Week 2 Post: Reflections
My beginner’s questionnaire score was 13, which I think is on target for me. As a student or participant in a class or workshop I always respond better when an instructor use a number of approaches to convey information. I like a balanced approach in face-to-face classes, designed to address students learning type; visual, auditory and/or kinesthetic.
My goal for this course is to develop an understanding of how to transform a face-to-face class into an online course, I do need a good bit of help and agree with the reading that developing an online course can enhance your pedagogy with face-to-face environments.
I liked Ty Nevith’s comment that he provides a potluck of content delivery methods: group discussions, debates, presentations, expert commentary video or text passages, lecturing to pull it altogether.
I have Ideas; I like the fact that we have access to masses amount of critical information and content virtually at our fingertips and teaching in a purely digital environment can give a professor so much flexibility when responding to the need of their students.
I’m one of those techies; yes I know we don’t make the best instructors online nor on the ground, but I do believe mastery of tools that help you manage information and access to information, and being able to use tools to deliver content concise, coherent and some times on the fly as an extension of your mental knowledge base can enhance the classroom experience online or face-to-face.
Everyone in POT appear to agree with “Ko and Rossen” that the technology is secondary just a tool, I like to think a skilled tools-man can transform and the tool becomes an extension of their thoughts, emotions and teaching methods. I know most universities don’t have the means to train faculty, but with the availability of open source opportunity like this one you can get plug-in and turned-on.
Where the Hell Do I Start? … This class is the right start for me; the chart is a great road-map. Teaching Online: A Practical Guide; I found chapter 1 reading very insightful, useful and a very helpful overview.