July 10

Learning Activities feedback

Below you will find individual podcast episodes of my feedback for you on your learning activities assignment from module 3. I would encourage you to listen to the feedback and incorporate it into your “build it” assignment for this module as you build the learning activities into your course shell. I would also encourage you listen to the feedback podcast episodes other than your own.

June 13

blog feedback for u – 2011

Here are screencasts of feedback to help you improve your blog posts. Each are about 5 minutes long. View each others feedback. It will help you! : )

diane’s blog feedback -2011
donna’s blog feedback – 2011
francia’s blog feedback – 2011
ian’s blog feedback – 2011
JJ’s_blog_feedback – 2011
kim’s_blog_feedback – 2011
kristen’s_blog_feedback – 2011
mike’s blog feedback – 2011
nicole’s blog feedback – 2011

July 12

learning activities feedback

Hi there!

Here you will find the feedback on the module 3 learning activities assignment. I recommend that listen to each others feedback.

Below you will find a playlist of podcasted feedback for your Module 3 learning activities assignment. Scroll the playlist to find your name, select it, and it will auto launch the podcast for you to listen to your feedback.

You can also access your feedback via a playlist found here:


June 28

Course Info Feedback

Hi there!

Here you will find the feedback on this assignment. I recommend that listen to each others feedback especially Joan, Joy, Melissa and/or Mike’s. The feedback at this stage is fairly general and would apply and be informative to everyone in the class. If you have not yet, please enroll in each others courses so you can see what and how your classmates are doing in their own courses. : ) me

Below you will find a playlist of podcasted feedback for your Module 2 course info assignment. Scroll the playlist to find your feedback. Select the one with your name. It will auto launch the podcast for you to listen to your feedback.

You can also access your feedback via a playlist found here:


December 17

My Discussion Post Grading Rubric

Discussion Post Grading Rubric

Discussion posts are graded on a 0 – 4 point scale according to the Discussion Post Quality Grading Rubric presented below. Note that both the Comment Field and the Subject Line figure into the quality score the post receives.

  1. Peer Evaluations: Each reply you submit to a discussion forum should begin with your 0 – 4 evaluation of the quality of the post you are replying to. Place your peer-evaluation score in parentheses as the first thing in your reply- like this (4).
  2. Student Self-Evaluations: Every post you submit to a discussion forum (new posts and replies) should end with the quality score (0 – 4 points) you think your post deserves. Place your self-evaluation score in parentheses at the end – like this (4).
  3. Professor Evaluations: I will record the official 0 – 4 point value for each discussion post (up to the maximum of 12 per student) as I read it. At the conclusion of each module, I will update your Grade Book with your final grade on each discussion, and provide you with a record of how many posts you submitted and your total quality score.



Grading Criteria


Excellent (A)

The comment is accurate, original, relevant, teaches us something new, and is well written. Four point comments add substantial teaching presence to the course, and stimulate additional thought about the issue under discussion. Make your thinking and learning visible: reflect, apply, report, explain, defend, refute, question, self-assess, summarize, synthesize, and analyze. Documentation for factual information is provided. Discussion points are supported with references. Sources are cited and critically analyzed. All references, links, and citations are bookmarked, highlighted, tagged, and commented on in our diigo shared references group.


Above Average (B)

The comment lacks at least one of the above qualities, but is above average in quality. A three point comment makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the issue being discussed.


Average (C)

The comment lacks two or three of the required qualities. Comments that are based upon personal opinion, or personal experience, often fall within this category.


Minimal (D)

The comment presents little or no new information. However, one point comments may provide important social presence and contribute to a sense of class community.


Unacceptable (F)

The comment adds no value to the discussion.

No penalty

The subject field is a complete sentence and conveys the main point of the comment. The reader clearly understands the main point of the comment before reading it.


Minor problem with subject line

The subject field provides key word(s) only. The reader knows the general area that the comment deals with.


Major problem with subject line

The subject field provides little or no information about the comment.

The Discussion Forum Grading Scale

Forum Grade

Total Quality Points

Additional Requirement



At least eight 4-point ratings.



At least four 4-point ratings.



At least four 3 or 4-point ratings.



At least four 2, 3, or 4-point ratings.










adapted with permission from Bill Pelz.
August 11

these are my students and what they learned . . . summer 2009

I learned to not be afraid of trying things on the computer, that the computer is not going to break or all things lost.  I remember how awesome it was to realize that i could text code online docs through diigo.  I remember how long it took me to figure out what a tag was and how to do it.   Although, I still can’t say I know how to use them. And you know what? I don’t care!  Setting up accounts on Voicethreads and edublogs was crazy to me.  I didn’t know that i could do that.  I felt scared and now I feel empowered.   I think I can give myself some credit but, alex has been an amazing facilitator.  Her feedback has been gentle yet, demanding that i meet high expectations.

It occurred to me that real learning requires the removal of classroom walls in the sense that students need to be made to feel empowered in their ability to learn independently, as well as in the amount of information they learn. This realization was triggered after reading Alex’s blog about her recent NUTN conference. In her entries she talks about the use of Twitter and other Web 2.0 technologies in the online classroom. My initial thoughts were that teaching online was, of itself, enough of a technological integration for students to expand their thinking. But I now believe that the online environment, while substantially more engaging to me than a f2f classroom, can still leave one – at the end of the course – with novel ideas and knowledge gained through exchange with only a handful of students, an instructor, and a few texts. Now I understand why Alex is so interested in the integration of other web 2.0 technologies into the online environment. Suddenly, the student is propelled to think clearly and critically, as now their core ideas have the potential to be shared with anyone, anywhere.

From Alex (A series of Unfortunate Online Events and How to Avoid Them) , I learned an incredible amount of invaluable information that gave me a broadened perspective from the viewpoint of a student as well as a teacher. …When all is said and done, this was a fantastic learning experience. Thank you, Alex!

One thing I’ve learned through the example of Alex, is the importance of reaching out and engaging students on a personal level.

Thank you for everything, Alex! I have learned so much from you that goes beyond the technical aspect of teaching online – I learned how think about my teaching (f2f as well as online) in a more holistic way. I think, for the first time, I learned how to teach. I am not even sure how you accomplished that, because it was not done in an overt manner. But anyway, thank you. I am so glad that I came back this summer and finally got to finish your course!

I think Alex is an amazing teacher who is supportive and nurturing. She is a Master teacher in Social and teaching presence. Her encouragement when I was ready to throw in the towel was a blessing. I learned so much from Alex that it is hard to be specific. I learned from Alex just how important as an instructor to have established an on-line community and how to be there for a student(s). I will take this away with me from this course and pass it forward to someone else who struggles and loses their confidence.

This module has given me support for my current online teaching and reinforced my thinking about the value and necessity of online education. I have also come to realize how fortunate we are as a class community to have Alex guiding us through this process. I am constantly amazed at the professional contributions she has made to the field. Specifically in the development of quality online instructors and the creation of standards and models for online classes.

I really like how Alex has created a welcoming environment in our course and I hope I have done the same in mind. I feel very comfortable in our classroom and am not afraid to ask a question. Classroom community is very, very important in an online course as all of the interaction takes place behind a computer screen unlike a traditional classroom where it takes place in a face to face setting.

I have enjoyed communicating with Alex on Seesmic. It has been fun and Alex has been really helpful in brainstorming and conducting research on how I can incorporate this software into my course. After chatting with her a few times, I have decided to add Seesmic to my course as one of my learning activities. I am going to add this into the module on Preparing for the Interview. I am going to have students generate questions and practice role playing with each other. It will allow students to be able to respond at their (but keeping it within the timeframe), communicate with students in another form of communication, and allow them to gain experience as being an interviewer/interviewee.

I hope to create a learning environment that is warm and inviting. Once again, I have been in a classroom setting where I felt like I was out there all by myself. I did not like the way this felt and I don’t want my students to feel this way either. Seeing that I have been in their shoes, I know what they are going through. A positive, caring personality sets the tone for the course (I have to say Alex has done this in this course).

Alex’s presentation started off with a YouTube video demonstrating passion and joy….the things she feels for learning. She is an inspiration to educators hoping to find the best of both the world of emerging technological advances on the web and the world of student learning outcomes. She also showed me (for the first time) how many tools are available for us to use:

Alex, my instructor, has referred to our courses as living, breathing things that are always growing and changing. I realize now that courses not only change each time they run, but that it’s okay for them to change while the course is running.

Alex’s feedback to us on our course profiles, discussions and blogs have been great because they are very specific; offering encouragement and support while at the same time demanding more and telling us exactly what to correct and why. That kind of feedback is appreciated because I know where I stand in the course, and I know where I need to improve and how I can improve. It’s not enough to tell students they are wrong, the real learning takes place when students know why they are wrong and how they can fix it!

just watched alex’s clip on us; wow, we built community through a computer!  i love you guys and will miss all this rigour and interaction.  time to move on.  school year is approaching-may we all change the world!

This learning experience has been intense!  I know that I have learned, for god’s sake I created an online course!  I think about the insecure me 3 months ago, so afraid to be pushed out of my learning comfort zone.  Alex and my peers, pushed me and I waded out there, well, it was actually like tredding for dear life.


8/17/09 ETAP687 1 5 3 3 emoticon smiley flag Alex taught us a lot but also asked a lot of us. The work load was ridiculous at times and it seems like we did some things just for the sake of doing them. Nevertheless, the course was worthwhile and I’d recommend it – Just be willing to work really hard.
8/14/09 ETAP687 1 5 4 3 emoticon smiley flag One of the best teachers I’ve ever had. hard as heck, though.
8/7/09 ETAP687 1 5 5 4 emoticon smiley flag Alex is an amazing teacher.I will strive professionally to be more like her and to achieve because she has inspired me to do so.
8/7/09 ETAP687 3 5 5 5 emoticon smiley flag This course was extremely helpful, I learned so much. The course has helped me stay current in my field both for school and in my career. I am one up on others by taking this course. Technology changes every day and it is hard to stay on-top of new products/software. Alex is a fantastic teacher who is very dedicated and Very Very good in her field.
8/6/09 ETAP687 2 5 5 4 emoticon smiley flag Course required a lot of time invested in work (developing our own online classes) but Alex was very supportive and always available! learned a lot!
8/5/09 ETAP687 1 5 4 5 emoticon smiley flag Alex is a wonderful, approachable person and a fantastic teacher! Yes, the course was hard, but she did not – at any time- present us with a challenge that we could not meet. If you are interested in online education, you should not miss this course!
8/4/09 ETAP689 1 5 5 4 emoticon smiley flag Great experience. Hard work, but well worth it. Alex is one of a kind. Would recommend it to anyone serious about quality online course delivery.
July 11

Module 3 – learning activities podcasted feedback

i am using gcast (the widget below) to give you access to your podcasted audio feedback  to your module 3 written assignment. (You can also access your feedback here: http://www.gcast.com/u/alexandrapickett/main). I have done a separate individualized podcast for each of you labeled with your name. Feel free to listen to each other’s podcasts.

You may only see one post listed in the widget below. If so, to see the whole playlist from which you can select your individualized podcast click on the word “posts” in the lower center of the widget. This will bring up the entire playlist from which you can choose the one that belongs to you.

Please let me know if you have any problems accessing this feedback.

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July 9

Build it! activity feedback from modules 1 & 2

I posted these links to feedback on your course built it activities in the gradebook, but i don’t know/ am not sure that you can see them there/have seen them there, so here they are.

I encourage you to have a look at each other’s feedback. At this stage in your course development most of my feedback is applicable to any course, some is repetative, and you may find excellent suggestions to apply to your own course that may not have come up in my review of your course at this time. They are jing screencasts and each are only 5 minutes long at most.

Jane’s course info feedback – http://www.screencast.com/t/Cun7NPGRWtV

Jenn’s course info feedback – http://www.screencast.com/t/WfrfnmxRJeQ

Jess B.’s course info feedback – http://www.screencast.com/t/ZyjNSw1pKE

Anne’s course info feedback – http://www.screencast.com/t/LxosVrYojU

Jim’s course info feedback – http://www.screencast.com/t/Ix77xcSS

Kristina’s course info feedback – http://www.screencast.com/t/MlJOYBp8eF

Jess M.’s course info feedback – http://www.screencast.com/t/dv0K2UCene

Barbara’s course info feedback – http://www.screencast.com/t/LPnmdN5cL

Bill’s course info feedback –  http://www.screencast.com/t/UEqR9IVZyH Re-review or your CI docs – http://screencast.com/t/6ultr68to