Well this has really been an enlightening start to this course. At least this blog I am doing here in my Illinois home and not at McDonalds or searching for a WiFi connection. It has been interesting dealing with some of the problems that new technology brings. I have learned about changing my role from "sage on the stage" to being a fascilator in the web room. I have been trying some of these changes in my face to face classes and the students seem very surprised that they are suppose to be that much of a participant in the class.
As I read through all the readings in part one I also realized that when you are facilitating an online class you need to really make sure that the class stays on the time line and set specific due dates. You also need to be sure and let the students have enough time for them to prepare the content. Then keep them on tract in their discussion session but, don’t be the leader of the discussion just prompt when needed to keep the discussion going.
Having our first asynchronous discussion with a student facilitating was really an interesting and good session. The first student facilitator was really good at presenting the material and keeping an asynchronous discussion going. Next week is my turn to facilitate the unit and I keep hoping I can present as good a she did. I’ll write about it in my next blog. See you then.