I began this course with overall proficiency in the tenets of effective online teaching and learning, having completed coursework and training in online pedagogy. As a college librarian, I develop online learning objects and integrate eCollections and resources into online platforms. And as a reviewer for my college's Peer Online Course Review team, I review online courses for my colleagues, so I started with a lot of experience. What was missing, though, was the confidence to try new tools and an overwhelming sense that there were too many to choose from. I also recognized the need to learn new approaches to connect better with my online students.
After 6 intensive weeks of applied learning in the academy, I feel I've gained a comfort level trying out and using new tech tools. Creating informal and quick videos while distinguishing between various platfoms is now something I'm comfortable with. The Liquid Syllabus I created in this class has already been deployed to my late-start LIBR C100 class with positive results, as has the FlipGrid Icebreaker activity. In less than 1 week of my online class starting, I'm already noticing increased peer-peer connection and interaction. I also feel I have a deeper appreciation for pedagogy that recognizes and values different cultural characteristics of learners.
This class has equipped me with knowledge and tools that I will immediately use in my current classes. I'll need to revamp a lot of my existing assignments to align them with some of the key practices I've learned in the class, particularly around the idea of being a "warm demander".