Hampshire University, University of Louisiana at Monroe, University of Maryland Global Campus, University of the People, West Coast University, and Western Governors University.

 

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4 Online Teaching Positions – University of Maryland Global Campus

2 Online Teaching Positions – Strayer University

2 Online Teaching Positions –  University of Cumberlands

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…as well as online teaching opportunities at: Brandeis University, Brentwood University, Bryant & Stratton University, CSU Global, ECPI University, Franklin University, Galen College of Nursing, Georgia Military College, Independence University, Lincoln Land Community College, Oregon State University, Rasmussen College, South University, The Art Institute of Tampa, and Western Governors University.

 

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6 Online Teaching Positions – University of Maryland Global Campus

5 Online Teaching Positions – South College

4 Online Teaching Positions –  Franklin University

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…as well as online teaching opportunities at: American Public University System, Brandman University, College of Saint Mary, Coopersmith Career Consulting, CTU-Online, Grand Canyon University, Independence University, Indiana Wesleyan University, MCPHS University, North Shore Community College, Ohio University, Purdue University Global, Strayer University, The Art of Education University, Unity College, University of California, Irvine, University of the People, and Walden University.

 

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18 Disciplines Listed in Online Teaching Job Posting – Pierce Mortuary Colleges

6 Online Teaching Positions – Allen University

3 Online Teaching Positions –  Western Governors University

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…as well as online teaching opportunities at: American College of Education, American Public University System, Aspen Group, Bay Path University, California Baptist University, CSU – Global, CTU-Online, Delaware State University, Florida Technical College, Franklin University, Georgia Military College, Grand Canyon University, Herzing University, Lincoln Land Community College, Maryland University of Integrative Health, Rasmussen College, South College, South University, Southern Nazarene University, Southern New Hampshire University, Unity College – Environmental College, University of Maryland Global Campus, University of the People, and Washington State University.

 

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20 Disciplines Listed in Online Teaching Job Posting – Bethune-Cookman University

7 Online Teaching Positions – Concorde Career Colleges

7 Online Teaching Positions –  Strayer University

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…as well as online teaching opportunities at: American Public University System, Ashford University, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Capella University, Florida Institute of Technology, Fortis Online, Franklin University, Grand Canyon University, Herzing University, Maryville University, Northcentral University, Northwood University, Purdue University Global, RMCAD, Saint Josephs College, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Study.com, Syracuse University, Trine University, University of Missouri – Kansas City, University of Northwestern Ohio, University of the People, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, and Western Governors University.

 

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donovan-silva-ygUPa_SaXKw-unsplashThe start of this quarter found me recording a new set of introduction videos for my online classes. I wish I would have read this web article out of Kent State University before doing so! I could have saved myself a take or two (there were a few!). There may be a redo in my future. Here, I’ll share the tips that Kent State has to offer in their article titled How to Create Instructor and Course Introduction Videos. While doing so, I’ll add in a few comments of my own.

Step 1: Decide if you are going to reuse/repurpose this video for every course you teach or if this is a one-off production. You can choose to start off every term with a brand new video, maybe making reference to the size of the class or something particular going on in the world (I bet a lot of intro videos were updated as the global pandemic came into our collective pictures). But you might also consider using one that could be used from term to term, maybe being updated every few years or so. I decided to go this route. I do teach two courses for this school, so I made one for each course, but I do plan on using them again next quarter and maybe a time or two more before I update. The Kent State article recommends being as broad as possible to aid in repurposing, especially if you teach multiple courses. I see the logic in that.

Step 2: Create a Speaking Outline. Decide what you want to say and organize your thinking so that your video remains in the 3-5 minute mark. I didn’t do this (at first) and was surprised how quickly time passes when you are recording! Something that felt like 3 minutes to me was pushing past the 5 minute mark. An outline helped.

Step 3: Now, write a script. While we don’t want to appear to be reading to our audience, having a written out script is important. It not only keeps us on track, but to accommodate and be inclusive of all students, video material must have an accompanying text transcript. You’ll want to rehearse so that you aren’t reading to your audience, but are instead talking to them.

Step 4: Set up a webcam. These aren’t as hard to come by as they used to be – with video recording devices being pre-installed on a lot of laptops and smart phones these days. And in our post-COVID world many of us has had to acquire this technology to interact with our students, workplaces, and families. But if you don’t have some kind of recording device, preferably one that makes uploading to the internet a simple process, you will need to get or borrow one. The article gives some great advice on how to best position yourself in front of the camera. I’ll also suggest to keep this camera completely stable (do not ask someone to hold it or do a “selfie” video).

Step 5: Consider and set up lighting. I prefer natural light and in my video I was lit by a huge window on a sunny day. This seemed fine to me, but this is not always feasible or be the look you are going for. See…I hadn’t read this article yet! Because it details how to best set up your lighting using a three point lighting technique – a key light, a fill light, and a back light.

Step 6: Ready the recording environment. We’ve been watching webcam presentations for months now and have come to know the bookcase as the standard academic’s backdrop. But, above and beyond that, what do we need to know to set up a great, professional recording environment? Some advice here – limit distractions/house noises (i.e. children, pets, lawn equipment) and choose a neutral backdrop (avoid a busy wallpaper pattern that your shirt might clash with and, if you are going to go the book case route, make sure it is nice and organized – in other words, not a mess!).

Step 7: Lights, camera, action! Remember to use your speaking voice, not your reading voice and consider using a “pop filter” (a screen that separates you from the microphone to soften hard “p’s”or “t’s.” Relax, have your script ready and remember to save! You don’t have to get it perfect the first time, you can do a few takes, but remember to save the one you want. Your school should have some direction for you for how to best upload this file to the school’s LMS.

Enjoy making your videos! What has been your experience creating these types of videos? Please comment below and share!

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This Week’s Online Teaching Job Summary

13 Online Teaching Positions – Shawnee State University

4 Online Teaching Positions – Strayer University

3 Online Teaching Positions –  Northern Vermont University

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…as well as online teaching opportunities at: American Public University System, CTU-Online, Eastern Oregon University, Excelsior College, Georgia Military College, Grand Canyon University, Harrisburg Area Community College, Independence University, Iowa Western Community College, Liberty University, North Central College, Oakton Community College, Ocean County College, Southern New Hampshire University, University of California, Irvine, University of Maryland Global Campus, University of Northern Iowa, University of Phoenix, University of the People, Verto Education, Vista College, and Western Governors University.

 

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