On June 15th, 2012, my associate Barry Tucker and I presented at the Online Teaching Conference 2012 in San Jose, CA. We presented on DE 101, our live, free, fully online, two-week orientation for students here at College of the Redwoods.
There is an archive of our session in CCC Confer.
College of the Redwoods offers its students "DE 101" a free, two-week,
fully online seminar on how to take an online class and be a successful
online student. In this seminar, students learn about Sakai and how to
use other online tools such as their student email and TurnItIn.com. The course
covers the tools in Sakai as well as the skills required to be a
successful online student. Topics covered include an over-view of the
typical tools used in an online Sakai course but also cover, time
management, online collaboration skills, solving technology problems,
identity theft prevention and other topics of concern to online
learners. The Distance Education department has completed 9 sections of
this course. We have found that having this kind of training available
before the student takes an online course (or concurrently) helps
student completion and retention in online learning.
As we continue the research into how our course works, we will be putting our findings in a paper and sending it out to a journal. The seeds of that paper are in an earlier posting about DE 101.