Slow LearnerOctober 7th, 2011
I have really enjoyed all your posts, and I have managed to comment on some of them, but finally, I found my way to log-in and then where the “add new” button was, so here goes. As I said in another post, I do have a hibernating blog (on hiatus) on Blogger, so the dashboard thing is different. I agree with the “stage fright” idea – wanting to be helpful if there is anything useful to share.
To explain my project here, I am updating and rebuilding an existing course for Technical Writing, one of the required WR II courses in the Bacc Core. I teach it on campus, but haven’t actually taught this one on Ecampus. I am constrained (or guided?) by the pre-determined outcomes from Bacc Core and from our shared WR 327 curriculum which has standard course objectives, outcomes, and assignment categories, but which also has instructor latitude for changing the assignments. That’s what is making it hard for me to decide how to set it up because not everyone will use the same assignments that I do.
Today I was trying to make a PPT that would summarize this basic overview, and I have to say that it is BORING. I will try to add a voice over narration with Jing (if I can get it under 5 minutes) or Adobe Articulate, if I can find a computer that has that. However, I did learn something in the process — how to get a new design template onto an existing PPT. I was wondering – Shannon and Karen you might know – whether Ecampus has preferred PPT designs that are easiest for students to read. Do any of you have preferred template designs? I really like the one with orange circles (very OSU), but I found one called RetroCircles, yellow and turquoise, but it might be too “cute” for Tech Writing.
I guess that this particular PPT is the kind of learning tool that shows students some alignment of outcomes to assignments, and maybe also guides new instructors to know the parameters of our shared curriculum. So, one challenge is to facilitate other instructors using the same material. Did someone say in the introductions that they were making a course for TAs to teach? How does that work for you? Well, I tried to insert the picture but this is not right and now I don’t know how to remove it. Hmm.. I used to know some basic HTML.. I’ll try switching. Hang on. YEP, I removed it… but darn, I wanted to share the image. So I tried again and got only the text but not the banner. Well… you know exactly the challenges about using the tools and resources.