Catherine Romeo

Catherine Romeo

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I learned that some instructors feel that education should not necessarily be fun for the students and model that teaching behavior to their students. The learner-centered approach to student learning has been a change in education. This approach keeps the control of the learning environment with the instructor but the ultimate responsibility of the learning with the student.

I understand that combining different evaluation types will give you a better view of your course and help you improve it, thereby closing the loop. Also, using appropriate data is just as important as using multiple sources of data. 

I understand the importance of effective assessments as well as meaningful feedback and how these lead to better learning outcomes.

I understand the importance of scaffolding as it relates to a student's learning, and how using prior knowledge and experiences can help build that process of scaffolding and advancing their learning. 

Once you have identified learning objectives, you can organize the material into sections or modules, then develop content that reinforces those objectives, and 'chunk' the material into short, meaningful sections they can move through and see their progress as they complete it.

As an instructor, you must consider multiple sources for evaluating and improving your courses to truly accomplish creating meaningful courses. 

Without meaningful feedback from instructor to student after they submit an assignment or assessment or even a project, you can't expect them to improve.  Just giving them a grade isn't enough; they need to know how and why of the grade so they can include information that's required, and it helps them feel their efforts are worthwhile and notices as they progress and succeed.

I've learned that instructional delivery is key to a successful attempt at student engagement online in an ever changing environment as continuing education and higher education move into a virtual learning world.

It's important to have courses consistent in how they are set up, with clear learning objectives so students don't get frustrated trying to navigate around to figure out where to go next to complete assignments and assessments and learn the content they need to do that successfully.

How can we better reach students who, under all circumstances, never seem to want to engage in online learning?  How do we appeal to the 'YouTube' and 'TicTok' generation that wants a faster, more entertaining way of getting information that deem as useful?

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