Stairway in Harris Hall.
* I have so far really enjoyed the text–partially because it’s free and I can read it on my iPad (I work for the state, money for books is sometimes hard to come by), but also because of its clear and concise academic styles.
* One of the things that struck me in both the reading and the Sir Ken Robinson video in class was this idea of learner-centered teaching. With budgets the way they are and the number of students in most classes, this seems insane. I understand it from a theoretical perspective but it seems completely impractical for an instructor in say, a large Chemistry reciitation, to teach towards every student’s learning needs. How do you find out what they are when you see them three hours a week? I have appreciated in the past instructors who combine learning styles (presentation, groups, etc) to attempt to appeal to every student’s strengths, but unless an instructor spends a lot of time with the student or the student is very clear about his or her learning needs I just see this as crazy.
* I have never taken a class online; I’ve only done online trainings at work. I haven’t necessarily found the training lacking (it’s fine if you read it), but I do find the tests to be completely bizarre. You have to get 100% to pass, and it’s really complicated to get the test reset. The questions are tricky so it’s hard to cheat but they make them so tricky that the training materials often contradict the multiple choice answers. I think when you create training and tests you need to be really familiar with every word that’s posted on Blackboard because students will complain.
* Another thing that’s new to me is the idea of the triad, and interacting with my group electronically during the four weeks that we’re not meeting in class. I’m excited to read what everyone is writing and responding to their thoughts. However, I’m concerned that not meeting will allow me to slack on the work because I’m not going to be held accountable in public. This is very new to me and I hope my groupmates will allow me to make some changes–for example, I don’t like to use my VCU email if I’m working after work hours. I am non exempt and I should not be checking my work email at night. I want the conversation to be open all the time, so I plan to use my personal email that goes to my phone as well as Twitter and other social media.
* Looking forward to see where this class takes me and what I learn.