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by Darren Sudlow - Tuesday, 8 February 2011, 10:06 AM
Hi all,

I am hoping this email only goes out to eTeacher so if you are an eDean (and not a teacher as well) let me know if you get this.

We have a couple of days before orientation and I just wanted to see if we could share some ideas on how to best use the time you have with your students.

You will have around 3 hours with them so you need to plan carefully. Of course you will want to go over the course, but this will only take so long. Taking them through your Moodle is also useful, but you do want to avoid talking all the time. This is a great chance for the students to get to know each other. If you can get them comfortable with each other face to face they will be more willing to interact online (whether in a forum or VC).

So what have you done that has worked? Or what have you got planned that you hope will?
Re: Orientation
by Darren Sudlow - Wednesday, 9 February 2011, 3:17 PM
Well here I am talking to myself again. Can someone email me just so I know you are getting this.

I think the key thing with tomorrow is to design some activities that will enable the kids to get comfortable with each other. You don't need to focus on your course content. Focus them on what makes a successful online learner. You could also look at what sort of problems they might face and get them to develop a set of strategies to solve them.

Try some ice breaker activities (depending on how many students you have). One I can think of off hand is truths and lies, where students share three statements about themselves (one being a lie). Then the rest have to share which they think is a lie. You wouldn't spend a long time doing this, but it might be a fun way to break down some barriers.