I had a teacher ask me if she could block access to HealthCenter21, our e learning for healthcare tool, when students aren’t in class.
Hmmmm…. I passed around this comment here at work, as is our MO, to keep everyone on the same page and on the pulse of what is going through our users’ minds.
One response I got was, “Does the teacher collect textbooks from the students when they leave the classroom?” Good question! I highly doubt that teachers do this. Rather, I expect that many give students assignments in those textbooks that students are required to do outside of class.
So, why the different expectation from an e learning for healthcare tool?
The teacher had a few concerns…
They are goofing off in class
The teacher said that when she expected them to be working on the online curriculum in class that the students would respond that they did the work at home, and then they were off-task in class. Not that I’m completely equating our online curriculum with a textbook, but I highly doubt that an instructor would expect a student to stay on-task in class if the assignment was to read a textbook during class time.
There is no tool that can replace the teacher. The teacher is the key to pulling all these tools together and using them effectively in (or perhaps out) of the classroom. With new tools like online programs, the classroom agenda may need to adapt, as well.
How do I know that their parents aren’t doing the work?
The teacher had concerns that students’ parents might log on and do the work for the students. My gut reaction? Who’s to say that those parents don’t also complete worksheets and write papers for their students? With the online program, teachers can block access to quizzes and tests, if they choose, preventing students from doing graded outside of the classroom. In the HealthCenter21 online program, students are not graded on the lesson questions that they are give while learning the material. Instead, they can go through the lessons as much or as little as they need to prepare for quizzes and tests.
How do I know if they’ve done the work in e learning for healthcare?
The teacher also had some concerns about whether or not she would be able to tell whether or not the students were doing work outside of class, since the lesson questions are not graded. Another great question. Although students can move freely and often through the lessons preparing for quizzes and tests, no grade is recorded. However, the program offers an Activity feature for each student so that teachers can see when students logged on and off particular areas of the curriculum and also when the start and submit tests and quizzes.
I hope that I’ve addressed this teachers very relevant questions regarding our online learning tool. And I would think that our response would be accurate for just about any online tool that teachers are using. The tools are new, and therefore, they require new thinking and application. I appreciate so much questions like these that give us an opportunity to talk about how things are changing and how we can adjust and adapt our thinking and practices.
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