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According to research on indicators of higher-level thinking in online discussion boards, when students disagree with one another and argue various points, they are engaged in higher level thinking as described in Bloom’s taxonomy (Bloom, 1986). When students simply agree with each other, there is often little learning taking place.

Challenges of teaching online

When I initially asked Ed what kind of challenges he encountered teaching online in the spring semester, he couldn’t think of any. However, when he thought back to the first time he taught the course, he recollected difficulties the students had in learning to work the online quizzes.

We had a lot of problems with students, I don’t care what my instructions were, “Gee, I didn’t know this quiz was closed and that if I got out I couldn’t get back in; I didn’t know the quiz was going to close on this day; gee the time changed and I didn’t know it affected me.” We worked out all those problems. Tim was the in-house guy that could take care of this and take it off of me.

Although Ed had used Online Day for the two previous semesters, it was the first time he had taught course with the Online Day resources embedded in Blackboard. Ed felt this extra navigational layer of entering through another program might have made access more difficult for the students. Ed felt like the biggest problem that semester stemmed from “the kids not knowing how to get into Online Day. We get into it kind of through the back door, in the sense that we do have it now on Blackboard.” The students basically had to know how to use both systems in order to complete their assignments.

When asked what he thought might be done differently to help the students overcome this obstacle, a frustrated Ed responded:

They just have to familiarize themselves with computers, concepts like Blackboard, online registration. I’ve had some students say, “Look, I’m not computer literate.” Well, to get through this university you need to be computer literate. So they struggle and most of them make it okay.

This was a surprising comment coming from Ed, who was totally dependent on Tim to make it possible to teach an online course. He was bewildered about what went wrong this semester:

It seems like I had to kind of keep going back and nurse some of them along. The students did not drop out, they simply failed the exam. Coming into the exam, they had quiz averages of 34. I know it’s not the course, because 80% made A or B. There were one or two Cs and two Fs, so maybe they just didn’t finish.

His comments show how easy it is to lose touch with online students. If the majority are active in the online discussions and doing well on the automatically-graded weekly tests,

a student could fall behind and not be noticed. Ed didn’t grade the students for each week’s participation in the discussion board, so one or two students’ absence could go unnoticed.

Orientation for online students

In thinking about a possible solution to the problem, Ed told me that the university used to require all students to register on campus. When they arrived, the students went through an orientation program where they met the teachers and could be taught face-to-face what they needed to know to take the course. Ed really liked the program and felt it was essential. However, the vice-president decided to do away with orientation because he felt it was a hardship for the students to come to campus, and might negatively effect enrollment of distance learners. This policy was a sore point with Ed, who had made his opinions known about the importance of face-to-face orientations in the past. Although very frustrated with the situation, Ed would not bring up the problem again, because he knew he would just be “shot down.”

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
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what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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