The most significant things I will take away from this course and immediately use in my online teaching is how to adapt to my institutions resource levels and new web 2.0 tools. Currently, I teach high school students in a traditional learning environment, and teachers in online continuing education. Two of the continuing education courses are on Google Drive, and Google Apps. The institution I teach through does not have any type of collaborative software system, so all of my teaching is done through Gmail, Google chat, and Google Drive. This course is a class where students can join at any time and go at their own pace. Because of this, most students are at different stages of the course, and all of my instruction is done through videos, reading, and collaboration with me on their documents.
Susan Ko and Steve Rossen’s book, “Teaching Online – A Practical Guide” has been a great resource that evaluates the three typical resource and readiness levels of institutions. When developing a course, it is important to know which phase your institution is in, so that your expectations, assignments, and collaboration all align with what your institution’s network and support can handle. They not only describe what those levels look like, but they also offer solutions to help you tailor your course to the available resources to increase your chances of being a successful online instructor.
The other portion of this course I will find immediately applicable are the variety of different web 2.0 tools my classmates integrate into their teaching. One great tool I was unaware of is Google Docs voice recording. I use Google Drive for all of my communication with my continuing education students, and this voice recording will give me another way to easily communicate with them.
Ko, S., Rossen, S. (2010). Teaching online: A practical guide.(3rd ed.) New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group