Distance Learning Video Grid
Distance Learning Video Grid Overview (DLVG)
Freedom from geographic tyranny has become a fundamental characteristic of distance learning programs. This freedom is valuable but also poses challenges as simple as overcoming the lack of teachers engaging in casual conversations in the lunchroom or hallway. As computer mediated communication techniques become more sophisticated and the expectation of richer media grows, different methods of encouraging teacher exchanges will be devised.
A project developed at Kansas State University, called the Distance Learning Video Grid, provides a way to address these issues. Its goal was to encourage the exchange of successful instructional distance education techniques, ideas, and methodologies. The project collected interviews with seasoned instructors active in distance education on video then content analyzed these segments to group them into topics by subject matter.
The video segments were rendered into Flash Animation and organized in a grid. Software provides filtering capability and an HTML framework so they could be easily streamed across the Internet and viewed in a Web browser.
Topics Covered in DLVG
Delivery Strategies for Your Distance Classes
The freedom to conduct your class where and when and how you like is probably both a pro and con in a distance learning environment. How have you set up your class in general? How do you keep distance learning from overwhelming you? Any tricks of the trade you can share?
Real Time or Asynchronous Delivery?
What has been better in your experience? Asynchronous or synchronous? Why?
Diverse Student Needs
International and cultural issues play a big role in student interaction during a distance learning class. How do you cope with those issues, particularly in an environment where non-verbal cues are probably less evident?
Many distance learning experts say a key to student success is to instill a sense of discipline. Do you agree? How do you do this in your classes?
Sense of Community
Creating a sense of community is important for both professor and student. How do you do this in your distance class? Do you think it is important? Does teamwork come into play?
Assignments and Exams
Many instructors ask, “How can we be certain that the person receiving credit is actually the one doing the work or exam?” What types of things do you do to help with this? What sorts of assignments and exams seem to work the best for you? How do you return grades?
Technical Support for Students
One of the biggest reasons that students don’t leap into distance learning is that they don’t feel ready to tackle the technical issues. How does K-State help support them and make sure they are able to access and create online lectures and the materials they need?
Technical Support for Faculty
Technology and delivery methods are continually changing. How does K-State help instructors remain current and up-to-date with what their classes can do?
What are some methods that you use for evaluating your online courses?
Have you run into any timing issues regarding lecture presentations, assignment due dates, or other aspects of your distance class?
Office hours and student contact might need to be a bit unconventional in a distance learning environment. Have you run into any problems that way? What sort of arrangement do you use?
Updating online material is a big challenge in distance learning. Do you have any recommendations for the new distance learner instructor?
How do you prepare for your online class? What sorts of things do students need? Syllabi? Schedules?
The technological innovation used in the Distance Learning Video Gallery allows viewers to easily access the information at any time. Scrolling over each thumbnail on the website begins the video, and clicking on the thumbnail opens to a larger viewing area of the video on the website, along with a short bio of the faculty member featured in the video. Videos may be viewed asynchronously to accommodate the schedules of the viewer. The website also allows videos to be filtered by topic or by faculty member.
Available at: http://ome.ksu.edu/id/resources/videogallery/