Week 2

Dates:

September 26 – October 2

To Do:

  1. Complete readings and blog about Transactional Distance Theory (Due September 30)
  2. Respond to colleagues’ Transactional Distance Theory posts (Due October 2)
  3. Complete readings and blog about E-learning generations/MOOCs (Due September 30)
  4. Respond to colleagues’ E-learning generations/MOOCs posts (Due October 2)
  5. Determine the topic for your course project and tweet it out (Due October 2)

Learning Goals:

Reflect on both historical and conceptual foundations of eLearning as well as current research and standards for online/blended course design/facilitation and articulate a personal philosopohy of practice in these areas

 

I was really impressed with everyones’ work last week. It was exciting to “meet” each of you, and I think this is going to be a really great course this semester.  As a group, we represent various content areas, expertise and experiences. This week we are going to explore the Transactional Distance Theory as well as the idea of connectivism and MOOCs.  You will also begin to consider the topic for your class project.

 

Complete readings and blog about Transactional Distance Theory (Due September 30)

  1. Read both:

http://distance-educator.com/introduction-to-distance-education-theorists-and-theories-michael-g-moore/

https://ci484-learning-technologies.wikispaces.com/Transactional+Distance+Theory

And optionally:

 http://www.c3l.uni-oldenburg.de/cde/found/moore93.pdf – The seminal paper, written by Moore, outlining the theory itself.

2. Write a new blog post: Do you think this theory is especially important to understand? Why or why not? How would someone use this theory in practice (ie. how would you use this theory to help you design virtual learning experiences, if at all?). Are there any personal experiences you have had as either teachers or students in virtual learning environments that you thought of when reading about this theory? Make sure to categorize your post in “tedu662fall16b” and tag it with “distance”. I will create a menu item like I did before.

 

Respond to colleagues’ Transactional Distance Theory posts (Due October 2)

You can see your colleagues’ “distance” posts, by navigating to the course web site, clicking on the down arrow by “Our Blog Posts”, and then clicking on “distance”.  Go through your colleagues post and see if there is anyone you disagree with, or would like more information about what they wrote, or have a personal experience you would like to share with them in regards to what they wrote. Please reply to at least one colleague.

 

Complete readings and blog about E-learning generations/MOOCs (Due September 30)

  1. Read E-Learning Generations
  2. Write a new blog post: There are a lot of terms, ideas and concepts in this article that may not be familiar to you ( for example: ds106, posterous, second life, Stanford AI course ). Pick one term or idea that you would like to know more about, google it, see what you can find out and write about it. What is it? Why did it initially interest you? Does it relate to any personal experiences you have had? Make sure to categorize your post in “tedu662fall16b” and tag it with “generations”. I will create a menu item like I did before.

 

Respond to colleagues’E-learning generations/MOOCs posts (Due October 2)

You can see your colleagues’ “generations” posts, by navigating to the course web site, clicking on the down arrow by “Our Blog Posts”, and then clicking on “generations”.  Look though your colleagues’ posts. Find one post that in some way connects to the terms or idea you wrote about and discuss how they are connected. Please reply to at least one colleague.

 

Determine the topic for your course project and tweet it out (Due October 2)

In this course you will develop one online/hybrid learning module.  I believe you will all be using schoology to do this.  For classrooms teachers, ideally this will be a module you can use in your class. For others this could be a training module for teachers, or a special learning module for students.  Think about content that you believe could be taught better using a hybrid/or completely online strategy.  You can change your mind as we go through the course, but we need a starting point.  The length of your module will be up to you.  I know this will be the first time some of you have designed virtual instruction, so we don’t want to take on more than we can handle. Also, we learn by making mistakes, so don’t be afraid to try stuff.  You will not be required to actually implement your modules for this course, but again, hopefully this is something you will be able to use if you wish.  Specifics regarding the module will be released in coming weeks, but this week we are asking that you pick a topic for your module and tweet it out. Please use hashtags #tedu662fall16b and #project and also create a hashtag that represents your topic. Look through twitter and find two other people who are involved in your topic area and follow them. I imagine you should be able to find other K-12 teachers in your content area, or others who have similar K-12 roles.

 

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