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In a highly competitive market, online learning has grown not just in the USA but globally.  The ability to take your education anywhere is more convenient than that F2F.

Hola, hasta el momento he estado utilizando varias de las herramientas para mis clases virtuales como ser foros, videos, grupos de trabajo, trabajos individuales, etc. Sin embargo, creo que es importante, de acuerdo con lo aprendido en este módulo, creo que debo dedicar más tiempo a la retroalimentación aunque esto representa para mí un reto por la gran cantidad de estudiantes que tengo en mis cursos.

Otra de las cosas que me llamó la atención es la importancia de realizar una actividad al inicio del curso, ya que hasta el momento he tenido solamente un foro de presentación pero son… >>>

CTE classes are built for students to see pathways they could see themselves doing after high school.  Vocational Ed for adults creates educational experiences for students that build your kinesthetic learning.  With that being said, retention of these students is better for the most part.  When teachers get enthusiastic about what you are learning and connecting it with the real world it helps students focus on their future.  Campus climate and even culture to a certain degree gives a sense of belonging.  How everyone interacts is key.  When you have a good support system in place that trickles down to… >>>

Principles of learning and student goals are intertwined 

Teachers and students together need to make the effort to have success.  These principles lay out the foundation for the course. Also keeping in mind that there is a professionalism called Netiquette "Respect", so each student understands common courtesy and behavior in the online environment. Another very important skill is time management and avoiding the pitfalls that students have over time.  

Nowadays whether you are asynchronous or synchronous technology skills and your ability to sink or swim will be defined early on in the class.  Instructors should size up each student's ability to be successful in the course. Depending on the LMS the school chooses like Canvas or Google Classroom, students taking online courses will adapt.  Since the pandemic we are in a new era of learning.  Even F2F classes have a LMS to post assignments, discussions, and meet scheduled or not.  I have used both LMS systems and I have found that Canvas is much heartier and for the adult… >>>

The online community is a different paradigm in that we need to be in more attentive in our communication.  Instructors need to be clear, professional, and appropriate.  Adult learners have an advantage of bringing their past knowledge to the table and apply that to the online community.  Facilitating this is takes more time than F2F.  In my online classes through CTE, I have clear expectations about having everyone's camera on.  F2F interaction as an instructor you feed of facial expressions, body language and tone of voice. but with online you just have the camera and some students do not want… >>>

I learned it's important to check in on my students to make sure they are staying on top of their work and staying motivated.

Sometimes students have approached me with requests I found ridiculous. One student argued that, since they already had an A for the course, they should be exempt for the final exam. I think in these cases there is no need to be tentative. Students need to observe appropriate boundaries.

Are you ready to take an online course? The instructor and the students should do a self-analysis on whether you are ready to take this course.  Some of the questions would be, do you have the technology to dedicate this time? Are you self-motivated? Do you have time management?  One thing I always stated to my F2F courses is that for every one hour of lecture you should study 2 hours at home.  Can you set reminders the day before due dates? 

For the instructor, it will take 20 plus hours to develop the online environment to be enriched and… >>>

Technology is taking on new forms, especially with generative AI. I think we need to harness it rather than demonize it, because students are going to become adept with it, whether we like it or not. I tend to think this kind of tool has no place in a humanities classroom, though. In these courses, we think for ourselves--that is the whole point.

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