In this discussion, you should explore what it really means to be "learner-centered" and the implications might be for your online course design and approach to online "teaching." You will also focus on what makes an effective online teaching and learning environment and the issues of teaching presence and class community in an online course.

It is recommended that you review the assigned course materials and resources for Module 2 to inform your contributions to this discussion. Remember you can and should return to this forum at a later time to interact and discuss the concepts with your peers and other more experienced online practitioners.

(Discussion Hints: What is something you would like to do in your online course?  Do you have a tip to share? What is one question you have about effective online teaching?  What is one question you have about effective online course design? How do we gauge their understanding when we can't watch for looks of comprehension? How can we express our personality online? How do we assess student learning? What does it really will mean to be "learner-centered" in your online course? Is teaching online really different? Are you prepared to change the way you teach? )

Instructions: Select one of the Threads and click "Reply", to contribute to an existing discussion, or "Reply To This" to initiate a new topic for discussion.

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What is something you would like to do in your online course?

I think going forward, I want to make my course more learning centered. I believe I can do that with my MIS course but I don't know how I can do that with my microcomputers course. The learning outcomes state that when they get done with the course, they will be able to do <objectives here>. I have to stick to that. But I would like to do it in a way that enables them to get what they want out of the course.

See article, "From Androgogy to Heutagogy" (http://www.psy.gla.ac.uk/~steve/pr/Heutagogy.html). Maybe they will do better if I am more focused on facilitating learning rather than teaching.

What does it really will mean to be "learner-centered" in your online course? Is teaching online really different? Are you prepared to change the way you teach?

Well, being learning centered means stepping back and stop being the kind of instructor who is delivering course content. Bill Pelz made the point that you can go straight from lecture to a student's notebook without passing through the mind. I don't want to do that. I want to expose the student to what we said we would in our learning outcomes and stop focusing on whether or not they learned it because truthfully, they may not.  I am definitely prepared to change the way I approach teaching. It means cultivating more modesty (recognize my limitations) and more humility (being more open to serving their needs and not mine).

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