E-Learning Generations The MOOC

Well, as I began reading this article on the MOOC, I felt as though I were travelling back through time. I never collectively thought about the process of how communication on the WWW evolved so much, I just kept learning more information on how to navigate and use it and thought about how cool it was.

After soaking in the article about how the  MOOC is affecting the sharing of knowledge with one another from “everywhere”, it is almost too big to wrap my head around. I know that earlier generations were more concerned with sharing content with others through the use of the massive Internet. With virtual meetings, virtual gaming and social media growing so quickly, it is no wonder that it can only get bigger. In that time, it was also a more conceivable concept, more concrete, to understand.

The flow is something I cannot yet fathom, and maybe I never will. It may be something that just is, and I know it’s there, and use it to reach my goals and have my e-learning students reach theirs. However, I am not sure how I am going to utilize it in teaching online. I feel I will have to start with baby steps and hope to grow exponentially as I “see” better. I hope there is more clarity on this topic. I understand the part about communication from all over the world and being able to reside in the same online space. I am even in complete understanding of analyzing data to construct a better-tailored lesson on a topic with which students have difficulty. However, I am not sure my brain understands the flow and the constant fluid movement of the e-learning. If I have to teach history in an online course, how does that work together. I would love some feedback. I feel like I may be missing an important point here.

Thank you in advance.

So, I took the term ds106. I expected to find some difficult-to-understand computer jargon that would have no meaning to me, really. All I can say is, “Wow.” The ds106 course was that of digital storytelling. It wasn’t just a closed online class though. It published through Mary Washington College as an open-ended online course in which anyone could sign up for and participate. Before the course even got started, people from all over the world were submitting and posting work through video gifs, audio, written work and other art forms. The interesting part about this to me was that, as a writer myself, it would have been a great place to submit my work where others could see it, and appreciate it. Getting feedback for work is an incredible motivator. I can see how this type of online course would be successful with students who just talk to anyone about what they want to know or having feedback on what they are putting out there. I watched this video and I will list the site for it on how it all started. Hopefully, it will work by hyperlinking it. If not, I can just type it out for you and you can copy and paste it. It is about 32 min. long. You can feel the positive energy from the speaker and his enthusiasm for the project.



Transactional Distance– My Take on This


Through the first reading of this article, I was wondering how I will identify the level of autonomy of each student I encounter in the beginning of a distance education course. It will take some time to “flush out” how they will be best served on the online platform. Determining for each learner what their level of autonomy is and how serious they are to learn the material will drive how the course is taught.  It will also have to derive at the best level of structure I incorporate for each course and be prepared to differentiate those levels to each learner. I feel the dialogue can be kept at a constant because those that need the extra communication with the teacher can continue to utilize it, whereas a more autonomous learner can disregard and complete a lot of the work on his or her own. It is quite interesting to determine what will work best for each student. I had to read and re-read it because it is more math-minded thinking and I really have to work at that. I do think I finally understand the relationships between the three structures and how they can be applied differently. As an online instructor, the more I do it, the better improvement I will see in myself, which will in turn help the learners on this alternate road to learning.

Well, Here I am

I have been a teacher in Powhatan for 20 years. Education has definitely changed over time. I would like to acquire knowledge of teaching online to help students that may not be able to attend school physically. I like the idea of online education which allows students to interact with each other and collaborate on assignments. It would be nice as well to have students work together across the globe.  In my free time I like to read, write articles for an online business and babysit for River City Sitters. I have a daughter and step-daughter that are freshmen in college this year. My 22 year old son is on his own as an independent contractor building fences in RVA. My husband and I are learning to be empty nesters. My impressions of the chapter I read was that I am going to have to learn how to teach all over again for a different audience. I am however excited to learn how to do it. I am interested in testing out the connectivism theory that students can learn, synthesize and transmit the learned information back to others through the network. I already knew that many people learn a great deal of information through social networking. It is a great platform to gain attention and share information with others. Understanding and participating in social media is just a stepping stone to utilizing online learning. When I was studying for my teacher certification I was participating in distance learning at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA. I was receiving cassette tapes by snail mail and listening to lectures by the professors. I would  read books that that were assigned, type papers and send them back to the professor. Thinking about using online for this type of learning sounds so much more convenient.  I have had a twitter account for a few years, but don’t really pay much attention to it. I did it as a way to keep up with what my children were posting. I wanted to make sure they were safe. I have had a blog for writing for about four months. I have have been hard-pressed to keep up with it. It is a goal which I still want to make a successful place to write for others. I do believe that these technologies are a great way to communicate in a learning environment because it is almost real-time. You don’t have to “be there”, but you “are there”.

Kim Wasosky Learning to Teach Online

Well, the title is not orginal, but I had to start somewhere. I am looking forward to learning how to teach using the online platform. I believe this will be a great learning experience that I hope will someday allow me to access education with those that cannot make it to the physical classroom. I am excited to learn about the best strategies and ideas to create a successful online course.