Module 10

Final Project: Learning Criteria

Fernando Delgadillo

Etec 501

Dr. Baek

March 22, 2015

Assuming I’m an e-learning instructor, my ideal class to teach would be Intro to Cyber Security. I believe it to be an exciting field and I would enjoy introducing college students to this field. I have experienced both quarter and semester systems and my preference is the quarter system. I enjoy the fast pace environment and the way it keeps students active rather than sitting through the same class for five months. It also keeps students’ levels of interest in the class fairly high. I would teach this course as a blended class considering that many college students work full time jobs and it becomes more convenient for them to only have to attend once a week rather than twice. My reason for not teaching fully online is that this field is really technical and it would involve some hands on experience with the guidance of an instructor. Testout and Blackboard along with Blackboard discussion would be implemented in this course as my technology tools. I will keep students updated on their grades along with feedback for their assignments through Blackboard. Testout will be used to deliver content to the students such as videos, online quizzes, and labs. This will make up the online portion of the course. In order to effectively deliver the course content to the students and ensure their success, key criteria need to be valued by the instructor. Criteria that I believe to me most in line with ensuring students’ success in this class will be discussed presently.

Criterion 1: Stating the goals of the course in a clear manner most in line with their interests.

Students’ first impression of the course is probably one of the most important moments in the course especially if enhancing their motivation is a goal of the instructor. The course objectives need to be clear and prevent any confusion to the students. They should have a clear understanding of what exactly is expected of them after the objectives are stated by the instructor.  Students will be required to complete one module per week. Each module will be broken down into sections and the sections will consist of labs, videos, and quizzes that will be due every Sunday night. By the end of the course, they will be required to obtain a security certificate which will take the place of the final. Not only will the objectives be stated clearly but they will also understand the importance of the class and how they will benefit from the successful completion of the course. Doing this will both reduce the chance of any confusion among students along with increasing their levels of motivation.

Undermining the importance of this criterion can lead to students’ loss of interest in the course which will subsequently lead to loss of motivation. Instructors can only do so much. Everything else relies on the effort put forth by students. I have experienced courses where the course objectives were not clear and it led to a disastrous end not only for me but most students enrolled in the course.  This led me to realize the importance of the delivery of clear objectives.   “Without learning objectives it is difficult for students to know what they are supposed to be learning. In a lecture, a teacher can talk extensively about a case, but unless she states explicitly, it can be difficult for the students to know where to direct their attention” (Nic, 2013). Students need to be aware of the significance of the material which will then lead them to put out more effort toward learning.

Criterion 2: Develop an effective strategy for communicating in the course.

As most already know, effective communication is vital in every setting. Instructors should implement learning tools that promote effective communication. As I already stated, Blackboard would be my preference for use in this course. Effective communication can consist of many things. It can be providing feedback to students, explaining material to student in a clear and interesting manner, asking and answering questions etc. “Effective communication includes transforming the boring into the interesting and having good presentation skills” (Silver).  Freddie Silver made an excellent point here. Effective communication can make the difference of teaching an interesting or boring class.

In a way, the first criterion I addressed ties into effective communication. There is a lot involved in effective communication including addressing the goals of the course in a clear manner. It is physically impossible to teach a course without communication. This idea alone shows the importance of using effective communication in a learning environment. Instructors cannot deliver information without communication. Effectively communicating leads to effective delivery of information. Keeping effective communication as a priority in the learning environment will lead to an overall successful class.

Criterion 3: Creating a Community of Inquiry.

Implementing a social environment where students can collaborate and exchange thoughts is an excellent way to enhance students’ learning experience. I would implement this in my Intro to Cyber Security through Blackboard Discussion where students will be presented with research questions on the latest cyber security trends and issues. They will then be required to research these questions individually and present their findings to the class. Students will be encouraged to participate in classroom discussion and comment on other students’ postings.

The idea of this is to enhance students’ learning through learning from other students’ postings. This is beneficial to students in the sense that they are presented with other point of views on the same topic. This encourages students to be more open minded. It is important for students to consider other views rather than being limited to their own. Students can learn so much from each other as I have experienced from ETEC 501. The implementation of a community of inquiry also makes the course far more interesting for students. Students are provided with the opportunity to learn about different backgrounds and how students’ views are shaped by their past experiences.

Criterion 4: Enhance students’ learning experience through course design.

The structure of the course plays a significant role in bettering the learning environment. This involves the implementation of different learning technology, providing a clear user interface for students, making vital information accessible to students and the list goes on. It is also important to keep in mind that having a larger variety of technology tools in the course causes confusion for students. Keeping the course content straight forward and creating ease of access is ideal for most students. Making the course content as interesting as possible is also important.

Course design is an important task due to the impact it has on students’ learning experience. This is why there are instructional designers that apply their entire focus on only this. It is difficult to concentrate on learning when the environment students are surrounded in consists of objects not in line with learning. Students need to be surrounded in an environment that promotes learning. This will encourage them in obtaining their goals and will help increase their levels of focus.

Criterion 5: Encourage constructive criticism in the learning environment.

Criticism is essential in developing students’ skills. The idea is to critique their work for the purpose of helping them improve. The more constructive criticism applied to students work the more beneficial it becomes for students. Using more sources for constructive criticism also increases effectiveness. Blackboard is an excellent technology to use for the delivery of constructive criticism. When students are involved in the critiquing process, students are more likely to apply more effort at the initial stage of the assignment.

Without the presence of constructive criticism, it will be likely for students to believe that there is no need for improvement in their work. This is not the idea we want to promote in a learning environment. There is always room to improve so students need to be constantly provided with methods to improve. Instructors need to value the importance of constructive criticism in order for the outcome of the course to result in the enhancement of students’ skills and overall knowledge.

When instructing a course, it is vital to realize the importance of different learning criteria. As I already went over, Intro to Cyber Security would be my ideal course to teach. In order to effectively teach this course I presented several criteria I valued as most important to apply in my teaching strategy. Identifying these key criteria is the first step to being a successful instructor. These criteria should be in line with both the instructor’s and students’ goals. I would describe these criteria as strategies that assist instructors and students with meeting their goals.

References

Nick. (2013). Why learning objectives are so important. https://learnandteachstatistics.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/objectives/

Silver, F. Why is it important for teachers to have good communication skills? http://work.chron.com/important-teachers-good-communication-skills-10512.html

Summarize this week’s discussions. Use this template to structure your production:

Did you fulfill the requirement to make your first post no later than Wednesday in the discussion? yes

Did you fulfill the requirement to post at least three times in each discussion topic between Monday and Friday? no

Did you fulfill the requirement to post the answers to the prompts in your blog no later than Sunday? yes

Did you fulfill the requirement to reply at least two classmates’ blogs on Saturday/Sunday? I haven’t yet

Quote your best post(s) from the week and explain why you feel these are the best.

“It is important to make students in an e-learning  environment a part of a community of inquiry where they can exchange their ideas and work on assignments as a team. Students learn a lot while collaborating with classmates. Everyone is unique with their own ideas and it becomes beneficial to students when they get the opportunity to see other perspectives.”

Here i explained the importance of a community of inquiry and how it enhances students’ learning experience.

Quote several of the best posts from other students. Explain why you chose the ones you present.

“Your comment about social presence is a crucial element to successful eLearning programs. I do have a question: how do you measure it? And are there any best practices that are in use?”

Victor Barocas

Although I didn’t have the chance to respond to his questions on time, I would like to point out that his questions encouraged me to think more deeply about the idea of social presence. I believe social presence can only be measure through the implementation of a standard benchmark that will be used universally. Social presence can then be compared to the benchmark and help both instructors and instructor designers decide on whether or not they are doing a good job implementing and presenting it. I would have to say popular practices today are creating a sense of belonging through a community of inquiry along with encouraging collaboration.

What did you learn in the discussion this week that will be useful to you or that changes the way you view something?

This week i was encouraged to think critically about what criteria I value in an e-learning environment. I went back a reviewed the information I was presented earlier in the quarter and used it to shape my thoughts on how to successfully instruct a class.

Module 9

Did you fulfill the requirement to make your first post no later than Wednesday in the discussion? Yes

Did you fulfill the requirement to post at least three times in each discussion topic between Monday and Friday? Yes

Did you fulfill the requirement to post the answers to the prompts in your blog no later than Sunday? yes

Quote your best post(s) from the week and explain why you feel these are the best.

  • “Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university in Information Technology, Instructional Design, or Education Technology related field (Master’s preferred)”

I believe this to be the most important qualification of them all. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree in this field proves that the candidate is devoted to the field and has a lot of knowledge in the field. “In view of this lack of precision, before progressing into teacher training, it seems necessary to delineate the competencies a university teacher should have in order to be able to teach in virtual learning environments, and also to set out the methodological criteria cited in the literature for the design of training activities”(Guasch, Alvarez, & Espasa, 2010).

I feel strongly towards the importance of obtaining a Bachelor’s degree to be qualified for this Instructional Designer position. I believe college degrees are the most important qualifications for professional careers.

Quote several of the best posts from other students. Explain why you chose the ones you present.

“I definitely agree that having hands on experience is important when applying for any job, however not everyone who obtains a degree has that many years of hands on experience if they’re just coming out of school and into the workforce. In this case, do you think employers should take more chances on giving someone fresh out of school an opportunity to obtain hands on experience or should they automatically be disqualified or not considered for the position?”

Melissa Gomez

I couldn’t agree more with Melissa’s post. It is difficult for new grads to land careers due to their lack of experience. Employers should not automatically disqualify candidates who lack experience. They should be given an opportunity to prove themselves to be sufficient for the position.

“As the world is changing and becoming more of a village through the internet connectivity or the World Wide Web, it is important for people to be well equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to adjust accordingly to the ever-changing world of technology. According to Guasch, Alvarez, and Espasa(2010), “knowledge of teacher support technological services, basic computer knowledge to be able to use the necessary technology and come specific knowledge about multimedia and useful educational software” (p.201)”

Aeman Alabuod

I really like the job Aeman posted. From reading the qualifications it seems like a very interesting job. Who wouldn’t want to work for Apple?

What did you learn in the discussion this week that will be useful to you or that changes the way you view something?

From this week’s assignment, I became familiar with many e-learning jobs particularly instructional designing. I was also presented with the qualifications for most of these jobs. My goal is to the get into the IT field and work as a Cyber Security Analyst or Engineer. While conducting research for open positions in the e-learning field, I came across several Cyber Security jobs that interested me. It was nice to not only learn about jobs in the e-learning field but also in Cyber Security.

Module 8

Accessibility and Universal Design

After doing some research on accessibility and universal design, I really caught an interest in the topic. I learned the importance of incorporating universal design and accessibility when developing anything from an operating system to an online discussion board. Designers need to be sure to design things a way that helps the majority of users operate the technology at ease. By doing this, designers will be able to provide flexibility, simplicity, minimal errors, redundancy, and avoidance of side effects. This will enhance the user experience for most users. We have to keep in mind, however, that it is impossible to adhere to every individual’s needs. John shared an interesting experience regarding universal design’s lack of compliance with people that have special needs. Some of the content provided by new forms of technology are not accessible to certain people. As a result, various technology tools have to be implemented to make up for this lack of accessibility. It was interesting to read John’s post about some of the new technology tools being used today such as JAWS. It is intriguing to see what technology has come to.

Copyright

The Copyright Act is something that we should all be familiar with. We all run into copyrighted work on a day to day basis making it important to be aware of the laws protecting copyright. Copyrighted work needs to be handled in such a way that laws are not violated. Having ownership of an item doesn’t give you full rights as a user. There are certain rights we have as a user of copyrighted work. Knowing our rights as users will give us the ability to utilize the work to its full extent without crossing any boundaries. Melissa provided an interesting example of user’s rights. She mentioned that teachers and librarians have the right to reproduce copyrighted work as long as it is used only for educational purposes. This is very interesting to me because I thought that reproducing copyrighted work was illegal under all circumstances. Becoming familiar with the Copyright Act is also beneficial from an author’s point of view. As an author, you want to know what steps to take to protect your work from being claimed by someone else and from being reproduced and sold to others causing the original author to lose profit.

Learning Objects

I learned many fascinating things from conducting research on learning objects and from reading classmates’ posts. The goal in implementing learning objects into curriculum is to enhance the learning experience. One thing that interested me specifically was the uniting of instructional design and game design. This is a very successful learning technique as I have witnessed myself. Myself and I’m sure many others have noticed how quickly many kids today are learning. Students are becoming technologically inclined at a young age and due to this, they have the ability to take full advantage of educational games. This provides excitement in most children and makes learning fun. This is also a way to motivate children to want to increase their knowledge. Aside from this, I also caught a deep interest in a learning model provided by Laurie that stressed the importance of learning objects and consisted of “presentation, practice, feedback.” I believe this to be a very effective model as I have experienced myself.

References

McGrath, J. [digitec interactive]. (2010, November 22) Using virtual learning objects in your curriculum. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6jf71MYDII

Principles of Accessible and Universal Design. Retrieved from http://www.usabilityfirst.com/about-usability/accessibility/principles-of-accessible-and-universal-design/

United States Copyright Office. (2012). Copyright basics. Retrieved from http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf

Cornell University Law School. Copyright: an overview. Retrieved from https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/copyright

Did you fulfill the requirement to make your first post no later than Wednesday in the discussion? No I posted on Thursday

 

Did you fulfill the requirement to post at least three times in each discussion topic between Monday and Friday? yes

 

Did you fulfill the requirement to post the answers to the prompts in your blog no later than Sunday? yes

 

Did you fulfill the requirement to reply at least two classmates’ blogs on Saturday/Sunday? Not yet, but it is my goal to do so.

 

Quote your best post(s) from the week and explain why you feel these are the best.

“This incorporation of instructional design in game design really brings excitement to learning for children. I have a 3 year old boy and it is amazing to see how much he has learned through educational games. I bought him an ipad for Christmas and I have to say that it was a great investment. He learned the alphabet, how to count, and his colors all through these games and he has had a blast while doing it. These instructional designers do an excellent job breaking down information in a way that makes it easy for kids to learn and have fun. The uniting of instructional design and game design has also create a sense of independency among children.”

In this post I was able to provide an experience of mine that helped prove the success of uniting instructional and game design and also show the importance of learning objects.

 

Quote several of the best posts from other students. Explain why you chose the ones you present.

 

“Another factor of learning objects is on its strength as “presentation, practice, feedback” model (Mayer, 1999). The student is provided with the learning object, an unlimited amount of time to practice and then a computer driven test with immediate scores.  This is a great way for students to learn as they can listen to the information over and over until they grasp the full objective of what they are learning. With all the technology available to teachers and students there is more opportunity for students and teachers to learn and teach by.  When these learning objects are used correctly the students learn how to learn better and as a result will be more employable.”

Laurie Hanna

 

Laurie provided an excellent learning model that promotes the use of a learning object. She also provided reasoning as to why this learning model is successful

“ I found from my interview that this is very much a problem for CSUSB. Much of the information that is created for courses and web material is not created in the right format and so many of these documents cannot be accessed with the various machines that are available to help students with disabilities. The Assistive Technology Coordinator for our school is working to get everyone compliant as is mandated by the state, but there is limited resources and money to ensure for complete compliance.”

John Penn

 

John’s post was very informative and he shared with us his personal experience with the problems in Universal Design at CSUSB.

What did you learn in the discussion this week that will be useful to you or that changes the way you view something?

 

This week I learned about copyright, learning objects, accessibility, and universal design along with the important role they play in the learning environment. This information will definitely change my views on many things such as how to handle copyrighted material as a user, the benefits of using learning objects to deliver information to students, and the importance of implementing technological tools to compensate for the lack of the accessibility to people with special needs.

Module 7

Shaping Students’ Attitudes in the Classroom

Fernando Delgadillo

Etec 501

Dr. Baek

February 28, 2015

What impact does the learning environment have on students’ attitudes and motivation? It is clear that there is a correlation between the learning environment and students’ motivation.  Motivation is broken down into intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is motivation that arises internally while extrinsic motivation usually involves some type of external reward.  The learning environment plays a significant role in the variance of students’ levels of motivation. Some examples include providing a certificate upon completion of an e-learning course (extrinsic motivation), and closely relating the material to students’ interests (intrinsic motivation). We will explore different examples and study the correlation in more depth.

According to Hartnett, George, and Dron (2011), lack of motivation has been the leading factor of students’ withdrawal from online courses. Online courses rely heavily on students’ motivation. In an online environment, students do not have their instructor’s physical presence which can be difficult for many students considering that they spent most of their lives learning in a face to face environment. In a face to face environment motivation isn’t as crucial as it is online. Students are required to attend class, listen to lectures, and complete assignments. This is also true in an online environment with the exception of physically attending class sessions. The difference is that students are not pushed to read material and complete assignments by their instructor. Instead, they are driven to complete their work through their motivation to succeed.  Harnett et al. define self-determination theory as a contemporary theory of situated motivation that is built on the fundamental premise of learner autonomy. The goal here is to lead students to developing intrinsic motivation. This type of motivation is vital in an e-learning environment. If e-learning courses are designed correctly, they will lead to students developing intrinsic motivation which will help them not only succeed in the class but will also be an excellent attribute to have that may lead to a rewarding career.

Kiymet Selvi (2009) conducted a study directed towards PhD students involved in e-learning courses. The goal here was to get their opinion on what they believe motivated them the most in e-learning courses. Two questions were asked in this study. “What are the motivating factors for the online course being conducted? Please explain briefly.” “According to you, what should be done to increase the motivation in an online course?” In this study it shows that deliverability is the most important factor in motivation.  This indicates that the instructor plays a significant role in enhancing students’ motivation.  Instructors have to be sure to deliver course material in a concise manner. Students need to be provided with clear instruction as to what is expected from them. If students have a clear understanding of what is expected of them, they are more likely to develop a sense of independency. Independency then leads to intrinsic motivation. Presenting students with complicated instruction is likely to deter them from developing intrinsic motivation and encourage student to rely more heavily on extrinsic motivation. According to this study, student involvement is an important technique to imbed in the learning environment. The more involved students are, the more likely they are to feel a sense of motivation. Collaboration is a great way to get students involved in the class. Collaboration also gives students a sense of responsibility. They feel that their role is vital to the overall success of the class. This encourages students to be more involved because they feel that their classmates are relying on their participation. It definitely is difficult to promote student success in an e-learning course since motivation has to be developed among students beforehand. Because of this, I believe that e-learning courses have a lot more to offer than traditional face to face courses. E-learning courses enhance students’ ability to be self-driven.

Many people have different beliefs as to where motivation comes from.  Christina Fisher mentioned in her report Asynchronous Learning and Adult Motivation that the perceived origins of motivation are unconscious forces, future goals, feelings of anxiety, instincts, environmental stimuli, drives, and emergent dominant needs. I can see how all of these play a role in creating motivation within students. There are subconscious factors that motivate students that we are obviously unaware about. Future goals are a form of extrinsic motivation. Students are motivated to work hard to reach certain goals. This is common and I’m sure most students have experienced this source of motivation at one point or another. Feelings of anxiety are something that I can definitely relate to myself. Students are encouraged to learn the material for the sake of passing the class due to their anxiety of wanting to reach their graduation date as soon as possible or landing their ideal job. It may also be ones instinct to want to learn something therefore creating motivation but I feel that this factor plays a limited role. Environmental stimuli in my opinion, plays the most significant role in the overall picture. If a student is interested in information technology and because of this decides to take a class in information technology, this does not mean that they are going to have high motivation to succeed in the class. It comes down to the learning environment and content delivery techniques of the instructor. If instructors provide a clear path to follow and do an excellent job delivering the material, they are more than likely to create intrinsic motivation within students. The same can be said about a student taking a course that they have no interest in. If the instructor of the course does an excellent job constructing their course and delivering the material in a concise manner, they can create motivation regardless of their initial level of interest in the course. This can be a complete game changer for students.

As e-learning progresses, there has been an emergence of many technology tools that are implemented in e-learning environments. These technology tools are excellent for increasing students’ levels of motivation. Some examples include Blackboard Discussion, Google Forms, Slide Share and many more. These technology tools increase student involvement. Without the implementation of these tools, it would be near impossible to create motivation within students. Student collaboration leads to the development of a community of inquiry where students can collaborate and exchange opinions on different material. It is important to encourage student collaboration where students learn from one another. By doing this, students are then encouraged to give it their all to show their classmates what they are capable of. Students don’t only want to learn from their classmates, they also want their classmates to learn from them. Collaboration tools are also useful in eliminating some of the pressure from the professor. With the implementation of collaboration tools, students can motivate each other. The first student to post might set the bar fairly high encouraging other students to work as hard as they can to keep up with the initial students’ post.  Technology tools are definitely something to consider when developing an e-learning course especially if motivation is the primary goal of the instructor.

As we already went over, motivation is broken down into two categories: intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. It is important to keep in mind that intrinsic motivation should be more heavily focused on if creating autonomy among students is the goal. There are many sources of motivation but environmental stimuli play the largest role. With this in mind, professors need to focus on the delivery of instruction and layout of the course. If professors devote their attention to this aspect of the course, students will be far more likely to succeed.

Fisher, C. (2006). Asynchronous Learning and Adult Motivation: Catching Fog in a Gauze Bag. Retrieved February 28, 2015, from http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/233/asynchronous-learning-and-adult-motivation-catching-fog-in-a-gauze-bag

Hartnett, M., St. George, A., & Dron, J. (2011). Examining Motivation in Online Distance Learning Environments: Complex, Multifaceted, and Situation-Dependent. Retrieved February 28, 2015, from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1030/1954

Selvi, K. (2009). Motivating factors in online courses. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 819-824. Retrieved February 28, 2015, from http://www.anitacrawley.net/Articles/SelviMotivating Factors.pdf

Did you fulfill the requirement to make your first post no later than Wednesday in the discussion?

yes

Did you fulfill the requirement to post at least three times in each discussion topic between Monday and Friday? 

yes

Did you fulfill the requirement to post the answers to the prompts in your blog no later than Sunday?

yes

Did you fulfill the requirement to reply at least three classmates’ blogs on Saturday/Sunday?

I haven’t yet

Quote your best post(s) from the week and explain why you feel these are the best.

“It is not the information that you are presented that is important, but how you apply that information you learned outside of the classroom.”

I didn’t learn the importance of this until a few days ago. I believe there is a lot of meaning in this quote.

Quote several of the best posts from other students. Explain why you chose the ones you present.

“While the overall situation may appear daunting, e-learning programs may provide partial salutations. This might include the design and implementation of professional development initiatives to 1) teach managers problem solving strategies, 2) motivate managers to continue to use the techniques following the training program and 3) encourage managers to refine their problem solving capabilities.”

Victor Barocas

Victor did an excellent job showing how e-learning can be applied to professional development.

“Motivating students is one of the greatest challenges instructors face. The topics I choose are important to me because as an instructional designer, I want to make sure that I maximize students’ potential and successful performance in the course by doing everything. I can to make sure the learning environment is at an optimal level for learning.”

Jingyu Yang

I couldn’t agree more with this post. Motivating students is a challenge and it is important to focus on this area as an instructional designer.

What did you learn in the discussion this week that will be useful to you or that changes the way you view something?

This week I learned the correlation between students’ motivation and the learning environment. There are many technology tools that both instructors and students need to take full advantage of to increase motivation.

Module 6

Course Title: Intro to Cyber Security

Content/Topics: Access Control, Encryption, Securing Networks

Target Audience: Undergrad students

Delivery Format: Hybrid

Technology Tools:

  • Google Docs (Students are able to work on assignments as a group)       http://docs.google.com
  • Blackboard Discussion (Where students can collaborate)
  • Slideshare  (Create powerpoint presentations and share with the class)        http://www.slideshare.net/
  • Testout (Take exams, watch videos, complete labs)           http://www.testout.com
  • Name: Google Docs
  • Web address (URL): http://www.google.com/docs/about/
  • Description of key features: access files anywhere, work on files with group members simultaneously, share documents with friends, add graphs, images, etc. to document
  • Advantages & disadvantages in support of e-learning
  • Advantages: Students are able to prepare documents with their groups simultaneously, people can access their documents anywhere eliminating the need for flash drives, professors can see the contribution from students.
  • Disadvantages: Need internet access to access documents.

Cryptography Quiz using Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/a/coyote.csusb.edu/forms/d/1khm30ulQiNcogJR1tS-p_fBEH6Zl7NV0qOANDTth6s0/viewform?c=0&w=1

Did you fulfill the requirement to make your first post no later than Wednesday in the discussion? Yes

Did you fulfill the requirement to post at least three times in each discussion topic between Monday and Friday? No, I didn’t respond until Saturday.

Did you fulfill the requirement to post the answers to the prompts in your blog no later than Sunday? Yes

Did you fulfill the requirement to reply at least three classmates’ blogs on Saturday/Sunday? I will do so before the deadline.

Quote your best post(s) from the week and explain why you feel these are the best.

  • Web 2.0 tool 2:
    • Name: Google Docs
    • Web address (URL): http://www.google.com/docs/about/
    • Description of key features: access files anywhere, work on files with group members simultaneously, share documents with friends, add graphs, images, etc. to document
    • Advantages & disadvantages in support of e-learning
    • Advantages: Students are able to prepare documents with their groups simultaneously, people can access their documents anywhere eliminating the need for flash drives, professors can see the contribution from students.
    • Disadvantages: Need internet access to access documents.

I feel that this is my best post this week it was a great choice for a learning tool in the course I designed. I was able to utilize this learning tool by creating an online quiz. I had a positive experience when doing so. Everything was very straight forward and I had no difficulty whatsoever. I would recommend this tool for instructors.

Quote several of the best posts from other students. Explain why you chose the ones you present.

  • Course      Title: Independent Physical Activity
  • Content/Topics:      Health and Fitness
  • Target      Audience: Undergraduate Students
  • Delivery      Format: Hybrid
  • Technology      Tools: Podcast, Youtube, Cell Phones and Instagram
  • Design      (discuss course design leveraging various current e-learning technology      tools)
  1. Students would be encouraged to start a podcast to share workout tips and also share healthy meal options.
  2. Youtube videos of at-home workouts would be posted for students to follow in addition to easy to do outdoor workouts.
  3. Cell phones would be used to record their workout times and to keep track of students’ progress. Students could also take pictures of themselves working out or fixing a healthy meal to share.
  4. A class Instagram page would be set up for student’s to post pictures and short videos of themselves.

Melissa Gomez

Did a phenomenal job designing this course. The technology tools she used for this course were excellent choices. She chose to use tools that most students are familiar with. I believe this increases the probability of students succeeding to the ease of operating these technology tools.

  • 2-3 minute video overview by instructor using Screencast-o-matic combined with Youtube.  Here’s an example of what I mean-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHnV5_stUYw&feature=youtu.be&hd=1
  • Reading links posted on BB.
  • Brief Multiple choice reading quiz using BB
  • Discussion Board post that ask a project based our problem based question that relates the reading to students’ lives/professions
  • Presentations would utilize Slideshare or Youtube
  • Research would utilize LibGuides
  • Writing would utilize Worpress and/or BB file exchange and Group Blog or Journal.
  • Questions from students could be asked via Twitter in order to get fast responses from classmates and instructor.

Christen Smith

She did an excellent job giving examples of how she would utilize these different forms of technology tools. Her initial post was very detailed and informative. She set a great example for the rest of the class!

What did you learn in the discussion this week that will be useful to you or that changes the way you view something? 

I enjoyed this weeks blog activity the most because I was able to get hands-on experience creating and implementing technology tools. I discovered many new technology tools and I learned how to operate many of these tools. After completing this week’s activity, I can see how each module relates. I am beginning to feel more and more confident with my abilities to successfully design and e-learning course.

Module 5

Review of the Guest Speaker session: write a summary of the key topics that were included in the discussion along with a summary of the process. You are to analyze the content presented including the Q &A period. Also discuss advantages and constraints of synchronous online discussion based on your experience of the session. The meeting will be audio recorded for your review.

I would like to start off by saying how informative this meeting was. I wasn’t to make it synchronously due to my work schedule but thanks to the recording I was able to obtain all the information I missed out on. I think it is obvious that the main constraint of synchronous activities is that of time. It is extremely difficult to get the whole class together at one time due to external obligations. Having access to a recording of the meeting is a great way to resolve this issue as many of us have experienced here in ETEC 501. The main advantage of synchronous activities is being able to ask questions throughout the lecture and receive immediate responses. It is common for questions to arise as we listen to the lecture so being able to ask questions is an excellent advantage. In this synchronous session, Mr. Chabolla discussed many different trends, challenges, along with new developments in e-learning for higher education. One area that really caught my attention was some of the new developments. Gamification is a really interesting technique in e-learning that creates motivation toward learning and also enhances students’ critical thinking. It was also very interesting to find out that CSUSB has their own 3D printer. The concept of 3D printing has always interested me and it is something that I would like to look further into. This session with Mr. Chabolla introduced me to many new concepts, however, I feel that the last section where students asked questions was the most informative. Students asked many questions that helped Mr. Chobolla share his experience with the concepts related to our class material. His explanation of how CSUSB incorporates the concept of the Community of Inquiry was really informative. Overall, this synchronous meeting had a positive impact on my understanding of the structure and process of implementation of learning tools in e-learning. Prior to this meeting, I wasn’t aware that Instructional designer played a large role in the way professors design their courses. It is nice to see that there are many people involved in the design of the delivery of instruction because it is always more advantageous to have many different perspectives come together.

2. Summarize this week’s discussions. Use this template to structure your production:

Did you fulfill the requirement to make your first post no later than Wednesday in the discussion?

yes

Did you fulfill the requirement to post at least three times in each discussion topic between Monday and Friday?

yes

Did you fulfill the requirement to post the answers to the prompts in your blog no later than Sunday?

yes

Did you fulfill the requirement to reply at least three classmates’ blogs on Saturday/Sunday?

I will comment on classmates’ posts before the deadline

Quote your best post(s) from the week and explain why you feel these are the best.

“Group activites that consist of securing computers to the extent that keeps the professor from breaking into the systems. This will give students the hands on learning they need that will enhance their skills significantly. This will also motivate students to want to improve to prove themselves that they are capable of securing systems.”

I believe this activity is an excellent way to motivate students to want to learn more along with creating excitement in learning.

Quote several of the best posts from other students. Explain why you chose the ones you present.

“Hybrid classes allowed me to succeed and learn more about the material being taught because course materials were placed online, such as lectures, PowerPoints, etc., allowing me to review what would be taught before coming to class and have more time to get into deeper discussions and small group activities.”

Kimberly De Leon

I agree that reading the material before a face to face session helps students get a better understanding of the material being presented. It is a great idea for students to familiarize themselves with the material so that they have at least a slight understanding before they are presented the material a second time.

“The kinds of classroom based activities that would be difficult to apply in cyberspace would be projects or assignments that are very complex e.g., a teaching methods class where there is a great need for instruction, modeling and scaffolding to help the students to understand the assignment better.”

Laurie Hanna

I have the same issue with sometimes not being able to understand complex material through reading online text especially when it is very technical. I get a better understanding once the information is broken down by the professor and explained in a face to face setting.

What did you learn in the discussion this week that will be useful to you or that changes the way you view something?

I learned the importance of an Instructional Designer’s role in delivering instruction in an online environment. I also learned the importance of the instructor implementing learning tools in a correct manner. If the implementation isn’t done correctly, it can jeopardize students’ learning experience. I also became familiar with many of the new trends in e-learning along with many of the difficulties instructors and instructional designer face when attempting to implement learning techniques that are originally from face to face environments.