LEC4: Module 1 Reflection-Goals for LEC4 Course

eLearning

Considering the online learning self-assessment you took this week, and thinking about your reasons for taking this course, what is your highest priority learning goal for this course? What are some specific skills, strategies or tools you are hoping to learn more about?

My highest priority (other than completing the course) is to have a portfolio completed by the end of the course that is a good representation of my knowledge and skills in this area. I have learning objects and lessons all over (on my computer and in various places on the web) so it will be great to have one place that shows some of what I know and can do.

I am hoping to learn more about what makes a great and engaging online lesson, how to abide by copyright and online safety regulations, and since I work as an instructor and an Instructional Designer, what I can do as an ID when working with others (instructors, SME’s, etc.) to create quality online materials.

I admit, I did not read all 29 pages of the letters, but after getting through about half of them there were some common themes-plan, work hard, read everything, relate to cohort members, and have fun (among others)! Hey, I like to have fun so there is the piece of advice from the LEC letters I connected the most with. I really do love technology and have ever since I was a kid. I really enjoy learning new tools, playing around with new software or new web 2.0 tools as we are in this course. Even when I am working on a tough project like programming or learning how to build my own mod for Minecraft, I am having fun. Sure, sometimes I might want to throw my computer across the room at times when things get really tough, but it is so rewarding in the end. I know I will be putting a lot of time and effort into this course and at times with other stuff going on, it may get a little frustrating but I know we are all in the same boat and will have our portfolios and the certification when we are done! Along with having learned about some new tools and skills-that sounds like FUN to me! Let’s do this!

Online and Blended Learning Course

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This week began with a full day introduction to the Leading Edge Alliance course “Online and Blended Learning”. After the completion of this 8-week course, participants such as myself will received the certification and have a completed portfolio showcasing our skills in that area. Like others, I have learning objects and lessons in various places so it will be great to put some of that together in a professional and organized fashion.

Part of the course requirements include regular reflections on the weekly units, and I will be posting those reflections here. I encourage feedback, tips, and other related information on those posts (as I do for any posts).

For more information on this course, please visit their website.

Desire2Learn – (First ID Experience)

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Many moons ago, I took a few courses using the Desire2Learn platform. It was in the early days of e-Learning and I am fairly certain those experiences gave me insight into what was needed to make online courses and served to fuel my later wish to pursue a degree in Instructional Design.

Recently, I was able to play around…yes, I said PLAY (I love these types of tools) with D2L from an Instructor and a Designer perspective. I was given one unit in a course on Shakespeare and a links to the college’s CSS formatting and asked to design a module for it on D2L. Unfortunately I only had one week within which to do this…so I had to get to work quickly.

First, I had to teach myself how to work within D2L from each perspective of student, instructor, and designer. Now and then I had to reign in my desire to play around too much, but it was interesting to learn about the various components. After I had worked with individual parts of the platform, I found there was an Instruction Design wizard that pretty much guides you through the entire design process…so I did that too, just to compare the experience.

Second, I analyzed the content given to me. This is where I put on my “instructor hat” and wrote down questions I would ask the actual instructor if the opportunity arose. I also looked at it from the student perspective and envisioned how this unit would look on a course syllabus.

Lastly, I got to work on the design. I played around with the overall look of the module and found that some of the parts I wanted to change were locked down by the college. Once I got over that, I used what I had learned from looking over the unit materials and decided what interactive components and accessibility needs were present and how I would design those around the main content. I played around with some of the images given to me in Photoshop and added a couple of them to the module. I then decided on InDesign to make an interactive flowchart. Even though it would not show up on mobile devices, in the given timeframe I made the call to go ahead with it. I found it fairly easy to upload the files I need to make that all work and learned a few shortcuts along the way.Under normal circumstances, I would have chosen another interactive element that everyone accessing it on whatever chosen devices could use.

Overall, I enjoyed working with D2L and hope to get a chance to learn more about it in the future.

The existential post…why am I here?

Blogging101

A few weeks ago, I signed up for a Blogging 101 course…it dawned on me yesterday that I had not received anything and knew it would be starting soon. Well, it had started…a few days ago. Ugh! Nothing worse for a lifelong learner like myself than being “late to class”. I blame my spam filter. haha.

Anyway, today I am to write about who I am and why I am here. I have written some about this in my first few posts, but here is a new summary. Questions I hope to answer include:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

I am writing publicly to share my knowledge on Education and Technology and to collaborate and share with others interested in the same topics. Keeping a personal journal is not something I have ever really been interested in…not that there is anything wrong with that, however. For me, it just does not seem to help to only write things down…I would rather write and then here what others have to say-another lifelong learner trait…always more to know.

I will write about the obvious-Education and Technology, but am not opposed to writing about other topics or “taking requests”. Within Education and Technology, I plan to write about instructional design, software, hardware, gamification, tablets/mobile devices, MDM, community education, iOS development, apps in Education, minecraft in education, programming (coding for kids and what I am working on), eLearning, higher education, and probably get into some educational theory along the way.

I would love to connect with others interested in similar topics above. I work in an elementary school, but have spent most of my adult life in college courses-so people from both areas would be interesting. Not to be too general here, but really anyone with expertise or interest in these topics are welcome! No trolls tho, please. 😉

If I blog successfully throughout the next year, I hope to have written some interesting, fun, and insightful posts that are of interest to others. I also hope to have grown my network of educated professionals and have a good follower base. At this point, I am not certain what I a realistic number for a year would be, but to grow at any rate is good for now. I also hope to maintain a consistency in what I write about and always give readers something to think about and a reason to spend their time here.