Take your teaching online
Take your teaching online

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Take your teaching online


This week you have been introduced to the concept of technological determinism and the Visitors and Residents model of technology familiarity. You have investigated learning design, and have started to plan your move into online teaching. In the final week of the course, you will explore the evaluation of online teaching and how to assess the effectiveness of changes to your practice.

Let’s check in with Rita and see if she’s ready to move into online teaching now:

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OK. This is the exciting stage. I think that I now have everything I need to try something. I have identified which elements of the existing classroom-based course that I want to retain, which I will change or adapt, and which learning outcomes that I want my learners to meet in a new way in the online environment.
With these new materials I will go back to my usual processes for designing learning materials and use my learning design knowledge to ensure the pedagogy underpins what I’m doing. Only then will I allow myself to start getting excited about technologies, media and Open Educational Resources! I am going to start work on preparing my online teaching materials, and I will hope to see you when I have produced something.
Hello again. I am glad you are still there. I have been working for quite some time, but I think I have a first draft of my online teaching materials ready. I built a framework using my redesigned learning outcomes, and I slotted into it items that would repurpose from my existing classroom materials.
Some of my classroom materials needed a bit of revision, for example making PowerPoints more meaningful and accessible to stand on their own.
Once I had identified where there were gaps I started looking through all of the OER material I had downloaded from the repositories. When I started looking through it, some of it was immediately rejected due to being the wrong level, not sufficiently accessible, or using teaching techniques that I don’t think are ideal for my learners.
But I did find some wonderful materials too, and with a bit of adjustment to make them suit my purpose, I filled up most of the gaps in my course that way.
Finally, I had to create a few items from scratch as I could find nothing that would do the job. But now I am ready to ask my friends and my accessibility colleagues to look at it and give me feedback. I’m nervous about what they will say, but I am happy to have got this far now.
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