Let’s just say that technology is not going away in any classroom setting. “The best approach for teaching a first online course is to keep it simple” (Boettcher & Conrad, p.57). In order to integrate effective learning that makes a difference, the instructor needs the skills to process the different types of data. It was not until I started my courses at Walden University did I understand how much I did not understand about different databases. For example, when I went to school my word processer did not have a multimedia tool. “Students can also be a source of help and advice” (Boettcher & Conrad, p. 57). Truth me, I have a fourteen –year-old son that has help me multiply times understand different applications. I believe that instructors need to be skilled in the latest technology tools because they are the best tools for learning.
At some point, it is essential to communicate the expectations to the learner. “The course elements that must be completed for an online course are the syllabus, the weekly plans and discussion posting for the first weeks, and the course site”(Boettcher & Conrad, p. 63).
It is essential to communicate to learners because online learning presents its own set of challenges that requires clear explanation for effective end results. When students register for a class online, “they may not initially feel the type of connection that typically facilitates and enlivens discussion in an on-campus class” (Strang, 2014). As instructors, we must have consistent contact with out students to help assure that they are well supported.
In the future, I will be the type of instructor that will show up and teach in the online environment. In the face-to-face setting the learning environment is different then the online community. “In an online learning environment, we cannot assume that learners know how to communicate effectively with an instructor or their fellow students” (Boettcher & Conrad, p. 72). Without communicated guidance on what is expected of the online instructor, they are left to figure it out. In my opinion, that will lead to irritated learners and undesirable teaching experiences.
Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R. (2010). The Online Teaching Survival Guide. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Strang, T. (2014, July 22). Icebreakers for Online Courses [Web log post]. Retrieved January 25, 2017, from http://blog.cengage.com/icebreakers-for-online-courses/