My name is Donna and I live in Winnipeg. I have a wonderful daughter who is in her second year of studies at the University of Winnipeg and an amazing husband who is the hardest worker that I know. They are the loves of my life.
I have a Master’s degree from the University of Manitoba (2011) and I’m currently a first year PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. This is my very first course in my program.
I have limited experience in online and blended learning; however, I have been an instructor for most post-secondary institutions here in Manitoba including University College of the North, Red River College, University of Manitoba, Canadian Mennonite University and Brandon University. I’m also set to begin instructing an online course in literature this February, so I’m hoping that this course will support that process in terms of making it as interactive (and interesting) as possible. I want to be able to utilize all types of learning artefacts (experiences) to enhance student learning experiences, so that our (online) time together is not just me talking at them or them talking at the class (which can be difficult for many students who may not enjoy public speaking). I do find myself intimidated by technology tools, platforms, and networks because they’ve changed a lot since I was last a student, so I was very happy to see these in the course outline.
We are required to share a link in our first blog, so I will share a website that has been useful for me when writing learning outcomes in the work that we do is Bloom’s Taxonomy of Measurable Verbs.
My M.A. is in literature so I have a large home library that I am very proud (and protective) of. When I put together course content, I try to use my own images for visuals as much as I can; thus, my feature image is my own (which is also my blog header image).
Hi Donna! I am on the same page as you – I am slightly intimidated by all the technological options for optimizing a learning experience as an educator. I love how conscious you are of your future students comfortability levels and are already looking for ways for students to best present their understanding of course content. I also love your love of books. I also have a continuously growing classroom/personal library.Your students are lucky to have you and I wish you the best in the lit. course you’re teaching in Feb.
Hi Donna, It is great to hear from you and your experiences that are different from a traditional classroom setting. I am interested in hearing more about your work at the university level and your journey through the PHD program here at the U of R. I am interested in potentially venturing out into post-secondary education as my career as a teacher progresses. I too am protective of my (small) library of books and I hope to keep adding to my collection. I’d love any recommendations. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Donna, it is great to e-meet you and have a fellow classmate that is in the Post-Secondary realm. When I completed my B.Ed., I chose English as my minor because I also have a love for literature, so I also have an extensive home and work library that I am quite proud and protective of. I look forward to learning with you!