the above video on social cognitive theory made me laugh...it did not occur to me that so many people have researched this subject and have so many ways to describe this learning Theory. How will I ever be as creative as the ones before me??? My name is Audra (the skier in the middle) and this is my very first Blog! I am currently working at Selkirk College as an instructor in the pharmacy technician program. I also work in a pharmacy as a regulated pharmacy technician. I have the best of both worlds as I enjoy helping my customers as well as encouraging students to become pharmacy technicians.
"Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action." -Albert Bandura, Social Learning Theory, 1977
This quote is a clear reminder to me that the role of an instructor is important and that the more I get out of this course the better it will be for students and the program I am working in.
I have spent hours navigating the on-line library at VCC, Selkirk College, the Internet, and my local library. Each time I spend sifting through information I continue to be fascinated at all of the theories and research that has been done on the subject of education and adult learning.
My interest lies with on-line learning for many reasons, firstly I have been a student in an on-line format on and off for 10 years. Recently I have started working as an instructor in an on-line program and realize that my responsibility as an instructor is much bigger that I thought. My class starts in a few days and the pressure of this responsibility is felt. I have ideas on motivation and points I want to make floating through my head.
Trends and Roles Assignment This Trends and Roles assignment has been an eye-opening event for me for many reasons. I had to pick up the paperback version of “Blogging for Dummies” at the library, thank goodness they have books written for people like me. You can find my PIDP Blog at http://audraspielman.weebly.com/. I have succumbed to registering for Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/audra.spielman.3 but feel completely unwilling to ‘friend’ anyone as my social skill-set is limited to landlines, email, and face to face conversations.
I have kept with the on-line education theme and have chosen e-books as my ‘Trends’ in education. This concept is growing and will continue to grow due to increasing education costs. Many students familiarity with tablets like iPads and mobile phones are common types of technology used in learning today. I have found articles discussing increasing costs of textbooks and enhancements in e-books that will continue to evolve student learning. E-books also provide opportunities to students in remote areas without proper library access or learning institutions.
The library at most college campuses provide e-books as resources. It is the instructors’ job to become more familiar with and learn to utilize the resources that students will be using in order to provide a better experience. I plan to spend more time working with an iPad in order to learn how to work more efficiently when reading an e-book in the future.
The Roles in Education that I have chosen is instructor training for on-line delivery. I am clearly not the only person who is feeling anticipation and interested in providing my students with the best possible experience. There is tremendous interest from administrations around the world in being able to offer more students the chance at learning and by offering on-line programs it provides opportunities for students to continue their learning. Interpersonal interaction in online learning is focused on in the article referenced. The interaction between students as well as between the instructor and the student is important for the feeling of connectedness as well as positive outcomes for the course.
The model that instructors’ use by providing prior work examples has helped raise the bar and expectations for students is a useful practice. This concept is used in the PIDP 3100 course and I found it practical as a student to help guide me in the right direction. Feedback is another important component to online education in that students need to hear feedback and value their experience in online discussion forums. I will continue to communicate with students quickly and with as much detail as possible. I must encourage student participation so that their educational experience is a positive one.
Keisha has provided excellent articles for her Trends and Roles assignment. The article called The Troubled Future of Colleges and Universities by Gary King and Maya Sen is very interesting. Four attacks on modern universities include the internet, distance learning, private institutions and MOOC’s. The bottom line seems to be money and how access to education is changing. Student loan debt now exceeds total credit card debt (Federal Reserve Bank of New York 2012).
The article 6 Technology Challenges Facing Education by David Nagel is the other article that Keisha chose for this assignment. MOOC’s comes up again in this article and is considered competition to traditional models of education. Other challenges listed include professional development, resistance to change, delivering informal learning, failures of personalized learning and failure to use technology to deliver effective formative assessments. Further research on these technology challenges will be necessary as I proceed through this program.
The Web-Conferencing with Keisha has been very beneficial. I see that this tool and this experience will prepare me for working with students that may require additional assistance when an email or a phone call is insufficient. After reading her two articles and spending time discussing our views and thoughts of the articles, I have begun to feel more connected to the course. I found it very interesting how our articles connected in particular with trends in education. Keisha has been a source of information that can only be received from another student. She has shared with me her experiences in her previous course and her recommendations to be more efficient.
York, C., & Richardson, J. (2012, June) Interpersonal Interaction in Online Learning: Experienced Online Instructors’ Perceptions of Influencing Factors. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Volume 16: Issue 4 Retrieved from ERIC database. (http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ982684.pdf)
The article written in 2008 is extremely well done, I have copied this into my favorites and will certainly utilize the suggestions and learning style tables to better understand and prepare for my students in the online program. This article made clear the fact that there is no one learning theory that can explain how adults learn and that it is important to provide options for students so that each learning style can be provided for. The fourteen recommendations for online course development listed in this article seems logical and easy to implement in any online delivery program.
Cercone, K. (2008). Characteristics of Adult Learners With Implications for Online Learning Design. AACE Journal, 16(2), 137-159. Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved September 6, 2013 from http://www.editlib.org/p/24286. Creating a Positive Learning Environment:
Relationships between student’s emotional intelligence, social bond and interactions in online learning can be important in setting up a positive learning environment. It is necessary to provide students with interactions online as well as take part in interactions as an instructor. It is important to get to know each other on a different level in order to work and cooperate and learn from each other’s ideas and observations. When teaching online the student and instructor are at a disadvantage because they cannot see facial expressions or body language. It seems important to provide both synchronous and asynchronous interactions in order to provide options for students with different learning styles.
Han, H., & Johnson, S. D. (2012). Relationship between students’ emotional intelligence, social bond, and interactions in online learning. Journal Of Educational Technology & Society, 15(1), 78-89. Retrieved from http://www.ifets.info/journals/15_1/8.pdf
I chose the Faculty Focus article due to the simple approach given in order to keep students motivated from a distance. The MUSIC model is fascinating to me as a new instructor in an online program. eMpowerment is a concept that I will utilize in the next semester by giving students a choice of assignments perhaps research or reflection options on one of the assignments during the course. Usefulness is key, I have a lot of information that I am trying to get students to memorize and comprehend. I will need to explain how and why this information is so important in order to succeed in the course and to prepare for the field. Success is a reminder to me that feedback and direction are very important, I would like to implement video into the next session in order to provide another source of learning for those students who are visual learners. Interest provides another point that I need to provide alternative resources for the student to better understand the concepts that are important and provide example of professionals at work. Finally with Caring, a concept that I know to be true, I plan to continue to respond quickly to questions and concerns and to reiterate to students that I am here to help them succeed in this course.
The term ‘formative feedback’ is a new term for me, it is clearly important to learn how to apply this to my current group of students. This process of assessment includes improved student engagement, achievement and enhanced motivation. This article interested me because it contained information that will improve the instructor experience as well as the student in order to continue success online. It is important when instructing a class in an online format that you provide as many opportunities for students to communicate and learn from each other. It is also important for students who learn in different ways to be provided with opportunities to hear feedback and learn from other students as well as self assess their progress. In order for an instructor to understand the student needs it requires the full commitment of both the instructor and the student. As an instructor I plan to encourage the students to ask more questions and to continue to motivate students and provide them with more interactive activities as well as encouragement to ask questions and stay connected.
This article is interesting to me because of the high feedback marks from the student regarding the course they took. It leads me to believe that students taking an online course learn more and get a positive experience when specific collaboration activities with other students take place during the course. It is clear to me that in order to keep students engaged, I will need to continue to provide collaboration opportunities for them. The Google Docs example in the article seems fairly straightforward and easily accessible for students working from their home offices.