Tuesday, April 5, 2011
That was quite the experience. Just trying to even figure out how to blog I thought was going to cause me to have a computer meltdown. Then we began putting our courses together in the later courses. I was so thankful that the first couple of courses got me through all the understanding of teaching online and understanding the technology available.
As I proceeded into the 3rd course and began putting together the design of my online course things really came into perspective. There was so much available to make the course my own; I would put my personality to the course.
I have learned terms or as I call it a new language in these courses like, Wiki, Wimba, Blogging, Google Docs, Wetpaint, podcast and buffering. Even the HTML language, which I still struggle with. I know why students do enjoy learning a foreign language. Just when I thought I had been through it all I entered this last course...
I can't believe I ended my last blog with... So, as I begin this last course in this online teaching journey I look forward to the challenge and the excitement of putting digital content to my online courses. Let’s go Digital!!!! What was I thinking?? Well now I am at the end of the course and I have designed a multimedia presentation, put the first 3 lessons together and made so many modifications to the course. It took hours and hours and hours and..... I could keep going but I am sure you understand. First I didn't like the way I sounded and then I was at war with the technology. Then I didn't like the way things looked. Of course there was the I have to be perfect piece and the constant tweaking. My lap top almost was out the window of the 4th floor. But, I survived. I have attached the multimedia presentation for your viewing at the top of the blog.
The entire process of putting together these first 3 lessons in our course was really a learning process. I have decided to use much of this in my course for fall. I will have to transfer it to moodle and hopefully it will work. I'd really like to add a podcast to each lesson. Of course the final answer is YES! I will continue to teach online and improve my classes, maybe even design another one to teach online for our program. Maybe even do a few more multimedia presentations; after a good rest or vacation.
I really can't believe how much I have learned as I look back and how much more comfortable I am with the online learning environment. But I really believe it is time for a vacation.