Author: karinawp

Online Teacher Toolkit – Website/Blog

Introduction So you’re interested in teaching online and don’t know where to start? Or you teach online but want to know if there is a better way to do things? This Online Teacher Toolkit could be for you. Packed with the necessary implements to set yourself up online (but not the type of implements to Read More …

Write Your Story with Confidence!

I am passionate about creative writing for strong, independent folk because I believe that embracing your creativity is the key to expressing yourself in a clear, succinct & powerful way and connecting with the real you. Hence the launch of my short online course Write Your Story with Confidence. Join me if: sometimes your mind Read More …

Online Teacher Toolkit

The Economic Landscape – it’s not as bad as it seems A simple scan of the job pages highlights a period of economic transition. Words like: downturn, Brexit, recession, inexperience, (lack of) training, (lack of) digital skills, (demand for) basic literacy and numeracy, vie for our attention. In my mind, with any transition, with any difficulty, indeed, within Read More …

Key Factors For Designing An Online Course

Reflection on: Building Sense of Community at a Distance by Alfred Rovai (2002) International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Vol 3, No. 1. Issues in Online Learning This paper discusses how best to design and conduct an online course in response to the major issues in distance learning: high dropout rates – apparently 10-20% Read More …

Using Virtual Worlds to Enhance Online Social Presence

Reflection on: Using SmallWorlds to enhance social presence, group cohesion, and group identity in an online postgraduate course by Angelos Konstantinidis (2017) Overview This paper about virtual worlds reminds us that the current digitised and connected world is forcing educators to re-think the way in which they teach. On second thought, ‘force’ is a strong Read More …

EFL Talks Video Glossary – Telecollaboration

Here is a 10 slide, 10 minute presentation introducing the concept of Telecollaboration for EFL Talks 10 in 10 Terms. EFL Talks is a great place for educational professionals to learn from each other – essentially teachers teaching teachers! Want to know what it’s like to organise a telecollaboration? Listen to an interview with Eva Read More …

Community of Inquiry Framework – what more to research?

Reflection on: Researching the community of inquiry framework: Review, issues, and future directions, Garrison, R.D., & Arbaugh, J.B., The Internet and Higher Education 10 (2007) 157-172 Overview This paper provides a summary to date (well, up to 2007) of the research made about the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework (Garrison, Anderson & Archer, 2000) and Read More …

Three ways to facilitate higher-order thinking in online education

Reflection on: Community of inquiry as a theoretical framework to foster “epistemic engagement” and “cognitive presence” in online education (Shea & Bidjerano, 2009) How to improve cognitive presence in online education This study of 2000 online learners by Shea & Bidjerano (2009) confirms the constructs of teaching, social and cognitive presence as theorised by the Read More …

Exploring casual relationships among Teaching, Cognitive and Social Presence

Reflection on: Exploring casual relationships among teaching, cognitive and social presence: Student perceptions of the community of inquiry framework by Garrison et. al (2009) Teaching Presence in Online Learning This paper discusses the need to have a holistic framework to facilitate the integration of pedagogy and technology. The Community of Inquiry (Garrison, Anderson & Archer, Read More …

Facilitating Participation in Online Communities

Participation is the ways in which individuals engage in activity: “We have observed that the early appearance of one or more participants performing social behaviours will impact on the longer-term development of a supportive culture for the life of the community” (Galley et. al, 2012, p10). The instructor is the main, active moderator in an Read More …