Note: I have been able to retrive my orginal blogs. Therefore, I am cutting and pasting this blog into my old blogs. I have decided technology will either kill me or I will conquer it. Sorry for the sites that do not open now.
Technology--It is giving me a headache. I have been in and out of my blog many times as a matter of fact for the last 2 classes and the begining of this one. Then I go to enter again and it wouldn't accept my password! Of course the only way to get the password is they email it to you but, my blog in made with my old email address that I have no access to anymore, lovely. So I had to restart my blog because no one knew how to get it going again. Now that I have digressed from my orginal blog... I shall begin again
In my previous blog I said “you can’t eat and elephant whole or it overwhelms you”. As we have proceeded through this course we have been building our lesson design piece by piece that statement says it all. I remember seeing in the first lesson the design process in a graphical format and thought to myself this is really going to be a huge undertaking. Then as the weeks progressed and we began to build the course it made sense.
Just like building a house, we built the foundation in lesson 2. We looked at what course we wanted to put on line, who would take the course and the constraints or
Writing the objectives, developing assessment strategies and breaking down the course into units seemed to fall into place –once I knew what to put where. In looking at my constraints I could see that many of them were out of my control and I really had to be creative to work within them. This was true of the many college mandates that accompany an online course, such as the syllabus is approved by accrediting bodies therefore without college or department approval changes cannot be made. The changing from out dated webct to Moodle for a management system is something I must work with even if I don’t like it and last that there is no money available to purchase the use of wimba or any other enhancement to the course. But thank goodness for free site$.
and can have conversations in a learning environment with people in
different parts of the world. We can watch surgery as it is being perform in the confines of the classroom or in our home via the computer. Today’s students want the information now, they are very techno savvy. I think of my son who is a college sophomore and realize he was never alive without computers and cell phones. If we are going to be good, no great educators of tomorrow’s society I think we really have to look at the world they live and learn in.
I know for my courses discussions of various types is something that really gets the critical thinking going. I encourage the use of outside sources not just their text book and try to introduce them to web sites available. As they challenge me in learning the new technology and learning to teach within it I will also challenge them to perform at their highest. Who knows what tomorrow learner issues may be? But, for know my main one is learning within the technology