This post is very short since I spent a lot of time on the video to follow that I hope you enjoy. When I started this class, I set 3 goals that I wished to accomplish. First, to expand my knowledge of various online tools that are used in online and blended courses. Check the first box. Alec and my classmates showed me the many different tools that are available most of which I used for the very first time. I definitely plan on using them again in the course I teach. Second, I wanted to learn how to motivate students to be more self-directed and engaged in their learning. I also believe that this goal was accomplished because Alec gave us many strategies and tips we could employ to engage and motivate our learners. My third goal was to find balance in my workload by not being “over-connected” with having blended courses. This is still a work in progress but by seeing the great educators I was able to work with in this class I have come to a greater appreciation of teachers and all they do. They work very hard to make learning fun for students and continue to learn themselves. I am privileged to have been associated with all of you and I want to encourage all of you to continue to do the great work you are all doing. We may not always feel appreciated for what we do but you are making a difference in so many lives. Bottom line is that teachers work hard and I have to learn to disconnect more when I am not working. Connected time can be monitored with analytics and I have to ensure that I watch how much I am connected. There is no question that having material online will increase the amount of work initially but if it makes the learning more meaningful, it will be worth it. How we teach is evolving as technology advances and our learners evolve. We too must change or risk being obsolete in our methods of delivery. I remember when there were overheads and slide projectors!
Thank-you everyone for your guidance in my learning journey and sharing your skills and knowledge. Thank-you Alec for your continued guidance and I hope to cross paths with you again. Please take time to watch my 5.5 minute video entitled “Class Wars” that investigates the perils of educators having to decide to teach traditionally or embracing online and blended formats. Thanks for reading and watching!