A Review of Module 1

I can’t believe the first two weeks of the course are already over. The first two weeks were a little overwhelming with learning a new learning management system and getting acclimated to the other programs. I finally feel comfortable with VoiceThread, Twitter, and Blogging. Here are some of the learning activities that I covered over the past two weeks:

The Course Manual has been extremely helpful in helping me design my course. It is nice to have a guide to help me brainstorm and generate ideas for my course. Since I have not designed a course before or taught, this manual has been helpful and I look forward to using it in other future modules.

The “Did you Know” video by Howie DiBlasi was very fascinating. The statistics where very interesting. It is amazing how technology has changed over the past few years. Globalization has played a huge role in technology. One fact that sticks out in my mind is that “Half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study” (DiBlasi, 2007). This statistic is pretty scary when you think about it, but it so true. It is amazing how technology changes every day. This video made me realize the impact on technology and how we constantly rely on it.

Minds on Fire: Open education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0” by John Seely Brown and Richard P. Adler made me really think about how the Internet has changed over the past 10 years. The Internet started to spread into homes when I was a junior in high school. Back then the Internet was primary used for composing e-mail and looking up information. Information on the web was limited and not everyone was connected. A person connected through the Internet via a dial-up service like America OnLine (AOL). It would take a while to connect to the Internet and as I said earlier, not too much information could be found on the Internet. In the past 10 years this has changed dramatically. Now days, everything is conducted through the Internet in seconds. Businesses are ran, education is offered via online, and personal finances can also be conducted via the Internet. As Brown and Adler stated “The world is evolving at an increasing pace (Brown & Adler, 2008, p. 30). The Internet has changed education and as time progresses, it will change even more.

Reading “Ten Ways Online Education Matches, or Surpasses, Face-to-Face Learning” allowed me to think about my own personal online educational experience. I could relate to all 10 points. I also connected my career to this article as well. An online education has provided me with many opportunities not only as a student but also as an individual and employee. The online classes that I have participated in have allowed me to interact more with my classmates and instructor and has provided me with lifelong learning (Kassop, 2003).

I am excited about Module 2 and developing my course, Interviewing. Module 1 has provided me with a great foundation for brainstorming and creating the foundation for my course.

Brown, J. S. & Adler, R.P. (2008). Minds on fire: Open education, the long tail, and learning 2.0

EDUCAUSE Review. p. 17-32. http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Review/EDUCAUSEReviewMagazineVolume43/MindsonFireOpenEducationtheLon/162420

Kassop, M. (2003). Ten ways online education matches, or surpasses, face-to-face learning. The

Technology Source. http://technologysource.org/article/ten_ways_online_education_matches_or_surpasses_facetoface_learning/