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Educational Experience: Module3_Educ300_mKaterwin

Sunday, July 5, 2015…today is the last day of Education 300.  School’s out for summer.  Until late Friday evening, I actually thought today was the last day of class.  There are individuals that may consider this a set-back, 3 more weeks of tweeting, blogging, reflecting, journal writing, wiki creating, personal learning development.  I see the next 21 days as an opportunity to further develop and expand upon what I have been learning throughout this course.  You choose to stay, to engage,to give it your best. This choice can and will change your life forever.”

This module was a bit of discovery for me as I read through the module readings.  After reading Christopher Pappas, “9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning”.  I began to question why Dr. Gusa’s EDUC 210 & 300 are vastly different from the other on-line courses I have taken in concurrence  with my education courses and those I have previously taken.  I didn’t think it would be polite to ask my previous instructors before I completed a little research.  Praise be…I was able to find SUNY Canton’s Faculty “Guidebook for Teaching Online.”  The guidebook consists of 13 pages and includes:  syllabus template, rubric template and guidelines for best practices and suggestions.  I read through the entire guidebook and all the course development and assessment tools are there for an on-line instructor to create a learning community for its students.  What the guidebook lacks is asking the instructors, “Are you willing to take risks and try flying your own path?” (Gusa, 2015)  It would probably be unorthodox for the guidebook to pose such a question to its instructors but how is it that only 1 of my 8 instructors has introduced web tools to me.  Also, why haven’t any of my previous on-line instructors advised me that they were facilitating the course and there to guide me?  Why wasn’t I able to get a sense of their “care in practice?”   “Teachers show students how to care, engage them in dialogue, supervise their practice in caring, and confirm them in developing their best selves.”  I can only assume that they are doing their best but it begs me to ask; who is auditing these courses to ensure students are being engaged.  What measures are being used to track the success of an online course?  I hope that it is more than just the course survey at the end of the course.  The lyrics to Pink Floyd’s, “Comfortably Numb” come to mind:  “Hello, Is there anybody in there?  Just nod if you can hear me.  Is there anyone at home?  Relax, I’ll need some information first.  Just the basic facts…You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying…”


I end this blog by borrowing from Dr. Gusa’s, February 17, 2015 edublog:  When we learn, we make ourselves vulnerable. When we engage in learning, we communicate that we want to grow, to become better, to improve ourselves…”  -George Siemens





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