Some notes on chapter one, Teaching Online:
Quote: The online environment is so different from what most instructors have encountered before.
Question: why ‘virtual classrooms’ ? Your students could communicate without a virtual classroom.
Question: Is the chapter for school teachers, or for all different kind of teachers (working in HRM or companies and businesses.
Is the ‘class ‘ important for online learning? A steady group of participants all working the same speed and same curriculum?
Quote: As an online instructor you need to step back a bit from the spotlight in order to allow the students to take a more active part.
page 16: “instructors who are not based on a campus have even fewer resources to help them troubleshoot problems” . Comment: Campus is so small, mostly my help comes from the internet, forums, websites, people I know sending mail. Being based on a campus is preventing these teachers from using the full power of internet and web, networking does not stop at the gates of campus. Teaching online would be better off with a small group of teachers working together.
Page 21: with online education cross-cultural and international collaborations became possible without expense of travel.
Quote: On the internet nobody knows you are a dog.
I did the beginners questionnaire and my total points is 10. I do like an active part of participants in teaching. (I prefer the word participant above student because of this preference of mine.)
Comments are open.
The dog is Humpo