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In this program I learned about the characteristics of the adult learner, Blooms Taxonomy, various learning theories, questioning techniques, and the importance of media in education. I learned how to create a DACUM Chart, complete a lesson plan, create performance objectives, and a course profile. I conducted a discussion forum and built my own blog. I learned, in a meaningful way, that learning is messy and that teachers are everybody everywhere. I learned the importance of reflective writing and critical thinking.
But as a future Nursing Unit Assistant Instructor one of the most interesting things I learned is the importance of not only how but also why to create a Course Outline. In our competitive world it is extremely important for educational institutions to provide current information about their programs, especially in regards to information which may leads to growth in student enrolment. In the past I never considered that providing the public with such information could be part of the instructors’ job. However, now that I have a better understanding of the structure and funding of educational institutions, it could help me to be responsible in a different way for the course or program I am about to teach.
In past courses we talked about the benefits of studying online and also the shortcomings of it. However, as I was reading through Brookifield’s eleventh chapter of skillful teaching, I realized that we have not talked about what online teaching means. Based on the three core assumptions of skillful teaching it appears that there are no differences between face-to-face and in class teaching. They are applicable in diverse circumstances:
-“Skillful teaching is whatever helps students learn.
-Skillful teachers adopt a critically reflective stance towards their practice.
-The most important knowledge skillful teachers need to do good work is a constant awareness of how students are experiencing their learning and perceiving teachers’ actions.” (Brookfiled, p.17.)
There are obvious challenges in the cyber world, i.e.: feeling isolated. This is one of the reasons why small group assignments are so important as well as linking interactions to content modules. Most of my adult formal education was earned online. Therefore I honestly can say that the teachers I worked with had the skills of being helpful when needed, aware of the students experiences to keep the class on track and critically reflective practitioners by making adjustments to the curriculum as needed based on the students’ feedback. I hope that it is not too naive of me to say that completing most of this program online provides me with a glimpse of what an online instructor’s every day looks like.
Brookfield, S.D. (2006). The Skillful Teacher: On technique, trust, and responsiveness in the classroom. ( 2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
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