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September 15, 2017

Greetings Fellow Explorers

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Hello all!  I am new to WordPress and blogging, so I’ll ask for forgiveness in advance for any “newbie” mistakes.

I’m currently teaching an applied technology course in a community college on Vancouver Island. Our Learning Management system here is Blackboard, and while I use it to provide resources and ways to submit assignments it’s mostly a passive use. So far I’ve only digitized current course content and communication is only one direction at a time.

Personally I’ve taken a completely online course that I found a real struggle to do, and a blended course that was f2f with an online discussion forum that was a better experience, but still left me thinking there has got to be a better way. My purpose here is to start that search for a better way.

Teaching in a technology course I am very comfortable with technology on it’s own (computers and various software packages).  My comfort level in an online environment is a total different ball game. I don’t “instachat” or “snapgram” or any other of those newfangled social media apps, I don’t even have Facebook. My goal here is to become more familiar and comfortable in that online/social media environment, and to begin exploring the real possibilities I think are available to provide my students with a better learning experience. Hopefully along the way I’ll pick up some knowledge of learning tools to help me create better, more interactive, content.

1 Comment

  1.   Mary Wilson — September 22, 2017 @ 4:09 am    Reply

    Welcome, Brad!

    To be honest, you don’t sound like a newbie… your cry of “There has got to be a better way!” makes you sound like an old hand, and very much like most of the people I work with online! I sometimes feel like we haven’t really “gotten it” yet as far as online learning is concerned. I do like the sense it can give of being a community working together, and I hope we can focus on that as we try to find that better way.

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