Well, I’m not talking about weddings here, though I do feel lots more tightly connected to our wonderful helpers in Ecampus from these weeks of learning.
This week we’re talking about engagement, but not just general engagement in getting to know each other, but more focused, in terms of learning more online strategies. Although I love the big sharing in the discussion board, I did get overwhelmed with all the threads going everywhich way and found it hard to follow 12 different conversations as I checked in again. I guess I lost the thread a few times. Like this yarn unravelling.
So, the one-to-one sense of someone talking to me in the narrated PPTs with a tighter linear focus have helped me follow along all at one sitting to get information. And I am working on creating my own right now. I sent in a stack of PPT drafts to get started. Those have engaged me well.
- This encourages me to think that my own students will like the narrated PPTs that I make, with Ecampus help.
- I am also encouraged to add my two-cents more often in the discussion board, even if it doesn’t seem that anyone replies to my post. (They usually reply to each other). I’m going to work on that.
Now here’s an interesting question. I know I’m not the most dazzling leader of a whole class discussion, so I usually work with small groups first and get them to discover things and report back. So, I’m wondering if there is a way to do the small group student/content/student – reports back to the whole class – effect work online. I will have to think about this.
The students in Science Writing were engaged Wednesday on a hunt to discover whether the magazines we were reading used “you” in the articles or just first and third person. Their other task was to find out whether the articles referred to people by last name, first name, or with title, such as Dr. or Professor. Results? Rarely is “you” used. None of the students found the title used beyond the first introduction. Because the students found out for themselves and reported back to the class, I hope they will remember better for their own work.
As we finish our workshop, we will continue to be connected to our colleagues and helpers in Ecampus, because it is “life long learning.”
I’d like to share that two of my Science Writers have profiled scientists about their teaching skills – one who teaches in Ecampus, Dr. Richard Nafshun – in this YouTube, if the link will work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHe1xBpwiTg . The other student is profiling her high school teacher. Both are studying the science of teaching science and are great models for us. What’s great to see is that my two students are so engaged by their teachers that they want to write about their teaching methods. I would hope to be as inspirational one day.
- Note: here’s where the yarn image came from reclaimyourlifenow.net