Objectives for this Activity: (as presented to students before activity as a purpose statement. A goal of knowledge acquisition is embedded in the purpose statement.)

Add to your knowledge of online teaching and learning by questioning another professional involved in online education.

Prerequisites for this Activity: (not necessarily presented to students)

Students first view the materials presented by the guest.

Materials and Resources:

What needs to be prepared in advance by the teacher? - The instructor prepared the assignment description, provides the guest access to a discussion area, and formats the guest's presentation for delivery to the class.

What does the student need to bring to the lesson? - Complete prior readings.

Guiding Questions for this Activity: (not presented directly to students but a question that should be addressed in the readings)

What knowledge are the students gaining through listening to the guest lecture

Activity as Presented to Students: (usually in conjunction with the asynchronous discussion forum)


Guest Lecture and Question Assignment

 Go Directly to Discussion


Add to your knowledge of online teaching and learning by questioning another professional involved in online education.

Our Guest Lecturer is Dr. xxx xxxx, who teaches at xxx University and also in this xxx program.  You can learn more about xxx at URL.

Topic and Lecture:

Xxx is going to reflect on how his teaching has changed over the past 5 years because of technology. Actually, he's already done this and his lecture is available via a podcast at http://www.ltgreenroom.org/episodes/31

Listening and Posting

Your job is to first listen to the podcast.  Then, prior to the deadline on the calendar, you are asked to either pose a question based on the guest lecture OR comment on something Norm said that had particular relevance to your situation (and why).  Of course, you should also participate in any discussion that ensues.  Norm will be interacting with the class via this forum.

Post your questions in the forum below.

the forum would then be present below as this activity was presented within the MOODLE CMS

Teaching Strategies:

What are some tips to help the lesson run smoothly? Patience is a key. Provide the students time to guide the discussion on the guest's lecture. Allow the students time to view answers and perhaps propose their own answers to the questions of other students. Rather than provide direct answers, guide students to the answers of their questions. Try not to let misunderstandings linger, but at the same time allow for students to self correct or correct others.


What accommodations may be needed for students with disabilities or other special needs? Since this lesson involves a podcast, students with auditory difficulties will need a transcript of the lecture.

Sample Rubric:

Evaluation Criteria






Not Yet There


Not There At All


Development of Ideas

Well-developed ideas; introduces new ideas; stimulates discussion
(2 pts)

Developing ideas; sometimes stimulates discussion
(1 pts)

Poorly developed ideas which do not add to discussion
(0.5 pt)

Does not enter the discussion
(0 pts)

Evidence of Critical Thinking

Clear evidence of critical thinking--application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Postings are characterized by clarity of argument, depth of insight into theoretical issues, originality of treatment, and relevance. Sometimes include unusual insights. Arguments are well supported.
(2 pts)

Beginnings of critical thinking; postings tend to address peripheral issues. Generally accurate, but could be improved with more analysis and creative thought. Tendency to recite facts rather than address issues.
(1 pts)

Poorly developed critical thinking
(0.5 pt)

Does not enter the discussion
(0 pts)

Timeliness and Mechanics

Individual message and at least two responses posted before deadline
Standard English mechanics and grammar were used in the initial post. (1 pts)

Noticeable problems with mechanics or late postings.
(0.5 pts)


No messages posted
(0 pts)


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