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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?

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Elluminate is an excellent progam for a course that doesn't require lots of hands on activities. In my opinion it works very well with courses that are mainly lecture and discussion based. I see Elluminate being used successfully in a history course where the instructor uses lots of power point presentations and relys heavily on lecture to share their information with their class. Using other programs such as ULearn where a student can turn-in assignments to the instructor would broaden the effectiveness of this class. I could see it being successful with Foreign Language instruction. For maximum effectiveness I feel that Elluminate is for the adult learner. It requires discipline and a degree of responsibility that the average high school student does not have. Testing would be very difficult to accomplish with this program as there could be a high level of cheating. I think that Elluminate is made for the purpose that we are using it for at NTI. I am enjoying this program as it is freeing up some time for me that I need to spend with my family, job etc... It is an excellent program.

1 comment:

andrea strommen said...

I feel the same way, regarding the fact that this is not an ideal way to teach a CTAE course. Although, if we were college professors, we could limit the amount of lab/classroom face-to-face time, and allow students to do the lectures at home. Much like we are now doing with NTI at home online on Mondays. There are testing software’s that allow a timed window. I used them when I was a student at CTC. It was an at home online test, which you have no choice but to do "open book" style. Therefore, most of the questions on the test were at the "higher level of thinking" and the tests were very difficult. I think the discipline issue would shape itself up, because you can mute people! No more interruptions!! I am enjoying taking this online-live verses just online without the option to ask immediate questions. I think Elluminate is a better choice than some other options but not ideal for CTAE/automotive.