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Distance Ed Class Reflections

Post your reflections from the distance ed class of 3/19 here at the end of class. As a reminder, here are the following 4 prompts you can reflect upon. Although you only need to reflect on 1, if the mood strikes you, I encourage you to post further reflections in your OWN blogs.

  1. One of the criticisms levied against distance ed courses is the difficulty teachers face in establishing a sense of community among remotely located participants. What strategies might an instructor employ to foster a sense of community?

  2. “Think of a class you have taught or are currently teaching. If you were to move 50% to 100% of the class time to an online format, what would the change require or involved? How would it require you, as a teacher, to change or adapt?” (Sánchez-Serrano’s, 2008, p. 173)

  3. According to Nancy, one of the Spanish language distance education teachers surveyed by Sánchez-Serrano’s (2008), “the online curriculum should be designed to match, as closely as possible, the needs of the environment and of the students, while not attempting to imitate its face-to-face counterparts as the perfect model” (p. 157).How should a curriculum for online language instruction differ from a curriculum for face-to-face language instruction?

  4. Reflecting on the group project you just completed, what are some of the greatest challenges instructors would face in attempting to set up an international telecollaboration in a face-to-face language class?


Mar. 20th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
Reflection on # 4
I think one of the greatest challenges instructors would face in attempting to set up an international telecollaboration in a face to face language class is ensuring that the technology is going to work when needed. I cannot believe that Dr. Sauro took so much time to ensure our technology was going to work for class. But even though we all checked and were given instructions, we were all expectant and waiting for issues to occur. Therefore, I think alternative options such as messaging could be very helpful.
Mar. 30th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Reflection on # 4
I was quite thankful that the technology worked as well as it did, but this is a good point. It is necessary oftentimes to have several backup plans for when something goes awry.


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