I do like the peer review element in Canvas because we get an opportunity to read/watch/view other students’ work. I think it helps us learn from one another and give us ‘suggestions’ of alternate ways to create a presentation. We see an issue from a different point of view be it that we are being offered comments on our presentation(s) or we are reviewing another’s work.
I took EME 6215 Instructional Graphics and the instructor chose to never let us see other student’s posts. I REALLY did not like this. I wanted to see other student’s creations. I can learn so much from seeing other presentations. I see how high the bar is. I see where I stand in regard to my abilities. I did comment on that fact to the instructor but she took it as insolence on my part. I think we all learn from each other. I am happy when someone makes suggestions as to how I can improve my submission or tell me what they learned from it. That’s the purpose of education. I believe other students like the same assistance form me. I will definitely use peer Review in my classes.
Online Learning and Alternative Learning Styles.
Students no longer have to rely only on text-based--or even video-based--tutorials. While those are still effective, with the ability to offer online learners more interactive experiences, students have many ways to learn, all within the same presentation. This advances the culture of innovation, critical thinking, synthesis and personalization.
In order to facilitate online learning, schools have to adopt a Learning Management System such as Brightspace (formerly D2L), Educator, Blackboard Learn or Torch to house their curriculum. Within the LMS, the course can be documented, administered, tracked, delivered and managed. Some systems have more features than others. The better ones include cloud storage and portfolios for the instructor and for students where they can create their first professional profile and journal of experiences, integrated plagiarism prevention and data disaggregation tools.
LockDown browsers allow for a secure testing environment. Students can access their course through a browser where, once in, they cannot open any other web pages. This eliminates the possibility of referring to other sites or documents while testing, thus eliminating cheating via laptop.
Some of the popular LockDown browsers are Respondus, Certiport, WebAssign and Pearson. I facilitate four 90-minute synchronous distance instructional math lessons daily for two teachers. Their styles are quite different. One uses the Respondus LockDown browser when administering tests and the other doesn't. I see that the students that take their quizzes/tests using Google Chrome do navigate away from the assessment instrument to watch movies, look up formulas and search for answers. I have mentioned this but the particular teacher's philosophy is to stick with what she knows. She is not comfortable being an online teacher.