Like someone stated, I too have so many thoughts floating in my head pertaining to online teaching. I maybe the only none academic in POT, even thought I have taught as an adjunct, I’m not classically trained as an educator.
My goal for this course is to develop an understanding of how to transform a face-to-face class into an online course, so I can better understand what is being asked of faculty as a technology integrator and instructional media developer; as faculty move to this next level of instructive strategies (online).
Pedagogy and Course Design I
This tutorial is shaping my understanding of pedagogy and the process of developing a course in general and especially for online, there are number things that need to be considered, this is really not an easy task, I’m hearing a number of threads in POT.
Threads I’m hearing in POT:
- Lecture and presentation content are still very important when engaging student.
- Student participation plays a key role to their understanding of a subject.
- Include processes and evaluate students are developing critical thinking skills.
- Integrating and transferring digital literacy skills.
- What is the role of the professor and how to discern professor’s role?
- Take a bird’s eye view of your course; identifying your student may/or could help shape your objectives
- Technology is just another tool and will not make super faculty
Goal: This is a work in progress
Help students develop a holistic and applied view of subject:
- Provide leadership with what is involved in developing proficiency in a discipline.
- Guidance for students to understand; that knowing the functions and application of a tool, device (convention) and/or a technology used plays a significant role in outcome. (What tool should or could be used for a given situation)
- How tools, devices and/or technologies operate in isolation of each other; what was there intended purpose when the tool was develop. When these tools, devices and/or technologies or layered, integrated or used in corporation with each other what is the effect or possible outcome.
- Guide students by providing a path to understanding the course material, process and goals. Identify skills (practices, theories, concepts…) that will be introduce, so students can ascertain when new skills are required.
- Integrate information-digital literacy, this can provide students aptitude needed to research where to get plug-in to acquire new skills, techniques or more information.
- Use a mixed bag of self-pace tutorials that can help students understand course materials.
- Critical thinking; provide trial and error activities that lead to understanding what individual tools, devices and/or technologies can be layered, integrated or used in corporation to achieve a possible outcomes, systems design and/or development, processes development or theoretical exploration.
Below is the scope of a project I’m working on with and education consortium, as an instructional media developer; to develop an online academic model, this project is the guiding force behind me taking this POT course.
Develop a curriculum model which would integrate the use of technology design to address deficiencies centered around student retention that would include gateway courses across academic curricula, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This model would also address the critical need for continued faculty development and curriculum redesign with the integration of instructional technology, for the purpose of propelling to a higher level of educational experience and/or sustaining a level of continuity between education and industry.