In March 2020, educators across the world united to complete an unfamiliar, daunting task…teaching completely online. Most of us have used computers for instruction, but this was different. With no direct instruction, I noticed my students weren’t learning or engaging with the activities. I thought my assignments were purposeful and content-rich, so I was puzzled.
Then I had an AHA! moment. I realized that I failed to first teach my students how to learn online.
What do I mean by that?
The students were multi-tasking while watching the videos, skipping assignments and not communicating with other learners. They weren’t focused or taking responsibility for their learning.
Before beginning this schoolyear, I trolled the Internet for effective online teaching strategies and found this gem, a blog post by Sara VanDerWerf. She inspired my first assignment: Take one week to learn how-to do something non-academic, using only the Internet as a resource. Make sure to document and record your learning on Flipgrid.
We compiled their findings on an anchor chart. Some strategies shared included: rewatching and pausing videos, note-taking, daily practice and focused learning. It went exactly how I planned.
Little did I know I’d be given a similar assignment for my #CEP810 class. I chose “How to declutter and organize a home office” for my topic. This may seem silly to some but for me, I am a Type A personality trapped in a Type B body. I really want to be organized, but I don’t know how to be…YET.
Wanna see what I mean? Watch my first network learning project video on Flipgrid or look at the picture below & you’ll understand.
Time to get started.
Step 1: Group like items together according to Oprah.com
Wish me luck!
REFERENCES AND IMAGE CREDITS:
VanDerWerf, S. (2020, September 01). Modeling E-Learning (distance learning in the era of COVID-19). Retrieved October 18, 2020, from https://www.saravanderwerf.com/modeling-e-learning-distance-learning-in-the-era-of-covid-19/