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This idea of a VI is truly intriguing. Those with disabilities could really benefit from a VI.

The idea of a VI is new to me. I never thought about it. I also did not realize there are fake VI jobs posted out there too. 

I really like the idea of an online personal reflection blog.

It is possible to incorporate labs in an asynchronous course.   Utilizing different websites that demonstrate a procedure can be effective in educating students.   This also allows the student to view the procedure as many times as they wish.

Time management is an important skill for the students to be successful in an asynchronous learning environment.   It is also important for the instructor to give feedback and be prompt with grading so the student can self evaluate their own learning.

Using UTube videos to demonstrate a lab allows the student to view it as many times as they wish.  Some students need more reinforcement to master a skill.   The idea of badges give something for the students to work towards.

With asynchronous learning, students need to take more responsibility for their own learning.  While there is flexibility, students need to develop good time management skills and realize that it's their responsibility.

Quality standards for online classes are based on best practices identified through experience and research. These standards share seven core components for creating a realistic environment and facilitating learning:

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. Assessments
  3. Course Materials and Activities
  4. Faculty and Student Interaction
  5. Online Student Support
  6. Technology Requirements
  7. Evaluation and Improvement

It is important to utilize lab simulations that reflect course objectives as well as develop real life skills. Developing Re-usable Learning Objectives does not have to be a daunting task and could be accomplished through the use of an online resource site, such as MERLOT or through student assignments.

Great explanation on media strategy and instructional media design.

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