Inside Online Learning Twitter Chat

Online Education Twitter ChatEvery week, online educators meet on Twiiter to chat about matters concerning Online Education. There have been talks about assessment, online mentoring, professional development, etc. These chats, called Inside Online Learning Chats (#IOLchat) are held every Wednesday at 12:00 pm ET (5:00pm GMT) on Twitter.

Chats for Professional Development and Networking

Educational Twitter chats are an extraordicary way to learn more about global pedagogy of particular subjects or education in general. Week after week educators from all over the world gather around a hashtag to chat about a prescribed topic concerning their chat. There is a Math chat, and English chat, Foreign Language chat, Education chat, Digital literacy chat, Leadership chat, you name it.

Believe it or not, the educational conversations undergone on these Twitter chats are insightful, full of experience and diverse points of view. Educators who have a genuine interest on these topics share innovative ideas and practices.

Schedules and hashtags for all Educational Twitter chats can be found here: Educational Chats on Twitter

Pamoja PLC and the #IOLchat

This week’s #IOLchat will be co-hosted by Pamoja PLC. The chat details are as follows:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 12:00pm ET (5:00pm GMT)

  • Topic: Balancing F2F and Online Teaching

This week we welcome Guest Host @Pamoja_PLC! These global instructors offer IB Diploma subjects online.

Teaching in an online learning environment differs a great deal from a traditional classroom. Whether you instructing both types of courses or transitioning from face-to-face (F2F) to online, you will likely encounter challenges related to time management and instructional strategy selection. Join us this week to discuss how instructors can create a sustainable work environment and maintain professional integrity in online and on-ground classes.

  • Here are a few questions that will guide the session:

Q1: What role does time play in teaching online vs. face-to-face?

Q2: What are your favorite time management practices?

Q3: How do your instructional strategies differ online and face-to-face?

Q4: What other delivery factors impact your workload, teaching style, feedback, interaction with students?

Q5: What is your advice for first-time online instructors?

  • This week’s read-aheads:

Balancing Act: Managing Instructor Presence and Workload When Creating an Interactive Community of Learners from Faculty Focus

Tips for Online Instructors: Managing, Files, Feedback, and Workload from Faculty Focus

Teaching Online – A Time Comparison from Joseph Cavanaugh, Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration

Strategies for Managing the Online Workload [Podcast] from Lawrence C. Ragan, Penn State World Campus, iTunesU

5 Fundamental Strategies for New Online Instructors from Inside Online Learning,

How to Participate in Twitter Chats

To join a Twitter chat, the first thing you need to know is the hashtag that represents the chat. What is a hashtag? A hashtag is word or acronym preceded by the pound (#) sign. For example, the Inside Online Learning chat hashtag is #IOLchat and the Education chat hashtag is #edchat. Once you know the hashtag,

you can follow the chat like this if you are not on Twitter:

(to view video with the best quality, click on the little wheel on the bottom right and choose 720P)


or, you can participate like this if you are on Twitter:


How to Access Weekly #IOLchat Topics and Archives

To find out about each week’s topic go here: Twitter chat with Inside Online Learning

#IOLchat archives can be accessed here: #IOLchat Archives

If you have any questions about Twitter and its use as a professional development and networking tool, please let us know and we will assist.

We hope to see you around the chat this Wednesday or in the future!



The summary of the “Balancing Face to Face and Online Teaching” chat can be found here:



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