Here is my Top 10 list of my needs when I am learning online;
- Easily navigated LMS with course navigation instructions
- Simple course layout with clear layout of assignments and due dates
- Very clear expectations for assignments (rubrics work great for me so that I can recheck as often as I like to make sure I have completed the assignment correctly)
- Sense of community amongst the students and instructor
- Up to date resources (articles, videos, etc) with links that work properly
- An instructor who is visible online, available when needed and provides timely feedback
- Scaffolding assignments – I like to be able to produce something as a result of my learning
- Visuals – I really appreciate a video that can relay a theory etc, this works better than reading for me (even though I am a reader and love books), it just brings it all together for me
- A quiet place to study and prepare my assignments (I know it must be the boomer in me)
- Learning from others and sharing information (learned a lot from the group project last course)
Here is my list of 5 things that I think will be helpful to remember and consider when re-purposing existing course materials and learning activities for an online course.
- Preparation – ensure everything on the website is working (links, videos, toggles, etc) before hand so that there are no last minute surprises or breakdowns.
- User friendly layout and navigation of course website and resources for trainees and instructor.
- Create a community and opportunity for interaction amongst the trainees and instructor (profiles, pre-set video conferencing, group project, water cooler, etc).
- Use a diversity of media (video, images, articles, websites, etc).
- Set up weekly interactive review sessions (ooVoo) with trainees and in-store trainers to ensure trainee progress.
Well, this is my first blog entry. Kinda neat but kinda unsure of what I am doing at the same time! Had some trouble just setting up the blog to begin with. I could not set up the blog using Internet Explorer, never did get that to work. So on to Firefox, that worked for me but now I have the the new challenge of getting used to Firefox (funny how we can be so resistant to change and prefer the familiar even when it doesn’t always work for us). Nothing boring around here, but I will need to remember this challenge and the frustration it caused as my students may also encounter these same challenges and frustrations in learning their way around as well. I do currently read a few blogs, mostly for personal interest, and even realized when I looked a little closer that I was in fact following a blog when for some reason I had thought I was just reading a website. Also one of my favourite blogs is accessed through a website for a newspaper and that is probably what threw me off. Well I guess I will officially be a blogger once I hit the “Publish” button! This will be a new adventure for me for sure. Looking forward to it and I am already enjoying writing this way. Oh I see how easily this could become an addictive pass time for sure! My goal for this blog is to create a virtual library cabinet for all my teaching resources, be it articles, links, pictures, videos, activities, ideas from others etc, in one place that is not cluttering up my office space and can be shared easily with others. I think it will also be interesting to see the progression of what I choose to ‘collect’ over time as my experience grows and technology changes.