This week Dan, Theresa and I hosted class. I believe we collaborated very well. I was not able to get to the reading right away but was able to contribute once I had the time to complete the reading. I think we divided up the presentation well. Theresa got the google slides set up very fast which was great. Dan came up with some extra resources that were top notch. I helped with some of the tech components like setting up the pre assessment and downloading our slides to paste onto blackboard. There was a lot of info to cover this week and I am happy with the way our presentation went.
Teresa commented on my blog with an example from Grey's Anatomy. This weeks episode challenged the attendings to teach by allowing the residents to get hands on experience. Some of the older ones were not happy with this and did not trust the residents. I believe this is a great example for education as well. Students learn by getting the hands on practice. They need real world examples to connect this practice to. If students start solving real world problems through hands on practice, I fully believe achievement will soar. This is easier done in a face-to-face classroom so in teaching distance education I will have to be mindful of how to incorporate this.
I read Teresa's blog and I loved how she talked about Brazil's program, PROFORMACAO. This program educated 30,000 teachers in rural areas. Teresa was wondering if Alaska could do the same. We need Alaska native teachers to educate the native population. The native teachers are few and far between and some of this problem may be due to the lack of technology and internet access. We need a better system. The students at my school really listen to the teachers that are from Toksook or have moved here as a family. Our Yup'ik teacher is an excellent example. The students really respect her and go to her for guidance. We need more of these teachers in our school, even if that means I would no longer have a job.
Bridget talked about how China has undergone many changes in their distance education system. It is great to see so many distance education programs become open. This allows higher ed to be accessible by so many more students. However this has also led to an increase in cost. So many programs can only be accessed if you have the funds to pay for them. Hopefully the future will bring more changes that allow more students to access any program they desire.
As far as designing my course I feel so far behind. I have literally had no free time and am not expecting much free time until after Thanksgiving unfortunately. Between taking 2 classes, helping our seniors fundraise almost every weekend, trying to fit in robotics, and teaching I am at a lack of time. The seniors are up to about $6,500 so hopefully we can slow down on fundraising. However, I am excited about my online class. It is something I have wanted to look at for a while but have not had the time.