As we begin the Facilitating in Digital Learning Environment (DLE) course, I am filled with curiosity, excitement to explore, and fine-tune my digital facilitating skills.
Three initial feelings about facilitating in DLE:
- It is imperative to use various technology with intention and not for attention.
- It is an opportunity to get creative in curating more engaging content and activities.
- Authentic assessment and meaningful feedback are needed, more than ever.
Two questions and challenges I would like to resolve by the end of this course:
- How to be aware if students are being honest about doing their own work while their cameras are turned off?
- How to identify struggling students and early signs of distress when there are no interactions?
One metaphor of teaching – Going on a road trip!
A while ago, I attended a Teaching Convention and the facilitator used an analogy that deeply resonated with me. She said that teaching is like going on a road trip. It is about the journey of learning and sharing. The trip starts with identifying the destination (where) and purpose (why). Then, determining who the passengers are and what they are expected to experience. Lastly, how long will it take to get there and the best route to avoid roadblocks and obstacles.