As the construction of my online course begins, I must organize. I have laid out the general lessons in the last post and am ready to start construction.
Honestly, designing a unit of instruction is a lot of work. In one of our last week’s discussions, we talked about deciding how durable a course would be. In other words, would the course be reused or repeated? If so, it should be designed with more durable materials. I have always designed units to be fairly durable with components that could be removed or upgraded without disrupting the whole building… sort of a Lego model. Also, I’ve always designed small at the beginning, with the idea that I could add in additional material as I build it or find it later.
For this project, I am designing another durable unit with upgradeable components. I will break each section or lesson into concepts versus a weekly organization. The students will see the assignments organized by date. I will adjust dates based on my students’ understanding of the concepts. My students have never worked on a project like this. I know adjustments will need to be made as they work through the project in order for them to feel and be successful.
Frederick Lane, our speaker on bullying, gave me some interesting things to think about as I construct this unit. Technology users can easily be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying. Prior to global use of technology, bullies would operate using face to face techniques. With easy access to technology, cyber bullies have easier access to further reaching and less risky (getting caught) techniques.
Cyber bullying is defined as “deliberate and hostile behavior intended to harm an individual or group, through the use of electronic devices.” It involves an abuse of power. There is no place of safety for victims. It is more difficult for adults to respond.
Types of cyber bullying:
- online fights
- impersonation/identity theft
- outing & trickery
- embarrassing photos
Once content is created, it is difficult to collect it back. There is the perception of anonymity which gives students the confidence that they can easily get away with bullying.
We need to teach our students responsibility for the media they produce and distribute. We need to also teach students about personal boundaries, cyber ethics and criminal consequences of cyber bullying. Sessions need to be made available for parents with the same information.
It would be helpful if consistent training material would be made available at the school district level to disseminate to teachers and students to build an awareness campaign as a proactive attempt to head off cyber bullying.
This presentation was timely as I am constructing my unit. I think every aspect of technology instruction needs to be overlaid with an element of responsibility and ethics for the students as they interact online.