miércoles, 26 de septiembre de 2012

Week 4. Principles and Elements of Desing

I was reading the article of Chikering and Ehrmann: Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever (1996)  I summarize the seven principles here:

1. Motivation and participation: two things connected.
2. The importance of the teamwork
3. Learning by doing: an active process of learning
4. Feedback: A very important key in the learning process
5. Timing: a question about optimization and efficiency.
6. Pygmalion Effect: higher expectatives => higher results
7. Attend to the different rhythms and learning styles.

These are the seven principles we have to take into account in the desing of every course using or not new technologies and they let me think about some very interesting points:

  • Technology could make the communication with our students closer than in a normal classroom. The communication is multidirectional and it could take place in a synchronous and asynchronous way which let the students have more time to translate, analyze and reflect about the ideas and concepts.
  • It is tested a diclosure efect from the use of the new technology which let students and teachers make better relationships  avoiding the stress of the face to face contact and building a more intimate conection and this could be a very good source of motivation in the learning process.
  • When we use new technologies we have to take these principles even more into account, I think. We need to  focus in the team work, the active-  social- collaborative learning, the constant feedback and the effective organization of time and the need to provide our student of activities and resources which let them to learn on their own rhythm and learning style.
  • The lack of human touch has to be balanced with a closer monitoring and communication with the students. Teachers have to be even more aware about the effects of their expectations on their students. Teachers have to learn how to use the emotions like  sources of support and encouragement.

After reading this article I was watching some class tours and I think that the main points or elements I would consider in order to build my course are:

- To have in the first page this information: A Student Guide about the course with a description about all the main information (objectives, contents, time, certification,etc),  information about the teacher and the different experts who participate in the course, tutorials to help in the use of the learning environment,  the main communication resources with the teachers and other staff, the calendar,  the access to the units and an area to share news and other interesting things.

- Build very clear contents: The contents we give to our students have to be very clear and the language has to be adapted trying to not be confused and using a language not very formal but not very informal, just in the middle to try always to attract attention.

- Use different activities trying always to be motivating and leting the students learn on their own learning style.

- Be very clear and possitive with the expectations about the goals the students have to get.Let the students know where they are and where they have to go avoiding all kind of confusion and trying to give them a permanent feedback that empowers the students.

I specially loved the comment of  Jill Malone in her tour talking about the use of audio comments and the enormous change that it was for her students. It shows the big role that emotions have in the learning process and in virtual classrooms they are more important than we normally thought. Jill Malone's voice conveys and touchs her students in a very intense way... It is really good and powerful this point!!! 

- Sorry for my not very good english....  and thanks a lot for let me learn with you all!!! I am learning a lot!!! Thank you so much!-

8 comentarios:

  1. Anjana, you should not apologize! Your English is very good and all your points come across very well.
    I agree with you in that technology helps us be more connected with our students. I actually wrote about it in my week 2 post. If we the instructors were only dedicated to our computer (and not papers, commute and parking)and work during our "energy peak time"; we would have more time with the students and they would have more time to process the information given.
    Buena suerte con tus clases!

    1. Thanks a lot Maria and excuse me for being so late aswering you these last weeks were really busy and even I was late posting the 5th week. Igualmente con tus clases también Laura!! Saludos!!

  2. Anjana,

    You present you points, observations and elements very clearly. You are off to a good start on building your course.


  3. Hi,
    I did not have any difficulty understanding your English.
    You mentioned using tutorials to help in the use of the learning environment. This is a good point that we haven't talked about very much yet. I did see it was mentioned in the book a few times. I think we will come back to it later in this course, but its a good idea to keep in mind when designing our courses. Some of our students may be new to online classes.

    1. Yes Norm, we have to think in all the posibilities we could need to face in the course and the very different needs that our students could have about the knowledge of using new technologies.

      Kisses Norm.

  4. I really thought you did a great job in laying out the development for your course; I think it’s so very important to layout what the course is about, how the class will operate so your students have a good understanding what to expect and how to navigate your class, you have expressed that very well.

    I think if we create a matrix for success, like a on the job training situation, not just to teach and test, but an expectation to learn and grow; students that want it will no-doubt thrive.

    Felton Square

    1. I loved your way to see it like a matrix of success Felton, I think it is really a good way to show what it is.Thanks a lot!!!