Naked Teaching & Community building

“The courses that remain on our physical campus will need to emphasize the naked teaching”   (Bowen, p.242).  I believe Bowen encourages colleges and faculty  to provide hybrid education that provides their students with  technology that connects them to technological data, content, resources, expertise, and learning experiences that can empower and inspire them to be more effective and productive members of the community.

The following links have interesting articles regarding effective hybrid learning strategies

http://tech.ed.gov/netp/teaching-prepare-and-connect/

http://web2014.discoveryeducation.com/web20tools-community.cfm

http://www.carlotaperez.org/downloads/pubs/UNESCO_techn_and_univ_1992.p

 

 

Virtual communities

Online communication has a potential to create virtual learning environments that promote a sense of classroom community. Virtual communication can be helpful when a target group of a community are inspired to bring change in society. Students can learn more from one another through virtual communication, however, I believe that the process becomes smooth if members interact with open minds and appreciate each other’s contributions.

Social media can be used to build connections and relationships to have impact on the world.

A study cited by Rovai (2001) highlights a sense of classroom community among learners which increased significantly during a five week course suggesting that on-line instructors can create virtual learning environments that promote a sense of classroom community.

One plausible reason is that interaction and involvement of learners lessened psychological distance.

Reference:

Rovai, A,. P.(2001). Building Classroom Community at a Distance: A Case Study; Educational Technology Research and Development (49), pp. 33-48

The following in the following Ted talk video, Mr. Rawson describes how virtual communication positively impacts his practice.

Online communication has a potential to create virtual learning environments that promote a sense of classroom community. Virtual communication can be helpful when a target group of a community are inspired to bring change in society. Students can learn more from one another through virtual communication, however, I believe that the process becomes smooth if members interact with open minds and appreciate each other’s contributions.

Social media can be used to build connections and relationships to have impact on the world.

A study cited by Rovai (2001) highlights a sense of classroom community among learners which increased significantly during a five week course suggesting that on-line instructors can create virtual learning environments that promote a sense of classroom community.

One plausible reason is that interaction and involvement of learners lessened psychological distance.

Reference:

Rovai, A,. P.(2001). Building Classroom Community at a Distance: A Case Study; Educational Technology Research and Development (49), pp. 33-48

The following in the following Ted talk video, Mr. Rawson describes how virtual communication positively impacts his practice.

 

The impact of lack of compassion in our society

As a society we have moved away from empathy which is core to our emotional intelligence. We are less compassionate towards each other as human species and I am afraid to say Mr. Trump exploited this flaw that exists amongst many of us. I think he used the increasing lack in compassion toward each other or our lack of emotional intelligence to win his election.

This psychologist indicated above, Daniel Goleman (2007) illuminates the effect of lack of intelligence among societies. He equates this lack of emotion to a condition that occur to most people that do not care about their fellow citizens emotional intelligence. However, in this video Goleman refers to a situation that transpired due to a person that had a high IQ of 160, I am afraid to say Mr. Trumps IQ does not appear to have an IQ  as high as 160. My opinion is that Mr. Trump identified a strategy that made him benefit from the lack of empathy towards each other, by making people scared about many issues that they so depend on like the healthcare, separating them from their families etc.,  instead of finding or make suggestions about solutions that are prescribed to human and emotional intelligence.

He further clarifies that when we turn that part of emotion off, by focusing on ourselves and not place ourselves in another person’s situation we become oblivious to the consequences of our actions, that happen to negatively impact our emotional intelligence.  my view is that as a society we have moved away from empathy which is core to our emotional intelligence. We are less compassionate towards each other as human species and I am afraid to say Mr. Trump exploited this flaw that exists amongst many of us. I think he used the increasing lack in compassion toward each other or our lack of emotional intelligence to win his election.

This psychologist indicated above, Daniel Goleman (2007) illuminates the effect of lack of intelligence among societies. He equates that to most people that do not care about their fellow citizens emotional intelligence. However, in this video Goleman refers to a person that had a high IQ of 160, I am afraid to say Mr. Trumps IQ does not appear to have an IQ  as high as 160. My opinion is that Mr. Trump identified a strategy that made him benefit from the lack of empathy towards each other, by making people scared about many issues that they so depend on like the healthcare, separating them from their families etc.,  instead of finding or make suggestions about solutions that are prescribed to human and emotional intelligence.

He further clarifies that when we turn that part of emotion off, by focusing on ourselves and not place ourselves in another person’s situation we become oblivious to the consequences of our actions, that happen to negatively impact our emotional intelligence.  my view is that as a society we have moved away from empathy which is core to our emotional intelligence. We are less compassionate towards each other as human species and I am afraid to say Mr. Trump exploited this flaw that exists amongst many of us. I think he used the increasing lack in compassion toward each other or our lack of emotional intelligence to win his election.

This psychologist indicated above, Daniel Goleman (2007) illuminates the effect of lack of intelligence among societies. He equates that to most people that do not care about their fellow citizens emotional intelligence. However, in this video Goleman refers to a person that had a high IQ of 160, I am afraid to say Mr. Trumps IQ does not appear to have an IQ  as high as 160. My opinion is that Mr. Trump identified a strategy that made him benefit from the lack of empathy towards each other, by making people scared about many issues that they so depend on like the healthcare, separating them from their families etc.,  instead of finding or make suggestions about solutions that are prescribed to human and emotional intelligence.

He further clarifies that when we turn that part of emotion off, by focusing on ourselves and not place ourselves in another person’s situation we become oblivious to the consequences of our actions, that happen to negatively impact our emotional intelligence.

https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj4q8Wr-5_QAhUpxVQKHc0CBzAQuAIIITAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ted.com%2Ftalks%2Fdaniel_goleman_on_compassion%3Flanguage%3Den&usg=AFQjCNF0pkKu0Km5Sas4utWsVOVqouTvKA

 

Online training is a viable mode of instruction. I believe that we need to stay up to date by identifying new technology, adopting it and acquiring the rewards. It is our role to learn new technology as fast as we can so we do not fall behind while we stay competitive, remain relevant and make sure we do not miss development opportunities.

My view is that as educators, teachers and facilitators we need to make it our responsibility to be relevant and effective in a technology-led teaching and learning environment.

Online training is a viable mode of instruction. I believe that we need to stay up to date by identifying new technology, adopting it and acquiring the rewards. It is our role to learn new technology as fast as we can so we do not fall behind while we stay competitive, remain relevant and make sure we do not miss development opportunities.

My view is that as educators, teachers and facilitators we need to make it our responsibility to be relevant and effective in a technology-led teaching and learning environment.

Some thoughts to ponder….

Some thoughts to ponder….

Lesson Planning creating a positive learning environment

Lesson Planning-creating a positive learning environment
A lesson plan consists of many interrelated parts. It is an instructor’s road map during a learning period.Creating a positive learning environment in online education requires one to consider that students work independently on their personal schedules which vary widely and have a variety of life and work experience as Brey(1988) highlights that it is for adults to have on-campus classes because of the demands and personal schedules.
Creating a positive learning environment Rationale
“Nurse Educators have a professional obligation to promote a positive learning environment for all nurses and students in our increasingly diverse society” Adeniran, R., K. & Smith-Glasgow, M.E (2010, pp.1). Globalization has created permeable boundaries in the world. The community we live in and take off is becoming increasingly diverse in racial and ethnicity; hence, healthcare organizations in various countries have included recruiting programs that focus on international trained healthcare personnel.
Why creating a positive environment is important to me
I am one of the international trained nurses. My transition experience to one of the Canadian healthcare organizations was very unpleasant. It was a negative experience that affected my learning in the new department I got introduced to work. The negative experience was a learning curve to me. I became aware of the pain that get induced by exclusion. As a clinical instructor I intentionally include and engage all learning students in my spheres of influence. Effective listening that includes positive responding is a successful skill to creative a positive environment. Adeniran & Smith-Glasgow (2010) envisions diversity and inclusion as a multilayered process through which we achieve excellence in learning.
How will it improve my instruction?
My learning experience has helped me realise the how destructive attitudes create negative feelings that can affect learning outcomes in new nurses as well as student learners. The situation has helped me avoid building unnecessary barriers and construct meaningful inclusiveness. Creating a positive learning environment is crucial to student learners. The clinical learning environment has been defined as an interactive network of forces within the clinical setting which influence the student’s clinical learning outcomes. Clinical learning environments may influence the development of the students’ attitude, psychomotor skills, knowledge, and clinical problem solving abilities (Dunn, S., & Hansford, B. (1997). A study that was conducted by the above authors, it was identified that a clinical learning environment is influences by the following factors; positive staff relationships, nurse-manager commitment, patient relationships, student satisfaction, hierarchy and the organization cultural practices. Effective collaboration between healthcare education sectors is crucial if students are to achieve optimal learning outcomes. Addressing students by name makes students’ feel valued and listened to, they feel that their contribution is appreciated
References
Adeniran, R.K. & Smith-Glasgow, M.E. (2010) Creating and promoting a positive Learning environment among culturally diverse nurses and students; Journal of Creative Nursing 16 (2) pp.53
Brey, R (1988). Expanding the classroom through technology: meeting the mission of community colleges. Technical and Junior College Journal 58 (4) 29-31
Dunn, S., & Hansford, B. (1997). Undergraduate nursing students’ perceptions of their clinical learning environment. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 25(6), 1299-1306. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2648.1997.19970251299.x

Blended Learning (Hybrid learning)
Blended learning, a thoughtful integration of classroom face to face learning experiences with online learning experiences. The internet information and communication technologies are defining and transforming innovation for higher education in the 21st century (Garrison & Anderson, 2003). Some of the favourable potential use of blended learning. include
● The ability of online learners to be both together and apart and to be connected to a community of learners anytime around the globe
● Internet information and communication tools provide flexibility of time and place in the real world
● The combination of synchronous and asynchronous written communication, blended learning provides and advantage in supporting higher levels of learning through critical dialogue and reflective learning which is widely accepted as higher order learning.
● A blended learning framework provides capacity that empowers the learner with independence and increased self-control vital to critical thinking
● It has been argued that asynchronous computer-mediated conferencing supports flexibility, reflection, interpersonal and teamwork skill development, motivation, and collaborative learning environments resulting in deep and meaningful understandings and communities of inquiry (Garrison & Anderson, 2003)
● Online courses increase participation and engagement in student learning, otherwise, face to face discussions encourages energy and enthusiasm that are spontaneous and contagious
The downside to blended education appears to be the fact that
● There is little attention and focus on the challenges of the classroom, increasing opportunities, and hypothesizing the properties and potential of blended learning approaches
● Financial resources are needed to provide effective and efficient necessary to initiate and support blended learning initiatives, human resources are essential for the development and delivery of blended courses, creation of clear institutional policy, assembly of an innovation fund.
Trends and insights on Blended learning
The rapid emergence of technological innovations over the last century has a huge impact on the possibilities for learning in the distributed environment. There is an increasing focus on facilitating human interaction in the form of computer-supported collaboration, virtual communities, instant messaging, blogging etc. There is an ongoing research investigating how to make machines and computer interfaces more social and human. The social part can be manageable if instructors teach at a pace that most students are comfortable with. Being a basic degree clinical instructor, my student target group is often comprehend computer technology innovation with ease, there is certainly little challenge in their part with technology, However, in my personal experience(a generation of baby boomers) learning information can be overwhelming to the students that are not technologically informed, their engagement may be affected by lack of technological expertise. As the world is constantly challenged by the rapid technological information that is developed throughout the competitive computer technology environment; some argue that accessing and using information is fundamental to functioning well in todays’ world, yet information overload may be difficult for some learners to process as well as the web language that is changing, for example tweets, emoticons have become standard way of communication (Merriam & Bierema 2013). Although emergence of the web tools are essential, I believe the face to face instructions remains an important method that will help produce effective student learning outcome.
Changing roles of teachers on online learning
The role of the teachers has shifted from dominators to facilitators. As facilitators, the teachers provided students with support frameworks to meet their needs. The role of the students shifted from passive to active learners as they became self-regulated to raise questions and interacted with their peers to improve their summaries. On the face to face instruction the class is controlled by the teacher, the students has less opportunity to create a community. Students create community through variable means including blogging and interacting (Yang, 2014).
Blended teaching enhances the interaction between teachers and students and among students themselves. Teachers become one of the participants in the students learning process. During a face to face learning instruction, students may feel pressured and lack confidence in providing their peers with suggestions and comments. They may have anxiety which affects their participation(Yang. 2014).
The classroom teacher can get feedback from her/his students by observing online participation and log files, although in reality have noticed that this stance does not endorse full participation of the student or fully help the teachers to observe whether students have revised their original drafts into final ones after the teacher and peers suggestions. For example, students that are engaged in online forums, may not fully express their knowledge because of the time frame that may affect the amount of information the student can get hold of to be able to effectively participate on the forum. Teachers are able to give feedback on line directly using an online system without the limitation of space and time.

Web-conference experience.
I had a fascinating web-experience with my learning partner. He focused on flipped classroom education. I think lectures can be stimulating for me as an educator because I will be having an opportunity to learn as well as developing a milestone on how to video tape lectures for my lessons. I find flipped classroom interesting because watching a video may have a potential to stimulate and motivate student’s attention. We commonly found that blended learning had a great opportunity that can help us develop our technological sphere as well as engage effectively with our students.
Conclusion
There are key intrinsic and extrinsic factors that have a potential in affecting effective online learning, intrinsic factors like determination or lack of, strong self-esteem or poor self esteem have a potential to influence learning, stress and time management can affect performance in blended learning
As teachers we need to consider encouraging a sense of community and belonging to the learners by promoting interaction by engaging perceived unengaged learners
References:
Bonk, C. J. & Graham, C. R. (2004) (Eds.) Handbook of blended learning: Global Perspectives,
local designs. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer Publishing.
Garrison, D. R. & Kanuka, H. (2004). Blended Learning: Uncovering its transformative
potential in higher education. Internet and Higher Education (7) 2 pp.95-105
Garrison, D. R., & Anderson, T. (2003). E-learning in the 21st century: A framework for
research and practice. London: Routledge/Falmer.
Merriam, S. B., & Bierema, L.L. (2013). Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice. Kindle
edition 2012. Amazon.com
Yang, Yu-Feng. (2014) Preparing language teachers for blended teaching of summary writing: Computer Assisted Language Learning (27) 3. DOI:10.1080/09588221.2012.701633