Drawing on the ideas expressed and explored in my blog, I have come up with three summary sheets that capture flexible things I have always done in my teaching, flexible things I have added since starting this course and flexible things I intend to do. I include examples of flexible learning that my ideas draw on, outline the fit between my ideas and Otago Polytechnics strategic direction and discuss the considerations, risks and concerns that will need to be resolved before implementing my flexible learning plan.
Flexible Things I have Always Done
Flexible Things I have Added Since Starting this Course
Flexible Things I Intend to Do!
Examples of Flexible Learning That My Plan Draws On
1) This Flexible Learning course
Fit between my Flexible Learning Plan and Otago Polytechnic's strategic Direction
Otago Polytechnic's strategic direction in terms of flexible learning can be summed up as; 'accessability, learner autonomy and cost efficiency' . My plan is in synch with this stategic direction.
Considerations, Risks and Concerns
1) Upskilling me - I still haven't done an elluminate session, I haven't learnt to use moodle, I'm not comfortable with video, film and sound equipment and there is a lot I have to learn. But I'm not in fear of the technology anymore and I'm also not afraid of learning alongside students as I go. That said, I'd want to keep use of technology fairly basic at the outset
2) Personal sense of grief re loss of regular face to face sessions with my students. I find this group of students particularly rewarding to work with and will miss the contact.
3) Concerned about how to replicate my passion and enthusiasm on line as I think these qualities motivate and energise students. How to make it fun for everyone.
4) Concerned about how to get enough creativity and variety into online assessments and teaching - variety is the spice of life!
5) A little concerned that the course may not actually prove accessible to students in an online forum. Many are adamamant they would not want this format
6) Some concerns about timing of this change and related organisational requirements. Do I need to rewrite my programme document first and have it go through the academic approval process? Do I need to wait another year since prospectus has already gone out? Can I afford to wait another year in terms of my course sustainability?
7) How much time to reasonably and realistically expect from students completing the course on line and how to get this right
8) How do distance students afford contact blocks? Where do they stay? Are costs incorporated into fees or are they seperate.
9) How am I going to find the time to do this on top of my existing workload.