Adult 642, Reflection three

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Similar to 640 (when I was also working with Katherine, holla!), I’m finding that the most difficult part of redesigning these courses is putting words to ideas and having an organization during the project writing. I think having the info from Dr. Kincannon will help me focus on Dr. Carter’s class from the beginning. Right now my mind is still swimming with ideas to help Dr. Cowles.

For Dr. Cowles’ class, my institutional knowledge about VCU and its curriculum really helped me understand the context of the course. I can see why having dedicated instructional designers and technology specialists for each university is so important, because there is definitely an advantage to knowing VCU’s mission and programs. (Of course I think there is also an advantage to having new people help design a class who have fresh ideas and are not part of the culture already!)

Our group met virtually on Sunday night on Google Hangout. This was the first time this particular group had met online, and like any new group, we had some growing pains logging on but figured it out within ten minutes or so. I hope meeting regularly (and sticking with this group for the other 4 projects) will teach us the most effective way to use our G+ time. We spent over an hour together on Sunday. I am still having a hard time figuring out the rules for talking–it’s more of a free for all than meeting in person because there are no physical clues to tell you who’s talking next. Everyone is so tiny on my iPad screen that I felt I kept interrupting.

Photo from the Library of Congress.

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9 thoughts on “Adult 642, Reflection three

  1. “Holla!” here, too! I’m working with one of my 640 buddies again AND we’re using our favorite COI model. But it hasn’t made this strategy assignment any easier. I’m very interested to hear the other presentations on Wednesday. I just hope we have enough time to get constructive feedback before we set off on preparing for the presentation for Dr. Carter’s class.

  2. I’ve had one partial success with GHO recently and one failed attempt. The partial success was exhilarating because I was talking with people around the world that I had communicated for several months. Several individuals seemed to dominate the conversations which is why some of us retreated to chatting off to the side. We agreed after the first GHA that a moderator was needed, a time frame and a plan. As compulsive as it seems, it works!
    I will make another attempt tonight to chat with friends who are part of my quadblogging group. I hope that my computer will cooperate and that the connection won’t fail this time!

  3. Wednesday’s Class is the beginning of knowing what a design plan must include. After you’ve done 5 you’ll know yourself what is important to the plan.

    I’m glad you’re collaborating virtually. Perhaps it will help you understand what needs to be explained to groups of people just beginning to use such a tool to do work…, why it might be intimidating, and how you might explain the importance of collaboration to an adult learner experiencing the new.

  4. You expressed the same feeling I’m having of selecting and putting organization to ALL the IDEAS and fitting them into the outline Dr. Kincannon gave us (and without your institutional knowledge or Joanne’s marketing background we are lacking in context :)). As much as I’d like to think we’ve wrapped our heads around this, I will be eager to receive feedback and learn what we did well and what needs improvement.

  5. Learning etiquette for synchronous online collaborations was one of my main arguments in ADLT 640. Challenges in communication arose in both Google+ Hangouts and collaborative phone conversations. This is definitely a practice that has to be learned, anyone that thinks communication is the same in this emerging learning environment is in for a big surprise. You’re approach of worrying about interrupting others or simply having manners is a great starting point. A teacher who is considering a hybrid learning environment would make good use of time in the physical classroom to orient the learners to possible challenges and strategies for online collaboration.

    • Perhaps, this is a great opportunity for generating some GHO rules of best practice. You really don’t know what the experience is until you’ve had it. Then, you can formulate some constructive ideas about how it could best be done. You bring out some good points, Rhett.

  6. Holla back Girl! I’m thinking that my institutional knowledge will help with Dr. Carter’s design challenge as well. And I had similar angst about when to speak during the hangout. I felt like I kinda dominated the conversation near the end, which wasn’t my intention (sowwy), but I do like how the G+ Hangout allows you to see facial expressions (smiles and head nodding) and the inevitable cat that comes to visit as soon as any productive collaboration begins. At least it seems to get easier the more semesters we spend on Hangout 😛 … asacl.yjmuyn] <— that was my cat… guess I'm being productive… 😉

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