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One should probably avoid drinking from a firehose

In my reading of the “5 common pitfalls”, #s 3-5 stood out to me as being a) quite interconnected and b) quite relevant to my biggest frustrations with the classes I’ve been teaching so far and the big opportunities I see for … Continue reading

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Going beyond the LMS

Pitfall 2 – going beyond the standard LMS. I like the LMS format. I find that it attends to my sense of organization and I find it exciting to make the folders connected and organized. OK – so I don’t … Continue reading

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Students learn from each other

In Elizabeth St. Germain’s article “Five Common Pitfalls of Online Course Design,” design pitfall #5 stood out to me for my ALS 161 Listening/Speaking class: Don’t ignore the ways students learn from each other. A vital part of learning a … Continue reading

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Online Collaborative Activities for Non-Native English Speakers

These are just tentative ideas on work in progress, which is to design a new hybrid course for international students – learners of English. I’d like to address “Online Course Design Pitfall #5” written by Elizabeth St. Germain in response … Continue reading

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How to encourage student-student interaction?

Of the five common pitfalls of online course design, I’m worried about all of them when it comes to designing my hybrid course. The one that gives me most pause, though, is #5: “ignore the ways students learn from each … Continue reading

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Sage from Afar

The pitfall I’d like to avoid, but know I am going to struggle with, is being the “Sage on the Stage”. One of the facets I love about teaching such large classes (600) is that it really is very much … Continue reading

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Pitfalls of Online Course Development

After reading the 5 pitfalls, I realized that I have made most of these in the past and most likely would have continued to do so. Posting readings, discussion questions, assignments, quizzes, exams, PP slides…all of this I have done … Continue reading

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Trying to Overcome Compartmentalization

I definitely have work to do in all five areas, but right off the bat, Pitfall #1 (“Upload your course materials, then call it a day”) really struck a nerve of recognition, especially in relation to how I have set … Continue reading

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Letting go of the belief that the way that I taught in the past was the best way…

Coming up as a graduate student I was never taught how to teach. I had to actively seek out my own information from seminars (which were hard to find) and literature about teaching and piece together my teaching philosophy from … Continue reading

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Common Pitfalls

I believe I succumb to two of the common online course pitfalls.  The first pitfall I fell into was #1 which I upload the course material and believed the course would take more care of itself.  I was a part … Continue reading

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