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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?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

asynchronous online learning vs. synchronous online learning

     In looking back at the past couple of weeks and analyzing asynchronous online learning (doing online modules by yourself) and synchronous online learning (online learning via Collaborate), I feel that I am personally a fan of synchronous online learning.  I actually don't mind either method, I don't struggle with online modules that are done individually.  I prefer synchronous online learning because you still have the interaction with the instructor.  The instructor can provide a further depth of knowledge, answer any questions (or lead you in the right direction), and relate personal experiences to the content being discussed that could provide small details and insight that you might not get through asynchronous online learning.  I also know that asynchronous online learning proves to be harder to focus and absorb the lesson for some.  I learn better through discussion among instructor and peers than I do reading.  The asynchronous method allows you to manage time in your favor, but falls short of the synchronous method as far as results in my book.

1 comment:

Anna Miller said...


You say a lot of what I said in my post. I agree with you about the positives of synchronous learning. I find it hard to decide which one I prefer, but I do enjoy the teacher interaction. It is also nice to work with other students who may have ideas about topics which I didn't think of myself. However, with asynchronous learning I am able to set my own schedule which is nice. Overall, I guess I would agree with you that I am held more accountable with the synchronous method.

Anna Miller