Welcome back cohort three members. I am very excited about the changes that Lisa and Pilar have designed for this semester. I think they will allow us to build on the experience of the first semester by setting up an opportunity to connect our own online teaching with a text that lays out a broad theoretical framework mixed with practical guidance. As Lisa noted in the email she sent out announcing these changes a few weeks ago, "The POT leadership hopes that this semester will provide you with even more pedagogical preparation for online teaching, plus a larger, more holistic view of online teaching as its own practice."
Here is our mission for week one:
- Read: Ko and Rossen, Chapter 1: Teaching Online: An Overview (also skim Chapter 2: Scouting the Territory)
Points: applying your in-class instructional strategies to online, teacher as facilitator and moderator, technology is second after teaching, reflecting on practice.
Obviously the fun of this kind of blogging is crafting your own approach to responding to the readings we will be doing together. But if you are looking for some guidance, here are a few ideas
- you might compare what you are reading in the text to your own experience and philosophy
- you might raise questions or concerns raised about the ideas in the text
- you might look at a certain online teaching situation (class, learning activity, etc.) and apply the ideas from the text to that experience
- you might explore some connections between our text and other texts you are reading or have been influenced by
Please do not let those suggestions limit you in any way; I intend them only as starting points.
And, finally, responding to each other is just as important as offering your own ideas in a post. Those responses--the dialogue they generate--is what makes this feel like a community. Please take the time to make this an authentic conversation.
Thanks, in advance, for what I know will be a fun and illuminating experience!
The Blog Guy