Online teaching changes much like the seasons of the year and as such, needs to adapt to these constant changes. Nevermore than within the past few years, have I noticed such a noticeable trend in my online students and their parents, which has caused many sleepless nights and the need to take a second look at my course and its contents. Effective online learning is a joint collaboration between the instructor, student(parent in my case) and the environment in which this learning will take place. Throughout this program, my learning curve has expanded both as a student enrolled in an online program and as an instructor teaching an online course. Many new methods have presented themselves to me that were able to be implemented, used or filed for future endeavors. This course on techniques for effective online learning/teaching has given me pause to think over my current course, wonder how to better reach my students and effectively enable them to succeed. Probably the most interesting part is to find out that much of what I already implement follows closely and correctly to the role of e-Learning Facilitators and their "four shoes." I have also found that my course could be enhanced immeasurably if I could implement, successfully, more effective collaboration between my students and myself. Currently the Discussion Board, email, timely response to answers and posting of grades seems adequate, but I long to find a more effective way to harness their repetitive questions and confusion in one mass answer. I have created a table of my personal goals to attempt to solve current issues as well as project some future plans here.
How often do those of you using wikis, blogs or other means of communication make sure you reach students, parents and community simply and effectively?