One of the most important lessons I learned from the storms and outages two weeks ago is that I need to be better prepared for the worst. This post might not be as brilliant as my others (hahahah!), but at least it’s done. And if I still have power tonight after the storms that are predicted I will have time to revise and add to it.
(ETA: …And nothing happened!)
This week our group lost sight of the goal of the big project. It was a holiday week, and speaking for myself, I got so bogged down in the research and writing for the Wiki post that was due Friday that I let everything else slip from me. I took something like six pages of notes and only transcribed two for my post. I completely overprepared. What was important in that assignment was reading what my classmates wrote and reacting to them.
I’m also really disappointed in myself for not responding to comments on my own blog and commenting on the blogs of people not in my triad. Everyone comes from such a diverse background and I can learn so much from interacting with them.
The two chapters we read this week were so different from each other. Chapter 12 focused completely on revenue of online programs. I actually know a bit about this from managing Summer School budgets so it was interesting to see the bigger picture, even though I did not understand all of it. I really liked chapter 14, about online teaching theory. Some of it really struck me as essential information, like the following quote:
“Allowing students to see the personal excitement and appeal that inspires the teacher’s interest in the subject.”
In the training I have done [HR policy], I have been really passionate and excited about leave and that definitely made the participants excited as well. That you have to convey the same excitement online is something I have never thought of before, but it makes complete sense.
The chapter also covered teacher presence, online learning flexibility, the cost of online education and how to facilitate discourse. Terry Anderson suggested that the key to discourse is trust of the instructor. Whatever happens in the beginning of the class sets the tone for the rest of the course, and if the students feel safe, they will participate.
Here is my favorite building near campus, near the intersection of Broad and Laurel: