What tools will my group use as we create our online course? What is our rational for using these tools?
The English group had a debate about the content we are considering for our credit recovery models. The point was brought up that perhaps some of the reading was “beyond” the scope, or understanding, of high school students due to their inexperience thus far in life. The argument was made that material or expectations shouldn’t be “dumbed down” in order to accommodate students with a reading level below our target student audience. Shouldn’t we hold true the standards set out for proficiency in literature by the powers that be? Shouldn’t the students be expected to be at that grade level of reading? Would we be doing them a favor or a disservice?
This week, Dr. Grahams comments on #oltak Week 5 page had us consider the following, “We also know that we are serving a population that has been unsuccessful in the past. We can build supports into our online courses so that material is accessible in multiple formats, and so that choice is presented to allow students to engage in a manner that best suits their learning preferences.” She has a good point but it’s not an easy one to follow through with, especially in an online teaching arena. In my physical classroom, I can easily see and hear when a student is struggling with material and I am able to be responsive to their learning needs and styles. When developing an online learning module, I don’t know my student on an intimate level, I have to consider and forecast potential obstacles, such as a reading deficit that they may face. As we design this course, it’s going to be imperative that we consider the diversity of the learning skillset of our audience and commit to trying to develop support tools with the worst case scenario in mind while upholding the proficiency standards set out by the State of Alaska.
I am going to have to come back and add to this post..it’s late and I have had little time this week to read. I just wanted to get this first thought up today…more to come, I promise!!
L. Graham. (2014, February 10). About the week [web log comment]. Retrieved from http://oltakdotorg.wordpress.com/weekly-readingsactivities/week-five/