"Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational."- George Couros
Overall, this program has taught me how to use technology to increase the effectiveness of the teaching process and enhance the learning experience. I have been able to create my own lessons and learning materials that can be used in real world settings. I think my specialization, Online Educator, has helped to prepare me for becoming an online instructor or course developer. I’m expecting this program to really open up a lot of future opportunities. I would like to take what I have learned and apply it to a future career in teaching K-12 and assisting teachers in integrating technology in the classroom.
Challenges faced throughout this course was designing engaging online learning experiences and using the right tool for the right purpose. I used discussion boards because they are effective learning elements because they give learners the opportunity to engage with one another. I tried to make lessons active and thought-provoking by forming a connection with the learning materials and what students may already know from the outside world.
My journey throughout this program and completing the online specialization has made me understand how technology has changed the roles of teachers and learners. In many classrooms today we see the teacher’s role shifting to the “guide on the side” as students take more responsibility for their own learning using technology to gather relevant information.
I was able to learn the importance of effective integration of technology and how learning can be extended in powerful ways with technology tools. In addition, I learned the significance of assessing student learning with real-world learning assessments that provide an opportunity to apply what they learn in their course directly to their work environment.
I have enjoyed learning with each of you throughout this course. Best of luck in your future endeavors!