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The Program for Online Teaching Certificate Class, an open online class, will begin again in September 2013.. The class is free, offered by the Program for Online Teaching (not an accredited institution), run by volunteer faculty and participants, and open to everyone. We offer a certificate for those who fulfill the syllabus requirements, and open participation for anyone not interested in the certificate.

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WEEK 14 – Creating Class Elements Part 2: Audio and Video

WOW!!!!   What a week 14.  The longest learning curve in the world.  I am attending seminars, watching Youtube videos and trying to glean as much information as I can.  I am moving forward, but at a snail’s pace.  On to the next assignment.

Week 24: Summarize, assess and contribute

List of links to all my posts for the year

Library of Alexandria

Week 1 – Getting started with Program For Online Teaching class

It’s just my presentation and a description of my own experience about online teaching and my particular expectative with this program.

Week 2: Teaching and Learning Online

Starting with the program readings, and identify the elements I feel would help me to reinforce the way I like to teach. I’m still in the exploring period.

Week 3: Pedagogy and Course Design

I’m going deeper in the study of the book material, the web material taking notes and highlighting.

Week 4: Pedagogy and Course Design II

My try applying a template to the planning of a course session related to Concept Maps. Good exercise!

Week 5: The Slippery Online Syllabus

This week helps me to discover the Online Syllabus one of THE most important documents created for the online class. Really good and useful!

Week 6: Internet Skills, html code and embedded Videos

A practical exercise embedding videos. Not especially new for me…

Week 7: LMS – “to be or not to be”

My first shade of difference with the author (Reading the chapter 6 of Ko&Rossen) in relation to the role of LMS and CMS.

Week 8: LMS – “to be or not to be” (the continuous discussion …)

A good week! because I could see preliminary reinforced my intuitive arguments about the role of the LMS. This post demanded a great effort to express my ideas.

Week 9: trying to catching up…

Taking notes about the reading material, a rather poor reflecting post…

Week 10: open platforms for online courses

Good reading and a good practical week. I discovered a tool (engrade) that I’m using today!

Week 11: Intellectual Property and Accessibility

A post with which I am not satisfied. Probably because the uninspiring reading material.

Week 12: Resources Online

There are obviously weeks that are more or less inspiring. The OER is a topic of special attraction for me. This week I researched several reference websites as expressed in the post.

Mid-year post

A list of links to all your posts so far. It’s refreshing to read this post to identify my personal progress.

Week 13: Creating Class Elements Part 1: Images and screenshots

The activities of this week I gave a good learning in managing my images on Flickr, as expressed in the post content.

Week 14: Creating Class Elements Part 2: Audio and video

A tough week in which I learned a lot. A productive week, as showed in the post.

Week 15: Screencasting and multimedia

Another productive week with building materials with the help of different web tools.

Week 16: Our Students Online

This week included a lot of reading I really enjoyed with. These moments are a good time to analyse and draw conclusions.

Week 17: Classroom Management and Facilitation

Good reading and reflection!

Week 18: The Course (or Learning) Management System

I think it was the week with further analysis and reflection. I Party analysis of the role of the LMS / CMS to project a pedagogic and strategic discussion.

Week 19-Web-Enhanced, Hybrid and Open Classes

It has been a useful discussion about MOOCs.

Week 20: Educational Technology and Instructional Design

I am very happy with this week. From the discussion on “Educational Technology and Instructional Design”, I’ve developed a particular line of reflection on an instructional design model.

Week 21: Introduction to Online Education Theory

Another week with which I am happy because it allowed me expand on an interesting theoretical discussion.

Week 22: Personal Learning Networks

As I wrote in this post, one of the things that I find particularly interesting is to collect ideas and inspiration from outstanding lecturers, teachers and writers.

Week 23: Presentation

This is my presentation on Week 12: Online Resources.

A summary of my conclusions

  • Although 4-5 hours a week seems reasonable, some weeks I spent a few more hours. In the beginning I didn’t realize how much more time I’d expend in my researches.
  • Although my comments on the blogs of my colleagues often was not what I had wanted, I have improved my writing and I must admit it is very encouraging to receive comments!
  • This program gave me the opportunity to explore different theories, inspiring ideas and experiences.
  • In short, the program has exceeded my expectations.

Week 23: Presentations

This is my presentation. I explored different topics, until finally I decided on Week 12: Online Resources

OER Tutorial

Week 24 Sumary of the work done during Potcert 2012-2013

Here I summarized all the post I built during this POTCERT 2012-2013:

Week 1http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2012/09/hi-potcert.html
The first week I introduce myself to everyone and started the blog for this Program for Online Teaching Certificate.


Week 2http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2012/09/week2-beginners-questionnaire-and-and.html
This week I did a summary about what we had to do and I reflected about how I want to teach and what I am going to ask the students work in my class.

Week 3: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2012/09/week-3-pedagogical-objectives-tools.html
I did a summary and added my opinion about the main points of this week pointing out the importance of learning by doing.

Week 4: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2012/09/week-4-principles-and-elements-of-desing.html
 I did a summary of the tasks  we had to do this week and I gave my opinion about the main points: Different activities + Different technologies + diclosure effect + pygmalion effect + goodfeedback and human touch through technology make the desing more attractive and let us build a really powerful environment to teach and learn online.

Week 5http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2012/10/week-5-online-syllabus.html
My post was a compilation of one of the comments and topics in this week. A syllabus = map, contents and a contract for the students.

Week 6http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2012/10/week-6-internet-html-rss-and-embed.html
I shared intersting videos that I used in my lessons, I also shared my experience with google reader and my marks in the internet skills quiz.

Week 7: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2012/10/week-7-importance-of-educational.html
This week we were talking about the importance of the communty and I shared my points of view in my post adding also a tool I think it could be interesting to do video calls.

Week 8: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/8-week-communication-tools-and-learning.html
I shared about what I saw during the reading and the experience of participating in Vyew, voicethreat and hangout. I also added other similar tools and the main points of the article of Jonathan Moot.

Week 9http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/week-9-virtual-worlds-merlot-and-diigo.html
 I shared my experience in virtual worlds and I told about several interesting sims you can visit in Second Life to learn different languages or other subjects and also to enjoy seeing really beautiful places.

Week 10: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/week-10-blogs-and-google-sites.html
I summarized the things we did during the week and I added my opinion, some links and the tools we saw: blogs, engrade, googlesites.

Week 11: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/week-11-copyright-creativity-and.html
I summarized what we saw in the lectures for the week and I pointed out the problem of creativity= remix  + copyright and  I gave also my opinion about  accessibility.


Week 12: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/week-12-resources-online-and-self.html


I did the survey, the mid-year self- assessment and a summarize about all the work done during 2012.

Week 13: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2013/02/week-13-creating-class-elements-part-1.html
This week I learnt how to take a screenshot, how to use mbedr and how to use better flickr and I loved them!!

Week 14: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/week-14-creating-class-elements-part-2.html
This week I explored intensively youtube and vimeo specially. I also explored Blip.tv and I tried the service of soundcloud and slidecast. ( I shared the links to my slidescast and soundcloud file).

Week 15: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2013/04/week-15-creating-class-elements-part-3.html
This week I was trying the service of Prezi, Mindmeister, Google Forms and Screencast OMatic.

Week 16: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2013/04/week-16-our-students-online.html
This week I built an example of 10 FAQs.

Week 17: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2013/04/week-17-classroom-management.html
This week I learnt how important is for a teacher to be present for the students, keep recording the deadlines and create a strategy of communication from the beginning which set the bases to receive notices, advices and help from the tutors and peers.

Week 18: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2013/04/week-18-course-or-learning-management.html
This week I learnt more about LMS and CMS. I used Moodle and Blackboard but I felt more easy Moodle to build a good place to teach and learn. We reflected about the need of a LMS/CMS to incorporate different resources from different Web 2.0 or Web 3.0 services.

Week 19: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2013/04/week-19-web-enhanced-hybrid-and-open.html
Blended learning and MOOCs were the topics of this week and I shared my points of view and experiences about them.

Week 20: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2013/04/week-20-introduction-to-educational.html
During this week we take a look to the history of education and realize about how it changed in a not very long time. We also reflected about the importance of  teaching critical razoning to our students and the need  to stablish a balance between the face to face work and the online work we demand from our students.

Week 21: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/week-21-introduction-to-online.html
This week we reviwed different theories about online education and I discovered the heutagogical practices which I felt really good practices to introduce in our classrooms.

Week 22: http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/week-22-personal-learning-networks.html
This week I learn more about the moral imperative of sharing and the need of building a personal learning network to improve our knowledge, skills and to take adventage of new opportunities.

Week 23:http://epsicopedagogy.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/week-23-my-presentation-about-week-9.html
Here I shared my presentation about Students Activities in the Online Environments (week 9)


Week 24
I have to apologize for my bad english, I have to learn a lot like you could see in my post, but this course helped me a lot to learn not only about pedagogy but also about English . I have to apologize also for my delay and I have to say thank you ever so much to Lisa for giving me the opportunity to try to finish the course out of the deadline. I had a lot of work and others setbacks which make me not be able to finish the course on time.

Week 23. My presentation about Week 9!!!

Here is my presentation about the week number 9: Student Activities in the Online Environments


If you can not see it please click on this link: http://prezi.com/cgf2uutmktmw/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy


And I have to say sorry, but I tried to improve the sound and I could not.

Week 24: A Reflection

Wow!  I made it – even if it took a couple of months longer than I had planned!  I can honestly say that I learned a lot from this course, a lot more than I thought I would.  I came into the POT Cert class looking for new tools to use and update my rather boring online class; but I leave after these 24 weeks with knowledge on online pedagogy, personal learning networks, course design, and so much more!  Sometimes I feel like I’m left even even more questions than when I started, but I know I have a good framework to build my online course!

Here is a recap of the 24 Weeks:

 

Week 1:  Welcome to the World of Blogging was my very first attempt at creating a blog.  I explained how I feel “technologically challenged” even though I teach courses online.

Week 2:  Have You Ever Really Stopped to Think About Pedagogy got me to evaluate my teaching style.  Having not been trained as an educator, I think most of my teaching is modeled after what I experienced as a student.  This post really made me think about what it is I do in the classroom and why.  I still want to transition my teaching style to one that relies less on presentation and more on student collaboration; but for me, this is going to be a difficult process to give up “control” of the class.  I’m working on it, though!

Week 3:  A Wake Up Call on Course Design really was just that for me.  Although I like the basic structure of my online class, it is still just that – basic.  I’m slowly integrating more technology into my online course, but I want to make sure that everything I do use has purpose and meaning for my students.  Over the winter break, I am going to rework parts of my online course to allow for more student interaction and collaboration.

Week 4:  More Thoughts on Course Design helped me narrow my focus on what it is I want to change about my online course.  There are two key aspects I am going to focus on first in my redesign:  Group Oriented Work and Intructor Generated Content.  I don’t think I need to narrate 100% of my Powerpoint Slides, but I think creating audiovisual presentations for key topics each week would be a great start.

Week 5:  My (somewhat) Interactive Syllabus got me thinking about the beginning of the semester and how to hold students accountable for knowing the information in the syllabus.  I think my course design is good, in the sense that the course is easy to navigate; but I could definitely re-work the syllabus posted within the course.  I ended up adding a syllabus quiz to my course and it has worked out very well!

Week 6:  It’s a Foreign Language to Me is when I started to step outside of my comfort level and try the RSS feed and embedding videos.  I am adding videos to my Blackboard course so each week has a short clip on something we’re learning about that week.  I really still haven’t used the RSS feed much.  I’m not sure why I’m not doing so – I think maybe because it feels like more “work,” even though I know that using an RSS feed should be less work for me in the long run.

Week 7:  Creating Community in My Online Course made me think about the lack of community I have created for my online students.  I’m pondering ways to work on this and I think adding a group component definitely will help.  In this post I questioned the use of Facebook or Twitter in a class setting, and I’m still questioning it.  I think I would like to try it, but I may survey my students first.  I’d hate to put a lot of work into creating a class Facebook page, only two have a few students find it helpful.

Week 8:  Turning Ideas into Action is where I think I became completely overwhelmed with the technology and options out there!  I’m still trying to figure out how and where I would use Collaborate and VoiceThread in my classes!  A fellow classmate commented on being able to embed VoiceThread into Blackboard – so I’m going to experiment with this as well!

Week 9:  Creating Meaningful Online Student Activities is when I was introduced to MERLOT!  Can I please just have endless hours to browse all of the material on this site?  I will definitely be including material from MERLOT in both my online and face-to-face classes!  I also gained a little more clarity on how I think I’m going to set up groups in my online courses.  Now to experiment over the break with how best to implement this!

Week 10:  Blogging About Student Blogging introduced me to the idea of having students blog as part of the online experience.  I really enjoyed the presentations provided this week and am interested in trying to set up student blogs for a project in my course.

Week 11:  The Legalities of Online Teaching got me completely freaked out and made me re-examine the material I use in my courses.  Instructors could really use a refresher on what is and isn’t legal to use in their classroom (hint, hint, someone please do a FLEX class on this!).  This week was also a good reminder to make sure that course material is accessible to all students – something I definitely needed reminding of.

Week 12:  Looking Back was a review of the first semester.  I realized I was getting the basics done, but not diving more deeply into the material – something I think many of our students are guily of as well.

Week 13:  Taking a Screenshot was much more difficult than I had anticipated and caused me to fall behind (and never catch up) during the seconf half.  With some assisatance from my husband, I was able to get the Snipping Tool installed on my computer, and I’m happy to say that I’m still utlizing this program!

Week 14:  My first attempt at Slidecasting was almost my last!  This week was just frustration after frustration trying to learn Slideshare and Audacity.  But, in the end I got it to work, and I can say that I’m definitely going to be using this again.  But I really liked Eyejot and have used this a lot!

Week 15:  Screencast-O-Matic was much easier then Slideshare, in my opinion.  I really enjoyed using Screencast-o-Matic a have made a few of these screencasts for my online class now.  Definitely something I will continue to use.  I think we get so caught up in the “technology” that sometime we forget what we’re actually using the technology for.  But the tools this week were definitely something that will enhance both my online and face-to-face classes.

Week 16:  Creating FAQ’s for students seems like a no-brainer, but it actually wasn’t something I had done before.  Since I’ve done this and added to my online course, I have fewer emails with questions on logistics, thereby saving me time and energy!  I’m going to expand on these FAQ’s for my class in the Fall.  Sometimes we tend to forget that our students aren’t as tech savvy as we think og them to be and providing them with a simple FAQ sheet or instructions on where things are located within the class can be extremely helpful.

Week 17:  This is where I really started to fall behind.  Selling a house, buying a house, packing, and moving just took up so much time and energy.  But, I was happy to get back at the coursework.  Classroom Management is key with online courses.  My sections are typically about 50 students each, and without classroom management, I would be online 24 hours a day.  Something I learned through trial and error was to make sure that you set an expectation of communication with students.  They want answers right away, and you need to manage their expectation of how quickly you will respond.

Week 18:  I’m a huge fan of the LMS and I explained why in this Eyejot message.  I know I’m probably in the minorty here, but I don’t find the structure of an LMS limiting.  (But again, I am a very structured type person – which is why Blackboard works well for me.)

Week 19:  I think I had a lot of questions this week on MOOCs and Online Learning.  I had to do some self reflection about my face to face class and if I should “require” an online component.  As Ko & Rosen said, “Making the use of the internet optional rather than incorporating it into the curriculum dooms it to failure.”  I am exploring using Facebook in my classes but still not entirely sure how I could make its use mandatory.  MOOCs are another beast that I’m not sure about.  I get them for personal interest, but I’m at a loss on how they work in an actual “for credit” university course.

Week 20:  Again, I had to put a lot of thought into this week about Instructional Design and I’m not sure that I grasped the entire concept.  I really enjoyed Lanier’s article this week, but it led me back to a lot of reflection on my own teaching, assignments, and coursework.

Week 21:  I really enjoyed this week on Education Theory.  I came to the conclusion that I am an instructivist and that isn’t anything to be ashamed of!  However, I am definitely working on including more constructivist-type activities in my classes.  I enjoyed using Screencast-O-Matic again and am really beginning to like that program!

Week 22:  This week brought us to Teaching and Sharing.  I agree teachers, should share resources whenever possible, but I did question if this willinging to share is different between non-tenured teachers or those receiving merit-based raises.  Are we in jeopardy of losing out on sharing with each other if we feel like we are competing with our peers?

Week 23:  Finally!  I made it to Presentation Week!  I decided to give Slideshare another shot because I was so frustrated with it last time.  I think my frustration actually is with Audacity, and not Slideshare.  But I can say that this time went much better than my last attempt.  I decided to cover Week 2:  Online Teaching and Learning, and just provide a few slides about common online teaching myths, questions to ask yourself before you get started teaching online, and some benefits to online teaching as well.  I hope I was on the right track here!

And now, Week 24.  It took me awhile to get here, but I did finally get here!  It was definitely a long journey, but one full of reflection and self-discovery.  I got much more out of this class than I had anticipated at the start and I am so happy that I continued on!

Thanks for the great class, everyone!

Melissa

 

 

My Presentation for Week 2 – Teaching and Learning Online (Week 23)

Okay – here is my slidecast for Week 2 of the POT Cert Course – Teaching and Learning Online.  This week wasn’t without it’s difficulties, but I did find that I had a much easier time with slidecasting this go around.  I hope this is an effective introduction to the Week 2 material!

 

 

Week 22: Personal Learning Networks


    Ko & Rossen, Chapter 14: Taking Advantage of New Opportunities, the main ideas I got from this chapter are:
    It is a fact we live in a technological society and the evolution of technology is done by continue and really huge steps, so we have to understand that we need to learn during all our lives, our students and us are long life learners without exceptions. We need always to take adventage of new opportunities, like the tittle said, and so far networking is a ideal place to find these new opportunities and adventages .... are you ready ????!!! Let's do networking!!

    Dean Shareski, Sharing: The Moral Imperative
    I enjoyed a lot this video and some of the experiences showed are really good practices of sharing!!
    I agree with them about the tendence of the teachers to share and even about the affirmation: "Sharing has always been part of the teacher’s job". I think that if we share we can build better knowledge for our students and better experiences for them, sharing everybody is gaining!!




    Gardner Campbell, A Personal Cyberstructure  
    Good point the one Gardner show in this article that let us reflect about the power of building our personal cyberstructure to learn and share, to learn and create too. Gardner says that onliy if  what the professor truly wants is for students to discover and craft their own desires and dreams, a personal cyberinfrastructure provides the opportunity, they have to build it on their own with tools and help but discovering by themselves and creating by themselves... They have to guided but not in every single thing....



    Alec Couros, Teaching and Learning in a Networked World (2010) 
    In the field of career guidance in order to get a job, it is noticed the great importance of using the Web 2.0 not to look for the job, but to make the jobs can find  you... In this case this teacher is telling and showing us that Web 2.0 in education is similar, because you can use it to make your personal learning environment and also to let the courses and grades that you want to take, the knowledge that you need to reach is and are brought to you throw your  networks and Internet in general. 

    And I was trying to read the article: Martin Weller on The Virtues of Blogging as a Scholarly Activity (2012) the link in the page of Pedagogy First is wrong but I googled it and I find this: http://chronicle.com/article/The-Virtues-of-Blogging-as/131666/ 
    I think that use the blog in the classroom or as a professional tool to divulgate our work, our articles, our experiments, results and express our opinions about different topics is a really powerful tool which is able to open us so many doors but also it can be very hard.  To maintain the blog and to create quality post is not easy,  it is also difficult to differenciate between the famous post and the quality ones in a easy way sometimes, but I have no doubts that blogs are really good resources to work in class and beyond the classroom.
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      Week 21: Introduction to Online Education Theory



      This week we had to wathc the video Adventures in Online Pedagogy  (Jim Sullivan and Lisa M Lane, 2010) or the slidescast made based on this video. I chose the slidecast and I think it was really good to review all the evolution we experienced in not many years from intructivisim / behaviorisim to the last stage: conectivisim. I was growing in a educational system based in the first stage that just in the end of my formal education at the university turn into the constructivism way to learn and teach, but I did not experienced the way of conectivisim until a few years ago.I think we have to take the best of this different theories about how to face the learning and teaching process and put them into action in our classroom, it does not matter if it is a virtual or a presential classroom.


      About the article  of George Siemens, Networks, Ecologies, and Curatorial Teaching (2007) it was very clarifying his definition about conectivisim: "the act of learning as a network formation process" and his points about ecologies and curatorial teaching and I feel that in so many details of this theory of conectivisim we are not able to be aware about all the changes that the technologies plus the social and information society in our lives and in our brains and of course classes, courses, learning and teaching processes.




      In the articleof Larry Sanger, Individual Knowledge in the Internet Age (2010) I have to say  that this article make me think a lot about the kind of revolution that technology is doing in our ways to think, act and live. Memorization, reasoning, critical thinking, analysis... all of them and more are processes that we need to learn, to work and improve, and the education has to be able to teach them now more than ever before because we have lots and lots of information, lots and lots of different channels, services and devices to find more and more information but the reality is that we are more and more dependent on those channels, services, devices.... and less owners of our proper thinking,  proper acting, and proper life.... We have to find the balance between to connect with others and learn together and learn by ourselves, believe and make us stronger and less dependent of things and people. We can build knowledge together, but also alone and we should learn how to do it in both ways.

      About the article of Lisa Marie Blaschke, A review of heutagogical practice and self-determined learning(2012) Wow I have never heard the word Heutagogy but I like very much its scaffolding way to structure the learning and teaching process and the way to let the student participate in all the  whole process. I also can not be more agree with the affirmation of Lisa Marie that Heutagogy is a really good theory to cover all the needs of the student in a distance education.