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“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse gift will find a fitting place.”

- Margaret Mead
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Effective training

Delivering training

Training is a key component in spiritual development, and these resources can help ensure that it is delivered effectively both in-person and online.

Ice breakers and group exercises  top^

Choose Meeting Ice Breakers Carefully!

The choice of ice breakers can provide vital energy or generate extreme discomfort. The brief article reviews six selection criteria for the best match of type of ice breaker to type of session.
Lyndsay Swinton, Management for the Rest of Us, linked 08/16
http://www.mftrou.com/meeting-ice-breakers.html

Ice Breaker Games for Large Groups

Five ice breaker activities designed for large groups.
Lyndsay Swinton, Management for the Rest of Us, linked 08/16
http://www.mftrou.com/ice-breaker-games.html

Ice Breakers

Helps you think through the objectives of an ice breaker session and then suggests various types of ice breaker you might use.
Mind Tools website, linked 08/16
http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_76.htm

Ice Breakers: 11 Great Ideas

Lists multiple short icebreakers that you can use at the start of a training or gathering.
Website, linked 08/16
http://reslife.net/ice-breakers-11-great-ideas/

Icebreaker Games for Small Groups

Five trusted icebreaker games that will ease introductions, boost energy levels, spark off creative ideas or be plain fun, designed for small group activities.
Lyndsay Swinton, Management for the Rest of Us, linked 08/16
http://www.mftrou.com/icebreaker-games.html

Icebreakers and Energizers

Provides nine specific suggestions of classroom activities plus links to other possibilities.
Website, linked 07/16
http://www.kimskorner4teachertalk.com/classmanagement/icebreakers.html#Knots

Icebreakers, Warm-up, Review, and Motivator Activities

Suggestions for group activities you can use as icebreakers, for review at the end of a training session, and to motivate participants.
Don Clark, linked 08/16
http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/icebreak.html

Training best practices  top^

10 Ways to Use Your Edublog to Teach

Ideas of how to use edublogs in teaching.
Edublogs, Copyright 2008, linked 08/16
http://edublogs.org/10-ways-to-use-your-edublog-to-teach/

Asking and Answering Questions

Excellent tips on how to use questions to engage a group and facilitate learning.
UC Berkeley, Office of Educational Development, linked 08/16
http://teaching.berkeley.edu/asking-and-answering-questions

Collaborative Learning: Group Work and Study Teams

Excellent overview of the issues involved using small groups in training, with suggestions for addressing them.
Finch Park website, Barbara Gross Davis, Jossey-Bass, Tools for Teaching, linked 08/16
http://www.finchpark.com/ppp/groupwork/01-Collaborative-Learning-guidelines.pdf

Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations: Stop Annoying Your Audience

Six tips for effective PowerPoint presentations.
Peter de Jager, TechnoScope (November 2002), linked 08/16
http://net.educause.edu/E07/educause2007speakerresources/11172

Teaching Principles

Excellent summary of seven basic principles for effective teaching.
Carnegie Mellon University, linked 08/16
http://www.cmu.edu/teaching/principles/teaching.html

Training for Change: Training Tools

Reliable training tools (or activities/exercises)in: Diversity & Anti-Oppression, Team-building, Organizing, Nonviolent Action for Social Change, and more. All training tools are based on the provider's direct education approach, rooted in popular education.
Website, linked 08/16
http://www.trainingforchange.org/tools

What the Best College Teachers Do

An HETL Interview with Dr. Ken Bain, the author of What the Best College Teachers Do. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (2004).
HETL website, linked 08/16
https://www.hetl.org/interview-articles/what-the-best-college-teachers-do/

Training online  top^

(My) Three Principles of Effective Online Pedagogy

Short, clear, concise principles and practices with detailed examples from Pelz' award-winning teaching experience.
Random Walk in Learning website,Bill Pelz, Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 8 (3), June 2004, linked 08/16
http://elearningrandomwalk.blogspot.com/2004/12/my-three-principles-of-effective.html

Assessment & Evaluation of Student Learning

Provides five criteria for evaluation shown in the three rankings of baseline, effective, and exemplary.
California State University at Chico, linked 08/16
http://www.csuchico.edu/celt/roi/rubric/aesl.shtml

Icebreakers

Provides an excellent overview of why and how to use icebreakers when training online.
Virgil Varvel, Pointers and Clickers, linked 08/16
http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/pointersclickers/2002_01/index.asp

Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever

A terrific array of suggestions for online education structured around the seven principles. Please note the need to subscribe before using these online resources.
Teaching, Learning and Technology Group, linked 08/16
http://sphweb.bumc.bu.edu/otlt/teachingLibrary/Technology/seven_principles.pdf

Instructional Design and Delivery

Provides five criteria for instructional design and delivery that are displayed in the three rankings of baseline, effective, and exemplary.
California State University at Chico, linked 08/16
http://www.csuchico.edu/eoi/the_rubric.shtml

Learner Support & Resources

Three criteria for an online course are displayed in the three rankings of baseline, effective, and exemplary.
California State University at Chico, linked 08/16
http://www.csuchico.edu/eoi/the_rubric.shtml

Online Organization & Design

Outlines course organization and design using five criteria shown in the three rankings of baseline, effective, and exemplary.
California State University at Chico, linked 08/16
http://www.csuchico.edu/eoi/the_rubric.shtml

Role of the Online Instructor/Facilitator

An overview and specific recommendations for facilitators of online instruction under these categories: pedagogical, social, managerial, and technical.
Zane L. Berge, eModerators, linked 08/16
http://www.cordonline.net/mntutorial2/module_2/Reading%202-1%20instructor%20role.pdf

Seven Principles of Good Teaching Practice

Seven best practices with applications in online teaching.
University of West Georgia’s Distance & Distributed Ed Center, linked 08/16
http://www-dev.westga.edu/distance/index_17710.php

Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online

Ten practices that, according to the author, contribute to an effective, efficient and satisfying teaching and learning experience for both faculty and students.
Litmos website, Judith V. Boettcher, linked 08/16
http://www.litmos.com/industry-news/top-10-best-practices-for-teaching-online/

What Does a High Quality Online Course Look Like?

Presents six criteria for a high quality online course.
California State University at Chico, linked 08/16
http://www.csuchico.edu/eoi/documents/rubricpdf

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017