I teach an online Chemistry for Health Professions course. My students
are almost entirely nurses who are trying to complete their bachelors.
Although they are a pretty motivated bunch of students, I'm intrigued by
the idea of doing this synchronously, but felt that it wouldn't work
because of student schedule conflicts. Is there a face to face version
of the course you teach? If not, are there options for students who
cannot attend the synch time?
Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry
Champaign, IL 61821
>>> Dee Fink <[log in to unmask]> 06/21/10 9:27 PM >>>
Does anyone have questions or comments on what Michael has done?
Any similar or related experiences?
On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 9:03 PM, Thomas Michael Power <
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> Hi Dee,
> Yes, indeed. I started teaching online using a combination of a basic
> website and a virtual classroom about 10 years ago. Rather early on in
> online learning, I realized that developing a full-blown website was
> prohibitively time-consuming and simply an exercise in futility since
> updating it in a timely fashion became a virtual impossibility. I also
> realized that teaching online asynchronously was... well, boring. I
> the spontaneous debating, the back 'n forth, the warmth of verbal
> that had mad eme become a university professor in the first place. So
> lessened my dependance on asynch and added the synch classroom and
> never looked back. I now teach graduate courses only and I get the
> work with highly-motivated students from across the country and even
> overseas. They are all present and accounted for, every Tuesday
> from 4:30 to 7:30 PM with a 20-minute break in the middle, just like
> on-campus. Students tell me that the much-vaunted 24/7 online course
> being 0/0 since, for some reason or another, they say they never seem
> around to doing the work required in an online course. They say they
> isolated and unmotivated.
> In a nutshell, I try to run my seminar just as I would on campus.
> do have some individual work to do before class - reading - but they
> do it because they also have a team assignment that requires they do
> peer commitment seems to make it all work in that they come to class
> prepared to debate, discuss and examine concepts and principles
> the readings and discussed within their teams, in either synch or
> I've added some references below for your perusal.
> Dr. Michael Power
> Professor & Programs Director - Educational Technology
> Faculty of Education - Université Laval
> Founder of www.bold-research.org Research Network
> Director of Research www.CNIE-RCIE.ca
> Deputy Director (Education) http://geoeduc3d.scg.ulaval.ca/
> Member of the Board of Directors www.cirta.org
> Office 1174
> 2320 rue des Bibliothèques
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> Website (FR/ENG) : http://www.fse.ulaval.ca/Michael.Power
> Major article (ENG): http://jolt.merlot.org/vol4no4/power_1208.htm
> New article (ENG): http://www.jofde.ca/index.php/jde/article/view/649
> 2008 book (FR): http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120138
> 2009 book (ENG): http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120161 (09/09)
> 2010 talk (ENG):
> 2010 talk (ENG) http://edtechtalk.com/node/4722
> Professional site: www.facebook.com (Thomas Michael Power)
> Instant messaging: www.twitter.com (drmichaelpower)
> *De :* Dee Fink [[log in to unmask]]
> *Date d'envoi :* 21 juin 2010 21:09
> *À :* [log in to unmask]> *Objet :* Designing Better Learning Experiences: Updates on Website +
> Hi Everyone,
> I just wanted to alert you that the page on "Design Forms & Tips"
> "Resource Downloads") has been re-organized and several new items have
> Does anyone have a "success story" they would like to share on the
> listserv? Posting this would allow people to ask questions about how
> works, and what problems they had to overcome.
> *Michael Powers* emailed me a month or two ago, about an online
> which he designed to include both synchronous and asynchronous
> that seemed to be quite valuable.
> Michael: Would you mind sharing that with people on the
> We would love to also hear "success stories" from others as well!
> Thanks, Dee
> L. Dee Fink
> 234 Foreman Ave.
> Norman, OK 73069
> Phone/FAX: 405-364-6464
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> Website: www.finkconsulting.info
> **National Project Director: Teaching & Curriculum Improvement (TCI)
> **Senior Associate, Dee Fink & Associates Consulting Services
> **Author of: Creating Significant Learning Experiences
> **Former President of the POD Network in Higher Education (2004-2005)
L. Dee Fink
234 Foreman Ave.
Norman, OK 73069
Email: [log in to unmask]
**National Project Director: Teaching & Curriculum Improvement (TCI)
**Senior Associate, Dee Fink & Associates Consulting Services
**Author of: Creating Significant Learning Experiences
**Former President of the POD Network in Higher Education (2004-2005)