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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

Teaching a Course via Elluminate

In order to be successful when teaching a class using a tool such as elluminate, I think it is very important to remember the variety of learning styles that will be possessed by the students taking the course. So, it will be important to differentiate instruction just like being in a "regular" classroom to insure that you are getting across to each learner. It would be especially important to use a variety of teaching methods when the class period is rather lengthy. I think Dr. Burns has done a great job with this by lecturing for a while, assigning group work, and then bring us back in as a whole class for discussion. Also, it will be important to find ways to insure that each learner is involved in each class session. I think participation is important when participating in a course via elluminate. It would be important to ask yourself, "Is everyone involved?" With these two tools as the foundation for teaching the course, I think it will have a good opportunity at being successful.

It may be difficult to use this method of teaching when trying to grade on observation. For instance, in my course, Public Safety, it would be difficult to determine if the learner successfully mastered the technique of handcuffing. Maybe using a web cam would help with this? Other than when visually observing a taught skill, I think tools such as elluminate will continue to be more frequently used as technology continues to advance.


Georgette said...

Christina, you hit on an important aspect of this type of learning. Participation would be absolutely necessary. This is a "classroom". This type of "classroom" forces everyone to focus and be "aware" at all times.

Paying attention to the presentation is so important. I've seen people get thrown out of the groups, either because of something they did or didn't do. It's important during the initial training to teach people how to jump back in when this happens. This is a fun way to learn and I would love to experience this with my higher level students. Georgette

Leonard said...

I feel the same way about participation in class.I think it is almost imposible to keep their attention through this course type. My students are more hands-on learners. Most of my students do not have computer access to participate in this type of course. It fits the NTI program, but I think this program isn't for my program.