Monthly Archives: January 2015

CORAL: Collaborative Online Research And Learning

Tuckman Stages of Group Development

These stages are commonly known as: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning. Tuckman’s model explains that as the team develops maturity and ability, relationships establish, and leadership style changes to more collaborative or shared leadership.


Here’s a researched based overview of group development. Does this help you understand the group dynamics of online teaching and learning?

In my experience I’ve seen a great deal of Forming, Norming and Performing. (Not too much Storming!)


Will Online Team-Teaching Work For You?

JOLT: Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

Michelle Scribner-MacLean
University of Massachusetts Lowell 
Graduate School of Education 
Lowell, MA USA

Heather Miller
Richard Riley School of Education 
Walden University, USA


A co-teaching online environment has the potential to help more efficiently meet the needs of online learners and provide greater satisfaction for instructors. A well-trained pair of instructors can complement each other, meeting student needs in a timely manner, as well as providing students with the opportunity to view topics from different perspectives, and to gain more in-depth feedback about their work. Specific strategies for a successful online co-teaching experience, including: how to create a successful online learning community; achieve effective course management; provide systematic, in-depth assessment of student learning; and providing timely feedback will be addressed. Methods to improve upon one-another’s teaching strengths will be introduced as well as building community between your peer co-teacher and students.

Keywords : co-teaching, team teaching, online teachin


I’ve had the chance to team-teach with a number of interns at UW-Stout. I’ve also worked in other venues as part of a teaching team.  I (almost) always enjoy the experience.  Extra eyes on the class, a variety of perspectives and ideas; it all adds up to a value added learning and teaching experience for all. 

Edudemic’s Guide to the Flipped Classroom for 2014 | Edudemic

Instead of banning homework completely, a growing trend in 2014 is the implementation of the flipped classroom. Students listen to a lecture online at home and then work through assignments with the teacher when they arrive the next day. The at-home assignments are still there, but they are meant to help students learn at their own pace while making the classroom experience more interactive.


Integrating technology into learning in a meaningful way has always been a goal (and a challenge). The Flipped classroom is another iteration of the essential ideas of educational technology. 

The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Creating tutorials and explanatory guides is best done through the help of screenshots. These are pictures we take of our screens to share with others or include in a visual demonstration of how, for example, a process works. As teachers and educators we often find ourselves in need of such visual annotations and cues to enhance our students comprehensibility. There are several web tools that we can use to create screenshots and we have already reviewed some of them in past publications here. Today, we are introducing you to what we consider to be the best 4 web tools for creating screenshots. Besides being free, these tools are very simple to use and are also student friendly. They will allow you to  capture your screen, crop and annotate your pictures using  arrows, colours, shapes, text and many more.


Attention Online Students!  Want to  make their online teacher’ happy campers?   


Learn how to take screen shots to illustrate any questions you have. 

The flip side: Online teachers create quick job aides illustrated with screenshots! 

6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning — Campus Technology

by Leila Meyer: Putting concepts in context. Sarah Smith-Robbins, director of learning technologies and a marketing instructor in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, thinks social media can help take learning out of the classroom. “I want students to see the concepts that we’re talking about in class not just as things that are important when we’re in class, but as things that are important in their lives,” she said. “Because these tools live in their pockets and I can give them reasons to be on the lookout for content to curate for the course, it helps them think through the application of the concepts from class.”


I’ve used all of the tools mention while teaching online.  Great choices! 

Tony Karrer on Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources

Tony Karrer:

As always I do this by looking through eLearning Learning and related sites like Communities and Networks Connection.   I looked at Virtual ClassroomDistance LearningILTTeaching Distance Learning.  I also did some quick searches for various kinds of things and added them into eLearning Learning (via delicious).  So together, I’ve collected a bunch of resources pretty quickly.  That said, there’s so much already out there on this – I’m at this point not quite sure what the real question was/is.  Certainly a lot of this is already findable.  I hope this is useful.  But I think the problem at this point might be something else.  Still here are 60 great resources.


Good Index of resources.  Nice to see Making the Move to eLearning: Putting Your Course by UW-Stout Instructor Kay Lehman on Tony’s list! 

Transitional Words and Phrases: Little Words, Big Meaning

There is something to be said for emphasizing the kinds of words and phrases that may not deliver a whole lot of meaning on their own, but when used within a piece of writing, are meaning powerhouses.


Word Choice!  

50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media – Edutopia

Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the “Curriculum Materials Room.” Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized? Do you remember a time when non-traditional learners struggled, and absenteeism meant a high likelihood of students doing poorly in school, and possibly having to retake the course?


Edutopia is always worth the time!

Alan Campbell: Relevance and The UW-Stout e-Learning Certificate

Alan Campbell: 

My mind was restless and I was looking for my next challenge. I received an email from Joan Vandervelde promoting an E-learning and Online Graduate Certificate. I read the fine print and decided the program would enhance my ability to support a blended classroom. By the end of my first course, I had started my own website and blog. In all of the courses, the interaction between students and instructors has been tantalizing. The exposure to new resources, at times overwhelming, has been exciting. The experience has been both humbling and fulfilling. My mind is left to ask, “What’s next?” 


Alan is currently enrolled in the E-Learning Practicum. This blog entry started out as a reflection on the relevance and impact of the UW-Stout’s E-Learning Graduate Certificate program. Alan is a powerful teacher; online, blended or face to face.  His commitment to life long learning jumps off the page.  

Read his blog: the simple teacher.  You will be glad you did!