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Actively Engaging Students in Online Learning Through Interactive Course Design

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Dr. Heather Moschetta  
Joan Cusano  

Learn about strategies for moving beyond engagement toward deeper learning through rich technology infusion, reflection and collaboration in online and blended learning. “Engaging Students in Digital Learning Environments” is grounded in Penn Literacy Network research-based literacy practices. Presenters compare two LMS systems used to deliver content.

Audience: Coaches, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none
Topic: Professional learning
Grade level: Community college/university
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences emphasizing creativity, higher-order thinking skills and processes, and mental habits of mind (such as critical thinking, metacognition and self-regulation).
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators.
For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn and be able to use specific tools and strategies that engage students in online learning experiences incorporating innovative learning practices. These tools and strategies are grounded in the evidence-based Penn Literacy Network Framework and align with the ISTE Standards for Educators. Presenters will share how the Penn Literacy Network frameworks, The Four Lenses of Learning, and The Five Reading Writing Talking Processes provide a common language for actively engaging students in research-based literacy practices across content areas through the intentional use of technology to promote critical thinking through active learning and reflection. Examples of learning modules and digital portfolios where participants create, implement, and collaboratively reflect on technology-infused learning experiences designed to deepen and extend literacy skills in K-12 classrooms will be shared. Lessons learned from the use of two learning management systems, Schoology and Canvas, as well as from blended and online asynchronous courses will also be presented. Tools include Now Comment, Google Sites, Keep and Docs, Flipgrid, Screencasting and more. Feedback from several cohorts will be included. Although this course speaks to online courses in higher education, the content easily applies to K-12 classrooms.

Supporting research

Penn Literacy Network, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

Botel, Morton, and Lara Botel Paparo. The Plainer Truths of Teaching, Learning and Literacy. Owl Publishing, 2016.

Budhai, S. S., & Skipwith K. B. Best Practices in Engaging Online Learners Through Active and Experiential Learning Strategies. New York: Routledge. 2016.

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Dr. Heather Moschetta, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Joan Cusano, Penn Literacy Network, University of Pennsylvania

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