Making learning click in online environments

English: Cyber analytics is the science of ana...
English: Cyber analytics is the science of analysis that derives behavior from a variety of data to answer questions about the past, present, or future. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 In face to face environments – you have face, voice and body language. In blended environments, you have clicks, discussions, and edits – all of these are important.

In a Face to Face environment, we wouldn't let kids sleep in the back of the class, in online environments, we expect students to not only log time but ENGAGE.

You have to be adaptable and tweak things as you get the analytics back from what is happening. Just as social media responds to highly engaging content or content w/ no response, so should professors and teachers. If you don't adapt, students languish.

This isn't about being on the clock but about how well you click with the time you have. 

How much time do professors and others spend engaging with analytics about what content resonates and what is being ignored? Do they even care? I think in an age where education is becoming competitive, those that delve into and respond to the analytics will be the institutions of higher ed that remain among us.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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