What past students have to say about this course…
The one thing that hindered my learning was my misunderstanding of the forum posts in the first weeks of the course. It was several weeks into the course before I realized that these were actually research based; this was new to me because I hadn’t ever been asked to research something so intensely for an online course before. Once I realized that posts were like small research projects, I did much better. …It’s been a very intense course, but I learned a lot and I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn a new skill that I can hopefully build on in the future.
Because I only read the top of the discussion rubric, I thought I was being “metaphorically killed” most of this course time. I believed my grade was 50% -failing – because I never saw the point spread rubric below the discussion rubric.
The process included confusion, anxiety, frustration, despair, hope, satisfaction, and elation (when I did my first audio). My attempts were impaired by poor internet connections and an ongoing dilemma I often experience – if it can go wrong, it will
…confusion, disappointment, and frustration. However, I countered with determination and hopefulness. I spent hours learning to prepare for my posts. I lost time in the learning. The posts made me organize my learning, in order to share my learning. I pushed through the negative thoughts and simply hung on for life. I hammered away at the different tools until somehow I figured it out…sometimes I actually forgot how I figured it out and had to do it all again. Guess what hanging on works!!!
Reflective Writing: I have to admit, at the beginning of the course I thought the blogging activities were just busy work. I viewed the assignments as busy work, and treated my entries as such. As time ticked on, I started getting into the blogs and realizing that it was my personal space in which I could reflect on my work on my course and my learning throughout the week/module. So much of life and learning in school is sort of thrown at you, and if you don’t take the time to intentionally deconstruct the events and make sense of them, then you’ll never grow and improve. I’d rather grow.
I think I have learned that most hindrances to learning and success are often all in your head. If something’s in your way, it’s usually because you’re letting it be there. So, you have to learn to change your frame of mind before you can change your life. And lastly, in the spirit of hard work, if it’s worth doing at all, it’s worth doing right…which will require a lot of work.
I have learned that online teaching is a lot of work, and takes practice. The hours poured into completing this class and building my online course have been numerous. I will be walking away with this great skill now beginning, and something new to put on my resume.
I learned about myself, others, and the world. I learned about my emotions, my mental capabilties and strengths and weaknesses. I learned about others and how they learn. I learned about my students and students in general. I learned about the political, cultural, social and legal environment of the US and educational practices of other countries…and…and…and…
I feel empowered – that is how I know that learning has taken place.
I learned that building a course takes lots of time – to do it right!
I would have loved to have learned without having to balance work and personal life. However, I am grateful that I am working and was able to grab from my work experience and use it in this course.
The difficulty that I have had in the course is having the time to read and review ALL of the various (and great) resources that are out there for teachers. I am baffled by the sheer amount, but this course has disciplined me to focus on quality over quantity.
This course allows me to learn the theoretical underpinnings of learning and teaching online, but also allows me to apply what I have learned and “make the connection” to my professional life and to the greater world! And this…is a great thing?
I am thankful for this experience!
It’s been a very trying 12 weeks. The nature of the summer course is unforgiving. I started late because I had to register late to fulfill tuition requirements and it was catchup for the entire summer. However, I did learn an awful lot. I forced myself to think in new ways. I was exposed to new ideas from classmates, the beauty of social learning I guess and I challenged my assumptions.
What students said in the summer of 2009.
What students said in the summer of 2008.