Linking my Activities Portfolio has been a challenge for me because the instructions do not align or reflect the program or system. Perhaps there has been an update since the online instructions on how to create this link was created.
Concepts that have impacted my thoughts on student engagement and retention include connecting personally with students at the beginning of their enrollment in the course as well as creating and making available an personalized introductory video for students. Both of these practices will create a sense of connection between myself, as the instructor, and the student and will provide me with the opportunity clarify the various ways I am available to guide students through the course.
Two goals that I would like to achieve in the course include student completion and student retention. I will accomplish this by ensuring that the expectations of the course requirements are clear and that expectations of the course activities and assignments are outlined in detail. Information that I will be sure include also include logistical information such as “such as how to submit assignments, how to contact other course participants or how learners will be assessed”. I believe that these strategies will help to ensure student engagement, student retention, and student completion.
Questions that I have with respect to student engagement and retention include:
- how to cultivate student motivation within the context of distance learning
- how to create opportunites for dialogue between student learners
Strategies that I will use to address these include:
- provide consistent and timely feedback on assignments
- ensure open communication between myself and students
- create opportunities for students to post questions and comments that are accessible for other students to view and provide feedback on
Activity: Movie & critical reflection
In this activity, students will be required to watch a movie – selected by me – and write a critical reflection. This activity will encourage critical reflection and application of course concepts. This will help students to think of the course content and it’s application in a dynamic fashion.
Activity: Video Introduction
In this activity, I ask students to introduce themselves to me.
Student videos must include:
- reasons they are in the course
- what they would like to learn in the course
- information they would like me to know about themselves
Videos should be 1-2 minutes long.
Activity: Relate course content to real world examples
For this activity I will encourage students to relate course content to real world examples. I will encourage students to find current examples in the news media to relate and apply course concepts to. This is a strategy I use in my course to help students think through concepts and content.
News Link: aboriginal restorative justice
Next steps: I will implement this learning activity when students have questions or when I am wanting students to think more deeply about an issue.
Teaching Criminology 3151 is my very first experience with teaching an online course and I am not yet able to speak from my own experience of enhancing my social presence nor am I able to provide examples based on this. I am, however, eager to put into practice all that I have learned so far about increasing my online presence.
Here are my attached link to my Learning Activities Portfolio:
I think that my post will enhance social presence in the course I teach by my introducing myself, my connection to the course content, and my background.
I think to improve my post I would emphasize more of a collective and group presence in my introduction of the course. I would begin with an opening address (Hi all; Hi folks; Hi fellow learners) and emphasize the course as a shared learning experience between myself and the students – this is not something I had thought to do until reading through the first lesson in this module.