Rules For Posting To This Blog and Weekly Blog Question

1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
5. Watch your language. Use politically correct and non-offensive language.
6. Make sure you write about things that are factual.
7. Keep your postings education-oriented. Avoid discussing plans for the weekend, etc.

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?

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Designing Elluminate Live

One consideration is the knowing and understanding the technical knowledge and ability of the student/client population that you are going to serve. Besides each person’s knowledge and ability, network connections, for example dial up, and Internet Providers will play a factor on how well each student would be able to connect and participate. Another consideration is the ability and age of each student’s computer, for example the IBM 5150 PC ;>) would be impossible to operate in today’s environment. The individuals’ technical understanding could be resolved by taking some courses to help them better understand and perform computer work online. There are several ways to resolve the hardware, software and connection issues. Certainly purchasing and upgrading would be the first and most convenient. Other ways to resolve the connection and hardware/software issue would be to borrow an up to date computer, go to a friend’s house, use one at school or go to a library that provides computers and computer connections.

Another consideration is each individuals learning style or modality. For instance the interpersonal learner that learns best by sharing, comparing and cooperating also learns from eye contact and body language to open communication channels with others. These learners usually try to see things from another person’s point of view, blending it with theirs, to help them gain more understanding. Often they try to maintain peace and cooperation in a group. They often learn from another person’s perspective. Generally they would be able to share, compare and cooperate on line but would not be able to rely on eye contact, (the evil eye, ;>), or body language. They quite possibly would be more reserved in sharing and restricted in learning by not being able to use their full sensory input. The use of web cameras would quite possibly remove those obstacles for the interpersonal learner, making it feel more like a classroom.

Generally there are positive and negative considerations for each of the learning styles pertaining to on line learning, Elluminate. This rule applies to life. Each learning style should be evaluated with a list of what is supported and what is not for the online classes. Also, it should be remembered that we learn from multiple styles having different allocations of how much we learn from each. It is finally up to us as students to manage how we learn by developing all of our learning modalities.


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