Monday, May 31, 2004

Memorial Day Post

I made some further updates to the template I use for my Blogger layout. I think it will work now. The picture at the top is a Photoshop adaptation of a picture I took of a college in Belgium.

I am having trouble getting on Blackboard today. Actually I can log on but when I click on one of my classes I get an internal server error. This is not what I had hoped. Nevertheless, it does not spell the end to my EDTEC efforts for the day. I can still get on to my class blog site and participate there. I can also catch up on some of the reading for the class and get a head start on some of the other class tasks I have to do.

Of course, since it is Memorial Day I just might take some time and do other things. It's a holiday, so I think I will take it. I'll get back to my EDTEC work tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Answers for your questions

Below is a copy of a response to another student question from my 572 class.

His question: "One big question I have about participating in an online course/program is how do you emulate the dynamic of an engaged teacher and engaged students in a physical classroom? Is this possible? Can social software like blogs help...I hope to find out."

My response: "I can tell you from much on-line experience (over a dozen courses completed and counting) that having an engaged instructor and fellow students is possible. It does take a great amount of effort though, much more than most give in a traditional F2F class. It is certainly difficult to truly emulate a F2F class on-line. However, things like video conferencing, bulletin boards, and blogs (which I am just starting to learn about) greatly increase the richness of on-line delivery."

My expectations (copy of 572 post)

Below is a copy of a post I made to the EDTEC572 class blog site. I will copy all such posts here.


When I first signed up for the course I thought it would concentrate on how to use various technologies to design e-Learning courses, or simulations, or even virtual reality representations. I was a little disappointed when I found the focus of the course was instructor-led training. However, after giving it a small amount of thought I realized how very practical (and worthwhile) a class focusing on using technology to improve instructor-led training is. Considering that well over half of all training conducted in 2004 is still instructor-led, learning how to use technology in those classes is surely an important pursuit.

Therefore, I suppose I hope to learn more about how to incorporate various technologies into instructor-led classes that I design and develop. I want to learn how to make better use of audio, video, blogging, and various other blended-learning techniques to improve, enhance, and strengthen the educational outcomes of all classes I am involved with.

If we design some type of Computer Based Training we expect to use many technologies to enrich the class. However, we limit ourselves if we choose to not use many of the same technologies in an instructor-led class. I hope to learn how to overcome those limitations in this class."

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Getting Started

Today was the first official day of my new class - EDTEC 572, Technologies for Course Delivery. I am looking forward to it. There are two required books for the class. One is Charting Your Course: How to Prepare to Teach More Effectively by Richard Pregent. The other is A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives by Lorin W. Anderson, et al. Although I have only taken a cursory look at both books I think they will both be good sources of information.

I am taking this class, like a great many of my previous classes, on-line. This will be my fourth class in the MA program at SDSU. I feel like I am starting to learn a few things about Educational Technology. However, two of the biggest things I am learning are how little I know and how much more there is to learn. Even if I could dedicate several years exclusively to my studies I think I would only be able to make a start at learning what I want to learn.

Oh well. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. And...the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. So......let's get started.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Blog Problems

Well I got my Blog up and running the other day. Today I got my blog attached to my web site. I managed to get most things working on my web site. I tried to edit the template for my blog site with some, but not total, success.

I added a couple of pictures to the top to try and personalize my blog page. However, in so doing I covered up the title and part of the description. I guess I need to learn more about HTML to make everything look like I want it to.

Oh well that will have to wait for another day.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

First Blog

Well I finally did it. I started blogging. I only learned about blogging yesterday. Or perhaps it was a day or two ago, or last week, or a few months ago. I still know next to nothing about it. Nevertheless, I decided to try it. We'll see how it goes.

It is getting late and I have a big day tomorrow so I can't post much for now. I imagine it will take at least several days to get into any kind of rhythm. At least I have made a start.

A journey of a thousand bloggs begins with a single post.