Quality Matters

Sorry for the radio silence, folks — I’ve been building my one of three online classes, basing it on my Comp I syllabus.

I taught my first online class the previous spring semester, and I learned a few things: 1) Just because a student is in an online class, he/she doesn’t necessarily know how to use online and/or wordprocessing tools.  In many cases, he/she is taking an online class solely because of work schedule conflicts or (these days) the price of gas to commute to the campus, and 2) students emailing me their work tends to get lost in the other work email (exponentially a huge amount) that I get.

So this time around, I created lots of easily-accessed “How-to” documents and created forums on the Discussion Board for students to submit their work.  I got positive feedback from the previous class — I’m hoping (with these changes) to continue to receive positive feedback.

Still much work to do, even though — technically — I’m on my summer break.  Trying to design good online curriculum — following the Quality Matters rubric that the Hubby introduced to me a few months back — consumes a lot of time! 



About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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4 Responses to Quality Matters

  1. celogo says:

    Very interesting stuff! Great glimpse into what the kids will have available in 7+ years.

    Go LQ!

  2. Brian says:

    Why not just use the Drop Box for final versions? Do you delete the working drafts when the final version is submitted?

  3. lizardqueen says:

    Yup. Actually, I encourage students to read each others’ work (for peer review). As for Final Drafts of essays. as soon as it hits the Discussion Board, I download the file, post a message that I received it, and then delete the file (to minimize plagiarism). I’ll be monitoring the Discussion Board pretty vigilantly.

    Based on the spring semester’s class, most online students don’t really read each others’ stuff. I may include students commenting on each others’ work as part of the “Discusson & Participation” grade to encourage interaction among students.

  4. Brian Rogers says:

    Students are submitting work to the Discussion Board? Do you mean they are turning in assignments as posts that their classmates can read?

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