Final Reflection

In this final post, we were asked to respond to a series of questions provided by the course.

What did you learn about digital citizenship?

I had not considered topics like copyright to be a part of digital citizenship prior to this course. I learned that the definition for digital citizenship is not universally acknowledged and that many different definitions and inclusions exist.

What was your biggest accomplishment in the course?

Honestly, just completing the massive amount of material in this course is a huge accomplishment. This course actually prompted me to go back through some courses that I have created to make sure that I had achieved a good balance between resources and activities given the allotted time frame.

What challenges did you face in completing this course?

I felt like there was too much to do to actually learn. This was a challenge in task completion.  Newer, more relevant resources would actually allow the course creators to attach fewer resources. There are many newer resources that cover this material in a more efficient manner. I had a hard time not being insulted by the materials that were provided, considering most of these topics are topics that I cover, even if briefly, in the course I teach.  If I provided such out of date material to my students, I would lose credibility with them, as well.


How does what you learned through completing this course connect to your outside the classroom experiences?

Because I teach a class where we use technology in order to allow us to create different things that traditionally expected from English class, I incorporate activities on digital footprints and digital citizenship before we begin other coursework. I have obtained some new material that I can use throughout the year to continue to instill this message in my students.

What was the one most useful or meaningful thing you learned in this course?

This course reinforced the importance of the COVA approach. Without the ability to choose the way to demonstrate my learning.

What have you learned in this course that will help you continue to grow as an educational leader?

When created courses, online or traditional, it is important to make sure that all of the components add up and work together effectively.  If rubrics exist, they must match. Point values must make sense for the amount of work required. One assignment should not prevent a person from passing the course. Instructions, when written, must be given clearly and be free from grammatical errors.  When instructions appear in more than one location, they must match in all instances. As an educational leader, it is my responsibility to ensure the academic integrity of the ELA courses on my campus. This course has given me specific examples of things to look for when courses are being created.  I also want to ensure that the delivery instructors have autonomy and ability to make adjustments when deemed necessary.

What suggestions would you give other students on ways to get the most out this course?

Print the assignment sheet and follow the rubric exactly. Then, go to the other rubric in the grade book and make sure it matches the assignment rubric.  Then, go to the assignment instruction and compare what it tells you to do versus what the rubric evaluates.

If you could change any one of the activities you did for this course, which one would it be? What would you change about it?

I would prefer that the activities be something that can align with our innovation projects. I would like to see the assignments catered toward the goals of the DLL program.

What will you say, if you have a chance to speak to your friends, about this course?

This is a hard question to answer. This course is not likely to come up in conversation with friends since they are not involved in this program. This course has taught me a lot about good course design.