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David Detwiler
MiraCosta College
Spanish instructor
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Lisa asked me to share my experiences with Hybrids, or rather my experiences trying to teach Hybrids. Let me preface this by saying that when I set out to teach my first blended course, I felt I had done my due diligence. I had been to numerous conferences and had just come off a sabbatical on the feasibility of online language instruction. [Please note that languages have been taught online for years. Unfortunately, many of those courses simply sacrificed the essential F2F component which most of us consider sacrosanct.] I had concluded in that sabbatical that teaching languages online responsibly... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2011 at Pedagogy First!
As always, Richard's post is eloquent and even esthetically pleasing, and makes a number of great points (that I wish I had made). Thanks a lot Richard! He even got a plug in there for the library. Nice! I forgot to mention one thing in my post, which was a suggestion for improvement, and that is regarding the blog platform. I never really did get comfortable with TypePad and think it would be easier to use a different blog. Any way... that's my 2 cents.
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2011 on C3, S2, W13: Program Evaluation at Pedagogy First!
This last year has been one hell of a learning experience. I have taken two for-credit courses on teaching online, neither of which came close to the vigor of this program. Hopefully some day it will be recognized by the powers that be as just that, a credit-worthy program. I really enjoyed the first semester, full of hands on learning. I played with lots of programs that I never would have used or maybe even heard about otherwise. The second semester was mostly reading, contemplating and writing. To be completely honest, it was a bit overwhelming at times. For instructors... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at Pedagogy First!
Wow,that is quite the complement Lisa.
First of all, is my bald spot really that noticeable? As Jim very clearly pointed out in the video, pedagogy must drive the technology and tools. Richard summarized the main points succinctly: instruct, construct, connect. I agree with Andrea, I thought Larry Sanger's article was great. He discussed three commonly held beliefs regarding education and the Internet. First he attacked the premise that we no longer need to learn (read: memorize) facts because information can now be accessed easily and instantly via any computer. Second, he disproved the theory that collaborative learning can or should replace individual learning. Lastly he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at Pedagogy First!
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Posted Apr 27, 2011 at Pedagogy First!
What a great video... very simple, unpresuming and yet a powerful message: Teaching is sharing. Simple as that. We should all be sharing. I know I am preaching to the choir, since you all are in this program to become better educators and are sharing all kinds of great insight and ideas. Unfortunately not all our colleagues feel the same way. The video really makes you think. Can we really be "Teaching" if we are not "Sharing"? I have always been big on professional development and sharing ideas with colleagues, so I put together a shared drive so that my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Pedagogy First!
Love the video. Go Abba! Where's your voice?
Lecture, at least in my discipline, has become a bad word. When I think of lecture, I mostly remember those instructors I have had in the past that would pull out their typewritten (literally) notes and read them to the class. The good teachers didn't actually read the notes, but they did talk TO the class. We now try to avoid this type of lecturing and create classes where our students are taking an active role in their own learning. I have never been in a lecture auditorium, as the authors describe, nor do we many large classes at MiraCosta,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Pedagogy First!
A number of good points for managing students, especially in larger classes. Organization and communication seem to be the key points. Not really sure how else to comment on this chapter, so here is my recap of the major points: Chapter 11 Save info on your computer (or a flash drive) Sort student email automatically (specify how students are to use the subject line) Twitter or SMS for short announcements?? Make regular weekly or bi-weekly announcements (lets students know you are "in class") Use auto-graded online testing and group work, especially in larger classes (Do we have class maximums set... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at Pedagogy First!
Chapter 10 offered some good suggestions about getting students ready for an online class. Though I have never taught an online course, I have taught using the blended format, and agree that it is essential that students fully understand what they are facing before they begin. Spelling out equipment and software requirements, possibly coming up with an assignment that requires students to demonstrate their competence in their use makes a lot of sense. I also liked their suggestion about devising a test to see if students would be able to access the type of audio or video files to be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2011 at Pedagogy First!
Leslie, I really liked Ning, and used it for a year before it became a pay only site. I have since decided to move almost exclusively to Bb for simplicity's sake. I agree that we can never seem to get caught up. Once we get one technology down, the game changes and we have to learn a new program. Oh well! Never a dull moment! How do you save your files? I mean, do you use a flash drive or do you have a "cloud storage" account where you can access your files from any where?
I can definitely feel your pain about the work piling up. I am hoping to finish my last class of exams before the end of Spring Break. With luck I can even catch up with my POT reading and blogging. Hang in there!
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2011 on WEEK 6 K&O 8 at Pedagogy First!
I guess I will have to check out Netvibes again. I used it for a while, and then it seemed to freeze on me when I visited certain sites (I think it was Yahoo).
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2011 on C3 S2 W5 - Student Activities at Pedagogy First!
I'll keep you posted.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2011 on C3, S2, W5: Ko & Rosen C7 at Pedagogy First!
Online group activities sound both fun and useful, and I can see how they definitely might have a place in my online Spanish course. I agree with the authors that variety is key in any classroom and that using multiple approaches can gives the student the opportunity to take an active role in his or her learning. I plan on having students meet in pairs and groups to present scenarios and do role plays (just as we do in class), and I really like the idea of the guest speaker and have even begun thinking about a cross-cultural exchange. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2011 at Pedagogy First!
Even though you may all not be BlackBoard fans, you must admit that we're lucky that MCC does provide and support a course management system. Unlike some of our colleagues, we can access and store a myriad of free tools in one location. Our challenge, it seems, is to select those tools that we plan to use and to organize our courses in a way that make it easy for students to navigate. I gleaned a couple ideas from Chapter 6 that I will definitely take into account as I set up my online course. I hadn't really thought about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Pedagogy First!
Most of the material in Chapter 5 was straight forward, and basically reiterated the importance of having a very clear and specific instructions, and that this road map is not the same as pasting your f2f syllabus into Bb. I agree with Jim about the importance, no, the absolute necessity of having a clear, concise syllabus. In fact, it is thanks to him that I began to take a close look at my f2f syllabus in his very revealing workshops on creating the Promising Syllabus. Now, as I am prepare my first online class, I will once again need to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2011 at Pedagogy First!
Hi Sue, I have not used VoiceThread myself, at least not in a class, so I am interested to hear how it works for you. I do know that Pilar has used it. I plan on using it quite a bit in the online class that I am preparing for summer.
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2011 on C3 S2, W3&4 Ko et al at Pedagogy First!
Julie, I am glad to hear that teaching online can be "stimulating, fun and exciting". I have always dreaded the thought of sacrificing fun, interactive, and engaging face-to-face class sessions for a litany of discussion board postings. Thanks mainly to the new tools I have been introduced to in the last year or two I can see how setting up a dynamic online class, with lots of interaction, is feasible and I am looking forward to taking the plunge and seeing how I too can create the type of environment that you have in your classes. I agree that the amount of collaboration does vary from one discipline to another, but for us language folks, that face-to-face simulation is imperative.
Wow, what a chapter! I agree with Richard, Chapter 3 was "intense". Chapters 1-2 were a breeze, and then wham! Lots of good info though. Even though I haven't yet taught online, I have begun to put my course together and I have put some thought into design. I attended the 8 hour bootcamp for beginning online instructors this last flex week, and we attendees were challenged to throw everything out the wind and design our course from scratch. Pilar had us open BlackBoard and strip everything, all the buttons, tools, everything, and then add only those features that we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Pedagogy First!
I agree with Richard that our text, Teaching Online: A Practical Guide is a good introduction to the online environment for those of us new to Online teaching. This is actually the second time I have read this book, so I am interested to see how the authors have modified the text to reflect the myriad of changes that have occurred in the last six or seven years. With all the changes that have taken place in recent years, both regarding online tools and advances in online teaching pedagogy, that is quite the undertaking. One of the points that stood... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at Pedagogy First!
I agree with Richard that our text, Teaching Online: A Practical Guide is a good introduction to the online environment for those of us new to Online teaching. This is actually the second time I have read this book, so I am interested to see how the authors have modified the text to reflect the myriad of changes that have occurred in the last six or seven years. With all the changes that have taken place in recent years, both regarding online tools and advances in online teaching pedagogy, that is quite the undertaking. One of the points that stood... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at David Detwiler's blog
I guess this is it. What a semester! I have learned so much these last 15 weeks, playing with all of these new technologies and reading about all the innovative activities my colleagues are using to motivate and engage their students. Studies have shown that it's really not about the technology, but the pedagogy, which is something we all need to keep in mind. I mean there are obviously good and bad ways to use technology, we just need to make sure that whatever we do makes pedagogical sense: Pedagogy First. (Duh, right?) It's hard though not to get romanced... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Pedagogy First!