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February 10, 2010

My first Elluminate lesson

Filed under: Cool Tools, Education — Tags: , — debyj @ 10:43 am

Last night I had the opportunity to teach my first lesson on Elluminate. It was definitely an interesting and unique experience that I would like to try again. I know there are already some things that I would like to improve on.

Some of the challenges I faced:

Distractions

– I found there were a lot of distractions around me that made it difficult to teach at times. Someone would write something in the conversation box while I was speaking and I would catch myself trying to read it while speaking and that did not work so well. Eventually I just decided to ignore the conversation box until I could pause from talking. I also found everything in my house very distracting. My dogs would come in and try to bug me or my husband was trying to talk to me. I was only in the hot seat for under 10 minutes and yet so many distractions occurred in that time. I think next time I will have to lock myself in a quiet room to avoid distractions.

Teaching Blind

– I was really surprised to find that I was slightly frustrated because I could not see my ‘students’. I could not see their reactions to what I was saying so it was hard to tell if they were interested in what I was saying, confused, or just wanted me to move on to the next point. I realized very quickly how dependent I am on having that face to face contact in my classroom. It really does have a major influence on how I teach a lesson. I was only supposed to take 5 minutes but I went overtime and believe that was because I felt I had to do more explaining without those reassuring nods and vigilant eye contact! I am not sure yet how I will be able to address this problem in my next Elluminate session. I am hoping to get some ideas by watching others teach using Elluminate in the next few weeks.

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5 Comments »

  1. Hello Debroah! That is definitly good to know that little things such as your dog can be a huge distraction in teaching a lesson like this. Thanks for the heads up!
    Also, I would have to agree that we rely on the nods and mysterious eyes glaring us to ensure that our students are listening and do understand what we are saying… Although, a lot of the times they actually are not listening and do not understand what we are saying. I have not had my teaching session on elluminate but I wonder if our “students” would have more confidence to ask about something they don’t understand without us seeing their face?

    Comment by Andrea — February 10, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

  2. It’s great to hear from someone who’s already presented! I’m so excited for my “teach me something” session, but I know now to make sure to have the BF out of the room and the dog in the kennel.

    Comment by blmann — February 10, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

  3. You did a great job but thinking about these things are important and challenging. Have a look a this presentation about presenting/teaching online.

    http://www.duarte.com/six-tips/

    Comment by Dean Shareski — February 10, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

    • Thanks for sharing this presentation with me Dean. She addressed both of the challenges I faced and brought up some other things to consider too. I particularly found her suggestion to stand up while presenting very interesting as well as the idea of a monitor. These online presentations are proving to be a lot more difficult than I thought. It is completely different than teaching in a regular classroom.

      Comment by debyj — February 12, 2010 @ 10:47 am

  4. I think you’ll appreciate this video. http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/765

    Comment by Dean Shareski — February 12, 2010 @ 8:47 pm


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