The class is free, offered by the Program for Online Teaching (not an accredited institution), run by volunteer faculty and participants, and open to everyone. We offer a certificate for those who fulfill the syllabus requirements, and open participation for anyone not interested in the certificate.
The course started in September – broke for Christmas and started again a couple of weeks ago. It will continue to run until the end of April. Participants are very enthusiastic and many seem to be ‘flying’ in the development of their ability to use technology to enhance their teaching.
It is great to see participants experimenting with different technologies and being confident enough to share these with others. Last week the focus was on images and screenshots and explored the use of Flickr, Mbedr and the annotation of photos. There were a number of great blog posts this week, but Norm Wright’s introduction to a 3D rotating image cube caught my attention.
This week the focus has been on Audio and Video with equally successful results. For example, Trisha Hanada Rogers was on the course last year and this year has come back to demonstrate how she uses what she has learned in her teaching.
For more examples of how participants are experimenting with new tools see the Pedagogy First site.
I have been invited to talk about learning theory later on in the course. I know now, having seen the work produced by participants in the last two weeks, that I cannot match their technical skills, but hopefully I will be able to contribute some ideas from my past teaching and learning experience.
I’m looking forward to seeing what’s on offer in the next weeks of Pedagogy First.