This week I read reviews and wrote reviews of the group projects. They were positive from both sides. Most people seemed to like our group project and I did not see a bad group project. I am happy that we are coming up on week 10. I need a break! This course has been fun, but sometimes the stress of this course, work, and life has gotten to me.
For week ten we have to re-work the final project. I am not sure how much re-working we are going to do. The peer feedback seemed to only suggest small tweaks and we have not gotten back instructor feedback. My group will be meeting Tuesday night to discuss our plan of attack.
The readings on Assessment are very timely, as I am involved with setting up program wide assessment at my school, now that sounds daunting, but we have four core programs.
Reviewing my classmates group projects was a pleasure. Each project was well thought out and informative.
This next week looks to revising our project based on our self and peer assessments. The project has been a very positive learning experience. In designing a course, peer review helps strengthen the course.
We finished our group project. When I say we, I should say Debra and Dena. David and I were unable to make it to the chat. David was borrowing a computer and I was not at home. I assumed that I could use my IPAD, but the chat does not work with ios. By time I got home they were done with the extra work. I am happy that we are done and we did a good job.
I will be curious with the feedback from my fellow students and from the instructor.
Week 8 — the final project is complete! Finally!
Wow, what a week it’s been. I am proud of the final project we’ve created although after reviewing the Rubric, I think perhaps we concentrated too much on our implementation of the course changes within the Blackboard environment and probably not enough on a standard APA style paper that reflects the rationale for these changes and the actual content differences and why things were modified.
I’m a learning management system/course management system type of person, but I’ve never used Blackboard from the instructor role before. I’m not a fan of Blackboard, as a student and now definitely not as an instructor either. The sheer amount of hours I spent on ensuring that the formatting was the same across the board in all of the units was absolutely ridiculous. It explains a lot now that as a student many of the courses taken here are formatted strangely.
By the way – thank you for making the discussion board optional this week. Go figure, though, I didn’t realize it was optional until after I posted!
Working in Blackboard can be a challenge as I am more familiar with Moodle. The Blackboard available at course sites is not identical to the blackboard used in our courses at CSUEB. My major challenge was keeping uniformity with fonts, which required working in html. Working with both systems, each has strong and weak points. I do know I am not ready at this point to design a new learning management system.
Overall our chat sessions on line and group discussion posts were key in our communication with each other.
We are trying to continue to work on our group project. It seems that we are constantly changing our topic or how we want to do the project. I think that we are going to be working very hard the rest of this week.
The discussion board was fun this week. Looking at education in a different way. I am not sure if I totally agree with everyone’s perspective, but that is where the fun is. I have a lot to look at from these discussions and have found some great ideas.
Week seven has been enlightening and thought-provoking with our reading assignments. Trying to visualize how education will change over the next decade as technology advances shows how much work and planning educators must provide to stay abreast of the technology advances. Educators and students will be learning together some of the applications of technology. Most important , I believe educators must keep learning inviting and enjoyable to the students. Students have access to information quickly but need guidance to locate reliable and reputable informational sources.
This past week our group began work on our final project, and will continuing working together this next week. I am very fortunate to be working with a great group of individuals, and will gain more knowledge from this experience.
On a personal note, my husband came home from the hospital today, it has been a long road to get home, but now another journey begins as he continues to recover. I have found unknown strengths and a deeper faith through all this.