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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?

Comments

elisa7410
Mar. 20th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Distance Ed Class Reflection
Some of the challenges instructors would face in attempting to set up an international telecollaboration language class include dealing with time management, having the students stay on task, finding alternative ways to conduct the class if the main source of communication fails, ensuring that the students have a clear understanding of the assigned task. I think it is also essential that the instructor provides additional resources for the students to seek help, that way they do not rely only on the instructor.
electric_box
Mar. 30th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Distance Ed Class Reflection
The trend from research suggests that students who do well in distance learning environments are self-directed learners and those who are capable of seeking out and taking advantage of different types of resources. I wonder if distance learning would be a way of pushing more students toward becoming more independent and self-directed in their learning and not asoverly reliant on a teacher or expert.

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