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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 12:51 am (UTC)
Reflection of 4th question

The challenge I have observed is that student would not monitor students' participation if they keep silent. Or, students might need more help when they got stuck in the chattping section. Anohter challenges is that teachers have to spend more time to do comprehenios checking of each step to make sure are all of students are the same pages. Ohterwise, some students might let behind if teachers continues to next step. In my group, I was the leader sometimes, or Jose, Alina take turns to ask where are we, are we see the same page in a website? In addition, Jose and Alina also read questions aloud before discussion. Even there are some challenges, it is doable and can be planned by using this type learning.

For questions in general, we have discussed that planning is always the first step to do. In order to create a sense of community, teachers would do survey first to know who they are, what tey feel interested, and what similarity among students. When they engage in the virtal interaction, they already have some similarity. Guideline for each step should provided for each step, then students can follow and learn.To sum up, planning and guidance are stil key to implement this type interaction.

Mar. 30th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Reflection of 4th question
It is interesting to hear of the strategies your group employed to ensure that everyone was indeed on the same page. It seems that distance learning could push students to be more precise and to provide more clarification and comprehension checks when completing particular structured tasks.


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