“Aha” Moment

“Lectures that are a one-way mode of communicating content will be a thing of the past.” -Debbie Morrison 2015

This was my ‘aha’ moment. I tend to do lectures on my on line courses. I am aware that I need to create a more interactive setting. This just verified what I believe; I need to learn all the interactive features of the program I teach on. Just being in PIDP I already see a completely different style than the style we are using in my courses. I want to take ideas from both and bring them together. I am actually thinking of setting up short videos for my students as VCC does it in this program. It is nice to see the person instructing you also lecturing in a video.

I also have recognized how having videos can improve my learners knowledge and learning outcomes. I have started planning different videos for my students. I actually really had this particular quote speak volumes to me and also this reminded me of how as an instructor it is always important to know the new teaching methodologies and techniques that are out there.

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Implications

Being able to teach and use online programs in teaching is becoming more and more popular. My 7 year old has a blog set up as a project in her grade 2 class. So when my daughter enters the stages of adult education it is going to be a whole new world. I still remember going to the library in high school to use the encyclopedias to do my research.

As an educator I find it is so important to remain current with the different ways of teaching online. Since I already am involved in online learning I am going to see a lot of change. I remember many years back to be able to interact with student on line was difficult but now with skype, moodle and other methods it is becoming easier to interact. However, because technology is constantly changing I am finding that as an online educator you have to keep yourself current and you have to keep learning rapidly. Already, my teaching method has moved from in classroom teaching to most of my courses being taught on line. I will have to keep learning how to use the technology so I can be an effective instructor.

I find that technology can at times be difficult to learn but once learned it sticks with me. I can see where eventually my online class can have large amounts of students attending

Trends

I had the opportunity today to chat with another student Brian Grovereau on an online article about the  3 social trends that will influence education. One thing that we both agreed was that the norm of learning on line is getting bigger and bigger and staying current can be a challenge. Brian and I were fascinated by how many people go online to learn .Also how many different types of learners exist. We both agreed that it is hard to stay in the know of all the different social medias. The article we focused on was Debbie Morrison (2013) you can read the full article by clicking on the link below:

https://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/three-social-trends-that-will-influence-education-in-2014/

Morrison talks about three social trends that influence education:

  1. Being able to “collaborate seamlessly whether distance or face-to-face”
  2. “Humanizing interactions in online learning, meetings, presentation and classroom learning”
  3. “Personalizing learning experiences where learners are taking control of their learning” (2013)

MOOC (Massive open online course) is becoming quite a trend where the learner has access to free learning. I think we are going to see this trend keep growing. Also on line learning has provided so many different ways to access education with the learner being anywhere in the world. I was aware of this tren while for Brian it was something completely new. This just tells you that technology is moving so fast. I am curious to see what happens with the online learning in the next five years. I predict most adult learning is going to trend towards this because of our busy lifestyles.