Instructor Roles that I will play in my module:
Course designer-I am building my course from scratch, not modifying it from a traditional face-to-face classroom. I will definitely be using the “trial and error” approach mentioned in the reading as I determine not only which content is most effective, but will also be evaluating the way in which it is delivered. I want to make sure that I am not overwhelming my students with too much information, but also providing them with enough information on study strategies (while differentiating instruction) that they can successfully implement new strategies into their study habits.
Profession-inspirer-this one is my main goal. I want students to be exposed to study strategies, organization tips, time management skills, communication skills, and ways to reduce test anxiety that they can incorporate into their daily lives as learners. Everything we do is designed to give them information and options for integrating the tips/skills into daily practice and ultimately life-long learning skills.
Feedback-giver-I will be giving feedback during the module as a way to pace the module and participate in online discussions. Feedback will also be given during face-to-face meetings and in online discussions as students discuss the various study strategies they plan to use.
Interaction facilitator-the online discussions will take place based off of the discussion questions I post in between face-to-face meetings. I anticipate needing to provide a lot of faciliatation because my group is comprised of 9th and 10th graders and while they did volunteer to participate, I do not see them engaging in a lot of online discussion without prompting. It is a fine line though because this module is not part of a required class and it would go against all learning goals for the module to overwhelm them with participation requirements.
Conference manager-I do not see me utilizing this role. I anticipate that it will be challenging to get the students to respond to my discussion posts, much less engage in online conversations that will requirement my management.
Organizer and planner-I have been very straightforward in my organization of the course. I think the dated materials folders in Schoology really help keep the course structured. The updates section is a bit cluttered with messages from me; however, this age of the students dictates that I need to provide steady reminders for meeting times and responding to discussion questions.
Social rapport builder-due to the hybrid nature of my module, I am not as concerned with establishing an online prescence since we will be meeting face-to-face over the next couple of months and I will focus my relationship building during those times.
Technical coordinator-I am using Schoology for my module and since this is a schoolwide technology option, I am relying on our school tech support for any issues students may have.
Media designer-thus far in my module I have relied on links to websites and youtube videos as well as uploaded pdf’s of documents I am planning to give them in face-to-face meetings. I do not plan to expand this role to create any additional multi-media tools.
Technology integrator-Again, we are using Schoology and face-to-face meetings so I do not plan to use any additional technology for this initial run with the module.