My Thoughts on Our Class
I went back to the first class we had a few months ago to reflect on how this learning opportunity has met the design principles outline by Bates. I strongly feel that this course has addressed and has been based on the following:
My Thoughts on this Week’s Prompts
What forms of student/student-instructor interactions have you implemented/do you plan to implement in your course prototype (e.g. LMS forums, chats rooms, Flipgrid, blog comments/pingbacks, hashtags, Google Plus, etc.)?
I plan on focusing on four commination tools for interaction for my prototype:
Providing a variety of communication tools can be a bit daunting, but if an instructor understands the potential and the purpose behind each medium it can allow for some great interaction opportunities. This combination can provide the necessary avenues that can meet student a variety communication needs. As mentioned in this week’s readings however, the instructor really has to understand the dynamics and the overall layout of the course. This will help students see the importance of interacting as part of a successful learning experience.
What guidelines or assessment practices will you adopt to ensure that interactions are meaningful, supportive, and relevant?
Instructors have to model and be present in their course. Creating an environment based on digital citizenship practices and clear guidelines, is crucial to positive interactions. There needs to be a strong presence of formative assessment in the form of timely and effective feedback. The instructor must understand the objective of the course to ensure that the flow of interactions are relevant and lead to meaningful dialogue that promote successfully reaching course objectives. Instructors need to provide an environment where these interactions can be organic, student-led, and feel free rather than forced.
My Thoughts On The Textbook Questions
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.