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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.

I've learned the value of reality-based learning modalities. 

The exploration of Module 4 on blogging has been illuminating, particularly in understanding how blogs serve as a dynamic tool for online courses. Blogs, distinct from conventional websites, offer a flexible and interactive platform for publishing diverse content including text, artwork, and links. The chronological setup of blog entries, which supports real-time updates and community interaction through comments, makes it an excellent resource for educational settings. This adaptability not only facilitates a more engaging learning environment but also bridges the gap between formal education and personal expression, providing students with a space to reflect, critique, and enhance their learning journey.… >>>

This module on microblogging has profoundly enhanced my understanding of how social media, particularly microblogging platforms like Tumblr and Twitter, can significantly influence the dynamics of online education. Microblogging serves not only as a tool for quick information dissemination but also as a robust medium for fostering interaction and collaborative learning among students. It is particularly striking how microblogs can be tailored to support educational objectives by facilitating succinct communication and encouraging the sharing of ideas in real time, which can enhance the learning experience by making it more dynamic and immediate.

In applying these insights, I intend to integrate… >>>

So, the module on the proper use of social networking within educational settings has illuminated crucial aspects that I plan to integrate into my teaching approach. Specifically, the distinctions between personal and professional social media use underscore the need for we educators to maintain a clear boundary, ensuring that interactions remain respectful and relevant to educational goals.  Also, the insights on transparency and responsibility in posting have reinforced the necessity of honesty in one's digital presence, which enhances credibility and builds a trustworthy learning environment. I intend to apply these principles by more rigorously monitoring the social media interactions within… >>>

I have learned that Integrating social networking into education necessitates clear guidelines to ensure privacy and delineate professional boundaries by fostering a secure and legally compliant learning environment. Moreover, its strategic use should enhance educational outcomes by linking students to global resources and adapting to their evolving needs.

However, it requires careful management to maintain academic standards, be aligned with established learning outcomes and classroom authority, and be assessable while preparing students for the digital landscape they will navigate beyond their studies.

Dr. Lorenzo

I think COVID changed a ton. One of the positive outcomes, I think, is the greater capacity for online opportunities in education. I think this is good for higher education, because I think adults have an easier time remaining focused and benefiting from a virtual environment.

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