This week will mark the end of yet another 8 week e-Classroom course and 6 more Byron educators will officially be e-Certified. I developed and have been facilitating this for nearly 4 years and am constantly tweaking and fixing the course (via Moodle). The smallest of improvements can have great impact for future participants. One of the things I LOVE about online learning, is that I have a record of discussions, reflections, and feedback. This is critical – not for the participants – but for myself, my facilitation, and my course.
Because of the way I have crafted the eClassroom course, it has provide extra time to focus on very personalized feedback. Last year, I stumbled on Dwecks Mindset book. It has changed my life. I was determine to put extra time and effort to focus on growth mindset techniques in all of my responses. Generally reflections in Mod 1 indicated frustrations, doubt, and fear. This is very natural and module 1 generally requires significant facilitation. I will not lie. I have seen some very VERY significant growth in participants this time around. Not just growth in skill and technology but growth in mindset. From “I dont think this is for me and my classroom” to “I am ready to do this”!
I always provide opportunity for my teachers to give me feedback after each module and in an end of course survey. The narrative provided this time around were great and the comments reflected my work in facilitation.
Improvements needed – my reflections
1. Somewhere in Module 1 or 2, I need to create a video about Moodle Design. I would hope this would eliminate the amount of adjusting/clean up participants would have to do in Mod 4. OR – better yet, maybe when I create their sandbox course – I only allow 2 or 3 topics. That way, they will try to keep unit materials under 1 topic.
2. Our district recently adopted the Marzano Framework for teaching. This course is very aligned to Domain 1, 2, and 3. I need to take some time and align the course to the framework, as well as ISTE and INACOL standards. I would like to try utilize outcomes in Moodle. If I could do standards based feedback/grading via Moodle – that would even be better. Word is @moodleshare may have figured this out!
3. I would like to add a few scales to my activities to help with clarity in assessing the learning artifacts. It is always important that my participants get opportunities to improve them. I really like the Moodle rubrics. Will I use those – or just a simple scale?
4. Give choice in reflections. Either allow participants to reflect with me 1:1 (Moodle activity) or allow them an option to create a blog and reflect to their own audience – submit link to me. I noticed one of my participants reflection improved significantly when the reflection went to our course discussion board in Mod 6. Makes me think – audience matters for some! I remember when I was in my masters courses and I loved LOVED blogging vs. private reflections.
5. Pay special focus with teachers in the as they are developing their units. As they begin creating tasks and resources – its important that I provide feedback on whether or not the resources and tasks are age appropriate. I would love to do cohorts of teachers in similar grade levels.
6. Consider either a module in copyright/fair use or adding an activity in Mod 2/3.
7. Add more relevant research in hybrid learning. When I first created – it was focused on online learning, I then readjusted to include flipped classroom. I believe “Blend/hybrid” is the best solution and need to find research to support it.
Is there such a thing as the “perfect” course? I doubt it. But I will do my best to conquer and build it! In the mean time, I am satisfied with the completion rate of Byron teachers (who voluntarily sign up) and the feedback they provide me to improve this course!