Sam Coulter

Sam Coulter

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This was defintely my favorite module of this course so far! I didn't know that the way most of my assesments are set up are a mix of authentic and alternative! I'm really happy to have learned some specifics about these methods that I can help to further improve my assesment methods. I also appreciated the last module that discussed evaluating your course after assesment. Its an imperative part of the process that I don't think new teachers hear about often, so I'm glad it was included here.

I enjoyed learning about tips for subjective assesment. Since I teach a lot of subjective content, I find it difficult to devise questions that demonstrate student comprehension without making them too difficult or too easy to answer. The point about having students reiterate important facts to demonstrate broader understanding was the most helpful for me, and I'm excited to bring this new knowledge into my future subjective assesments!

It was a good referesher to go back through the different types of assesment. Very much like what we've covered in previous modules, there's definitely a time and place for the different forms of assesment, and the appropriateness of each depends on the curruiculum, the instructor, the students' needs, and the learning objectives.

I think the most I learned from this module was in regards to ensuring an educator selects the type of assesment tool that best suits the curriculum and course itself. Just because we have a technology doesn't mean its a one-size-fits-all tool.

This was a super informative module. I was basically able to work through the "final-authority anxiety" by realizing that students are excited to share something I didn't know how to do because it means they're excelling in the program and field. I'm going to be up front about not knowing everything, and I hope it'll help students feel more comfortable coming to me with questions that we can figure out together!

I really really like the idea of lab kits. I'd love to incorporate them in both asynchronous and synchronous courses. Giving students the time to really work through a lab project at their own speed and the comfort of their own space seems like it'd be incredibly beneficial and provide students with a stronger sense of ownership in regard to their learning.

I thought the best practices list was really helpful. It gave me a lot of ideas for possible synchonous and asynchronous activities! I also appreciated the section on dealing with asynchonous anxiety.

I think the best part of this module was the emphasis on reflection. Its definitely something students need to learn how to do, as well as educators and their curriculum.

I like that this module detailed some things that would help students succeed in terms of their temprament. It takes a lot of motivation and self-discipline to learn and work on your own time and willpower. When I design online elements for my courses, I try to take a multi-modal/learning style approach so there are options that appeal to students different learning preferences.

The appendix with the section about writing style was the most interesting in my opinion. It had a lot of valuable tips, and I'm always worried I ramble when I write or if I'm striking the right tone. It was helpful to approach it from a hollistic perspective and emphasize cohesion when writing. 

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