EDET 674 Week 8
Essential Question: What would you require of instructors who taught a course you designed?
When I read the essential question of the week, I immediately thought about sub plans and what the subs would need to know to run my classroom. If I were to design an online class, instructors would need to know, and do a lot to successfully teach the content.
There’s a list consisted of “Functions of Instructors in Distance Education” that they should be able to follow. They consist of content management, student progress, learner support, and course effectiveness (Moore, et.al, page 129):
- Course Management- an effective online instructor should be able to: elaborate on the course content, supervise and moderate discussions, and supervise individual/group projects.
- Student progress- an online instructor should: grade assignments and provide feedback in a timely manner, keep student records, help manage student study, and motivate their students.
- Learner support- a supportive online instructor would answer or refer administrative, technical, or counseling questions.
- Course effectiveness- a good online instructor should be able to evaluate the effectiveness of their course; how well their students are learning and progressing.
Handling assignments is another key component that an online instructor would need to effectively track. According to “Before the Online Course Begins,” they should be able to set up Gradebook, clearly state assignment expectations/rubrics, and staying on schedule with assignments/grading feedback.
Online instructors should be able to interact efficiently in three different ways (Moore, et.al, page 132). The first is learner-content interaction, which is the process of planned learning assisted by the teacher. The second is learner-instructor interaction, which is interacting with the students after the content has been presented. The last is learner-learner interaction; which is interaction between the learners.
There are four sets of techniques instructors should learn for guiding them through the web conferences (Moore, et.al, page 137). They are humanizing, participation, message style, and feedback. Humanizing is creating a learning environment that supports individual and group rapport. Participation is making sure there is enough interaction between the instructor and the learners. Message style is how you’re presenting the information and lastly feedback is how students will learn about their progress. According to “Before the Online Course Begins,” the instructor should create a student contact spreadsheet; which could include, phone numbers, email address, blog roles, etc.
Teaching online classes takes a lot of practice and skills. If I created an online class, the instructor would need to be able to do all of these things and some more. I think the most important is building an online community based on comfort, conferment, and camaraderie, which is basically “the art of niceness,” (page 144).
Before the online course begins . . . (2016, August 21). Retrieved October 25, 2016, from https://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/teachingonline/before.html
Moore, Michael G., and Greg Kearsley. Distance Education: A Systems View of Online Learning. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012. Print.