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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 12:57 am (UTC)
Distance Ed class reflections, #3
When instruction is being given on line, the different tools and accessories offered on through the web and computer should be utilized. More visuals should be used, maybe short video clips which can be easily downloaded or searched and then viewed by each member. The on line curriculum should also be based around the development of listening skills, later being tested through comprehension assignments. The means of communication are going to differ (email, chat) compared to face-face verbal conversation, but I don't necessarily think the curriculum have to differ.

Reading assignments can be given and discussed through blogs or chat instead of through live discussions. So the classroom communication needs to be more technologically based for an on line language course. Another aspect we discussed was the need for a detailed lesson plan, and a "plan B" in case of technological failures. Alternative options need to be pending for the instructor to assign in case of a lost connection for example.
Mar. 30th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Distance Ed class reflections, #3
I am interested in this idea of video. Have you had the chance to attend a video lecture? If so, how did you find it compared to F2F lectures?


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