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Motivation and Retention Online … “Bonknam Style”!

This short podcast episode is the second with Curt Bonk when he was visiting Adelaide in November 2012.  I asked what was the next contribution to online learning and teaching we could expect from him.  Curt describes the new online resource and book he an a colleague in NZ are about to release. It is about how teachers can improve motivation and retention in online courses.

Curt and Elaine Khoo of the university of Waikato in NZ have developed  the “TEC-VARIETY” model or the 10 principles of motivation. This mnemonic stands for:

  • Tone/Climate: Psych Safety, Comfort, Belonging
  • Encouragement: Feedback, Responsive, Supports
  • Curiosity: Surprise, Intrigue, Unknowns
  • Variety: Novelty, Fun, Fantasy
  • Autonomy: Choice, Flexibility, Opportunities
  • Relevance: Meaningful, Authentic, Interesting
  • Interactive: Collaborative, Team-Based, Community
  • Engagement: Effort, Involvement, Investment
  • Tension: Challenge, Dissonance, Controversy
  • Yielding Products: Goal Driven, Success, Ownership

Each of the principles has a chapter with 10 activities in each.  This will be a very practical tool for teachers to develop their online facilitation in these areas.

This “Bonk Book” is almost finished and it will be available free to people online.  We go on to talk about how a teacher can use this resource.  It is not a book of theory but practical ideas for teachers facilitating technology enhanced learning and teaching to use. Please listen to the podcast and see the potential.

Sample Chapters available for download.

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The embedded Youtube video below is a synchronous session in his MOOC described in the previous podcast episode. It is a 1 hour session where Curt describes the TEC-VARIETY model in more depth. It is worth a watch.

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There’s good MOOCs and there’s, well … good teaching makes the difference!

Photo of Allan Carrington and Curt Bonk ... the MOOC shotProf Curt Bonk is in high demand around the world as a keynote speaker and someone who can shake up the status quo and engage academics and encourage them to seek excellence in practice.    During November 2012 he was invited to Adelaide to be a keynote speaker at the annual Festival of Learning and Teaching. Curt took time out to do this podcast episode with Allan about MOOCs  In this episode Curt explains why MOOCs suddenly have got the entire Higher Education Sector talking.  He shares from the lessons he has learnt from his first MOOC in May of 2012, His introduction to “Instructional Ideas & Technology Tools for Online Success is the YouTube Video embedded below.  As only Curt can, he has developed 20 teacher and facilitator guidelines that make a good MOOC and in this episode he expands many of these concepts

Teaching and Facilitating Guidelines

1. Plan and prepare 11. Combine sync and async instruction
2. Market the course especially to friends 12. Arrive early for sync session
3. Offer multiple types of contact info 13. Allocate ample Q&A time during sync session
4. Get help/assistance 14 Share resources
5. Designate feedback providers and tasks 15 Personalize where possible
6. Offer ample feedback from week one 16. Use polling questions
7. Use peer, machine, volunteer and self-assessment 17. Check chat window for comments and questions
8. Gather geographic data 18. Reflect after each session (e.g. Top 3 activities in chat window)
9. Use a warm and friendly tone 19, Offer weekly recaps and updates
10. Form groups and social supports 20 Be willing to change midstream

 

We go on to discuss how can a passionate teacher who wants to do a MOOC to get started, to not only use the university resources to reach even further with open arms (that’s the idea of the arms in the photos) Curt explains the importance of Open Teaching and the benefits of all involved including the teacher/facilitators.

Please spend time listening to the episode and then there are so many more resources on Curt’s websites “Trainingshare.com“ and his Indiana University homepage “Curt Bonk’s e-learning World“. Bookmark these and browse often for a wealth of ideas and resources. As well here are the slide resources from the talks Curt refers to at the University of NSW and Macquarie University about MOOCs.

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