Second post

 Joanne had us put together five points we considered important to pre-course development. I think that we are being asked to enter into a reflective exercise with blogging so will enter these points and then see what happens as time passes. I’m sure they will change, and if I take the time to look back at the QA guidelines exercise we completed in 4150 am forced to admit that

After some consideration I think that the five points I would choose first off are as follows:

1)- Preparation: the site and all course materials, links, video feeds, forums etc., should be thoroughly checked and verified as being ‘student ready’ so there are as few problems with access as possible;

2)- There should be  clear and unambiguous descriptions of course expectations and outcomes for both students and instructors, with as little left to chance as is possible;

3)- A thorough explanation of the site functions, assignments and time lines;

4)- Methods of communication between students and instructors completely explained with pre-set times for activities such as video conferencing clearly established,and fall back methods outlined as well in case of unavoidable scheduling clashes;

5)- The encouragement of a sense of community should be stressed right from the beginning: bringing students together in a supportive environment through introductory forums etc., to encourage involvement and a sense of inclusion for all.

Looking back on this I must say that I have a feeling this will change as time goes on, but that is the way this particular game is set up isn’t it? We learn and grow and change to meet new challenges arise. Think I’ll close with a quote:

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

Alvin Toffler



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