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!-