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In the End…

In the end, another proud learning moments and work production. I have never taken any service credits before, and didn’t know how this was going to work out. What I realized was that this was one of the best way to get your feet dirty into the muddy waters and explore, and not just get your feet wet.

I couldn’t be more happy about addressing my three topics (link to first service learning blog, “Revamping Study Skills Course”) and exploring the digital platforms to have students learn and engaged in the classroom. In the process, I learned the basics to navigate a new Learning Management System, Canvas.

I know that digital media certainly enables connection, creation, and collaboration among the classroom, as I have experiences this myself as a student. Thus, I saw the importance and potential in bringing this to the marginalized students that I work with. I felt that in doing this service learning, I am able to contribute to my college’s mission “by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region.”

The few tools that I have implemented into creating the curriculum is just the beginning. I had the fortunate opportunity to partner with another colleague to work on the other half for this curriculum, and I am excited to put it all together. The best part of this work is that this isn’t something done for the sake of fulfilling credits. A lot of thought, research, and planning have been put into these works, because it will be used this coming fall quarter!

Some of the limitations in the potential of digital media for enacting our mission is the lack of digital resources. The students that I am working with are the ones often affected by the digital divide; they are mostly first-generational students coming from low-income household. Booking for classrooms with computers are often not available because they are booked for “technology” classes or an interactive software is part of the in person coursework. This means that I need to get creative if I want to implement some of what I have suggested through my service learning blogs. Thus, I try to ensure that digital platforms are at least accessible via cell phone, or that I will allow time for students to use our private computer lab. I was also mindful of assignment completion; so, that students get the chance to get to the school or local library to use a computer and/or connect to the Internet. Additionally, I have also thought about working with another department to borrow their mini-ipads that are secured onto a cart. I figured that since these mini-ipads are only used for certain occasions/events, it will be easy for me to check out.

At the moment, I am blinded by further limitations. For now, I have plenty to work with; and I know that with continuous collaboration online, I know that will learn more creative ways to bring access and power of knowledge to all my students. I couldn’t be more excited to roll out this LMS, and one that I am quite content with, from the perspective of a teacher!

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2 thoughts on “In the End…

  1. You’ve accomplished so much, and in this field, there is almost the sense that there is more that can be done. These students are going to experience a very different course in the fall than they would have otherwise, and that’s terrific. This work has been driven by very important questions about learning and access and purpose — not about “tech” — and that makes me really happy!

    I’ve been following a blog/tweets by ‘onlinecourselady” as she hacks Canvas to incorporate more interactivity and social media tools. In your spare time (hahahahahaha) you might find it interesting to drop in to see what she’s doing.

    I’d love to hear how the students do with this work in fall!

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    1. Yes, I agree that “there is more (SO MUCH MORE) that can be done.” For now, thank you for teaching me what I know to get me started. I am sure you already know this, yet I still want to acknowledge that your “transformation” in us is not only to your individual students but rather addicting in many of us carrying that work and attitude further along with our work and OUR students as well. This type of work and effect are invaluable; and words can’t describe how you do such a great job behind the scenes teaching us this “literacy.”

      I have already started to look into “onlinecourselady” blogs now that I have time, and finding some great ideas (personally and for work). I’ll also be sure to keep you posted on how my class rolls out this fall. 🙂 Very grateful student.

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