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  • Thoughts on Designing a Lesson

    For the past 3 three weeks we’ve been busy creating sample lessons in a preferred LMS and I have to say it was more time consuming than I had planned. I wanted to start developing a couple of courses that I’ve been bouncing around in the idea stage for quite a while, so I picked […]

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    A Digital Footprint Strategy

    This week in class we were asked to consider the state of our digital presence and develop ideas and plans that we could implement to improve or expand our digital footprint. There are many things to consider when thinking about crafting an online presence and it gets more complicated if you are hoping to be active […]

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    Windows Opened – Reflection on EdTech 543

    As the social networking course ends, it’s time for me to step back and look at several new windows of knowledge and what I’ve learned over the past 8 weeks. One of the biggest changes in my thinking has been the ability to work effectively with a group or community and how that was facilitated […]

  • Group Work Blues Confessions of a Loner

    I have to say that the biggest gap in my strategies for online teaching is in the success of group activities. Both of our texts in EdTech 522 spend a serious amount of time talking about how to structure and facilitate small groups in online courses. But I confess that because I’m not a huge […]

  • Designing Effective Online Courses

    According to Dawley (2007) effective online courses contain well planned interactions, feedback, relevant content and promote self-directed learning for the students.   In my mind, the key to designing well is planning well. In a fundamental way, the process starts out looking similar to what I would do for a traditional face-to-face course. Starting with […]

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    A PLE Comparison and Reflection

    One big need I have for learning is to be able to see a “big picture” of my thinking or my activity. Usually this is in the form of some kind of map or visual or a combination of both. Before creating a PLE diagram I didn’t think of the tools that I use as part […]