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ItemBalancing online teaching activities: Strategies for optimizing efficiency and effectiveness(Middle Tennessee State University, 2015-03-15) Raffo, Deana M ; Fisher, Lawanna S. ; Brinthaupt. Thomas M. ; Raffo, Deana M. ; ManagementIncreased demands in professional expectations have required online faculty to learn how to balance multiple roles in an open-ended, changing, and relatively unstructured job. In this paper, we argue that being strategic about one's balance of the various facets of online teaching will improve one's teaching efficiency and effectiveness. We discuss the balancing issues associated with four key online teaching facets: course design/development, delivery of the course content, assessments/feedback, and professional development. We conclude with a template for a strategic professional development plan that addresses these key facets
ItemBest practices for using conditional release in online classes(Middle Tennessee State University, 2011) Gardner, Justin G. ; Fisher, Lawanna S. ; Brinthaupt. Thomas M. ; Raffo, Deana M. ; ManagementWith advances in online course delivery methods, teachers have a variety of options to control the release of course content based on specific criteria. Despite the availability of such conditional release tools, no best practice recommendations are available to guide the implementation of these tools. In this paper, we define the concept of conditional release, review relevant literature, report a series of case descriptions and lessons learned from courses where conditional release was used, and generate a list of best practices for use of conditional release. These recommendations provide teachers and course designers with guidance regarding the use of conditional release tools. Implications for course design, delivery, and research using these tools are also discussed.
ItemBlogging as a reflective tool for leadership development: An exploratory study of a leadership practicum grounded in the relational leadership model(Middle Tennessee State University, 2012-10-01) Raffo, Deana M. ; ManagementObjective: The purpose of this research is to examine blogging as an instructional technique to develop an understanding of relational leadership through the lens of a leadership practicum. This research contributes to the literature in leadership education, specifically to experiential learning and reflective thinking in an online environment. Background: It is grounded in Komives, Lucas, and McMahon (1998) Relational Leadership Model (RLM) which is a framework for college students to understand leadership as a process of understanding self and others. Method: Blogs from 74 students enrolled in a leadership practicum at a large, comprehensive, southeastern university were analyzed using a holistic rubric to determine students capacity to understand the elements of the RLM. Results: Results revealed that students were able to analyze all five elements on a competent level. Conclusion: Blogging was found to be a useful, reflective thinking tool. Application: Recommendations are made to enhance the self-reflection process in leadership education.