Personal Philosophy of Online Learning

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When developing my philosophy for online learning I took into consideration that technology has and is enhancing student learning in both face-to-face and online teaching modes. I also based it upon the understanding that online learning today is just as collaborative and communicative as face-to-face learning when mediated by the right technological tools.

Nussbaum-Beach (2008) suggests that good teachers will only enhance and develop student centered learning through the use of technology and not be replaced by it.  I thought deeply about this when developing my philosophy mind map and added pedagogical focus because the basis for good teaching is developing curriculum that meets the different needs of your diverse learners. This can be accomplished through such pedagogical approaches as constructivism and connectivism while still following best teaching practices and with the addition of the right technological tools great online teaching can be achieved.

Stacey & Wiesenberg (2007) talk about the globalization of learning through the use of internet resources, this resonates with me because even in my face-to-face teaching mode I have Sykped with experts on various subjects in my classroom. The study also suggested that online teachers must plan ahead, be highly organized, communicate with learners in new ways as well as be accessible to their students, and play the role of facilitator or mentor in their interactions with learners. After reading through these teaching practices I realized that with the aid of many technological tools these practices could be more easily met through online teaching compared to the face-to-face mode so I included them in my philosophy.

Finally I wanted my philosophy mind map to portray the fact that as the times are changing teachers need to adapt to new technologies in order to better their students learning experiences.  However, making sure that the learner and their best interest is still at the forefront of online teaching.

References

Nussbaum-Beach, S. (2008, June 2). Letter to my colleagues. Message posted to http://www.21stcenturycollaborative.com/2008/06/letter-to-my-colleagues/

Stacey, E., & Wiesenberg, F. (2007). A study of face-to-face and online teaching philosophies in Canada and Australia. Journal of Distance Education, 22 (1), 19-40. http://www.jofde.ca/index.php/jde/article/view/7/465