Sorry folks for the lateness of this post, but I had some health problem. (it is over now, thank you).
Now I try to catch up.
Here are some reflections from my reading of Ko & Rossen Chapter 3 and the Seven Principles article, and from touring sample websites.
I really do like the very last recommendations of Ko & Rossen, Make a copy of all your work and keep it in a safe place. I know of LMS systems that broke down and every teacher had to rewrite courses. Awful.
A map of a course is a very cool idea. I do get lost when writing a course, a map is what could help me there.
I would ask students to find images and texts to improve the course. Students are experts in courses.
The TLT Group has created a large library of teaching ideas, sorted by the seven principles.
“The sixth principle is “communicates high expectations.’: “High expectations are important for everyone — for the poorly prepared, for those unwilling to exert themselves, and for the bright and well motivated.” Expectations are communicated not only by what students hear you say but also by the nature of assignments.” “Rubrics are used to Communicate High Expectations, A scoring rubric for every assignment, examined and discussed in class at the time the assignment is given as well as posted online for students to refer to anytime, is key to clear expectations.”
Question: do you use rubrics for every assignment? Do you post your rubrics online for students to refer to anytime?
I do like the Moodle LMS, because it is open source. And because I like the overview on one page that shows Lisa’s course without too much navigating through pages and files. I did courses at Moodle for WikiEducators.
It is a great opportunity to look into the courses and different LMS. Thank to the teachers to give us a view into their work.
As I am trying to understand emergent learning, would it be possible in these prescribed and structured LMS learning courses to foster emergent learning?
Question: Is it possible to do online courses without an LMS?
question of “How can you verify that the student is taking the test and not someone else?” of Rob Bond is easy. Cheating is always possible even in classroom. Some MOOCs do offer grades or badges and you have to pay for that. Sometimes assessments are done by other institutions F2F.
The 7 principles write on their website: ” Use of these materials for workshops and other programmatic purposes is restricted to active TLT Group subscribers, to participants in TLT Group workshops that used these materials, andy to invited guests.” And they did put a creative commons license on their website. I think that is a bit odd.