Preparing to write my reflecting philosophy of online teaching and learning

My reflective philosophy of online teaching and learning will be focused on demonstrating that I met the objectives of this course and on communicating my beliefs, knowledge, and understanding of how people learn through online environments.  Demonstrating that I met the objectives seems to be a straightforward task but communicating how I believe that learning… Continue reading Preparing to write my reflecting philosophy of online teaching and learning

A reflection about our feedback process and providing continued support during Survivalcraft

It’s been a busy weekend of reflecting on our course site feedback and implementing minor changes in our course design.  As teachers have started using the online course site, we are seeing evidence through several ways.  Teachers are joining the Google Community and one teacher started posting screenshots that were taken through the MinecraftEdu challenges. … Continue reading A reflection about our feedback process and providing continued support during Survivalcraft

Our online course design process and evaluating with the QM Rubric

Last week our OLTAK team was focused on completing our online course design for teachers in the Survivalcraft experience. My responsibility was to create the training module for the teachers guide to The Maze Runner experience.  Our team used a Google Hangout chat to discuss and collaborate on the course design throughout the week.  This… Continue reading Our online course design process and evaluating with the QM Rubric

A reflection about finding the right site for an online course and preparing for Survivalcraft

Amanda and I spent time this week meeting over Google Hangout and working on our online course unit plan.  After she met with Mr. Williams, the 6th grade ELA teacher at her school, we were able to review his unit plan and discuss the adaptions with MinecraftEdu.  Our goal is to show teachers that they… Continue reading A reflection about finding the right site for an online course and preparing for Survivalcraft

What would it take to remain relevant in distance learning?

Without an understanding of the pedagogical evolution it can be tempting to say that relevance in distance learning can be maintained by staying informed of new technologies and programs.  For most educators, we try to stay up-to-date by reading articles, integrating new tech tools and strategies, attending conferences, joining peer learning networks, following innovators on… Continue reading What would it take to remain relevant in distance learning?

A reflection about my reactions and inspirations this week

The reading on global distance learning programs this week was compelling because it demonstrated the range of technology tools and course design elements being utilized all over the world.  I had a strong reaction to the reading because of the obvious disparity in access to technology that makes distance learning possible.  Because the world is… Continue reading A reflection about my reactions and inspirations this week

Lessons from Global Distance Learning Programs and the Digital Divide

I decided this week to take a more sociological approach to the essential question. Earlier in this course, we examined the growing emphasis on open education and how that impacts the “traditional” view of education. We have also learned about the pedagogical approaches that are missing but very much needed in open education and distance… Continue reading Lessons from Global Distance Learning Programs and the Digital Divide

A reflection about tools and best practices for designing online courses

This week one teacher reported difficulty with the organization of the Wikispaces pages.  The tagging feature is an important tool for organizing and navigating the site and it was a good opportunity to share the issue with others.  We are also able to understand how that particular teacher is using the Wikispaces site with her… Continue reading A reflection about tools and best practices for designing online courses

Supporting Interactions for Givercraft Teachers

The training stage of our course is over and now our learners (the Givercraft teachers) are implementing the experience as we designed it.  Our pre and post survey results tell us that teachers know the basic steps and tools for using the MinecraftEdu client software, this includes using the client and managing their students with… Continue reading Supporting Interactions for Givercraft Teachers

A reflection about our training course and principles of adult learning

I think our training sessions this week went fairly well considering the timeline we had to work with and the limited number of responses to our needs assessment survey.  I was able to stay in contact with the team over the weekend and up until the training through emails about my training module and materials… Continue reading A reflection about our training course and principles of adult learning