• Well…that’s it…for now. I have completed three lessons in my module and I feel pretty accomplished. Although I did not finish all seven lessons, I put a lot of effort into the first three and I am pleased with […]

  • Well…that’s it…for now. I have completed three lessons in my module and I feel pretty accomplished. Although I did not finish all seven lessons, I put a lot of effort into the first three and I am pleased with […]

    • The module is very clean looking. Each lesson seems uniform, has a descriptive title and a brief outline of what students will do. Just by looking at the main page you get a clear understanding of what will happen.

      In lesson one, could you just link directly to the quiz inside of the “Assignment 1 – Lets get started!” folder. I think that would make navigation easier. It seems weird to have to click next. Ideally the inside of the lesson 1 folder should look as clean as the main folder. I have the same thoughts for assignment 2 and the intro quiz discussion board. I think you can combine the narrative description of the activity in the activity.

      You do a great job with the discussion and reply prompt, your level of detail is appropriate, and should generate good conversations.

      Lesson 1 is really good. Varied activities. You may need to provide more instruction on using and saving wordle unless students have done this before.

      Lesson 2 looks really good too. Again, try to hyperlink text within your narrative descriptions so you can have fewer top level folders.

      Lesson 3 looks great as well.

      The first three lessons should take that long, so it is hard to say if the rest would fit in during the two week period. You have created some activities that will allow students to engage with each other. Your discussion prompts are pretty good. Since this is a hybrid module, have you considered what will happen during the f2f time? If you wanted to generate more collaborative work you could pair up students to combine heir research efforts and collaboratively report out on a wiki or another shared platform.

      Great job. let me know how it goes when you implement it.

      Happy Holidays!

  • “50 minutes, totally worth it” 

  • “50 minutes, totally worth it” 

  • Wow!  Has it really been twelve weeks already?  I have learned a lot during this course and I think that in our twelve weeks together, I have met each of the learning goals for this class.  Although I still ha […]

  • Wow!  Has it really been twelve weeks already?  I have learned a lot during this course and I think that in our twelve weeks together, I have met each of the learning goals for this class.  Although I still ha […]

  • I do not think I am going to get as far as I had hoped I would on my project.  I want to really take the time to do things completely and correctly and because I do not plan to use my module until the end of the […]

  • mcquiddyss wrote a new post, Status, on the site Sarah McQuiddy 5 years, 5 months ago

    I do not think I am going to get as far as I had hoped I would on my project.  I want to really take the time to do things completely and correctly and because I do not plan to use my module until the end of the […]

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    After reading through the articles, I’ve become a bit pessimistic about the idea of MOOCs.  When I first heard of MOOCs (at the beginning of this course) I was very intrigued by the idea.  Cost effective for […]

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    After reading through the articles, I’ve become a bit pessimistic about the idea of MOOCs.  When I first heard of MOOCs (at the beginning of this course) I was very intrigued by the idea.  Cost effective fo […]

  • I currently have seven lessons projected for my module.  However, I do not think that I can realistically complete all of them (to the standard that I would like) by the end of the semester.  It is my goal to h […]

  • I currently have seven lessons projected for my module.  However, I do not think that I can realistically complete all of them (to the standard that I would like) by the end of the semester.  It is my goal to h […]

    • Sarah,
      While I really like the idea of the semester project, I think it might be difficult to keep them focused on the project with everything else they have to cover in chemistry. You could tie some of the forensic topics into the topics you already have to cover in class…. or you could use some in class forensic labs to tie the online material to topics that you have to cover for the SOL…. kill two birds with one stone?

  • This lesson is being designed for students taking chemistry.  Most students completing this lesson will be 11th graders but a few are in 10th or 12th grade.  Students will be required to add activities from this l […]

  • This lesson is being designed for students taking chemistry.  Most students completing this lesson will be 11th graders but a few are in 10th or 12th grade.  Students will be required to add activities from this l […]

  • mcquiddyss posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    Not sure why that posted as “Anonymous” but it was me:)

  • I always try to address self-regulated in my classes. Giving students a way to improve their learning is part of what we do as teachers.  I must admit, however, it seems that my attempts are often to no avail. […]

  • I always try to address self-regulated in my classes. Giving students a way to improve their learning is part of what we do as teachers.  I must admit, however, it seems that my attempts are often to no avail. […]

    • Sarah – I totally agree with you. Many of your earth science students are not motivated learners in the least. They are there because we told them to be there. Might it be different if we are working with students who select an online course and choose to take it online? May be worth a try. We have to find a way to reach the reluctant learner. Hopefully your Chemistry students are bit more motivated than your Earth Science. Lastly, I have found with rubrics that students will do the minimum that it takes to pass the assignment as they set the bar so low. I have moved away from rubrics that include points for that reason.

    • I really like your question: Is it really self-regulation if I am providing them with the tools to utilize those skills? I think it can be. If you use tools as a training technique for getting them to be able to do this on their own later on. I think we are all going to have to train our students and give them specific goals and show them how to become SRL. I don’t think many of them will do it on their own without some guidance from us.

    • I agree, the words are confusing. I see SRL as teaching them skills that are learned to help them learn. I feel like this is so critical for virtual learning because i am not sure we have taught students how to learn in these environments like we have for f2f. They have spent their whole lives learning how to learn when their is a teacher in front of them telling them what to do. But sitting in front of a screen requires different strategies. You guys know what I mean?

      I think about it less in terms of “making them care about the material” – that is something else. I feel like this is just teaching them different skills for learning in this new environment.

  • The Virtual Labs that I am using are “sort of” set up like case studies. There is a “mystery” to be solved using forensic chemistry techniques. The interactive nature of the “case” will help bring the science to […]

  • The Virtual Labs that I am using are “sort of” set up like case studies. There is a “mystery” to be solved using forensic chemistry techniques. The interactive nature of the “case” will help bring the science to […]

  • Thanks! I was a little worried about how I was going to revise the TPACK so I am glad that you said it was well written!
    I have to admit, as I was reading through the article and the sample TPACK, I didn’t feel l […]

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