My Humanizing Reflections
In the courses that I design (four weeks, ten hours in total), I have to admit some of the techniques seem just a little bit 'too much' for me. I think I won't use techniques such as the superhero an soundtrack of your life, since I think this would simply cost too much time. Also it seems to me using VoiceThread and listening to all those comments seems to use a little bit too much time. However, some of the techniques and tools mentioned in this course were actually very useful. My takeaways form the course are:
- Make the course accessible for everyone, also for example for the hearing impaired. I will try to make subtitles for the videos I use or a transcript of the video. Also this will help some people who simply prefer to read the transcript rather than watch the video. For the same reason I will try to reduce the questions in these classes to one per page. This was said to be easier for people with attention disorders.
- I am going to try to implement some of the tools that are discussed. Animoto seems to be a nice tool to create videos, although I am not sure whether I want to pay for an account. I like creating a banner with Canva a lot and I think this would help to improve the design of the classes. Haiku Deck looks like a wonderful presentation tool. I am not sure if I will be able to use it in my online courses, but I will at least try to use it in some 'live' presentations. I also really like the liquid syllabus, manly because it looks very appealing. Finally I think Tackk is a very easy to use tool that creates a page which looks very nice.
- Even though there are a lot of tools that I could use, I fins how to integrate them in Blackboard. I'm not sure if all methods will work without complications and have a nice professional look in this platform. Since the whole university works with Blackboard I don't want to be the only person using something else, since I think this will only make things more complicated.