Feedback from a Teacher

My 21st Century Communication Collaborations class is ending this week, and it’s always enlightening to read the comments from teachers as they reflect on the last six weeks of making a videoconference happen.

Here are some comments from a 2nd grade teacher:

This class forced me to actually DO a videoconference instead of just THINK about doing one.  The articles and forums I’ve read have been so helpful.   They’ve reminded me that we all are at different “levels” AND that is okay!

This class has made planning and participating in a videoconference quite simple.  I benefitted from learning little pieces at a time throughout the 6 weeks.  Building from week to week was very helpful.   It made what seemed like something totally overwhelming and impossible to something very “doable” for me and necessary for my 21st century students.

I’ve also learned that videoconferencing can be easily integrated into the curriculum. I had no idea there were so many options available.  Videoconferencing gives us the opportunity to work collaboratively with people from different life styles and cultures.   There are many vc opportunities out there to choose from that would nicely enhance our curriculum. Doors are opened that would have been thought impossible years ago. It seems, however, that no matter what the videoconference is about, the connection to another class in another place is the biggest benefit! Communication skills and teamwork alone would fit into whatever you are teaching!

Wow! 21st century learning, here we come!


About Janine Lim

Janine Lim, PhD, currently serves as associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She and her team support over 200 online courses, provide training for faculty teaching online, and work with the campus infrastructure support of online learning. Her department also provides educational technology and Moodle support for faculty and students. In addition, Janine is responsible for the faculty and courses of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes online numerous times over the past 15 years, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Her undergraduate teaching includes social media courses for communication and digital media majors. Janine has served on the board of the United States Distance Learning Association since April 2015. Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated distance education for 22 K12 school districts in southwest Michigan for 14 years. In that position, as one of the co-founders of TWICE, Michigan’s K12 Videoconferencing Organization, Janine has spearheaded popular international K12 videoconference projects such as Read Around the Planet and MysteryQuest. While still serving on the board of TWICE, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the CAPspace website for collaborative videoconference projects. Janine also served on a team of Michigan educational technology trainers providing a workshop called ATA Technology Academy. Her current online learning research interests include successful teacher behaviors, quality online discussions, and student activity patterns in self-paced courses.
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One Response to Feedback from a Teacher

  1. Pouya says:

    I hope it integrate with carriculum, My wish all the time!!! to remove the black boards and remove the papers and start to make video contacting between students around the world:)

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