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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

EDBT 4570 Course - online work

I know that my opinion is not the popular opinion expressed so far but I have not enjoyed the online portion of this course. I agree that it is convenient to not have to go downtown after an exhausting day of work. I agree that there is convenience in when and where you can get the course work done. However those benefits are out weighted with the loss of weekend time, stress of getting it done on time, and loss of face to face communication to help clarify information. After doing online course work I feel less confident in understanding and knowing the information than I do when it is taught in class. I get a lot from hearing the instructor give examples that enhance lecture. I get a lot from hearing the discussion that occurs and most of the time someone will ask a question that I was wondering myself. I know that we have email, and can ask questions to get clarification but I don't like the delay. I miss the nonverbal communication that goes with the verbal. I enjoy when we go to class and have time to complete projects and assignments. I know that most of us don't get the online class done during the week because we ARE busy and EXHAUSTED. That is always an ongoing issue, one that won't go away. One day of the week is never better than another where that is concerned. I don't like loosing weekend time and feeling the pressure of completing an assignment. I would prefer to tough it out and go to class once during the week knowing that after that was done I was done for the week. NTI has been a great experience overall but what is most beneficial for me is the time spent with colleagues talking, having lunch, sharing experiences. The impersonal environment of blogging and online discussion groups just doesn't cut it for me.

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