These are fairly basic techniques that I used religiously in a face-to-face classroom.
How can these strategies be used in an online or blended course?
Identifying Similarities and Differences – Ask students to identify similarities and differences in a discussion board. Use digital storytelling assignments with analogies.
Summarizing and Note Taking – Provide opportunities to produce collaborative notes. Use creative “making” notes assignments rather than just “taking” notes.
Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition – Use digital badging and microcredentials to promote skill acquisition. Log personal progress in a discussion board. Use a webinar or teacher created video to provide recognition.
Homework and Practice – Use autograding features of an LMS to provide instant feedback during homework and practice.
Nonlinguistic Representations – Use color images and graphics. Ask students to graphically show their knowledge. Provide infographics for students to analyze. Ask students to create their own infographics.
Cooperative Learning – Be cognizant of how to use groups in online courses. For example, in classes where non engaged students are a concern, consider assigning groups based on readiness/timeliness. Groups can also exist in classes from around the world using a globalization/flat classroom approach.
Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback – Vary the feedback to include audio, written and video. Offer feedback from peers and from the instructor.
Generating and Testing Hypotheses – Ask “What if?” or “Would this work?” This is a great way to use a discussion board and generate ideas from the class.
Cues, Questions, and Advance Organizers – Ask a question in a discussion board and ask students to respond before interacting with the course content. Then, have them correct or expand on their original answer after the lesson.
I hope you can use these ideas. What other ways could the McRel strategies be used in an online or blended classroom?