Virtual Teaching and Learning

A day late #oltak


I’m a day late with posting. I was really struggling with inspiration for this weeks blog…to me, our group felt like it was at a stand-still, waiting on technology support with Blackboard and everyone finishing up their specific pieces and parts. This week has also been particularly challenging for me on a personal level with end of semester teaching duties, trying to finally move my toilet back into my bathroom after a month long renovation project, committee obligations and last minute catering events. However, after meeting with my team this morning, I am yet again reinvigorated! We revisited the rubric situation and realized that we don’t have to assign weights or percentages to them. The rubrics may be solely utilized as a learning tool….I realize this may not strike anyone else as an epiphany but for me it was a weight off of my shoulders.
 We were trying to figure out how to justify the numbers attached to the rubric standards and it proved to be unfair to just give a straight out 0, 50, or 100% to the evaluation of a students work. So we decided to change it and assign no point system to the rubric and use it as another way to provide insight as a guide for our students projects. This seems simple and minimal in the scheme of designing a course but it played yet another part in refining student engagement and learning opportunities. It lead to more discussion of how to perhaps allow a student to submit prior work for revision in order to meet the standard, thus bypassing tedious repetition and giving value to what they have already accomplished but teaching them through thoughtful coaching and allowing for revision.

The Chinese proverb is “give a man a fish and he will eat for today, teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.” Such sage wisdom… how much of a greater buy-in will we be able to gain from offering students the opportunity to take what they have already done, that has been deemed a “failure” and turn it into a success…as instructors, you couldn’t ask for a better learning opportunity than this! Again, I am amazed at the collaborative efforts of my classmates and am left enlightened by our interaction and just I am left feeling as if we are at a standstill, another layer is stripped away and my eyes are opened to yet another aspect of the learning process.


2 thoughts on “A day late #oltak

  1. Never too late #oltak

    As we have struggled with Blackboard all along with inputting data, missing things we already input, only to find out we have an old version that will soon be updated. When talking with Maureen months ago, she said that the things we put in this current Bb will not be easily changed, ever as it moves to the new. The way I understood what she was talking about was we would be able to make changes, modifications, edits, etc., once it was transferred. And, I’m glad you got your throne put back.
    Jeff says the new, improved Bb has a lot of bells and whistles that we don’t have access to, so it will be a lot nicer during the next design build. Lee met with the Algebra group during the our last meeting and was helpful and understanding with lots of support. I was thankful for that as she relieved a lot of the pressure we were feeling. I am glad to hear you are feeling better after your meeting today. Many of the students that will be participants in your LA course will be benefitting from all the work that was put into creating your design, no doubt.
    I heard Jon was going to be the teacher/moderator for the course. Brandie and Helen will be the presenters for the Algebra course. Helen has suggested writing a paper on how the course proceeds with all the bumps, glitches, and thumps that will be felt when going through the build. I would be good to get feedback from both courses and how they stood up to students working through it, necessary changes needed in the next design, also how the design transfers into the new Blackboard platform.
    The Chinese proverb has been modified many times in many translations over the centuries to better relate to the customs of the day, the village, the culture until it has finally morphed itself into this: “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to sell fish and he eats steak.” –Author unknown.
    You are at the finish line and your eyes are wide-open. Happy Easter Naomi

  2. Naomi,

    What a beautiful blog–you expressed how you felt openly. I feel encouraged as being part of your team. It does seem that much of this process was one day to the next. There was a lot to work out.

    I really appreciate how you kept our group together. We were on track even when we were not exactly sure what the agenda would be. You challenged yourself with managing a very unmanageable LMS, and gave us your gift of humor through the weeks. Thank you! I learned about leadership through your example.

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