miércoles, 10 de octubre de 2012

Week 5. Online Syllabus

The Syllabus is the most important document that a tutor must offers to his/ her students and  to make a  online Syllabus is not equal to make it like we did in the past in the classroom withouth the presence of new technologies. Then, Syllabus  has to change the way it is prepared to get to maximize the possibilities that new technologies offer us and also to escape of the disadvantages arising therefrom.

A Syllabus must have references to these three areas:

Contract: State clearly what is expected of the students, their obligations and their rights is essential to begin a course either online, in person or mixed. A good introduction that explains how they will develop the different modules or themes, what will be needed to carry it out and recommendations for doing this, is also a great help to locate and engage students in the teaching-learning process. When a course is mediated by technology this presentation is much more necessary and decisive, it could get engage the students more to face the  challenge of working online with all that implies.

Map: It refers to the course geography: tools, documents, tasks, links ... etc It is  needed to locate all this points and let the student know how to use them. This map should be available to the students in a simple, direct and very clear.

Calendar: establishing a timing it is really important. We have to time the tasks and the whole course. Students must know what they have to do at all times and what is going to happen if they can not do it on time. This is  also vital to try to avoid  the confusion and frustration that may involve dealing with an technology mediated course.

I find very interesting several questions that Shanhrazad  Zhadi points about the  5th Cpater of the book  and Lisa's workshop example:

  • Should we make the students work on the management of the learning environment we prepared and don't give them all the things very very clear?
  • How students are really aware we are not machines but people?

Just to point another comment from another partner, Norma Wright, about the amount of information that I think is also very important to think about it in the process to elaborate our Syllabus:

  • Is it good to give much information? Is it better to give small but well-run? How to find the midpoint?

2 comentarios:

  1. Hola,
    I enjoyed reading your summary for this week. You captured many of the key points here.
    Yes, its important to think about the amount of information in the syllabus. It was discussed in a lot of blogs this week. For example, you might want to look at the post and comments of Claire Major's Blog (http://clairemajor.net/2012/09/30/just-enough-and-not-too-much/)
    Norman Wright

  2. Hello,
    I too worry about how much leading of the student is enough. Do we detail everything or assume they can fill some of the gaps?

    Students are good at helping each other and it might be they ask more of the teacher because they haven't developed a group to help them. We want them to begin to develop their autonomy but is leaving them alone a wise thing to do?

    Many of our students in online and face to face classes are either away from their natural friendship groups; have no practice in asking to join a new one, or simply don't fit in with available groups (or feel that way). Getting a discussion group going among those who are keen to do it is fine and relatively easy. How do we do this for the "outsiders" so they aren't left out?