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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, February 23, 2010

Double Duty

When I first was exposed to this technology in the fall I panicked. I am occasionally slow on the uptake when it comes to new technology. Having used this for several months now I must say that I really like the format. The pros are NO TRAVEL. Finishing up at school and still having a moment to change clothes, grab a snack & hop on the session is very nice. Another pro is that I am forced to really learn a new technology and use it on a consistent basis. That is what hurts me , learning something & then never using it for a long time.
The cons are limited interaction with classmates and instructors, and of course the always present danger of technology meltdown. One aspect that took getting used to is giving an answer or opinion in a very concise format, as to give others the mic in a timely manner.
This is most likely the direction of education, especially at the higher education level. Being a nurse from the old school I still believe in human interaction for the basics, but this has made learning very enjoyable.


Hal said...

Yeah, the mic sharing is a problem for me. I'm use to stepping all over everyone trying to talk, and it's hard to play "wait your turn." I guess I don't play nice. I do love the no travel, but I agree with the interaction aspect. I really enjoy seeing people and interacting face to face. Part of my delivery is in my physical nature, and if I can't express myself I feel like you guys might not get what I say. I would be a horrible telemarketer. I'm way more reserved online than in a classroom setting. My biggest con for online is the pace. I understand the technology, so sometimes I get a little frustrated when we hit a slow patch. Although it is very fun to have class in my pajamas, not making that long drive to class makes me really happy.

Angel said...

Hi emily,

After reading your post I realize you and I feel the same way. I paniced as well. The NTI instructors has develope a great format along with the lesson plan. I think it's easy to learn. It's nice complete a couple of things before class. Elluminate Live be the new thing for our students. It's a good thing we are already in training.