Josie talked about the 3 phases: guiding, encouraging, and monitoring. I find these phases to be a vary could outline to any class whether online or face to face. First we need to make sure students are comfortable with the organization of the course, then we can work at encouraging them to dig deeper and learn more, finally we can monitor and see what students can do without as much support. This is a good reminder as I am creating the content for the class I am creating.
Dan talked about the need for students to be connected. I think many times this is missed becasue we are trying to create a course with the best content, and we forget to think about the people taking the course. The course is for them and we need to remember that above all else. We as educators get too wrapped up in standards and curriculum coverage. Unfortunately we have to get wrapped up because of our evaluations. However this does not mean that we cannot step back for a moment and consider the student as a whole. I will need to constantly keep this in my mind to create a worthwhile course for students.
This week I encountered so many good tip on best online practices. So many ideas are running through my mind. I am first trying to create the course content for my class by creating a CK12 flexbook textbook. This is a very challenging task but I am finding it to be very encouraging. There is so much good material that I have missed out on and I need to to include it in my current classes. I am feeling a little better about creating this online course, but still feel there is an overwhelming amount of planning to do.