Thursday, May 7, 2009

Reflections Journal, Week 16

7. What are your suggestions for improving the design of this course?

I really think that adding more variety to the design would reach more students. While the content was great, the execution got old. Also I think reflections should be done anonymously.

Resource Log, Entry 81-85

#81 - Schulz, J., Sielaff, M., & Tuf, S. (Eds.). (2008). Toolbox for it. Retrieved April 10, 2009, from

#82 - GoogleMaps. (n.d.). Retrieved April 10, 2009, from

#83 - Flickervision. (2007). Retrieved April 10, 2009, from

#84 - The Influence of Constructivism on the Instructional Practices of Teachers by Jason Schall

#85 - Assessment in a Constructivist Classroom

Reflections Journal, Week 15

6. Please comment about building quizzes and answer keys, and on grading your peers. Did you learn or gain anything valuable from these experiences? Please explain.

Not really, as this is something I am all too acquainted with. It was deeply troubling to have others ignore the “rules” set forth by the instructors in accordance with question/answer design. It really made me angry to see one of my classmates break this rule. And worse, defend it after I responded with the proof that this rule existed. I was really shocked that someone could argue so much against something that was clearly incorrect. I too wanted to be sure I provided the correct type of questions for my section, so I Googled, "Objective Questions," just to be clear. Too much work for such silly problems....

Resource Log, Entry 76-80

#76 - Bloom, J. W. (2006). Background to curriculum: historical definitions. The exploring science site. Retrieved April 15, 2009, from

#77 - American Psychological Association, January 18, 2006. Retrieved April 15, 2009, from

#78 - Ornstein, A. C., & Hunkins, F. (2004). Curriculum foundations: Principles and theory (4th ed). Boston: Allyn and Bacon. - A super fantastic book on Curriculum!

#79 - Wikipedia Mashup. (2009). Retrieved April 10, 2009, from

#80 - WikiCrimes. (n.d.). Retrieved April 10, 2009, from;jsessionid=FC943340FA1340195B66DAB67F24A1A6

Reflections Journal, Week 14

4. Please compare the experience of doing research and authoring a textbook for a class (like this one) versus the traditional way of reading and studying an assigned textbook for a class.

I prefer reading and studying a text, as I don’t believe that authoring was the experience this class was intended to teach. I feel awfully narrowminded saying this, but I really do thrive in classes that are more stuctured in content as opposed to what we did this semester.

5. As a result of your experience in this class, are you more likely or less likely to assign collaborative wiki writing assignments in your teaching situation? Please explain the reasons you are more or less likely to do so.

I would, but not for an entire course of study. I think these Wiki's are a great idea! I'd love to see students do a collaborative work on a particular area of study. But in order to reach more learning preferences I'd like to add images or perhaps a video to the mix.

Resource Log, Entry 71-75

#71 - This website discusses increased student responsibility in constructivist classrooms and several of the instructional tools used in constructivist classrooms that relinquish the responsibility of learning and constructing new knowledge to the student.

#72 - This is an excerpt from a WikiBook about constructivism. I thought it was relevant to our topic because this section focuses on the learner as an individual and the responsibility of learning. URL -

#73 - This is an excerpt from a paper entitled “Constructivism”. This paper was published on a website. I think it was published by Georgia State University. I thought this piece of the paper related to our topic because it discusses student initiative in constructivism.

#74 - This website disscuss constructivism in within the realm of K-12 education.

#75 - - This website is a Wiki on constructivist teaching methods.

Reflections Journal, Week 13

3. Please comment on your experience of others (e.g. WikiBook editors, external experts, other Internet surfers) observing and / or critiquing your writing in the WikiBook.

I didn’t really have any experiences like this. Only the instructors seemed to make comments. This is something I think I would have like to do more of. In past online classes we would have discussions and reply back to 3-5 classmates. I always found the feedback helpful and interseting. Every once in a while someone would bring something to the table that was a true treasure of information.