For my final reflection I will focus more on the entire course than the past few weeks. Through all the ups and downs I have experienced personally during this summer and this course I still managed to learn so much. As this course comes to an end I am saddened to see it end. I feel as though we as a class have built a community with Alex’s guidance and forethought of her planning within the design of her course our opportunities for community building.
There are several students in this course all learning how to teach online and design a course successfully. I think that every one of you did a fantastic job. Kudos to Anne, Celeste, Dan, Heather, Hedy, Kelly, Kevin, Liz, Luke, Maree, Mary, and Ryan. You all have helped me learn throughout this course. I thank Alex for giving us such a challenging and rich learning experience.
The final assignment for this course is designing a course. I have built many courses in my day but not my own. This was a great learning experience for me. I received so much patience and encouragement for Alex that it kept me wanting to learn.
As I reflect further on this major assignment of designing my own course I am reminded of all the great feedback I received from Ryan, Celeste, and Kevin. I also think about the very detailed feedback from Alex. I know that my course still needs to work. But I am proud of where it is so far. I took many of the suggestions from all of you. Some of the suggestions I may still use after I take the course with me to Excelsior.
I am pretty sure that I will be able to teach my course in the near future. The faculty that have reviewed it so far really think I’ve done a great job. I will try to perfect it, but I know there will always be room for improvement and upgrades. I look forward to helping my faculty enhance instruction and engagement using web 2.0 tools.
I feel as though I have been given a gift by getting through this course and learning about student engagement and enhancing instruction. All I have wanted to do is help other students learn better! Now I have the opportunity to share my knowledge with faculty so they can share with their students. This will be fantastic!
I enjoyed learning throughout this course. In watching Alex’s video How do you engage online learners I realized how important and how much of a time saver giving audio/video feedback to students can be. This type of feedback is more engaging for the student, they can play it over and over if needed, and it saves time for the instructor.
I also really enjoyed and will use some of the many tips in Strategies for Managing the Online Workload. I will use many of these tips in the future. I need to help Excelsior continue to provide our students with quality education.
And I’ll never forget Alex telling me if the tool can make your course better, faster, safer, easier, or cheaper then to tool may be worth using. Do not use technology just for the sake of using technology.
Goodbye for now classmates and my new instructional Idol Alex! I will see many of you in my next two courses. I am taking ETAP519 and ETAP620. I know I saw many of your names in the 519 roster.
Until we meet again….