With any course, communication is key. With an online course, I think that communication is that much more important. During my online course, I plan to communicate with students a variety of ways. I will send updates and message, on my LMS. Communication will also take place when students meet with their advisory teachers, on the assigned days. In addition, students will be able to arrange time for assistance with me or the technology specialist.
My course will be self-paced, but still have some sort of structure. My course will be a graduation project. It primarily takes place in the first half of each high school students’ freshman year. Then, by the end of each year students will need to submit their ePortfolio link. So it won’t be like a standard ” due at the end of the week” assignment. Each module will be open for a month. It will fit each students’ needs for extended time and their schedule. I’m more flexible because I understand that, in addition to the students’ needs, they have classes with assignments due.
I really like the way my course is set up now. My plan for changing it would probably come about, after piloting it. I think the only way to see if change is needed to to observe it, to see what does and doesn’t work.
The courses that I suggested that could be switched to online courses could be physical education and an online applications class. I would create an online physical education class. I know what you’re thinking. Online gym? Yes, physical education can be online. In my high school, there is currently a hybrid physical education course in place. This course allows the student to do their physical activity outside of school and record the activity via Fitbit. Then they meet once per week. But honestly, our gym classes are two days per week. So it just cuts off on day from the schedule? My point exactly. Why do the students need to meet? Some students have issues with this schedules. A completely online course would solve this. Students would check in, upload their Fitbit data and give a brief list of the activity they did over the course of the week. I think that it also gets them in the routine of doing physical activity on their own. This is a healthy habit that all individuals know they should partake in, but don’t. Like ePortfolios, this is just another way to prepare students for the future.
Another useful online course for students would be to high school students is a technological readiness course. It would teach the students to use technology associated with school and the workplace. There are so many students that can’t use the technology that we incorporate into the classroom. I know, that’s a shock right? I felt the same way. Students know how to use social media apps and anything associated with them, but that’s about it. This course would teach students to use applications such as: Google docs, Google slides, Google sheets, tips and tricks for Chromebooks, and any other useful online tools. This would prepare students for the future, of independence, while in a supported environment.
After reviewing what Bates wrote, in chapter 12, there were a few points that resonated with me. I really like that the focus is getting students ready for the digital age. I agree that necessary skills and characteristics for the future include: knowledge construction, reasoning, critical analysis, problem-solving, creative, collaborate with learning and teamwork and multi-tasking and flexibility. All of theses skills help to form a lifelong learner. That is my goal for my online course.
Bates, A.W. (2015). Teaching in a digital age: Guidelines for designing teaching and learning (chapters 12). Retrieved from https://opentextbc.ca/teachinginadigitalage/part/chapter-12-supporting-teachers-and-instructors-in-a-digital-age/