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alexandra m. pickett

Transformation via Online Learning - 3 views

  • original target audience,
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      who is your target?
    • Alicia Fernandez
       
      Nontraditional, commuter, reentry are terms assigned to my target student population, which I refer to as adult learners. Adult learners are difficult to categorize, as the determinants are often arbitrary. Their demographic variables cut across a wide swath of the population.  Ross Gordon (2011) refers to a set of shared characteristics which include: delayed entry or reentry to college, employment, and family and community responsibilities. They are also primarily part-time students. The group is typically described to be between the ages of 25-64.  Reference  Ross-Gordon, J. (2011). Research on adult learners: supporting the needs of a student population that longer nontraditional. Association of American Colleges and Universities.  (Previously bookmarked in Diigo)
  • adult online students
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      what assumptions are you making about this population?
    • Alicia Fernandez
       
      I am assuming that adult online learners meet the six assumptions of Knowles' Andragogy learning theory. Traditional college students are often still formulating self-concepts and are involved in much more socialization on campus. Adult students are usually not seeking the social component and are driven by the immediate application of acquired skills and knowledge to life outside of the classroom.  The University of Central Florida (UCF) drilled down into the age demographics of their adult student population and extrapolated generational data. Hartmann et al. (2005) reported results of a survey of nearly 1,500 online learners at UCF that shed light on generational differences in attitudes and expectations among students born during 1946- 1964 (the cohort authors nicknamed 'Baby Boomers'), students born during 1965-1980('Generation X') and others born during 1981-1994 (the so-called 'NetGen' students). The results noted that there were substantial differences between the cohorts as far as learning engagement, interaction value, and whether they changed their approach to learning as a result of their online experience.  Hartmann, J., Patsy, M. & Chuck, D. (2005). Preparing the academy of today for the learner of tomorrow. In D. G. Oblinger & J. L. Oblinger (Eds.), Educating the Net Generation, pp. 6.1-6.15. Washington, DC: EDUCAUSE. Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/research-and-publications/books/educating-net-generation/preparing-academy-today-learner-tomorrow  (Bookmarked in Diigo)
  • students who attend fully online
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      not sure what you mean. these numbers are fully online students.
    • Alicia Fernandez
       
      Are these students that solely attend online classes?  Do they attend classes on campus as well?
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  • traditional and non-traditional students i
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      This perspective/distinction is very interesting/curious to me. I don't distinguish. I guess you mean traditional age college students vs. older "adult" students. In my mind they are all adults and they are all online students. Just an observation of my own perspective. : )
    • Alicia Fernandez
       
      The literature I have reviewed indicates that younger age college students may not like the lack of social interaction and find the online classroom's demands of extensive writing too laborious.  I have also found a distance difference between the two groups in my own experience. Of course this is a broad generalization and there are exceptions.  
  • If undergrads enroll in online courses and do not actively participate, this will impact the development of critical thinking skills and meaningful learning outcomes for all students
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      in my experience this "undergrad" or age variable is not significant. : )
    • Alicia Fernandez
       
      I think the maturity of the student matters greatly as far as motivation and level of participation. This would impact lower level undergrad courses much more. However, your experience proves that andragogy is not always defined by age. 
  • Jun 12th, 2014
  • Aug17
  • Satisfied. I am thrilled that I persevered and was able to complete the course. My Moodle course is far from stellar but I am pretty happy with the results of my maiden voyage.
  • I know that I have learned that social presence and teaching presences are as important as cognitive presence. More to the point, I learned that as an online student my reluctance to focus on the social aspects of the online classroom may have inhibited community building.
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      Hi Alicia! Nice blog! don't forget to self assess each post!
  • Morrison, D. (2014, February 28). Best methods and tools for online educators to give students helpful and meaningful feedback. Online Learning Insights. Retrieved from http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/best-methods-and-tools-for-online-educators-to-give-students-helpful-and-meaningful-feedback/
alexandra m. pickett

Online Course Design - 0 views

    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      Joy! thank you for making your learning visible to me! I am awed and inspired by the depth of your insights!
  • So establishing teaching presence is what all the designers, Alex, and even I, am doing when we make decisions about the content of the course, the types of activities we want to include, the tools we would like to use, how we want to assess, how we provide channels for providing and managing feedback, how we want to induct students into the course, how we want to wrap up the course….Basically – everything!
  • From planning, to execution, to assessment, to revision. So this is why developing a course is an “iterative process”.
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    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      eureka!!! brilliant!!!
  • And nothing happens by chance. Everything happens by deliberate design. And I am seeing how this is happening.
  • People are important, so… (make decisions, plan activities, evaluate, discard, adapt, iterate, etc.) Thinking is important, so ….(make decisions, plan activities, evaluate, discard, adapt, iterate, etc.) Learning is important, so….. Content knowledge is important, so… Skills are important, so…
  • From this, I have learnt that it is perfectly fine to change your mind, as long as you have solid justification. This was also a useful reminder abot the importance of accurately matching the number of objectives with activities. A designer needs to avoid creating an objective that has no activity, and an activity with no objective, as can sometimes happen through oversight.
  • “You need to rethink lots of things, to be open to possibilities, opportunities to options, then you’re more likely to be successful,” says Alex. This kind of openness does not happen as a matter of course. It has to begin with an awareness. This attitude of being open to possibilities, opportunities and options has to be actively worked upon. I failed to understand this at first. So I found it perplexing that Alex would pursue what I thought was a trivial line of discussion. What do you think is not possible to teach and learn online? I volunteered several bright contributions. I was still unaware of the purpose of this apparently innocuous discussion. Of course now I know better. That discussion was supposed to challenge a closed mind. Because with a closed mind, we render ourselves unable to be open to possibilities, opportunities to options. A closed mind works against innovation, progress, improvement, expansion. This is a new frontier, and therefore the stance which can reap untold benefits and leanings should be “Let’s explore!” So the question we should be asking isn’t “What cannot be done?” but rather “How do I make this possible?”
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      thank you for this observation, joy! thank you for taking the bait and giving us all the opportunity to question our assumptions and to arrive at creativity, innovation and possibilities!! : )
  • I need to be open to possibilities, opportunities, to options. I must put aside my prejudices and temporarily suspend “logical thinking” in favor of creative thinking.
  • But we should never give up on the unwilling ones.
  • The best way to spark change is to let them attend an effective online course.
  • I am beginning to see how “developing a course is a transformative experience”.
  • I don’t think I can return to the classroom and teach anything the same way before.
  • Designing an online course has been, for me, a truly transformative experience. It has allowed me not only to reexamine, reformulate and reassess, but to also move forward to innovate and in some ways, to reinvent myself as a teacher.
  • I was therefore quite relieved Alex confirmed what I had feared. I was packing in too much. Even before even before Alex provided her completely justified feedback that my course was too packed (“for you Joy, less is more!”)
  • An online environment is different from a f2f setting. Being able to state it in a theoretical way is not the same as understanding it and translating it into practice. Of course I knew the theory. But when the time came for application in the design of the online course, my knowledge did not transfer well into practical application. This is one of the main problems when there is a failure of the student to  successfully transfer learning, which is basically one of great challenges of teaching.  So basically, what I did initially did was to replicate my f2f activities directly into my online classroom.
  • As I feared, and Alex confirmed, this large amount of group work puts a strain on the students and also poses too many logistic difficulties. Perhaps one or two group work activities might work, but not several in each module. It is unrealistic. So I have learnt, in a very concrete and hands-on way, that designing for my online classroom in this instance is different from designing for my face-to face classroom.
  • Once again, I am reminded that theory and practice need mutual reinforcement. Understanding the theory is one thing. Transferring the theoretical knowledge into action requires experience, reflection, and feedback from others.
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      thank you for making your thinking and learning visible to me!
  • Having experienced a wonderful sense of community, and seeing how it is done, I do feel that I have a fair idea of the basic ingredients that go into creating a sense of community. However, Alex has set a high, high standard, and I don’t know I have the energy to sustain the community building effort, even if I knew how to do it!
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      i have great expectations of you joy! i know you can do it : )
  • this is a process
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      Yes!!! the value to me and to the others in the class is to be able to watch your process. we see how you think and refine and how your ideas change and evolve and that adds to our understanding of you and our own learning.
  • My present ideas never look like version 1! The result is that the ideas I handed up in the proposed learning activities resemble very little of what I actually have now
    • Joan Erickson
       
      Oh Joy, I can relate! By the time Alex reads my submitted writing assignment, my actual course design has already morphed a few times. I've visited your course, it looks great! the activities you set up indicatethat you have high expectations for the participants!
  • Confucius
    • Joan Erickson
       
      wow, Confucious said that? I didn't even know, and I'm Chinese!
  • In short – let the students do the work. This is the best way to learn. This principle, I think, has been demonstrated in this course. And I intend to pursue it in my own course. I see the value of giving the students both structure and space.
  • One of the insights has to do with letting go as a teacher.
alexandra m. pickett

25 incredibly useful Google Docs tips and tricks - 3 views

    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      you should read this!
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      Once you have, what did you learn?
  • When you’re working in a word processor, every second you save matters. And while Google Docs may seem simple on the surface, it’s practically overflowing with out-of-sight options that can help you get more done with less effort.
alexandra m. pickett

Feedback on ETAP 640 Blogs II - YouTube - 1 views

    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      example sticky note.
  • Feedback on ETAP 640 Blogs II
  • #etap640 2013 Blog feedback for Ryan, Matt, Mary and Luke - also examples of diigo highlighting and sticky notes
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  • Feedback on ETAP 640 Blogs II
  • notes
  • 2013 Blog feedback for Ryan, Matt, Mary and Luke - also examples of diigo highlighting and sticky notes
  • 2013 Blog feedback for Ryan, Matt, Mary and Luke - also examples of diigo highlighting and sticky notes
  • Feedback on ETAP 640 Blogs II
  • Feedback on ETAP 640 Blogs II
  • back for Ryan, Matt, Mary and Luke - also examples of diigo highlighting and sticky notes
  • This is a comment.
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      Example of a comment using the sticky notes feature and a highlight.
  • 1This is a comment.
alexandra m. pickett

Module 1: Reflect - N2OL: New to Online Learning (... - 5 views

  • First read the instructions on "How to participate in a Discussion..." Then enter the first discussion. When you are ready to respond, use the “Reply to This” link to create your response. (Discussion Hint: What are some issues about the online teaching and learning environment that are of concern to you at this stage? What asp
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      do they need these instructions here? or this hint here? or should it appear on the actual assignment in the ning?
diane hamilton

Teaching As Learning - 3 views

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    article by Rogoff explaining the three planes of cognitive apprenticeship: apprenticeship, guided participation, and participatory appropriation
lkryder

ISTE Standards Essential Conditions - 0 views

  • oactive leadership in developing a shared vision for educational technology among all education stakeholders, including teachers and support staff, school and district administrators, teacher educators, students, parents, and the community Empowered Leaders&nbsp; Stakeholders at every level empowered to be leaders&nbsp;in effecting change Implementation Planning A systemic plan aligned with a shared vision for school effectiveness and student learning through the infusion of information and communication technology (ICT) and digital learning resources &nbsp; Consistent and Adequate Funding Ongoing funding to support technology infrastructure, personnel, digital resources, and staff development Equitable Access Robust and reliable access to current and emerging technologies and digital resources, with connectivity for all students, teachers, staff, and school leaders Skilled Personnel Educators, support staff, and other leaders skilled in the selection and effective use of appropriate ICT resources Ongoing Professional Learning Technology-related professional learning plans and opportunities with dedicated time to practice and share ideas Technical Support&nbsp; Consistent and reliable assistance for maintaining,&nbsp; renewing, and using ICT and digital learning resources&nbsp; Curriculum Framework Content standards and related digital curriculum&nbsp; resources that are aligned with and support digital age&nbsp; learning and work&nbsp; Student-Centered Learning&nbsp;</h3
  • Proactive leadership in developing a shared vision for educational technology among all education stakeholders, including teachers and support staff, school and district administrators, teacher educators, students, parents, and the community
  • Shared Vision
lkryder

Socratic Smackdown pdf - 2 views

  •  
    Game plan for student discussion
alexandra m. pickett

Dobler's Online Learning | One teacher's adventures into online teaching - 3 views

  • I hope that this is the correct approach to the assignment.
  • The research certainly says it will! According to Ice, Swan, Kupczynski, and Richardson, research has shown that other students find audio feedback more effective than written feedback.
  • At first, I wondered why the checklist was not given while I was developing the course.
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      interesting. I always think of the checklists as formative. You have access to them in the manual. hmmm. need to think about this more. becuase in my mind you do have access to them as you design your cousre. But i also like your reflection. need to think.
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  • I plan to continue blogging as I work to incorporate what I have learned into my class this year.
  • “If instructors gave as much thought to the construction of their on-campus courses as they do their online courses, all education would be better”.
  • I hope that my learning about online teaching really does have positive impacts on my face-to-face teaching.
alexandra m. pickett

My Learning Reflections - 1 views

  • What I have found is teaching presence not only occurs in a face to face classroom but also online, if you look at it, they kind of are the SAME thing. The online platform is the classroom; we shouldn’t change it to make it suitable for online, we should do just as we would if it was face to face.
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      Brilliant!
  • I feel accomplished that I gained so much from this course.
  • as an educator my job is to keep pushing and asking those questions
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  • What I learned from that is to push myself continuously to learn more, to teach my classmates more, because in the end I learned THAT MUCH MORE!
  • I know I learned a lot, mainly because I was and am able to produce what has been asked of me and will remember how to do it.
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      BRILLIANT!!!!!
alexandra m. pickett

North Country noodlings | Just another Edublogs site - 1 views

  • If I could just sit on their shoulder, and see what’s on their screens, so I could say something like “See that button in the middle? Click it.”
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      have you tried screen share tools like http://join.me or http://quickscreenshare.com/ : ) ??
  • Jun12
  • Ciao!
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  • And I really liked online teaching – still do – because it allows me to reach students on a personal level.
  • I can’t help but fear, deep down, that the students just don’t care. And I hate feeling that way.
alexandra m. pickett

Consider the Source II - 0 views

  • I recall in my early SLN days trying to find out why faculty were being told to close past modules as they moved forward in the course
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      Not sure where this comes from linda, but it is not so. the exact opposite is true.
    • lkryder
       
      2004 - I am sure it has changed. It may have been the the SLN ID I was working and/or the classes I was taking. But I did see it more than a few times and it perplexed me. I definitely don't see it anymore so that is a good thing :-)
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      odd... i actually in the early days strongly recommended that faculty have all their modules open from the first day so that students could see the structure and flow of the course from the beginning and have the structure help them not only anticipate what was coming, but act as advanced organizers to help students understand the scope and approach to the content taken by the instructor. I also didn't want faculty to use it as an excuse to not complete the course before it went live : ) I keep the modules closed in ETAP640 and reveal them one at a time because i don't want to confuse and overwhelm students. But, i have always maintained that work in previous modules should remain open and accessible so that students can refer back to or continue conversations if they want to. If you close a module then students won't have access to their own content. I would have to be convinced that under some very specific circumstance that there would be a good reason to do that. : )
    • lkryder
       
      I am in total agreement with you on that - I won't mention names or courses :-) But I think the message is out that they should all be open!! lkr
  • because my exploration was respected. This kind of supportive environment makes me – or any student I am sure – fearless
  • I can say that I think I am on a completely different level in my teaching and design work.
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  • I have increased my toolkit for engaging students at multiple levels. I feel I will be more vigilant about tapping into their basic human need for challenge, while attending to their narratives. Their storylines were not always part of my approach, but now I will be watching for those.
alexandra m. pickett

My Online Teaching Journey | ETAP 640 - 1 views

  • I learned that the more you understand and grow the more you can offer your students.
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      Eureka!!!
  • I feel good about what I have created and know that what I learned will help me and my students.
  • I feel accomplished!
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  • I found it is the revisions and creation of the product that you learn, you learn in the doing… the applying and the creating.
  • I learned that you need to have a solid foundation to start by assessing skill levels and giving students the fundamentals is an essential process. You need to break learning up into manageable part but embed learning exercises to enhance knowledge. You have to know your audience and be aware of your assumptions. When designing a course you need to use best practices to enhance your course design. You will put a lot of time and effort in the design process… as a result expect a little blood sweat and tears (there is no guarantee you will look the same at the end :).&nbsp; It is important&nbsp;to remember a students way of learning evolves, that means your teaching style will have to evolve too. Don’t be afraid to try new things…the more you learn the more you can offer your students. &nbsp;Learn to be a self-reflective, dig deep into yourself but more importantly I learned there is a great thing to be gained in the perspective of others, value that and seek that out. This course is more than a process it is a journey!
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      wow! ... this is why i love metacognitive reflection!
alexandra m. pickett

The Next Step Forward | on the path to the classroom - 2 views

  • lack of due dates
    • alexandra m. pickett
       
      the due dates are the last day of each module except for blog posts - one at the end of each week of the course.
    • Elena Buttgereit
       
      Sorry, let me clarify: I meant staggered due dates. For college and graduate students, this generally does not pose as much of a problem. By having deadlines throughout a module, I think it could help my audience (high schoolers) avoid procrastination and hopefully keep them on track.
  • I am feeling an immense sense of relief and pride in the work I’ve done. &nbsp;
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