Educators are preparing learners for a life of professionalism and quality, this all starts with setting clear guidelines for the course of learning. For my self-paced course in Canvas on Integrating Technology in the K-12 Classroom, there are a few specific guidelines that I feel ethically obligated to communicate with teachers of the unit to ensure every student has a safe and integral learning experience:
- Commitment to Learning for ALL Students: The course was designed around Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Understanding by Design (UbD). The purpose of the course is to focus on the learning outcome, the lesson redesign with EdTech, not the nitty-gritty of the individual assignments. Students have a lot of flexibility in showcasing their knowledge and it is important for future instructors of the course to be open and accepting of students ideas and strategies. My favorite part about this course is that it is all about the learner. The learner is focused on improving their lessons to better meet their students needs.
- Communication: Clear communication is important with all courses, but with a course that allows for a lot of flexibility and openness to submitting assignments in a variety of ways, it is even more important for the instructor to communicate. Learners should know how to get in contact with the instructor if they have questions. Instructors should also communicate their specific expectations for turning in assignments. Within this course I implemented many opportunities for students to build a Personal Learning Network (#PLN) on Twitter. Instructors should communicate their Twitter handle and the best format for students to showcase their posts.
- Self Reflection: My Canvas course allows for ample opportunities for students to self-reflect. It is important for students to be provided time and space for reflection to better understand their new learning. In additional to self-reflection, students will also be given the opportunity to peer-reflect. Instructors should also self-reflect and model the benefits of reflective practices with their learners. This is a practice that works for all ages and types of learners.
Overall, my self-paced course is designed for the learner. The learner should be able to take on new challenges with the course and feel supported in their practice. Future educators should feel comfortable connecting with students and letting students shine in selecting their tools and format for showing their work.