More and more I’m convinced that I need to integrate technology into my classes. The classes I teach are hands-on culinary courses and for the longest time I haven’t understood how to incorporate multimedia into that environment. Through learning how to design a distance ed. course, I have been exposed to a whole new world. This week I found an article in Online Learning Insights that gives specifics on tools for online teaching. From this blog, I found a ton of resources that walk you through, step by step on how to create videos, upload content and an array of techniques on how to build a better virtual classroom. https://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/tools-of-the-trade-to-make-your-online-teaching-even-better/
A really important point for me this week was understanding what an important support piece a study guide can be. Moore and Kearsley talked about pointing out, through the study guide, important ideas and relating them to other materials or parts of the course (p.105). I have spent a great deal of time beating my head against the wall when I see that some students just don’t “get it” when it comes to certain principals that in my opinion, should be transferable from one day to the next. I have only ever had a syllabus, but now I can truly see the benefit of a study guide. I think by lecturing and giving demonstrations on Blackboard or Moodle, and having that available for the student to watch as well as a study guide tying in those important points, they will have a much greater opportunity to absorb the millions of ideas I’m throwing at them. I know this may sound remedial to some that are well-versed in online instruction, but to me it’s an awakening! What’s even more exciting is I think I can turn this project into my graduate project!!
Heick, T. (2012) 6 types of blended learning. TeachThought. Retrieved from http://www.teachthought.com/learning/6-types-of-blended-learning/