Online Pedagogy

Week 2: Teaching and Learning Online.

As described in my first post I already have used a blog created before with WordPress which I moved to a hosted WordPress installation. I had a Diigo account from before.

  • I opened the book: Ko and Rossen, Teaching Online by reading the first chapter.
  • I got 10 comments this week, really good comments!
  • I began the tutorial Where the Hell Do I Start?

In relation with the Beginner’s Questionnaire, I got 11-12 points: with some comments I want to emphasize.

  • Interest in materia: 2 – Students should be given choices of how to learn the material. Depending on the situation, I would choose small group discussions. Sometimes a combination of these methodologies is the best solution.
  • Content: 4 Students need to be provided with extensive content, selected by the instructor. Again, sometimes are small groups more appropriated or in other circumstances lecturing is a good instrument, etc.
  • Roles: 3 Students should be active participants in creating their own knowledge. I’d like to open students the opportunity to create their own knowledge, but it’s a process to learn to create your own knowledge. The educational system do not incentive the active participate in the creation of knowledge. This is something the students do not learn in a short time.

  • Assessments: 2 or 3
    : (Assessments are most important to test application of skills/ Assessments are most important as a learning tool for students).

I Completed also the second section: the Getting Started Chart

I need naturally help, but I have some experience and ideas with online teaching. I use so work with an LMS (Moodle or Blackboard) and using some social media like Wikipedia, Blogs and Diigo.

The most important part of the chart is related to the way I like to teach: I prefer a combination of lectures with discussion and group work. I like to add learning activities similar to Webquest to promote and strengthen internet searching and research.

Most of my “students” are teachers with an extensive face-to-face experience but a reduced web practice. I use to organize the course topics like a syllabus. A combination of a blog with social media network is also a good idea, but it assumes students with better web experience.

By Jaime Oyarzo Espinosa

Jaime Oyarzo Espinosa -
Honorary Professor of Research University of Alcalá, Spain
Cátedra UNESCO de Educación Científica para América Latina y El Caribe EDUCALYC
Professor, Master in Experimental Sciences and Technology, National University of Córdoba, Argentina
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Awards for educational innovation, member of research groups and scientific councils of conferences and scientific journals.
Instructional design experience, advisor in virtual universities, curricular redesign and university online strategy.
European Union and European Universities projects for Ethiopia and Latin America. Coordination of workshops and courses in instructional design and digital teacher competencies.
I am passionate about the integration of technology and the contribution to a paradigm shift in education.
I maintain a network of contacts with specialists in different areas and countries. I consider education as a key factor for the economic development of developing countries and regions.

5 replies on “Week 2: Teaching and Learning Online.”

I like to mix things up too. I have learned online, however, that mini-lectures work better than longer lectures. I try to max videos out at five minutes. If I need longer than that, I break the videos up into a series of shorter videos (sometimes with practice quiz questions after each one).

You said ” it’s a process to learn to create your own knowledge.” It’s a good point. I think we are constantly creating our own knowledge even if we don’t think about it. We observe, absorb information, respond to stimuli, etc and that creates knowledge in our minds. Like breathing, it’s always going on whether we think about it or not. Learning to become aware of it allows us to take control and direct it in ways that can be more effective.

@Jim Sullivan
God point Jim, I agree that videos should be kept short and the introduction of quiz questions is an excellent way to add interactivity. Which tool do you use to make the mix?

@Norm Wright
You’re absolutely right Norm. It is critical to be aware of this learning process if we want to manage our way to construct our knowledge and our skills to communicate it. In other words, our ability to teach.

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