It seems strange that this course was so overwhelmingly busy at the beginning, and almost anticlimactic at the end. I stayed on top of the schedule, and finished things with thoughts of ‘what’s next?’ but we’re done. However, what I’ve learned and experienced in this course will stay with me long after we finish our discussions and zip our final products.
Working with Moodle has been a valuable experience. I had previously only worked in Blackboard, and Moodle is quite different. It’s good to experience another LMS, and to try new ways of working with content. I was glad to have the opportunity to both experience and use some of the Web 2.0 tools in this course and in my course, since I have been unable to in the courses I teach. I know the courses I teach could be so much richer in terms of technology and interaction, and I hope someday to be able to use what I feel is appropriate in my course, not what the curriculum team deems appropriate for us.
This brings me back to our discussions this module – what does it mean to be student-centered? We spent a lot of time in this course worrying about what we need to do – our assignments, or deadlines, our grades. It’s nice to see in our discussions that everything we do really boils down to one concept – what is best for the students. How can we serve our students? Are we doing the best we can to teach them? Are we teaching appropriate and relevant courses? Are we being interactive, engaging, are we even able to keep up with our students technology-wise? Do we adapt and change our methods to keep up with their demands, or try to force our students to adapt to our methods? So many questions, but the consensus seems to be – let’s do all we can to benefit our students. Let’s prepare them for their futures, teach them HOW to learn, how to be flexible, how to find and use information, and how to use technology responsibly. As Luke said, “The more things change, the more we should change too.” Like I said in a discussion post, I have noticed two distinct camps of teachers – those who refuse to change and those who embrace it, recognizing the importance of adapting to our students’ needs. I am proud to say that this course is full of educators in the latter group.
Thank you for a great course – everyone – and best of luck to your in all your future endeavors! 😀