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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 01:02 am (UTC)
Looking back to my previous experiences with classes with the distance learning format, one of the biggest change that an instructor would need to do is to reformat the assignments. In an online class, eventhough there may be immediate feedback, as such in cases of instant messaging, there is still the possibility that some questions may get lost somewhere because the student has to type up questions and wait for feedback. Therefore, it is important for the the instructor to give directions are clear, detailed and precise because the student may be wasting valuable time and not being productive if they have several questions that need time to get clarification.
Mar. 30th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: reflection
I can see where questions can easily get lost if they are posted in a live chat with a large class all at once. It's hard to respond to and keep track of everyone everyone says in such an environment.


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