Saturday, March 12, 2016

Chat Planning: Join us on Friday, March 25, 10AM (Norman)

After Spring Break, we'll come back with:

Online Presence and Personalization

Please help with questions! What are you most interested in discussing? Chime in at the comments or at Twitter using the #OpenTeachingOU or #OpenOK hashtag. Here are the questions we will be pondering:

Q1 How do you promote student presence in a course, online or in the classroom? 

Q2 What about instructor presence? How do you strike a balance between student presence and instructor presence?  

Q3 How do you develop personalized learning activities for students? What about personalized assessment

Q4 When personalization is by student choice, how do you find balance between choice abundance and choice distraction?  

Q5 How has your approach to online presence changed over time? What about personalization?  

Q6 What new opportunities does Create OU give us for promoting online presence and personalization? 
Below are some suggested resources... please add more!

When Content is No Longer the Product by Rob Reynolds (link goes to Google+ share where discussion is ongoing)

Personalized Learning: What It Really Is and Why It Really Matters by Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill (Educause)

The Compulsion for Data by Audrey Watters

When U.S. air force discovered the flaw of averages (article about the tyranny of averaging)


  1. This conversation can go in so many different directions, and I'm curious what questions people would be most interested in, and also which articles on that list have made the biggest impression and/or what other articles I can add to the list!

    In terms of the questions, the items of most interest to me are student presence in a course and also the choice process in a choice-driven model of personalization — i.e. if the personalization happens through student choice, how do we best support that choice process without creating choice overload and anxiety?

  2. I really like the firs two "presence" questions, I think that being more than an attendee is important.

    And -
    How do you find balance between choice abundance and choice anxiety?
    Is something I sometimes struggle with - I can give them too much and hope that they will pick what they prefer, but that is not always easy for the students.

  3. I agree with Stacy regarding the first 2 questions. And I like the questions on developing personalized activities and finding balance between abundance and choice anxiety. I am also curious about how people's approaches have changed over time. I know that mine has migrated from less structure ("Let them be free") to more structure ("Help them free themselves").

  4. 2009 paper on Social Presence and Online Learning by Susan Cobb. Social presence is an important consideration in online learning strategies/design.

    1. Ooooh, that looks great, Ken (I read the abstract). New to me. THANK YOU.

    2. Sure! A friend from Oklahoma City University, Bob Greve, recently shared it with me.


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