My Humanized Reflection
As someone who has already been researching online education, many of the topics introduced in this course such as Voicethread, Animoto, social presence, and online learning community are not really new to me. But I feel this ELI short course is a very good review.
I enjoyed the mini hands-on application activities in between course sessions--very helpful. I also appreciate the opportunity to learn with/from the facilitator and other participants (the power of peer learning in the online environment). The facilitator and my fellow participants have shared great examples, resources, and ideas. I am excited to see that others in this course hold same beliefs about effective online learning. We agree that online instructors are not just content providers; they are also learning facilitators. Our job as online instructors are not done when we post the content for students to access online; instead, our job is done only when students learn from the content (and this requires our facilitation and scaffolding along the way).
There are several new things that I have learned such as Canva and Tackk. I absolutely love these two tools and believe I will find ways to integrate them in teaching.
Humanizing our online courses using a variety of tools and strategies is one very important factor that impacts the success of online courses.When working with faculty, I hope to continue to promote the importance of social presence, interaction, and online learning community building for knowledge co-construction. Thanks for modeling this in the short course.
Meixun Sinky Zheng
June 1, 2015
University of the Pacific