Distance Learning Discussion

100 word reply with reference

Scenario 1: Carol Johnson wishes to begin teaching her high school algebra class online. She has decided that she needs to consider meeting with the students at the beginning of the experience, as they’ve had no opportunities to work in an online environment before. What are some of the organizational factors that Carol must consider when preparing to teach at a distance?

Carol Johnson must meet with her student to get to know the students, finding out the learning style, the amount of knowledge that the students already have about navigating online classes, and what resources the students might need to interact with the class. She might also want to go over how to navigate the class, how to post discussion board, how to post homework, how to do tests, how to get to the syllabus, and how to get in contact with her, other instructors, and the other students (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2015). She will also need to know if any of her students have disabilities (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2015). It is critical that Carol Johnson involve the student and to allowing them to feel engaged with the class and involved with the material the call will be using so the student feel invested in the class and the learning (Burch, Heller, Burch, & Heller, 2016). Carol Johnson must also know about the material that will be use in the algebra class, this is a good way to insure the quality of what is being tough. Spector, Merrill, Elen, & Bishop (2014) said it best, “The only way to make better decisions about the kind of knowledge representation as well as the type of tool to be used on it is to know the strengths and weaknesses of the tools.” (p.295). Overall, it is importing to find out what would work best for the students in the algebra class so that in the future, or at present, she can make a tutorial, involving the class, on how to use the best navigate the online class.


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