In this module I have accomplished the following:
- Read, read and read some more.
- community building
- best practices
- national standards for quality online courses and teaching
- Completed draft of Principles for Effective Online Instruction
- Began working with my Collaborative Inquiry Project group
I struggled early on with this module due to all the reading and the uncertainty of what was required with regards to the draft of principles and the group project. I had to force myself to read as much as I could in order to understand the four areas listed above. The draft of my principles was difficult for me because I was not sure of what to include and what not to include. Only after looking at a few classmates examples, did I have a grasp of what was required of me. The group project was also a little confusing, but my group mates reassured me I was not alone. Together, we were able to come to an understanding and devise a plan for our project.
I think all the hard times I had with this module has helped me to better understand the material. It has also given me a better perspective on what is it like for some of my students who I see working hard in class and not knowing if it is paying dividends. For many of them, if they improve on their GED tests but still do not pass the test, they only see the failure. Getting them to realize that it takes time is a difficult. Being in their shoes with this module allows me to better understand why they feel as they do and better able to help them overcome this thinking.