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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

nwl984
Mar. 20th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Reflection on # 2
I think that online classes have their own advantages and disadvantages. when a teacher decides to have an online class he or she should consider students abilities and knwoledge before moving to a 100% online format.When a teacher has a small class students are be able to benefit more from the online class, but when there are larger groups of students it will become difficult to have a class online unless the teacher is just willing to be in contact with his or her students via email. Online classes are not designed for all students with different ages.I believe that online classes are designed for adults and not children. teachers should also make sure that their students are familiar with the Internet technology, emailing, powerpoints, voice chatting, conferencing,and etc.
electric_box
Mar. 30th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Reflection on # 2
In many cases, the decision to hold a class online is not made by the teacher but rather by the institution the teacher works for. For instance, online classes at the university level are seen as a way to save money since physical space (i.e. a classroom) does not need to be made available for class meetings.

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