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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, October 24, 2016

Asynchronous or Synchronous

I think I benefit from asynchronous and synchronous learning. Asynchronous learning fits my busy schedule better. I am very busy in the evenings due to football season. Practice in the evenings and games on Thursday nights. I also use the evenings for reading and answering emails which keep me busy for a good while. Then there are the papers that I need to grade. I really do not need to explain this, as teachers we all need time for this time consuming task. This is why asynchronous learning fits me the best. Now as for synchronous learning, I do enjoy this. It gives me the chance to see different perspectives on the content area that we are learning. Sometimes I get tunnel vision and it hard for me to expand or see other ideas. Synchronous learning helps me to accomplish this by everyone sharing more than one idea about a particular subject.

                                                                                                                                  Kenny Johnson

1 comment:

James Holdsworth said...

I agree with you completely. I can really go either way with it, asynchronous online learning allows you to fit class into a time frame that works for you as long as you are disciplined enough. I also enjoy synchronous online learning. As they say, "two eyes are better than one," I feel that quote is very relevant. You mentioned that you get tunnel vision, I think we all do. We all think differently and the group discussions allows us to hear different perspectives and interpret concepts in a way that we might not have initially. There are definitely benefits to both, I guess it just depends on the person and how they learn best.