Pattie Mellican's Blog

February 16, 2010

Module 6 blog post

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This is a recent article with quotes from Bill Gates.  I thought it was interesting that he sounded as if he had read our text.  He mentions how it is not just presenting lectures online but changing and making it more student centered.  The article continues with other experts supporting that online education should be different from traditional education.  This is what will benefit students and the educational system as a whole.

The article also gives examples of technology helping to make online learning hands on outside of a classroom such as piano lessons from a teacher in Germany to the student in America.  It says that the new release of the iPad, itunes U (something I am going to check out), and digital whiteboards could help this area of education grow in the coming years.    

Within this article is the link to Bill Gate’s 2010 annual letter.  It is lengthy but I read the section on online learning and I think he sees as we do all the possibilities ahead.


February 7, 2010

Module 5 blog post

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This article read like a summary of chapters 4 and 5 from Building Online Learning Communities by Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt (2007).  The topics of time, cost, credibility, teacher interaction, and student motivation are all discussed in this article but not always with the same findings as in the text.  I found it interesting that it mentioned the cost of online education going down but in our reading it gave evidence that online education might not be “cheaper”.  As I was reading the text I wondered if online education would soon be the norm and even required at some Universities.  This article brought up how at one University it was required.  The credibility issue is one not mentioned (yet?) in the text that I thought was important.  I don’t think that the general public has the same respect for online degrees as it does for the traditional.  The quote near the end of the article summarized both the text readings this week and the article.  Jeannette E. Riley, named the best online teacher for 2008 states “Good online courses require more work on the part of instructors and students, which can pay off in more learning.”  I will admit that when I signed up for an online program I did not envision all the work that would be involved but it has certainly opened my eyes to so many things!

February 3, 2010

Module 4 blog post

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This first website is a list of netiquette guidelines for online courses.  This was a new word for me in the module 4 readings.  In the text it discusses that these can be discussed and negotiated.  It would seem though that a university or institution itself should set up some online rules as mentioned by this link.  I like this list because it is short and to the point.

This second link I found in looking up information for my emotion unit in Psychology. I thought this was interesting because maybe there is a possible future for online courses instead of just having a name they will have this type of individualization. As stated on the site, ”The eventual goal of this research is to give computer/human interfaces the ability to represent the subtleties we take for granted in face to face communication, so that they can function as agents for an emotional point of view.”  In the readings it talks about the lack of personalization being a problem in online courses.  The type of program mentioned here might be able to computerize emotions – an interesting thought!

January 26, 2010

Related Blog Post Module 3 Readings

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In looking for something to relate to the reading this week I found the following blog: which then led me to the original article: The author of the blog states that “too many learning communities are unfocused and need to have a much clearer mission in order to improve science teaching and learning.”  I think this supports exactly the sort of materials given by Giselle Martin-Kniep (2008) in Communities That Learn, Lead, and Last.  In the NSTA story Page Keeley states “merely meeting during or after school or through an online network does not necessarily translate into a PLC.” As I read the text this week as it spoke about measures of growth and attainment it struck me that some learning communities used a formal application and induction process.  While this is a lot of work it makes it so the people included are much more invested and serious about what they are doing.  All of the assessments in Martin-Kniep (2008) facilitate a direction and purpose for the Learning Community.  It makes it so it isn’t just teachers meeting but developing and creating for a purpose.  While both of these links are related to the teaching of Science I don’t think the concerns either author has are specific to any subject area.  I think they are addressing what they have seen in science but as many of us in class have mentioned also having witnessed in our schools. 

The mention of fads or TTWP – this to will pass – is something a few of have mentioned from earlier sections of the text.

January 24, 2010

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I thought of our class the other night when I read this.

January 23, 2010

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Here is my link to a blog which I feel would be helpful in my Psychology classes.  I can see it helping me as a teacher in many ways.  Just today someone posted information about preparing students for the AP exam and links to materials/resources.  I also didn’t know about a Freud Museum and could use the information to give my students a virtual tour or at the very least just more information.  I also see this as a place to refer students to.  It has recent articles related to a variety of topics in Psychology.  I allow students to read articles for extra credit and this is a place for me to get articles for them or for my students to go on their own and look for an article of interest.

January 22, 2010

First blog post!

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