Creating a course is a lot of work


I can official say after working on the welcome components of this module that creating your own course is a ton of work!  I found myself coming home all week and spending hours on the computer each night trying to get together all of the information for my course.  My most difficult part so far has been deciding what to do in each module and finding readings and videos that correspond to that module.  I think this part took me the longest to map out and then after that it was clear sailing.  The biggest thing that helped me to be successful was being able to observe the online courses.  It was a huge help to see how other instructors constructed their course and even how they worded their documents.  If I have learned anything during this module it has been that wording is a huge component of your course.  If you do not have everything worded in a way that makes sense and is directed at the student they will get confused and not understand what to do.

In the discussion forum for this module I began a discussion with Celeste and Ryan about the differences between online teaching and face to face teaching.  I was worried that in my course I would not provide enough experiences to make up for my presence in the course.  One of the most important things that I took with me from this discussion came from The Journal for Transforming Education through Technology.  It discussed that there are 3 types of interactions that take place in successful distant learning; learner-content interaction, learner-instructor interaction and learner-learner interaction.  If all of these components can be found in your course then you are golden.  Your students will be able to feel your presence in the course.

My own course…

I have made a lot of decisions so far from my course on what I want to do.  I know for sure that I want to create a strong sense of community in my course.  I will do that through ice breaker activities in the beginning of the course.  I also want to give my students an ample about of discussion opportunities so that they can learn and grow from their readings and course materials.  I also know that I will have outside learning experiences, such as classroom observations.  This will be a strong component of my course because every student will get a different experience and be able to bring those into our discussion.

What I am worried about….

I am getting worried about what is coming next in this course.  I am still unsure about all of the learning activities that I would like to do and I am afraid that they will not be adequate enough for my course.  When I viewed the courses for observation I felt that they were much more involved then my course that I laid out.  I am hopeful that when I start to create my learning activities I will feel more comfortable and that I will be able to write them without trouble.


As this module comes to a close it is hard to believe that we have already finished 4 weeks of this course.  I am excited to keep moving on my course but nervous as well.  This course is helping me to understanding the passion that online instructors put into their courses and the importance they place on all of the components.  While this experience is proving to be a lot of work, I know that in the end it will be rewarding.


Kelly (4)

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So much to learn so little time…


As the course continues to progress I feel like a little bit of stress has been lifted off of my shoulders.  I enjoyed the breeze presentation since I have never had an experience with that software before.  It was informative but I felt like it reiterated what was said in the article A Series of Unfortunate Online Events and How to Avoid Them.  Personally I enjoyed this reading because it took a lot of “weight” off of my shoulders.  When I read this I felt myself saying yeah I was worried about that happening.  One of the most important things that I took from the reading was that it is important to assume nothing!  As a teacher it is hard to not assume anything about your students especially when there is a good chance that you will never meet them.  We go through life making assumptions about everything we see it is hard to change that perspective when you are teaching.

Design, Design, Design…

In the same article you discuss how a good course does not happen on accident.  Now this is obviously something that I knew already but it is not as easy to do as I thought it would be.  Through  out the course manual I have learned what exactly needs to go into the course to make it work.  I knew that designing this course would be a lot of work but I feel that I am better prepared to do it because of the tools that have been provided for us.  I also found it important to lay out your expectations and make sure they are clear.  Without clear expectations how can you expect your students to know what you want from them.

What I am enjoying about this course…

So far I am enjoying the discussions in this post.  I feel that it is extremely helpful to interact with your peers while you are learning since they have so much to teach you as well.  Also, it is interesting to see what each person pulls from each assignment since it is usually very different.  Our minds seem to hang on different things when we are reading.  I am excited to continue learning and working through the modules with everyone and to see the final courses that are created.

What I would change….

The only thing that I struggle with during this course is the schedule.  For me when we start a module I think that I have so much time to work on the assignments because I have 2 weeks but that 2 weeks flies by.  I struggle with scheduling my assignments since I have so much time.  This is not really something you can change it is more something that I need to figure out as I continue working through the course.

The next step…

The next step I am going to take in this course is to observe an exemplar course.  I want to do this before I start working on my course components so that I can use this course to my advantage.  Between the articles that we read in this module, the manual, the breeze presentation and now the course observation I think I will be more than ready to start to create my course and get this show on the road!

Kelly (4)

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