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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?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Elluminate the Positive

If I were going to deliver a class via Elluminate I would want to consider how boring it is and I would try to think of ways to infuse it with life and excitement. Unfortunately I can't really think of any of those, so I probably just wouldn't use it. I feel that if people wanted to be at a certain place at a certain time, then they would probably rather just attend the class in person. Being stuck in front of a computer and having to hope that you'll be able to hit the "talk" button before someone else does, seems like more of a waste of time than anything. I would rather use uLearn, or WebCT, full time that have to schedule around a 2 hour window on Monday night.

As far as different activities, I would try to have a scavenger hunt type game where students would be allowed (and encouraged) to search for information on the Internet. I mean, if we all have a computer in front of us, let's use it to the fullest. Finding images that convey a certain feeling, or a link to page that has useful information on assessments, and then pasting them onto the whiteboard, would be a valuable and more entertaining way to utilize the software.

That's just my opinion.


Teresa said...

Some might like to actually attend a class every Monday night, but for me 3 1/2 hours of driving every week would be a killer! I can handle Elluminate for 2 hours with a smile on my face and supper in the oven.

gerald said...

I agree with Teresa. I was sick this week and would not have been able to attend class. It is nice when the class is over that I don't have to drive from Atlanta.

Dr. J said...

Hi Josh,
Thank you for the very frank feedback. I admire you for being truthful. I have been struggling with Elluminate since this is new to me and you have inspired me to do better. I am actually going to change how we do the section on cognitive evaluation based on your feedback. I think it's like all of us when we are new at something - we are afraid to give up control to the class. You all are going to get a lot more opportunities after this next class to use the technology. By the way, do you have to be so blunt? There are more positive ways of getting the point across. thank, Dr. J