Although this is the final “required” blog, I may very likely continue to blog during my adventure, as well as review other classmates’ blogs who write on the topic of distance education.
I have thoroughly enjoyed what I have learned thus far in OMDE 603, Technology of Distance Education. Although the reading is hard to keep up with initially, as I learn more, I enjoy it more, feel more confident talking about distance education, and thus want to read more.
I would like to see the required textbooks and supplemental readings updated to include more current reading. As fast as technology changes, it really dates the concept of the course to have the most recent required reading to be published or written in 2005. I intentionally included a few of the more current readings in my SECTIONS essay, such as Pullen & Snow (2007) and Guri-Rosenblit (2009).
In WebTycho the basic course shell is set up, but then faculty can alter it in various ways. This sometimes poses a problem, especially for busy students taking more than one class. Sometimes assignments are under the tab intended, and other times they are in the conference. Sometimes required readings are only included in the syllabus, other times they are listed under required readings. I think instructors should be required to follow a set structure for setting up their WebTycho course.
In this blog assignment, it was time-consuming to locate the Google document that had the blogger/reviewer grid. Why couldn’t this information be listed within the conference — easy to find for everyone?
Due dates should be more clearly listed. For instance, the three assignments were well-written, and had a “last revised: 1/05/11” at the top. Why couldn’t it have had a very clear DUE DATE: March 7 – Assignment #1, DUE DATE: March 21 – Assignment #2, DUE DATE: April 17 – Assignment #3.
But these are just examples, and are minor in the grand scheme of technology of distance education!
Since beginning my journey in distance education, I can now answer the question: So what can you do with an MDE? I’m looking at the role of instructional designer, and if I play my cards right, I may be able to land that job when the Master of Science in Marketing Analytics is rolled out in Fall 2012 — first in a f-2-f format, but hopefully it will be so popular that it will be moved to an online format. If so, it will be virtually the first online course in the Smith School of Business, and I have the opportunity to be at the forefront with what I have learned — and what I will be learning!