Ladies and gentlemen, you’re about to witness…
There was only one small problem – I didn’t have any videos yet. So I decided to create a few from scratch. But isn’t that placing the cart before the horse? My course would certainly need a syllabus. Right? Okay, no problem I can put one of those together. What about a teacher introduction? A quick start guide? How about several sleepless evenings of feverishly creating content so I could get back to adding interactive elements to the videos?
I forgot. I hadn’t made them yet.
Cue the internal screaming.
Creating a Conversation
According to Michael Welsch an online course should feel like a conversation. In his opinion, meaningful dialogue occurs when one engages in responsive teaching practices (integrating student questions and observations into lesson materials, using video introductions, etc.). This builds a sense of trust and comradery amongst classmates and leads to higher engagement.
Looking at my own course it feels more like an awkward family supper with the in-laws.
Essentially, Welsch is emphasizing relationships, which is hardly a revelation to any veteran instructor. So why is it so difficult to transfer these practices into online spaces? Why do I find planning a blended course so difficult?
Hello Everyone. In the interests of not spamming your blog feed with a really long post I have opted to link my course profile below as a Google Doc.
Click Here to read it!
Sometimes the simplest tasks can cause the most trepidation. Take for example this week’s blog entry: the relatively simple task of describing my experiences employing blended learning in my classroom.
Except that until 48 hours ago I didn’t know what blended learning was. But no matter, academia will come to the rescue. Certainly there must be a measured consensus on what constitutes blended learning? As it turns out the spectrum of modalities (and associated pedagogical practices) through which blended learning may be delivered has resulted in semantic chaos in the literature.
Okay, that may be a bit of hyperbole – but the fact remains that we need a working definition for today’s discussion or we will be chasing our tails all day. For our purposes we will call blended learning “an approach to education that combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with physical place-based classroom methods.” With that out of the way let’s talk about the elephant in the room.
This post is just to make sure that my blog is still functioning. More to follow!