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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 02:12 am (UTC)
Distance Ed. Class Reflections
# 2. In the article, Sanchez-Serrano (2008) mentions how important it is for instructors as well as students to be familiarized with Computer Mediated Communication (CMC)in order to succeed in distance learning. Teachers need to change or adapt their teaching strategies in their new environment as on-line courses and face-to-face instructions differ in structure. Teachers would need a course management, to be willing to try to meet their students' needs and being able to interact positively. Instructors also need to be prepared with new authentic activities and teaching materials. On-line courses require for learners to read more at their own pace while teachers wold not have to spend time in behavioral problems.
Mar. 30th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Distance Ed. Class Reflections
The point you raise regarding behavioral problems in a distance ed format is an interesting one. Can you imagine the different types of behavioral problems that could arise in such a class and what particular steps the instructor would need to take to curtail problems.

I was very lucky in that this is a mature class and consists of highly motivated learners.


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