Headed Towards a COVA Approach in Respiratory Care Education

Class of 2021 observing a Neonate Baby being shipped out to Houston, TX from a local facility.

I was not aware before I began the Master’s Program in Digital Learning and Leading at Lamar University Online that I would be allowed to create my own learning through choice, ownership, voice and authenticity. I thought it would be the usual type of learning, where you would write paper after paper and read this book for continuous research that is expected from you in master’s programs.

I did college a little different than most of the other students in the program with me. I originally went to undergraduate school for Agriculture Development where little choice was ever provided. We were expected to learn exactly how the professor taught it and regurgitate the learning for the exams. I graduated with my BS in Ag Development in 2005 and was not sure what I wanted to do with my degree at that time. It was hard to find jobs locally or set in on a career in our town. Therefore, I went back to school for Respiratory Therapy and finished in 2013. Once again, my instructors left little choice in our learning. It was following the guidelines built by the instructors or you will fail. I enjoyed both programs regardless, but respiratory I enjoyed the most when I was at clinical and being able to be on my own and make choices on how to treat my patient.

Quickly, I realized in Concepts of Ed Tech that I could choose, ownership, and voice though my assignment. I have never been allowed to choose my own platform to create a presentation. Through COVA/CSLE we were given choice right away to choose the way we wanted to learn.

http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=7050

In past college programs or course I would have never been allowed to decide which website I would like to use to create my profile. They would have made it a standard for all students to have the same website and the guidelines you must follow. I think back to my first assignment that I created with PowToon; I believe that had to be the hardest video/assignment I submitted in the program. First off it was my very first video I ever created, I have made many presentations via power point but never through you tube or a website like this, I was so nervous. I remember stressing so hard over what to do, what was wanted from me, and if it was good enough. I have been so accustomed to following a rubric and doing what is required. And the rubric from the DLL program is so broad. But it made me really work harder for it and think beyond my norm. 

I was not ready for this type of learning at all.  I had to adjust my learning style and mine to a different thought process. I had to remember that being allowed the COVA approach is what I have been needing to do for my students. Therefore, I need to learn how it works for myself before, presenting to them. It has not easy to be in control of my learning, it took a whole different mindset to allow this to happen. Therefore, I believe reading Mindset: The new psychology of success, helped me look into myself and how I, my students, and my family learned. Looking into the learners mindset helped me look at my program as a whole and where it needed to be and how it should grow.

After looking at my mindset I then had to review if my learning philosophy was open to these new ideas. We were asked to review the different philosophy’s of learning and look at what we were grown up learning and how we believe we teach or learn. I believe that I have a more open and growth mindset when it comes to my learning and teaching styles. Through, the research I realized my learning was more of a constructivist view. It has aligned with my innovation plan and goals I have for my program. The constructivist view allows for the student to have that COVA/CSLE approach that I am looking for in the future.

My program has been lacking new innovating ideas to engage the learner. Since, starting this program I have found new ways to attract students to our program as well as, engage the learners that are in our current program. Such as, implementing quizlet live for reviews before exams, using pear deck for lectures, and applying kahoot for practice or fun. I have received great feedback from them and how my changes our helping them learn. 

I believed in my innovation plan and was convinced it was the best for my program at the time. I did not really understand the other ideas that were out there at the time. I am not sure if this was because I was new to teaching or it was due to the lack of understanding. I did not know that I had already started working towards flipped classroom, before I beginning the DLL program but I was not sure there was an actual term. This is where I lacked in my training in education and why I chose a master’s in education, so I am unsure why I did not put my research into flipped classroom. But I believe everything I am doing is authentic and my plans are working for my students. I still believe that my implementation video does show what I ultimately want for my students through e-portfolios.

I believe that the COVA approach works great for programs such as the education, core studies, and subjects. It can be somewhat of a challenge when implementing it into a health careers program that is aligned by national or state board exams. I have started to instill it in one of my course projects and slowly incorporating it with my students. For instance, my students in their first semester of instruction are given a group project over a respiratory protocol. The only instruction they are given is their group assignment, respiratory protocol, develop a youtube video that shows how this protocol will be instructed or used on a patient. Everything else is left up to them. Rather if they want to use a manikin, live patient, a narrator, and the equipment or therapy they decided to use. They then are to present it to the class for the other instructors and students to view for feedback. They have really enjoyed this opportunity they have been given. Other than this presentation at the moment, I usually can only allow them choice in their clinical experiences.  I plan to incorporate this slowly and more in the future as I continue to create more authentic projects for my students.

The hopes for the future of the program is to head to a more COVA/CSLE approach, except I am not over the program at the moment and I can only instill in certain courses at the moment. The program director is retiring in the Spring and there is hopes that I will be up for the position post graduation. I am hoping that I can incorporate most of my learning then. I hope to allow my students to a certain point to create their own learning through their voice. I am beginning through simulations and clinical projects. Next, I hope to do so in my other courses throughout the next year. Even though, my students are required to pass their boards via a multi choice exam they could still have the power of COVA. 

References:

Harapnuik, D. (2019). Whycsle+cova. 10/27/19.

Retrieved from http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=7050

Harapnuik, D. (2013, April 5). Fixed vs. Growth Mindset = Print vs Digital Information Age.

10/25/19. Retrieved from http://www.harapnuik.org/?p=3267.

Think Before You Share

Copyrights and Copywrongs

This week we have learned how copyright laws can affect our students and how we must make decisions when lectures are made. We should not put work out there just because we think it is great information for our students to learn. We must first take into consideration is this fair use? Credit should always be given where credit is due. Citing sources, asking for rights to use their information, and being careful to not plagiarize the information is how we can be better role models for our students. If we want them to have organic experiences, then we should show them that we are doing the same thing.

 After reading the white paper I was asked my opinion if I thought if the U.S. Copyright Office gave a good argument to separate from the Library of Congress. A new Librarian of Congress will be appointed to replace the retired James Billington who served for the past 28 years.  Billington took office before the advent of the World Wide Web and the sweeping changes of the information age.  Presently the Librarian of Congress oversees the U.S. Copyright Office, but some think this should change.  The Hudson Institute recently released a white paper detailing why the U.S. Copyright Office should be separated from the Library of Congress.  After reading the white paper, do you think the Hudson Institute makes a good case for separation or should they remain together?

I believe the paper makes a great cause that the U.S. Copyright Office separate from the Library of Congress. The U.S. Copyright Office although, being still behind in the technological times they seem to have a plan and sources to build their bank of sources. They seem to have the right guidance on IT, secretary placement, and sources to scan in the documents that are needed to provide an online and active database that will be easier to search. The office seems as if it needs to be ran as one entity alone. There are so many things that need to be focused on that could be missed due to the broad office that it has been ran under for so many years. The past Librarian was put in to play way before times had advanced to online libraries and digital files. Now, the database must be looked at in a different perspective.  

Below, I have explained the main terms that we covered this week and what each of them mean. Each of them shows an example:

  • Plagiarism is when someone takes someone else’s work and represents it as their own. Such as, a paper, poem, or artwork without giving them credit for using their work. For example, is when a student pays for a paper online and submits it as their own to you for a class assignment. 
  • Copyright infringement is when anyone violates the rights granted to a copyright owner by making unauthorized use of work. For example, if Johnny makes a video for his you tube channel and post background music from his favorite rapper but does not have rights to use his music, he could be liable for copy infringement.
  • Attribution is giving credit to the source of the work. For example, citing the source of a research paper in your works cited or references to give proper credit to the original source.
  • Transformation is when your work is being used for a different manner than what the original work was intended to be used. For Example, a band makes a song and then years later a singer will write a song with similar lyric and music to transpose it such as the case with 2liveCrew and Roy Orbison.

I was also asked the following statement: “The effective use of copyrighted materials enhances the teaching and learning process” I think of all the digital access that our students have access to. I believe it is important to educate not only ourselves, but our students on the appropriate way to access and use the information. Although, many of the works that are available to them can be shared and re-shared on social media and used for other works does not mean ignorance is bliss.

Before, giving our students a project, we should educate them on how we would like them to present it and what the proper way is to give certain credit to the information that they are researching and using digitally. Such as, if they refer to a you tube video and post it on their e-portfolio they should give the proper credit to the original maker of the video. Educators as well when reviewing videos or posting them to their presentations or taking digital media, pictures, or other works should give the credit where credit is due.

I know I fail at this daily when I lecture. I tend to at the last minute find a video of “how breathing works” and post it to my slide deck to show my students when they are not understanding the mechanisms. I tend to forget to refer to the original maker, hospital, or doctor who originally makes it. This is where we should be the models at. It is our responsibility to model the behavior that is expected out of our students.

After this week review, I have learned that I need to be more careful with how I present my lectures to my students. I tend to like to incorporate videos, make copies of workbooks, and add pictures from the web to help show them how the respiratory world works. I must give the credit where credit is due. I am lacking in this department and I need to make sure I am modeling what I expect from my students. When posting something or sharing something going forward, I will think is this fair use? Remember Think before you Share!

References

McCord, Gretchen. (2014). Fair use: the secrets no one tells you.

Tepp, S., & Oman, R. (2015, October). A 21st Century Copyright Office: The Conservative Case for

Reform. Retrieved from https://www.hudson.org/research/11772-a-21st-century-copyright-

office-the-conservative-case-for-reform 

Simulation Reflection to Eps?

I have been researching journals or websites that really relate to what inspires my plan. I have also, look at some of their publications. I have been drawn to the Respiratory journals as they relate to my field the most. Below I have provided a two different journals regarding my field and how I would like my innovation plan to be incorporated with simulation.

One article I found when researching places to submit my work to was from AARC American Association for Respiratory Care https://editions.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=573844#{%22issue_id%22:%22580643%22,%22view%22:%22contentsBrowser%22} Feedback Isn’t A Dirty Word. I found this to be interesting as I have really pushed this on simulation and through my e-portfolio initiative. I find that feedback is key in health care. We need to make sure our students receive great feedback when saving others lives.  The next article relates to Using Simulation to Build High Performance Teams. The simulation coordinator she is a RN at Angelina College and myself RT have been working together to incorporate all fields of health care study to help them experience real life situations in a hospital and let show them teamwork. I believe this article will show using simulation will help our students through RN, RT, Radiology, Sonography, Pharmacy, and so on learn to build better communication as well as save more lives.  

I currently, do not have any partners that collaborate with me online. My program director carries his jump drive everywhere he goes. I sometimes do, but I tend to loose things. I started last semester using google sheets to share students clinical schedules online therefore, they would always have a live update of the changes. Although, I do use google drive myself and one drive. I house all of my work and school work on one drive that I am currently working on so that it is available to me from everywhere.

My innovation plan is to implement E-portfolios into Respiratory Care Education with the emphasis of feedback and reflection. I want to tie in simulation through the e-portfolios, and allow the students to use them as a reflection tool. I chose for my topic is to show how simulation in respiratory care education at Angelina College has engaged, stimulated, and proved for the need in our program. Before, I started here in 2016 there was simulation but the nursing program was the only program that would use it. I was introduced one day to the coordinator and she mentioned all the opportunities and I was unaware of the access we were allowed to have. Since then I have been an advocate for it. The lab has grown tremendously since then. We have been to numerous conferences and my program utilizes the lab more than any discipline. Being able to have access to situations that might not occur in a real life setting, will ultimately prepare the student for post graduation.

A Call To Action: E-Portfolios

ePortfolios are student-owned, dynamic digital workspaces wherein students can capture their learning and their ideas, access their collection of work, reflect on their learning, share it, set goals, seek feedback and showcase their learning and achievements (Brown, Burns, McNamara, O’Brien, O’hara, & Poole, 2018).

Implementing E-portfolios into not only the respiratory care program but, eventually all of health careers at Angelina College would be an ultimate goal of mine. I believe eps give our students the power to use the COVA model that we have focused our learning around. I look forward to presenting this to my co-workers, program director, and administration to help improve our students learning through choice, ownership, voice and authentic learning. Below, you will view a video that shows ways others found E-portfolios to be successful and unsuccessful. As well as, how I plan to learn from others and ensure that we have everything in place properly for implementation to work out efficiently.

A Call to Action

References:

Brown, Martin, Burns, Denise, McNamara, Gerry, O’Brien, Shivaun, O’Hara, Joe, Poole, Paige.

(2018). Challenges and supports towards the integration of ePortfolios in education.

Lessons to be learned from Ireland. Retrieved from.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6275690/


Fritschi, Jennifer & Wolf, Mary Ann. (2012). Turning on mobile learning in north America.

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Kelly, Jacquie, Murray, Sue, Peacock, Susi & Scott, Alison. (2011). The transformative role of

eportfolios: feedback in healthcare learning. Retrieved from.
http://www.theijep.com/pdf/IJEP28.pdf

Latham, Nancy & Meyer, Barbara. (2008). Implementing electronic portfolios: benefits,

challenges, & suggestions. Retrieved from.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2008/2/implementing-electronic-portfolios-benefits- challenges-and-suggestions

E-Portfolios: Planning for PL

My professional learning plan, consist of implementation of E-Portfolios initially into Respiratory Care but eventually, throughout health careers at Angelina College where I teach at. I have constructed my innovation plan that shows how important it will be for our program to establish E-Portfolios in the classroom. The attached outline for establishing a plan for PL represents the 3 column table as well as my disruptive instructional design model.

Professional Learning: A CALL TO ACTION

Why?

Currently, our campus does professional learning each semester for half a day one day broke up into different sections. They are short and sometimes they go way to fast and mostly are forgotten. I only remember one time they paid a person to come in and actually do a two hour seminar and he had us interact with one another. But, it was long forgotten as well. I really want something to change. I am constantly telling my co-workers how I would love to learn new innovative ideas to teach. If it wasn’t for being in the EDLD program I would not have learned so many new ideas to teach to my students. I also, believe that making it more authentic to our health career campus would be more beneficial to our instructors and would allow them to be more available for learning.

What?

I used adobe spark to create my video and voice over. I tried to first embedded it into my e-portfolio above with adobe. But, I kept having complications where the video did not want to show, only show the url. I continuously tried many times. Therefore, I had to revert back to youtube and it embedded call to action above. I downloaded it from adobe spark and uploaded it to you tube and then embedded the video once again to e-portfolio.

How?

I have tried different sites since beginning this program, for video presentations. I have found adobe spark to be the easiest to use so far. I have found that doing voice over with adobe is the best and simplest way to go. I would like to try a different type in the future as well as videoing myself while presenting. Such as, screencastify I believe that would be a more effective way to go.

When developing my presentation I wanted to make a clean effective presentation. I am horrible about my presentations being too wordie. I like the ease, clean look that I chose to use.

After submitting my assignment and trying a few times to make my page look the way I wanted, it just didn’t work out. I want someone to come to my page and have to click minimally. When embedding the link from adobe it was only showing the url to click on and view. I would prefer my video to show up as soon as you arrive at my page.

Therefore, I had to go back and download my video from adobe spark. Then upload to my youtube channel and get the embedded code from there. Then re upload to my e-portfolio. I was hoping that it would work easier than I thought. But, of course it did not. Next time, I will go ahead and upload to youtube as I have done many times before.

References:

Asimov. Isacc. Retrieved from. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/230457705909659370/

EdCan. (2016). Innovation That Sticks Case Study – OCSB: Collaborative Professional Development. Retrieved from. https://youtu.be/iUusuw-xdr4

Goodwin, B. (2015). Research Says/Does Teacher Collaboration Promote Teacher Growth? Educational Leadership, 73(4), 82–83. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/dec15/vol73/num04/Does-Teacher-Collaboration-Promote-Teacher-Growth%C2%A2.aspx

Gulamhussein, A. (2013). Teaching the Teachers Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability. Center for Public Education. Retrieved from http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/system

Reynolds, G. (2013). Presentation zen design: simple design principles and techniques to enhance your presentations. New Riders.

How Can Professional Learning Become More Memorable?

I have been an instructor now for the three years on my campus, where I remember one convocation we had someone come to show the entire faculty awesome things to do in our classroom/lecture. I was so motivated. I loved it. It showed us how to get our students more willing to work in groups and create great projects. As well as, wonderful ice breakers to begin with them. My whole department loved the ideas and I wanted to use them. Most of us took notes.  A few days later the students returned and we had already forgotten all the information that we learned that day. We would go back and ask each other how to incorporate this and that. We had our notes but, little memory on how to apply it to health careers. I believe if we had more time to learn the new skill it would help us apply these wonderful ideas that could help our students. I believe they fail because we as instructors/teachers have little time to incorporate PLs into our work day.

http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/system/files/Professional%20Development.pdf

#1 The duration of professional development must be significant and ongoing to allow time for teachers to learn a new strategy and grapple with the implementation problem.

Most studies show that you need to allow 50 to 80 hours for professional development to be properly executed. A teacher learns the same way a student does. As we are students are self. Therefore, they would need time to review, comprehend, and prepare for their classes so their students could learn the information. Learning ten different new ways to collaborate and ideas to engage your students in a four hour day will not always leave your teacher/instructor with something to go back to their classroom with.

#2 There must be support for a teacher during the implementation stage that addresses the specific challenges of changing classroom practice.

If professional development alone only provides are educators with the idea alone and not coaching it will tend to be a forgotten training. Therefore, we should have someone coaching our teachers/instructors on how to implement the learning into their classroom projects. If they need guidance, there should be someone to help them along.

#3 Teachers’ initial exposure to a concept should not be passive, but rather should engage teachers through varied approaches so they can participate actively in making sense of a practice.

When developing a professional learning activity it should be with meaning and purpose as we do for our students. It should make sense and have support that is researchable with the proper facts. Educators want to know statistically how effective it could be at engaging and teaching students.

#4 Modeling has been found to be highly effective in helping teachers understand a new product.

Professional Development could also offer a learning as we do section. Therefore, teachers/instructors could observe another doing the new skills or lesson plan and then reapplying it to that class. Then they could take it back to their classroom and perform the skill.

#5 The content presented to teachers shouldn’t be generic, but instead specific to the discipline or grade-level.

When attending the one professional development section offered to our faculty I was very motivated. But, as I stated before but I noticed when I did try to apply what I remembered it was hard to do so. The reason was because the information was so generic. For instance, I teach Respiratory Care and the instructor next to me taught English. Although, there are a few things we could take back and use such as, ice breakers. But, the really good in-depth ideas were hard. This is where I think professional development lacks. I believe that health careers alone should have their own professional development. My neighbor might teach sonography, radiography, nursing, pharmacy tech, emt, or surgical tech but, we are educating our students for the same purpose and we have different teaching standards.

I love using technology. We are constantly doing something that involves it and the more the better. I love embracing new things and helping my students learn. I believe I am somewhere between the middle to the high tech Kristen Daniels Empowering the Teacher Technophobe spoke on.

Ms. Daniels spoke about three levels of teachers that use technology low, average, and high. Mostly, she stated that if they had a workshop to help them with the ideas on how to use the technology it would help them develop better skills. Other than assuming they have no idea on how to use them at all.

Low technology performers are usually afraid of technology. If they had someone coaching them and guiding them they would be able to do simple things other than just emailing. Average is someone who uses technology most of the time and knows how to do most things on their own. Still has questions on how to incorporate things into other programs and make things easier. If they had someone their for questions they would be able to perform more efficiently. High technology is someone who can do about everything on their own but, lacks the resources to do it. If there was someone in place to help them find the resources to perform the task they would like they would be working more efficiently for their students. As I previously stated I feel like I am in between the average to high performer. I try to find everything I can to make things easier and more engaging for my students as well as myself. But, as we know funding can prevent the resources to do more of the higher technology that I would like to do.

I have one other colleague that graduated from DLL program and she somewhat uses tech a little but the others in my building hardly do. Other than email, blackboard, and some do not even use you tube for instructional pieces. They are learning from me and love all of my ideas and are trying to incorporate into their curriculum. I think as a community college we struggle with PLs, they will send us an email to do them and we answer the questions and move on. I do most of my PLs in my Respiratory Care due to the amount of CEs I have to have to keep my license. I would love to have our campus take the time when we are not lecturing to offer us PLs or extra help to keep us motivated and help us instructor our students the best way we possibly can. Also, if we had the ability to have an instructional coach to I believe it would help college campuses. I do not believe that it has came to that level yet. Most of the professors are still stuck on reading straight from the book. Many have not even began using powerpoint as a point of reference.

References:

Daniels, Kristen. (2013). Empowering the teacher technophobe. Retrieved from
https://youtu.be/puiNcIFJTCU

Gulamhussein, A. (2013). Teaching the teachers effective professional development in an era of

high stakes accountability. center for public education. Retrieved from

http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/system/files/Professional%20Development.pdf

Course Implementation

Today, I have completely uploaded and finished my course for Advanced Cardiopulmonary A&P it should be ready for implementation on schoology this coming Fall. I feel like there are still some things that I could change or I would like to change. But, what I have noticed with any lesson or lecture I am working on and then present I feel like there are man changes that could be made.

My college has recently decided to upgrade from blackboard to blackboard ultra. I along with others from different departments have volunteered to pilot the implementation in the Fall with at least one of our online courses. We started weekly courses a few weeks ago. What I have found very interesting that the training and information they are giving us correlates with my Instructional Design Course. Most of the information given has helped me with developing this course. The interface of the new program will be something that no one will be use to and they are at least pushing for all instructors to put their grades on the program so that the students will know their on going grades. When this statement was made I was in shock to know that so many did not use this great resource for their students. Whether online course or face to face to at least house course information. Therefore, I believe that the transition might even be harder for them to understand since, they were not even use to the last system.

When choosing one of my courses that needed to be revamped it was not a hard choice. I knew it was my A&P course, I felt it was a struggle to teach as well as for my students to understand. When developing my ubd goals, I knew what needed to be changed. I was already trying to find a place to start on a change for this course. Now, that I have set forth my goals I am hoping this will be great success for my students as well as for me. I am hoping for more time to develop voice overs or actual lectures where I am actually videoed instead of the boring slide show to refer to. I want to engage the student to keep from losing someone who could have been great.

As I was developing this online course I also realized I need to look into setting up ubd goals for my RSPT 1201 Introduction to Respiratory Care course and implement an online course. This course could be fully taught online. I believe I could make changes such as videos that align with the lecture that would be covered that week, assignments, case studies, quizzes, and online testing. This course is already taught hybrid. They meet with me every other Friday for two hours throughout the semester and the rest of their time is spent working through our LMS system blackboard. They submit all assignments as well as, quizzes, and discussions. I utilize the time on campus to do exams, labs, reviews, or answer any questions that they have about any assignments that we are covering at the moment. I still think they would need to come to campus one or two times throughout that semester to do a small lab but, I believe I need to set this up.

I teach Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology in the Summer and it is a very long four hours that they are sitting their in front of me listening to me try to pronounce lovely drugs and talk about their actions and how they treat the patient. I have thought that this course would be more beneficial in the Spring time either hybrid or online or even if it was taught in the Summer online. That way they would be alleviated of those long hours that are needed to cover all the material that is needed. This course would have case studies incorporated into it, therefore it would not be all memorization. I could do so much with them as far as group work online and projects that would work perfectly for them as an online course.

It is Still a Work in Progress

Implementing this course online has really made me think of more ideas on how to keep my innovation plan moving forward. When setting up this course at first I did not think of it as a course where if someone who is not familiar with the internet. I am use to my students who are not in their first semester of college they have took many courses of college by the time they get to the actual program. But, I believe all the courses should be uniform and tell them where they need to go and how to follow directions. If not they would be lost and asking many questions. I still would like to work on many different ways to perfect it and make it look much more appealing to the eye. Therefore, throughout this next week while I am finishing my course up I will go over it with a fine tooth comb.

Developing my Online Course

Week Three of Instructional Design

As I finish week three of developing my online course through schoology, I am glad I decided to chose my RSPT 1340 Adv. Cardiopulmonary A&P course to begin with. This course needed a change. I still cannot find the best way to teach this course for my learners to fully get it. But, I am getting there. I think the more online and interactive engaging information they receive the more they will retain.

I have also, realized how many instructors or teachers who do not already teach their students online or give their student exams online. I am not sure if that has to do with funding or the fact they prefer paper testing. I did have one state her students get test anxiety if it is given online. Well, we begin in their introduction course before they are ever excepted given homework, timed quizzes, and timed exams on blackboard. The same continues once they are in the program. This prepares them for their National board exams once they graduate. If we start them day one then they will have less anxiety two years later. I believe that ever student we encounter knows something about the internet and should feel comfortable using it. Most of our learners today have never known a minute without internet or without an electronic device. I believe we should be using these in school if we want to prepare them for the real world.

This week I have put most of everything I need in my course. But, I have completed the first two units for the course. I have submitted homework assignments, discussion questions, quizzes, exams, and videos to be reviewed. Although, this took quiet some time I still think I need to make some changes. I am not completely pleased with my course. I always believe that my classes need improvement. I found that it was easy to import my quizzes, homework, and exams from exam view without any problems. I am not sure though that the grading scale is correct but I need to look more closely at that.

Since, this course still will require some face to face time I will be able to assess or answer questions if they are unsure of the change of LMS or about their course. My classes are usually not over twelve students at a time so it gives me time to answer any questions should they need them. I think this system is just as easy to work through as blackboard and they should not have too many questions regarding the navigation. I believe that having myself set up a whole new course and make these changes is helping me establish my goals and look more into my innovation plan everyday.

Assesment & Activities

Week Two of Building an Online CourseC

This week was a little more difficult when thinking about my course. I had to look deeper at what I wanted to put into it. Since, I was wanting to do so much change to this course I needed to observe what has not been working with my face to face course. I developed my outline or calendar for the course which was hard to do since, I will not be teaching this course till the Fall. But, I am thankful since this will be one less thing I will have to create in the start of school. I started working in my schoology course this week. I updated my profile and began to look around and familiarize myself with the site.          

I began to wonder how to approach the situation from face to face to an online course. I have taught courses that were hybrid before. I used my face to face time to do minimal lecture but more hands on time. I used the LMS as the homework, slides, quizzes, and then tests were given on campus.

I believe lectures are still beneficial when using face to face as well as using online. I like to refer back to our interactions we have here in my online classes. But, I believe posting a summarization of your learning that the learner can benefit from a posted power point will help them work through their notes. I plan on trying to post power point lectures as well as a voice over or a video to coincide with the slides. Our you tube videos that will help them with their readings for that week. That way they will have something to refer back to and review. It is sometimes hard to work through an internet course and apply yourself and stay engaged. I think being able to hear a voice as well as read helps someone retain the information.

I have only taught this course as a face to face course so this will be a challenge working with my LMS Schoology for A&P. There will be many different things I will have to experiment with. I will be experminenting with different types of ways to assess my students as well as engage them through interaction.  I teach mostly independently in my core subjects. I do not teach just one subject I have different course numbers that are assigned to me throughout different semesters. This course will be solely taught by me in the Fall once a year.

I will have case studies, short answer, multiple choice exams, as well as homework assignments placed in my LMS. I will have different Units that will have to be completed by a certain date and time for review for their exam. I will have check points through that unit to see how they are doing and discussions to make sure everyone feels confident in their learning.

This approach to building a schoology website and revamping my course has helped me meet one of my goals that I thought would never happen. I believe that this is pushing me in the right direction to motivate me towards a way to help others get my innovation plan on the right tract.