Thursday, July 16, 2015

Spoiler Alert...Students are Human Beings

Pic from: http://modthesims.info/d/47534
Well, it has certainly been awhile since my last blog post...never mind the cobwebs and dust, it's been too long. Heading into a new semester it is time to brush off, and get it going again.

As I revive the blog (my way of interacting with you), I challenge you to improve your social proximity with students. How do you communicate & interact with students outside of the classroom? Answering that honestly and challenging yourself to effectively improve your social proximity may benefit you in the classroom more than you can even realize.

Relationships & interactions with students, I believe (as well as many others), is the #1 motivator in student learning. Yes, all students are different, but to a degree all human beings seek approval, interaction, & positive relationships. Now get ready because I'm about to drop some serious keh-nowledge on you... 

***NOTE STUDENTS ARE HUMAN BEINGS!!!***

Crazy how sometimes that can be forgotten in a data driven culture, especially if you are teaching a lecture class with 50, 100, or 200 students. They are not research, they are not data (did you hear that admins), they are not annoyances that make your JOB difficult. They are unique individuals that give your PASSION opportunity. I mean, I assume your passion is teaching, fueling, & growing young minds...surely you didn't get into this for the money did you???

Look for ways to improve your interactions with students...sure you can go old school & talk face to face with them...but they often consider that awkward and with some you won't get very far by starting with that approach. For many students today starting interaction online is more common and then the face to face can be more meaningful/effective when they get to that point. Don't get me wrong, face to face is important...you might just unlock deeper caverns of thought, discussion, and dare I say learning, if you attempt to cultivate through social media first.

Last week I had the pleasure of hearing JoseBowen author of Teaching Naked (which I'll talk about in next week's blog) and he stressed the importance of using tech outside of the classroom to promote social proximity.

What does that look like? It can take many different paths, but choosing one and using it effectively is key. Again, my challenge to you for this upcoming semester/year is to improve your social proximity with students! Try focusing on one of these...
  • Twitter (create a class hash)
  • Virtual Office Hours...(Google+Hangout, Adobe Connect, Skype, Join.me, etc.)
  • Facebook - (creating a class page or group)
  • Instagram
  • PinInterest
Incorporating social media is important not only to cultivate social proximity with students, but also to show them that social media can be used in the academic setting for engagements, learning, and research. To understand better how & what students/are using check out the latest Pew Research on Social Media use by Teens.

If you are on campus, stop by the Center for Teaching and Learning and we will help get you set up/answer any questions you have. For my non-Lipscomb readers always feel free to email me your questions and I'm happy to help. kwoneal@lipscomb.edu 




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Join Me at FETC 2015 and Save Up to $110 by Using My Discount Code

Join Me at FETC 2015 and Save on Conference Registration Fees

I'd like to personally invite you to attend my session at FETC 2015, taking place January 20-23 in Orlando, Florida. Information on my session is below, along with a special registration discount of up to $110 off the Regular Conference Package Prices*.

FETC is the leading international conference that brings education and technology experts together to exchange strategies and best practices for teaching and learning success―and I’m thrilled to be a part of it! Make plans now to join me and discover the future of education technology.

Register today using my unique promo code – SPK371 – and receive $110* off the Regular Registration fee! For more information on the conference, please visit www.FETC.org
*$110 discount off Regular Conference Rates, or $10 off the current Early Bird rates.
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Checkout my workshop info below, to find out more info on workshops go to FETC Workshops Info. I look forward to seeing you this January! If you can't go make sure to follow the conference twitter feed @ #FETC and follow @iTeachLipscomb for insight, resources, and information.

My Workshop info:
(WTP162) 12 Things to Think About When Teaching Online
Keith O'Neal, Instructional Designer, Lipscomb University

Tuesday 12:00-3:00 p.m. - S320A
Focus Area: Online and Blended Learning
Designation: Workshop - BYOD - 3
Audience: Educators
Level: All Levels Apply


Description:
Knowing where to start is the toughest part of most tasks in life. From your first step as a baby, to riding a bike, writing a term paper, or starting a healthy lifestyle, it is hard to get started. Designing & teaching an online course is no different. The key is not to get frustrated and remember it is okay to collaborate & discuss. Come do just that as we look 12 things to think about when teaching & engaging students online. Design online courses with student success in mind!

 After nine years in the classroom and two years as the District Technology Integration Specialist for Reynoldsburg City Schools in Ohio, Keith W. O'Neal is now in his second year as the Instructional Designer for Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. He received his M.Ed. in Technology from Ashland University in 2007 and has gone on to present at multiple conferences as well as work independently with school districts & universities to further technology in the classroom. Supporting excellence & inspiring innovation is his passion. Follow him on Twitter @iTeachLipscomb or find out more at https://www.linkedin.com/pub/keith-o-neal-m-ed/47/a28/946

Best regards,
Keith W. O'Neal
@iTeachLipscomb

Monday, October 6, 2014

Charting the Course - Quality Matters 2014

Anchors Away, as we set sail & chart the course for Quality Assurance in Online Learning. That was the theme for the 6th Annual Quality Matters Conference in Baltimore, Maryland this past week. As expected the conference was great, filled with collaboration, discussion, and enthusiastic presentations. To be a realist, not not every presenter knocked in out of the park, (there were a few who given the choice I would have gladly walked the plank) but for the most part the QM style of provoking thoughts, sharing, and promoting audience participation was a staple in the conference sessions.

For those involved in the twitter backchannel at #QMconf there was never a dull moment as we shared thoughts, links, resources, quotes, and more. Even the occasional #selfie or pic worth blackmailing someone with later in life was shared unashamedly. This year seemed to include even more QM participants whose eyes were opened to the conference behind the conference. Below is my storified stream from #QMconf as I looked back at two jam packed days. Many good points to chew & reflect on for sure.

If you were at the conference hopefully a few of these will spark your memory, if not, enjoy...and join the QM folks next year at San Antonio!

Thanks to all those who participated at #QMconf


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September 11th - Remember - Never Forget


September 11th - Never Forget

Thursday is a day of remembrance in our nation, and every year students know less and less about that day. This year the average college Freshman was only 5 years old in 2001. How quickly time passes without us realizing it.

On 9-11 I myself was a student at Lipscomb University where, now 13 years later, I find myself working. I had class with Dr. Hooper that morning and found myself in the basement of Burton when the secretary came in and told us to turn in the TV. The first plane had just hit and they were speculating as to what had happened. I'll never forget as they were discussing seeing the second plane fly in live on TV and crash, then news of the third plane at the Pentagon, and word of the 4th in Pennsylvania. Would there be a 5th, a 6th? Everyone was waiting, but what we did know was that life had changed.

After 9-11 I began the process of collecting pictures & newspaper headlines from that day. In 2003, my first year teaching, I created the following video below to make sure that I did and continue to do my part to never forget the loss, sacrifice, and heartache of September 11, 2001.

As Educators, we have a special opportunity to remember that day with our students both young and old to share with them what it was like. Few K-12 students have memories other than what they have learned in school and HigherEd students barely remember the events. Are you doing your part to continue that learning, remembering, and reflection? Please join me by taking 20 min. out of your day to remember 9/11 on Thursday and watch this video. Better yet, watch it with and talk to your students, share what that day was like for you, possibly even assign for them to find out from relatives what that day was like. For those students that do not have memories, give them memories. Continue to remember, Never Forget!


Please share this with someone special, let them know they are special, and tell them thank you. We are blessed with the moments we get and too often take them for granted. Make sure those around you NEVER FORGET!

Monday, April 21, 2014

My Sloan-C Twitter feed Reflections @et4online


The Sloan-C conference for Emerging Technologies in Dallas was yet another great conference from Sloan. This was my second Sloan conference and my first time to present at a Sloan Conference. The keynotes were very thought provoking and the sessions I attended were great. A few of the sessions I attended included:
- The Best Presentation on Faculty Burnout You've Ever Seen - Guaranteed with @BrianUdermann
- Using Blogging Portfolios to Improve Student Achievement with @drdavidwicks 
- Networks of Care & Conflict: Academics' Online Participation with @veletsianos
- Engaging Digital Natives w/Free Technology with @adesinamedia & @lfranklin
- Twelve Strategies to Promote Online Growth While Ensuring Quality with @BrianUdermann
 If you follow me on twitter you were undoubtedly inundated with tweets from these sessions (and more) as well as those from the two presentations I gave and the keynotes. Those of us tweeting at the conference #et4online also had some great backchannel discussions here and there throughout the conference. Hopefully at my session we got even more academics plugged into the backchannel on Twitter and the next Sloan conference will have that many more participating.

My favorite story of the week occurred after my session on "So I have a Twitter Account...Now What?" A father who attended the session came up and shared with me...
 
Great story, 1 of my session attendees created a twitter account & it suggested he follow-his 13 yr old-he didn't know had a twitter

A great story, but also a great reminder that we need to understand digital citizenship because if we don't...who is going to teach it to our kids? For far to many the answer right now is no one!

As I go back through the tweets @ #et4online the best part is getting all the perspectives & info from other sessions I was not in. Hopefully in the same way I helped others out who were not in sessions I attended. With the twitter community growing in #highered, conferences become more and more valuable and presenters reach extends further as we tweet thoughts beyond the confines of the session room walls. Below are some highlights from my twitter feed of ideas, perspectives, & resources from myself and others. Hope you enjoy and find value!

 Apr 8 
Boarding my flight for Dallas, looking 4ward 2 a great week follow the conf. @

 Apr 9 
Stress is often perceived ~ reduce it through sleep, excercise, and being able to say "No"

Instructors should strive for balanced posts &the right amount of posts when it comes to Discussion Boards

Myths become reality when you don't check credible sources...remind stdnts...remind faculty...remind urself

Did someone say MESS? MT : created messy learning environment
Laughter is good for ur health, it improves social connection. Can improving sc improve ur clssrm?=Laughter can improve ur clssrm

Question:How many people have taken a MOOC and not finished? *All hands in room go up!*

?: how many have learned something from a MOOC they didn't finish? Knowledge doesn't always come from completion.

And how many learned nothing from the time contributed to it? You’re right though… could go both ways.

As an ID I enroll in some just to see different styles, often not worried about content

That's one of the reasons I join MOOC as well. I must like topic too through

Attention online teachers: your course is more than a bunch of PDFs! We need you in there, too!

Over 700 on site in Dallas & over 1000 attending online - these show value in keeping its own conference not combining

Ha Ha, just found my 1st class ~page from 2004, googled it right up, haven't been there in 10 years

Learning comes more from exploring than enforcing


Every student and faculty member at gets their own domain for $4.95, costs institution $50K/yr

"No tool can do everything." says If you think that & you're not embracing the broader web spectrum then u're the tool

Perhaps we can have a hybrid approach? Open Web + LMS?

yes, I think that's the goal, don't stick ur head in the sand, but don't be scared of the beach

of the day: "If I'd had some set idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?" ~Bill Gates

Teaching Online is a journey...don't expect 2 reach the end of the road, pack ur bags & don't forget ur flexibility

I write code to solve my problems Kids should learn to code like the need to learn how to work a screwdriver.

"Teachers who give up the idea they have 2b the delivery meadia will find time 2 reach & grow stdnts" ~

What is a blog? - Personal Journal, Personal Website, Sharing ur writing ~ Do ur stdnts share their writing?

Why Blog? Reflection/Chronologically Organized/Popular Tool/Tagging/Data Mashup/Communication/Integrated Standards

Blogging gives stdnts a real world audience & the ability 2 reflect. They establish a positive that's important

What do stdnts blog about? Assigned Prompt/Learning Objectives/Let them decide, don't structure the blog 2 much, let them

By blogging w/tags stdnts have 2 think through main points, words, thoughts that stick out & can b tagged

Have stdnts promote their blogs via twitter, facebook, & Linkedin 2 increase a professional presence & make contacts

With Online training require virtual meetings model examples of how fac can interact through an online presence

We expect our cars, TV's, & phones 2 have the latest upgrades, we shouldn't complain when stdnts expect the same from our courses

Google apps are used a lot by students for online group work - as is Prezi

now that Prezi allows real time collaboration it has become as awesome tool 4 that

USING TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT STUDENT COLLABORATION?! BUT HULK THOUGHT TEACHING ALL ABOUT THE TEACHER?!

no Hulk teaching care about others no cram down throats info stdnts can get on google

Proctor Owl in the dining room watching us eat...a bit creepy
50 min. 2 get everyone up to Tweed let's start "So I have a Twitter Account...Now What" follow @  

If you can let them know about on Tuesdays at 8pm EST. It is for T's to talk pedagogy

Listening to (Keith O'Neal) talk about Twitter - sent my first Tweet out from a conference presentation this morning (-:



- Twitter can b like drinking from a fire hydrant - relax & get what u get, don't throw a fit

Web 2.0 Never Forgets - Developing a Professional Digital Footprint by

Are u creating ur digital identity or is it being created 4 u? If u haven't worked 2 create it u may be surprised what is there

To teach as myself I must let my students see who I am. Great quotes!

Has ur course depreciated? Has it been punted along? Get motivated to refresh! All good thoughts being shared

Do u have Dinosaur's in ur course (out of touch, stale activities, expired)? Don't phone it in...refresh it

Dispel the myth that one post & two replies is the legacy of online courses. Try a

Hearing what I firmly believe building community online is essential 2 an interactive & innovative course.

We need to be personal & REAL with our students. Brene Brown talks more about the power of vulnerability.

Don't use tech 4 tech sake, just 4 bells & whistles, w/o realworld connection, b/c u assume stdnts luv it. ground it in

People want to interact with humans not tech… don’t dehumanize your Twitter persona or become unreachable.

Shake it up & check out resources/apps/learning activities 4 ur course


Curiosity drives mess and therefore drives creativity...

find the passion to go beyond the facts--teach with passion and funnel it to students

Why embrace mess? Explore your own curiosity - fall in love.

We cannot unbundle life experiences from the student's learning experience. So true!

There's value 2 coloring inside the lines & value coloring outside, the key is 2 have balance & not be rigid either way

How to Promoting Online Ed & Ensure Quality 1) Centralize Online Education, someone needs 2b in charge & bring order

How to Promoting Online Ed & Ensure Quality 2)Create an online advisory board

How to Promoting Online Ed & Ensure Quality 3)Hire an Instructional Designer ~

The more instructional designers the better, they are worth their weight in gold ~

How to Promoting Online Ed & Ensure Quality 4)Create an Online Policy handbook for ur institution how's,why's,?

How to Promoting Online Ed & Ensure Quality 5) Create an online education fact book

How 2 Promote Online Ed & Ensure Quality 6) Create faculty buy-in

How 2 Promote Online Ed & Ensure Quality 7) Offering faculty PD opportunities for growth in online learning

How 2 Promote Online Ed & Ensure Quality 9) Be abnormal have fun/b creative/share

I think IDs should take courses in topics they are interested in at their own schools, be a student and be an ID - better results

How 2 Promote Online Ed & Ensure Quality 10) Offer online help & services 2 distance stdnts, interact & serve

How 2 Promote Online Ed & Ensure Quality 11) Treat online & face 2face equally as much as u can

How 2 Promote Online Ed & Ensure Quality 12) Have an online course review process in place

How 2 Promote Online Ed & Ensure Quality...13) Remember One size does not fit all do what is right 4 ur institutions

Hope going through my reflection was beneficial for you, it was for me. See more of the feed at . Thanks to Dallas & to Sloan-C for a great conference! I'll leave you with this quote.

of the day: "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo