Scott Olsen

Scott Olsen

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There are definately benefits and drawbacks of VI's. As a person who usually enjoyed going to the office to feel a part of a team, and still go to the office (though there is less pressure to do so) to be seen as a part of the team, being remote only, would for me be limiting. Creative solutions for connecting and inclusion are really needed. 


We have many students who do virtual internships and I presently have a VI that I am overseeing. There are lots of challenges, and I am definately open to insights from this course. It can not be overstated that some students who are likely to excell and some not likely to excell, the same is discovered by Independent Study classes, some students should not take IS courses. 


The holistic approach summarizes well what the section is disucusing. This is very adaptable for my class in communication in a career college context and may help students understand the value as well as application of the course material.


Highlight and not assuming that students will understand, why and what of an assignements is important. This makes the connection between what may be interpreted as an academic only task versus a career skill. As well these connections can help reinforce the value that interdisciplinary instructions has for their career success. 


Seeing the bigger picture in learning trades is not only understand the scope of what these career hold but the kind of learning that can assist in the success of these trades.


Thinking like a learner is key to learning. While there is baseline compentency for a course it is really desired that curiousity is aroused and students go above and beyond the learning objectives. 


Creating a well-rounded and thoughtful course touching the needs of each of the student types is certainly the first step in the process. How students complete early projects is an indicator in itself of the type of student and how to help them excel in future assignemnts.


There is a definite benefit in the understanding of students through the lens of colors. In online teaching, however, there is often a vast difference between the ability to know a student as compared to a 16-week F2F class. Even in a 16-week F2F class, there would need to be a great deal of intentionality t know the students. In an online class, it may simply be necessary to filter assignments through the lens of color assuming that students who are of these colors will better relate to those assignments and the diversity of assignments will be positive, even if… >>>

This section really helps me to consider the working relationship with other faculty more than understanding the student. The approaches to lesson plans, adaptation, the way in which students respond to these various personalities, and the way in which the various personalities interact during meetings is all a little clearer. 


It is easy to only view students through an ability lens and even instructors through a pedagogical style lens. It is important however to note that the evidence before the eyes may be an indicator of personality below. Because teaching is not about changing personality, but rather presenting instruction to all personalities deeper consideration into pedagogical methods must occur.


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