Suggested Calendar for online course

Example (for a course running April 1 to June 30)

Ideal TimeTable
April:  youtube videos are posted,  including powerpoint presentations with photos and lots of yammering and talking.   ASSIGN some audio learning, perhaps Maria Andersen's youtube about Free Range Learning and how we would change our lessons to accommodate her suggestions.   See links

Between April 15 and 30, the first reflections are made back (before May 1)

Students [Participants] can choose to call the teacher[Curator] individually and  Curator records the interaction, edits the response, and posts the meeting for others to listen to.

May 1     teacher posts SECOND set of slides or video/lecture,  giving the 5 frequent questions and giving answers to  clarify the first lecture 

Between May 15 and 29, students [Participants] reflect back

ALL of this also has a WRITTEN component that appears in a blog (free flowing)   that runs concurrently and a WEBPAGE that has more structure.   with links to the submissions by other students.    NOT ALL student work is shown to the other students.   The teacher has to evaluate the individuals.   The good stuff gets sent to all participants.

IF THE COURSE IS SET FOR June 1, I'm either IN the room or attending by SKYPE.

Participants are IN THE ROOM with you Will or they are on the phone or whatever.   I want to evaluate at USTREAM.TV to see if there is some easy way to use that technology... to project me to anyone who tunes in...

CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION is issued, but we will know who gets a true "Visual and Active Teacher Training" VATT designation...  those students who feel that they have demonstrated understanding of hte Yuzenas method and whom the other students agree is ready to carry the letters "VATT"


11 points for an online course

I share this with you three becasue Will is planning on offering a course for teachers to take.   I have been thinking that the four of us coudl come up with some dynamic courses that could be engaging, free, online and dynamic.

1.  people who participate would not be called students
2.  we four would be called "presenters" or "organizers" or "curators"

3.  EVERYONE would be exposed to the notion that the textbook ought to be free or very low cost

4.  lectures on youtube, to be viewed before the classroom discussion takes place
5.  you can't get into the room unless you have previously contacted the lead presenter with an email message and BETTER also with a comment about what the videos were about and some comments to help start the discussion.

6.  No hierarchy of "good student or bad student" based on how much you participate in person, face to face or by email.    I have personal experience that some students who are face to face are deadly boring, black holes and do not contribute to the discussion.  Students who have never been in class write some of the best discussion questions and ask me questions privately that are deep, show reflection and agitation, yet, the student is scared or unwilling to participate in open class.   Another student loves to hear the sound of his voice and doesn't listen to other students but rather prepares his next comment while the other prty is talking.   how are we to call some better students because they are more "present"?   (I have this prejudice because I have for various reasons not been a good "participant" in online classes because I don't check in every day on the discussion board.   For me, life presses in more in real flesh than the virtual classroom.   I can't wait for the hologram version of online learning...)

however, there are two categories that we can use:  "annoying person" and "thoughtful participant." 

7.  digital portfolios of every person, even the professors/presenters of the workshop.

8.  Giving links will not be assumed to be a good way to deliver information to each other.   When possible the entire aritcle will be plopped in an easy to read place, not as an attachment, but in the email message.

9.  a variety of ways of participating ought to be made available:  call the teacher, call each other (the participatns who want to give out their mobile number)

10.  participants would be encouraged to lead the discussions, which would be 

11. the best contact will include the following courtesies
"Is this a good time to contact you for 4 minutes?"
"Should I make a video and send it to you?"
"would you prefer that I send this question in an email message?"


Other details:

"How to cover a whole syllabus using projects"

a)  there will be some lecturing 
b) many students that resist projects eventually adopt them because they want to work with their classmates... 

here's a quote by one of my professors   Michael Simonson