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OMDE 601: Foundations of Distance Education and E-Learning

What I knew about the course prior to taking it: NOTHING!!! This was my first online course toward my Masters in Distance Education and I had no clue what it would entail! I knew there would be a lot of reading, research and participationbut that was all. I knew I had my mentor by my side and could ask anything of her! I knew my family would stand behind me, as well, and I knew I needed a Masters Degree to advance as a full time faculty member at the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry. What I learned from the course:
One of the many responsibilities of an instructor is to help a student overcome subject matter that they are having problems understanding, and to help them accept the correct concept. All students are due respect and courtesy to have an assessment of their knowledge of the course concepts, as well as the ability to provide their positive and negative attributes of the course. Assessment of both the faculty and student support systems must be in place and evaluated at the conclusion of the course. These evaluations should be used when performing yearly faculty reviews. Sadly, some faculty members see the administration of an online course as inferior to traditional courses Perreault (2008). Many important actions are needed to facilitate successful student learning via distance education. Course development for distance education classes can be formulated by one of two models; author/editor or a team approach. Communication is more important than in a standard classroom and involves technology and feedback from the instructors and fellow students enrolled in the distance education course. Administration requirements of a distance education course are also extremely more involved than in a traditional classroom atmosphere. Industrial production and consumption of a distance education course must be carefully contemplated to promote success. Communication is vital and highly attainable through the advancement of the 1

OMDE 601: Foundations of Distance Education and E-Learning

digital world. Standardizing a course is topic specific. Mass production can be successful once the target audience is identified. We are taught early in life that planning is essential to prosper. As with distance education, planning is essential to produce the utmost quality course. As the world evolves, the industrial age is being replaced with the digital/informational age; however, education is a business and someone must make money.

How I plan to use this course to excel in my profession:

I have learned that a DE course requires interaction between students and instructors. I have learned the importance of using different media to add to student learning in a Blackboard course. I have learned that the course I took to be licensed to administer local anesthetic was considered a hybrid/blended DE course. I have been teaching an Oral Radiography course at Carroll Community College (CCC). Many of the aspects of student relations and media will be beneficial to the students at CCC. I plan to integrate these components into my future courses. Examples of changes I will make include: adding videos to my Oral Radiography course; adding video links to my ppt lectures; develop more thread discussions on Blackboard. Because leaning must be hands on to be affective, the online portion of the course will be integrated into the simulation lab. Thus making it a blended or hybrid course.

Perreault, H., Waldman, L., Alesander, M., Zhao, J. (2008). Comparing the Distance LearningRelated Course Development Approach and Faculty Support and Rewards Structure at AACSB Accredited Intuitions between 2001 and 2006. The Journal of Educators Online, 5(2), 1-15.