This reflection looks at some more iNacol standards. The ones looked at are:
Standard B: The online teacher understands and is able to use a range of technologies, both existing and emerging, that effectively support student learning and engagement in the online environment.
Standard I: The online teacher demonstrates competency in using data from assessments and other data sources to modify content and to guide student learning.
Standard K: The online teacher arranges media and content to help students and teachers transfer knowledge most effectively in the online environment.
Completing this unit showed my the many different ways that online learning can occur and the many tools available to present material online. Starting out with looking at the aspects of synchronous and asynchronous learning and the tools available for each made me rethink some ways of delivering content online. I found, when looking back at my own online classes, that there are places I could change how I present material and how the students can respond. I have had the Doodlecast Pro app for many years but have never really used it before. I got it specifically to use with my online classes. I am going to practice with it because I feel that would be a great way to present material when I want my students to get specific information from a website. I’ve always given written directions but feel the addition of a screen capture video would be very beneficial.
I think that this unit did a good job of introducing us to different Learning Management Systems and having us look at the different tools that they have. We had to think about what we would like in a system after exploring several systems. I have used a lot of LMS tools in the online environment but was unaware of how differently many platforms structure the online learning experience.
I really thought that having to look through information to pick an LMS would be a waste of time. When would I ever have input into choosing a new system? What I found was that I was able to compare features and truly now have a much better understanding of what is in different systems and, more importantly, what features I would really like to use in the online environment. If the system I do use doesn’t have some of the features that I liked I might be able to find other software or programs already available that would do the same tasks. I found the lesson very useful.
I found the lesson on tools useful just because it reminded me of all the different tools that are now available in the different LMS platforms. Now that I know the tools are available if some of them aren’t turned on I can more effectively lobby to have them turned on so that they can be used.
The most useful lesson was probably the most frustrating. Setting up a lesson from a zip file should not have been that hard to do. I’ve done it before and while there are always problems with how the content transfers I really wasn’t expecting any major problems. The experience reminded me that you always need to have a fall back plan when working with technology. Do I need to figure out why it wouldn’t load, yes! Can I let that stop me for weeks until I figure it out, no! Classes need to continue and as the teacher of an online class its important to remember that it is my job to make sure the class runs smoothly and to help students troubleshoot technical problems so that they can learn the content in the class.
Answer in a complete paragraph response: How has the Navigate module prepared you to meet each standard listed above? Link to or provide specific examples from your work in Navigate. What strategies will you take away from the Participate module and apply to your teaching? What lessons were most beneficial for you?