As the instructor of my Electoral College module, I will play several roles, much like I do in my face to face classroom every day. First I will take on the pedagogical role by facilitating the module and designing a course that allows for a “variety of educational experiences”, all of which will help students achieve set objectives, play on their strengths and address their weakness as students. As “course designer” I will utilize some resources I created on my own but will also utilize resources that have already put together. Therefore, I feel as if I will be 50/50 as course designer, putting materials together but also “borrowing” resources for my own purposes which we often do in education. I will most certainly act as a feedback giver, and I believe this role is the most important because you must provide communication and feedback as students’ progress through the lessons to be sure they are achieving the intended goals and receiving help when necessary. I found the role of “profession inspirer” and interesting one, because it’s a unique way to think of our jobs as educators. Many of our students will have jobs that are based around technology either through training processes or every day activity. These course could very well help prepare them to work within digital platforms such as those used in the module.
I will play the role of promoting appropriate social functioning and interaction by modeling good behavior in the online environment and encouraging students to collaborate to achieve mutual goals. Along with the help of the Schoology platform I will also play the role of course manager by organizing and establishing an easily accessible digital learning environment that once again helps students to achieve pre-determined objectives. I would like to think that I will also play the technical role (along with the help of our IT professionals when needed) in order to insure that students feel supported and capable at using the technology at their disposal. I am continuously learning new technologies and how to best work them into my curriculum so this will be the role that takes the most “work” on my part. I will act as the “technical coordinator” more so because I will be organizing resources to make them work for students but will only be “designing” and “developing” media to a certain point so I would not consider that to be one of my actual “roles” in this module.