I remember saying to my husband when I started my Master’s program that I would likely be taking all face to face classes because of my huge fear of online learning. As an employee of Saskpolytech we are required to take a Faculty Certificate Program. If we complete a master’s with a technology course we are are able to PLAR or receive transfer credit so reluctantly and with huge hesitation I signed up for ECI 833. As I have blogged about before I needed a little push from some experienced classmates and the support of the instructor Alec to overcome my fear and take the plunge.
Now we are at the midterm point and this week my group presented a seminar on Tools for Online and Distance Education. Reading literature in preparation for the class facilitation I realized that I am not alone in my fears and that others have struggled with many of the same feelings. We discussed in detail advantages and disadvantages and what things to consider when choosing an online tool for our own students.
For the blog prompt we choose to ask our peers to discuss some of the tools we have used in ECI 833 and discuss whether they would use them in their own courses. I would like to reflect on my thoughts on Zoom as a tool for teaching and learning. I can’t believe how user friendly the Zoom Room is to connect to. For this reason alone I would feel comfortable using this tool with my own students. Just a click on a link and I am online with 30+ people taking the same course. I appreciate the fact that I can take this course from the comfort of my couch or kitchen table and I am sure my students would love this too! I find the CHAT room entertaining and engaging. It is great that people can interact and respond to one another without verbally interrupting the speaker. I did find that when I was presenting it was difficult to follow the chat at the same time. I assume it has taken some practice for those that are able to do it with out completely loosing their focus. I also appreciate that when as I student I have a question the instructor can share their screen and demonstrate how to do something. This weeks challenge for me was adding a photo into my blog post so here it is!!! ECI 833 peers what are your thoughts on tools used thus far????