Reading Reflections – 521

Quotes from Readings and Class Tasks and Activities

  • Good teaching is good teaching, regardless of the setting (Rice, 2012, p. 39).
  • …the most important skills…online environments: an understanding of when and how to implement appropriate instructional strategies for successful student outcomes (Rice, 2012, p. 41).
  • In an online course, it is imperative that they (students) be active knowledge-generators who assume responsibility for constructing and managing their own learning experience (Conrad & Donaldson, 2011, p. 5).


  • Effective online instruction encourages or promotes five outcomes:
  1. Learner autonomy
  2. Active participation
  3. Collaboration and community building
  4. Authentic assessment
  5. Acquisition of 21st century skills (Rice, 2012, p. 27)
  • Learners must be involved to succeed and instructors must be willing to reach the learner and reduce the Transactional Distance.
  • Enjoyed the online discussions more as I witnessed building the community.
  • Always interested in watching book material come to life.
  • Maybe there is hope for this dinosaur in the 21st century.

About "B" Bernheim
“B”, his nickname, returns to the other side of the desk after many years. Graduating from UNC-Charlotte in 1983 with a BA in Education (K-12), he entered active service with the US Army. He began teaching high school upon completion of his tour of duty. B taught Language Arts and Social Studies for one year at the middle school level. English, Composition, Public Speaking, Theater, Forensics, and Technical Theater are among the subjects he has taught in public high school settings. Most recently, he was a Strategies of Instruction teacher, Assistant Dean of Students, dorm parent, girls’ hockey coach and rock climbing instructor at The Forman School in Litchfield, CT. The Forman School is a 9-12 boarding school specifically targeting students who learn differently.

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