Week 12 – Reflections

The 5141 course gave me the opportunity to realize my teaching philosophy, coupled with my teaching style and best practices can, when successfully designed, all amalgamate together to form an effective online course. In turn, EDDL 5141 gave me a second opportunity to discover and explore a variety of effective facilitation strategies.

As you can see in my Wk5KWLchart  the ‘what I know’ section to ‘what I learned’ section demonstrates my learning that took place in regard to online facilitation and online facilitation models.

I do not believe my philosophy towards online or face-to-face teaching has changed throughout this course however, it did give me a chance to reflect on my beliefs as a teacher and review whether my teaching practices are productive and effective enough for my students to take ownership in their learning and become lifelong learners themselves.

I found the online seminar assignment in the EDDL 5141 very helpful as a window into what it would be like to facilitate an online course. I also really enjoyed participating in all the different topics of seminar put forth by the other participants.  I thought each of their seminars were interesting and very informative.

This is my fifth and final course in this program. When I receive my online teaching and learning certificate I will present it to my principal, who already knows I’m participating in these courses and has signed me up to prepare several PD days based on what I have learned for the staff at my school.

I have learned many new and exciting things on the way to obtaining this certificate. I believe it is a program that you get out what you put in terms of effort and reward.

I would like to thank Michelle and the other participants in this course for making this another enjoyable learning experience.

Cheers,

Arlene

FABIAN’S ASSIGNMENT


 

 

ASSIGNMENT 1

In a previous post to my EDDL 5141 blog I posted my manifesto which stemmed from my online teaching philosophy.  I could not just copy and paste my manifesto to my WordPress blog so I had to save it as a JPEG and then add it as media. After working through Fabian’s seminar I was able to upload it straight from MS Word into this blog post.

ASSIGNMENT 2

Here is a link to a source about the importance of technical support in online learning environments. I found it quite informative and it touches on whether this support role should be taken on my the facilitator alone or with a full team of technical support staff.

http://elearnmag.acm.org/archive.cfm?aid=2627756

Sue’s Assignments – Vital Signs

I really enjoyed the games attached to your seminar. I felt that I learned a lot more about vital signs then I ever knew.  I personally enjoy playing games to learn new things and especially ones that challenge me because I find I retain more knowledge that way. My favourite are ones that give my brain a good workout.

ASSIGNMENT 1

I found that the “reward” at the end of the assigned games was interesting to say the least. Some beautiful pictures, however not enough to inspire me to keep playing. What did inspire me to continue playing was the challenge of learning new and interesting terms and facts about the human body as well as challenging myself to see how much faster I could accomplish the tasks.

ASSIGNMENT 2

I found this link on game based learning, it’s a great read:

http://www.newmedia.org/game-based-learning–what-it-is-why-it-works-and-where-its-going.html

She explains how people learn differently though the use of games in and out of the classroom as well as how this is actually and ancient way of gaining knowledge. I myself use plenty of games on the Smartboard with my students whether it be math or science, it helps to motivate and engage my students in a F2F setting but I think it lends itself to online learning environments as well.