I’ve worked endlessly the last 4 weeks on creating an online course for a fun collaboration project between my 8th Grade photography students and my Betas. I’ve been SO pleased with the outcome, and I’m ecstatic that my idea for this has been accepted by my department heads. I’ll be starting this course THIS week in my fine art elective class!
The process of creating this online course has gotten my wheels turning. I’m beginning to see the potential and the convenience an online course can bring for our students and even teachers and faculty in my school. I’ve mentioned before that this year, Presbyterian School is focusing on looking at our assessments. Is the way we are currently assessing our students in the classroom effective? Are there alternative forms of assessment we should be looking at? Throughout this year, PLC groups have been meeting monthly to brainstorm, research and present different ways we can be assessing in the classroom. There’s a mathematical mindset, EC assessment, creative writing and ePortfolio group, just to name a few. At the end of the school year, once school has let out, there will be a large group, professional learning meeting in which each group will have the opportunity to present their findings to all of the faculty. I’ve started to think- What if we somehow created an all online PL course in which each of these “assessment groups” have a designated unit in the course so that teachers and faculty can access and complete the course on their own time? I obviously haven’t worked out all the details yet, but I think it would be great to enter in all of this great information into Schoology, or another LMS and have teachers join the course on their own time, instead of losing valuable time in the classroom. I think it’s something worth looking into!
Another idea I’ve had recently is to create an online course for middle school students as they prepare to begin creating their own ePortfolios. I’ve had the opportunity to pilot ePortfolios in my 8th grade fine art elective, however the goal is to have all middle school students in grades 6-8 to have an ePortfolio. One that they can use to house important artifacts and projects for their school work. In discussing this with my supervisors, we realize that we do not necessarily want them to use a school template, or to create the ePortfolio through their school email, because we want our students to continue to use the ePortfolios in high school and college. Trying to teach students how to create and maintain an ePortfolio during normal class time is challenging, because there is so much information to relay, and while I want to cover that information, I cannot afford to loose too much of my class time for ePortfolios and not be able to cover the class information I need to be teaching. I’ve already said, teaching students about ePortfolios and helping them in creating one is another class entirely, and well, why not create an online course on ePortfolios? I can break down the course in different units, and post all materials and assignments in Schoology. I think something like this would be so beneficial for our students, and will not take away valuable class time from teachers.
There are just a couple ideas I’ve had since starting the process of designing an online class. The possibility are endless!