Here’s the 5th Avenue Coffee Company where we’ve set up shop while we’re in Naples. It’s really nice: quiet, wifi, and power – what else is there?
I just finished grading my Distance Learning students’ work. They were required to create their own online course and some of them really went to town. About 5 of the 18 students will actually be teaching the courses they built during the past 6 weeks. It’s been a real learning experience for them – they’ve been forced to step out of the student shoes and into the teacher shoes … with a little prodding on my part.
The most realistic teachable moment came when our course management system (CMS) crashed … no availability for almost a week. I already had them working in a wiki, so I transferred the whole course over there … It really made me think: do I need to use a CMS? My answer is yes and for good reasons: organization, centralized information, flexible tools, and my least favorite – a gradebook. I really don’t like grades, but I do realize how motivational they are for some students … ah, but that’s another post.
The Toledo’s at work: