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LMS104: Communications and Community


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Online courses, Syllabus, News Widget, Content, Course Mail, Discussion Topics, Dropboxes and Feedback, Quizzes and Feedback, LOR, Journals, Blogs

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  Welcome to LMS 104, Communications and Community.   The content of this Module is divided into 6 Units (including this Welcome Unit). Each Unit contains lessons and materials of various sorts. You may work on the units in any sequence, except for Facilitating Community. Each unit has an Assessment. You may attempt the Assessment activities at any time, in any sequence. There will also be homework that you must complete successfully, using the tools in your Practice course and Discussion postings to complete. Once you pass the Assessment and complete your homework for a Unit, you have completed that Unit. When you have successfully completed the other 5 Units, the Unit on Facilitating Community will become available to you. Note that many of the concepts and ideas addressed under Facilitating Community are introduced throughout the other Units in this module.

History of teaching tools (Mike and Hector)

Chalk board

White board


Opaque projectors

Slide shows

Slide show software

Audio cassettes


Document cameras

Filmstip projectors




Online Gradebook

Question Library

Online Quizzes

Assessment of LMS 104

Discussion Posts



Matching items to Communication Types

Post Scenario Assessment. Matching Situations to appropriate communication

One Way Communication (One To Many)

One Way Communication Communicating to students: you must do a good deal of top-down, one to many communication. You are the teacher. You set the tone, expectations, requirements and schedules for the class. You set policies on academic integrity and use of email or discussions.  

We need to work on the assessment for this. Can we do an adequate Pre-Test?

Presenting Content

Varied in mode


Projecting yourself

Media rich



Learning Modes

Tools, News widget, Content tools, Elluminate, Optimized for one to many., Has participatory elements., Chat, Voting, Marking, Raising hand, Synchronous

Stating clear policies

Governed by TOS

When and when not to use email

Preferred means to communicate with you.

Presenting clear expectations

All online communications are monitored and subject to review.

What is your level of service? When can students expect ..., answers to emails, feedback on assignments, grading of posts

Online activity is monitored.


Grading schemes


Due dates



Presenting yourself

Get comfortable being on video / audio, Practice, Have fun, Help students get to know you, Podcasting, Music library available for you, Copyright free, Varieties



News widget

Two Way Communication (One To One)

You need to do a good deal of interactive communication. Studies suggest that there is more teacher/student interaction in online courses than in traditional face-to-face classroom courses. You will read and respond to large quantities of email messages and discussion posts.

Need to work on how we assess this. Could we do an adequate Pre-Test?


preferred tools


Course tools, Blogs, Journals, ePortfolios

Do you provide appropriate disclaimers when using social media outside of the LMS?






Media Productions


Grading and feedback is personal

Discussions involve everyone

Email is for sidebar conversations

Learning Modes




Many to Many Communication

  Students should communicate and cooperate with each other, as well as with you. They should understand that you are a learner, as well as them.  

Mike - Scenarios

Using technology to connect

Nobody Got the Message (30 secs)

Communities are made up of individuals, Respect diversity, Respect preferred means of communicating, That includes preferences in communicating, Respect various learning modes


Answering questions

Asking open ended questions

Building on student work

Keeping News updated



Social Media, Twitter, Should students follow you on Twitter?, Do you follow DSC Online?, Facebook, Does the class have a Facebook page?, Second Life,

Course Tools, Chat, Extrovert, Elluminate, Discussions, Introvert


Teachers have learned tools for years. How to lecture while standing at a blackboard or white board, how to use PowerPoint, how to use document cameras, how to use ELMOs, how to use overhead projectors and opaque projectors, how to use iPods and cell phones in education. Your Learning Management System has a few more tools that you need to learn.  


You master the tools so you can do what you want to do.

This module is about helping you master online tools for communciation and building community.

Tool Characteristics

All tools are enablers.

Course Email (Jim, Sidebar conversations, Isolating, Optimized for one to one, Lists allow one to many., Classlist gives you tools to use Course Email this way., Listservs allow many to many

Classlist (Paula), Who's online, What progress, Select to email

Discussions (Jim), Optimized for many to many, Encourage use, Provide forums where students can help each other, Praise good posts publicly, Don't have to respond to every individual post.

Groups (Mike), Displaying elements, Organizing

Tool Mechanics

Mechanics of Classlist (Paula)

Mechanics of Course Email (Jim), Attaching Files, Change Course Associations, Composing an Email Message, Find Addresses-Address Book Folder, Find Addresses-Address Book Tool, Find Email Messages, Getting To Course Email, Other Tools and Settings, Preventing Problems, Replying and Organizing, Resizing the Preview Window, Sending Links, Settings

Mechanics of Discussion Topics (Jim), Assessng Discussions, Associate with grade item, Numeric, Activity, Assess in context, While reading, Replying, Moderating, Assess on Assess Topic page, See all of student's posts, Enter scores, Individual posts, Be aware of calculation choices, Work around for lack of sum total, Holistically for Topic

Mechanics of Groups (Mike)

Notes to the Team

Remember to include mentions of other resources, beyond this course

Florida Online

Faculty Innovation

Production facilities

Podcast equipment

Media conversion station

Place Scenario ideas and Quiz questions in the appropriate folders on the shared drive.

Facilitating Community

Students should communicate and cooperate with each other, as well as with you. They should understand that you are a learner, as well as them.



Being in the discussions

Keeping them on track

Praising good posts

Enforcing Netiquette


Part of commuinity of learners

What do you want to know

Enable and encourage students helping students.


Appreciating diversity

Active listening online

Modeling good netiquette

What is Community?

Group of people helping its members fulfill their needs, as outlined in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs., Physiological needs, Food, Air, Water, Sex, Safety and Security, Netiquette, No Cyberbullying, Love and Belonging, Acceptance, Team Member, Classmate, Self-Esteem, Academic success, Leadership, Self-actualization

Subsets of society, Family, Military, Gangs, Businesses, Academic communities, Gator Nation, Alumni Organizaitons, Police, Provide belonging to members, Provide safety and security to society at large, Fire Department, Provide belonging to members, Provide safety and security to society at large

Resources for Teaching Ideas

Here are a couple of additional resources for teaching ideas:



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