Take a Stand: Risks and Benefits of Alcohol Consumption


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Week 6 Discussion: Essential Skills for an eLearning Educator               


The goal of this activity to to collaborate with your colleagues to construct a list of “Essential skills for an eLearning Educator.” Each student will add a new, unique, contribution to the discussion forum and the end-result will be a collaboratively-created list.

What you Will Do

1.    Complete the following required reading

In text, Online & Hybrid Learning Design Fundamentals (Book 1)

Chapter 7, Alignment to ISTE’s NETS for Teachers and Students and Other Standards

Best Practices

A Study of Best Practices in PLATO Learning Online Solutions


Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online                                                                                                           (http://www.edutopia.org/stw- online-learning-teacher-development)

Technology and Teaching: Finding a Balance

(http://www.edutopia.org/blog/technology-and-teaching-finding-balance-andrew-marcinek) Strengths and addressing weaknesses of online learning: Strengths and Weaknesses of Online Education.pdf

2.  Read the contributions that have already been posted.

3.  Write a new discussion posting in which you describe a new “Essential Skill” for an online K- 12/ higher education educator and include at least 3 supporting quotations from the readings to support your “skill.”

Forum Guidelines

1.    Do not duplicate/replicate information or rubric items that are already posted. Be sure that you are adding something new to the list

2.    Write your own items. Although there are sources available online that you can use for inspiration, your contribution should be your own original thought and writing

How to Participate

1.    Read through the contributions that are posted before you start so that you do not replicate something that is already there.

2.    Write your new contribution and post to the discussion forum.

3.    Feel free to respond to your classmates’ posts.


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Leah Birdsall                                                                                                                               



Essential Skill: Provide resources for students to collaborate effectively with others online.

  1. “In fact, if a little time is spent on, say, Google Drive, teachers can eventually save time and paper, while collaborating more effectively with students.” Source

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/technology-and-teaching-finding-balance-andrew- marcinek     (https://www.edutopia.org/blog/technology-and-teaching-finding-balance- andrew-marcinek)

  1. Google Drive is “one of the best tools to impact the writing process since the red pen. In the classroom, Google Drive can be leveraged in a variety of ways.” Source: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/technology-and-teaching-finding-balance-andrew- marcinek (https://www.edutopia.org/blog/technology-and-teaching-finding-balance- andrew-marcinek)
  2. “Teacher engagement in the online learning process was found to have the strongest relationship to student achievement outcomes.” In high school, my English teachers would utilize Google Docs to give feedback about our papers — leaving comments that would highlight the sentence. Source: http://info.plato.com/rs/plato/images/186- RSCH02%20Marzano%20Analypdf (http://info.plato.com/rs/plato/images/186- RSCH02%20Marzano%20Analysis.pdf

Brooke Minner                                                                                                                                



An essential skill for an eLearning Educator is to keep up to date on technology and understand how to use it from the perspective of a student.

I think this should be an essential skill for an eLearning Educator because, often times, the

way we use technology is outdated and not always used to the best that we can utilize it. Also, if we do not understand how to take an online course, we will not understand how the students are interacting with and reacting to it.

Quote from https://www.edutopia.org/stw-online-learning-teacher-development


“… problems with technological know-how. Your formal training should give you the basics, but be sure to reach out to colleagues or your online community for further help. That’s especially true as you get into more complex questions of strategy, such as the following: How do I build community in my classroom? How do I foster active participation and engagement? How do I assess online?”

As things get more complex, we have to know how to build community within the online classroom, and that may only be accessible through better technology. Letting the fear of not knowing how to use more advanced technology, or leaving your comfort zone, is not what is best for the students.

Quote from Strengths and Weaknesses of Online Education.pdf


“Online Education Cons → Problematic for Instructors → As software is getting more and more advanced, instructors are constantly trying to learn how to keep up. Traditional instructors believing in lectures and handouts may have a tough time in adopting the system and software.”

As computer systems continue to advance, it is difficult for educators to keep up and often think that the process they are used to would be what is best for their classroom. However, it is essential that the classroom advances with the advancement of technology so that they can offer the students the best way to learn

Quote from https://www.edutopia.org/stw-online-learning-teacher-development



“First things first: Take an online class. To really grasp what online education is like — and what strategies make it successful — Rice and Caldwell agree that you have to experience it as a student.”

If teachers want to teach effectively, it is only right for them to have experienced the way they are going to be teaching. As they all went to traditional school where they had a classroom in person, they know how to teach that much better because they’ve been through it. Since most have not taken many online classes, it is important to do so, so that you know what you like and don’t like and know what’s good and what’s not good about an online class so that you can bring that into your classroom.

Sean Heslin                                                                                                                                 



Essential Skill: Adaptation and integration of active learning

  1. ” In the past, the process of learning was often viewed as a largely passive experience in which knowledge is received and stored for future use. Over the past 20 years, however, cognitive research has led to theories and paradigms

that reflect a more active model of knowledge acquisition. ” https://sweetwriters.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/186-RSCH0220Marzano20Analysis.pdf (https://sweetwriters.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/186-RSCH0220Marzano20Analysis.pdf)

This quotation describes the former classroom that focused more on the teacher and is centered around lectures that lack student involvement. The quotation shows how the classroom has been changing alongside technological advancement for the better.

  1. “As an administrator, seek to promote a culture of sharing around technology along with a pace that is comfortable for every level of user. Reinforce the idea that learning goals and objectives — not devices or applications — still drive classroom engagement. ” https://www.edutopia.org/blog/technology-and-teaching-finding-balance-andrew- marcinek (https://www.edutopia.org/blog/technology-and-teaching-finding-balance-andrew- marcinek)

I think this quote defends my essential skill in a more conservative sense. It describes how teachers should not promote technology for the sake of using newer more advanced material, but promote technology for the sake of the learning advancements it provides. Technology is bringing the classroom closer to students and making the material more likeable for the students.

  1. “There is a limited opportunities to interact face-to-face to professors and other students.” https://miamioh.instructure.com/courses/110531/files/13918649/download?wrap=1 (https://miamioh.instructure.com/courses/110531/files/13918649/download?wrap=1)

I have provided this quotation so that I can argue my point against it. This quote says that an online curriculum limits face to face interaction, however that depends completely on the type of online classroom used. In blended learning the face to face interaction is not completely ruined but an online chat or project based sharing system can be used to increase the level of interaction from solely being face-to-face in school.


Thomas Cirrincione                                                                                                                          



Essential skill: Teachers should understand that every student learns differently and should be open to looking for a variety of teaching aids that provide a more wholistic education.

“The key in all of this is good instructional design along with a consistent vision and culture built by school administration. Find applications that promote and strengthen a variety of skill sets for students, not just one or two.” https://www.edutopia.org/blog/technology-and- teaching-finding-balance-andrew-marcinek                                                                                       (https://www.edutopia.org/blog/technology- and-teaching-finding-balance-andrew-marcinek)

This is an essential quote to support my essential skill. The main purpose of this quote was to emphasize the importance of supporting all the students in your classroom with the resources they need to succeed. Ensuring that not a single student is left behind and they all have the support and guidance they need to succeed once they leave your classroom

“Ultimately it’s not about how many apps we integrate, but about providing our students with the best access and opportunities to contemporary learning resources. As educators, we must prepare our students for their future, not ours.” https://www.edutopia.org/blog/technology- and-teaching-finding-balance-andrew-marcinek


As teachers it is important to remember the reason why were are there in the first place. As new technologies come out it can be exciting to explore or integrate them but I think we must be sure to remember to take into account the learning styles of our students.

“Provide multiple opportunities for students to be actively engaged in content that includes meaningful and authentic learning experiences, such as collaborative learning groups, student- led review sessions, instructional games, analysis, discussions, case studies, etc.” https://sweetwriters.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/186-RSCH0220Marzano20Analysis.pdf (https://sweetwriters.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/186-RSCH0220Marzano20Analysis.pdf)

This quote is discussing the best practices to help students understand and practice new knowledge. I think the most important take away from this is that there can be multiple different mediums that teachers can use to help teach their students. It is important that you use and try a variety in order to see what it is that works best for each of your students.

Jasmine Pinkney                                                                                                                              



Essential Skill: Be open to new things, new learning techniques, new types of students, and anything else that may happen. Be prepared for things to change and go in a different direction.

Quote 1: “Online courses provide an opportunity to learn new technologies and practicing the use of office software, Internet, etc.” – Pros and Cons of Online Education.

As an educator, you have to be ready to think on your toes when things go wrong and you have to think of something new to do and teach. Or if the way you decided to do something doesn’t work, try something else.

Quote 2: “As databases grow and information continues to evolve into paperless formats, it is essential to teach students how to question effectively and efficiently.” –Technology and Teaching: Finding a Balance. https://www.edutopia.org/blog/technology-and-teaching- finding-balance-andrew-marcinek                                                   (https://www.edutopia.org/blog/technology-and-teaching- finding-balance-andrew-marcinek)

Students are going to be learning new things and will have to be willing to adapt, why shouldn’t the educator do the same?

Quote 3: “Be prepared for challenges.” –Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online. https://www.edutopia.org/stw-online-learning-teacher-development (https://www.edutopia.org/stw-online-learning-teacher-development)

This is my favorite quote because it embodies exactly what I am saying. Be ready for a challenge and something to throw you off as an educator. Don’t expect everything to go easy breezy. Whether that is during the classes/courses, or in your everyday life.

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