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Friday, June 11, 2010

It was just like yesterday!

Today is the last day of the course and we have no chance as in a normal classroom to meet and share feelings before saying goodbye. We do it here on our blogs for somewhat similar in a different way. I have mentioned what I have learned from the course in most of my posts in this blog and on All were great and useful and I have nothing to say more about the course or what I can learned from my friends and experienced from the readings and practice.

I wonder whether I can talk about something else, a suggestion for a better and meaningful course in the future from the University of Oregon. I am going to takk about it now.

I wonder if it is possible for you (my admirable instructor - Deborah) to put at week 2 or 3 or the course one group or class project. We, the class participants, know each other from what we share on Nicenet and our blogs. However, if you and the course could provide us with a place where you decide who will contribute to do something on that and the project will be doing at the same time with what we have done. At the last week, we have to give comments and refinement on our together-project.

Of course, it could be difficult if you do not have a clear instruction and share of work on doing it.

If we have done that, we would have an international-teaching project by the teachers from many countries. All of us can be proud of our product and it can be used in many colleges and universities with our names of the creators on it. That's cool!

So far so great! I plan to do the evaluation next week as usual to create a feeling of having the course for one more week with one task only.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

A week to go!

I could not believe that I sent my final project and created two websites for the course as part of the requirements this week.

I started this week very slow on giving feedback to my friend - Susana and worked on my final project. As I mentioned in the discussion on Nicenet, I have problems with creating the pages on google sites. I have tried sometimes and had some blanks sites with my names on it. None of them seems to be mastered or managed by my limited experiences about using it all in one site for my class.

Although the course is designed for the future,I have no idea whether I will be allowed to teach the course using the proposed methods or not. I think that I have created 2 very simple web sites but they are mine and for my classes.

After creating the web for putting things together at one place, I try to study and practice using Hot potatoes for creating an exercise for a lesson of the course. It took me sometimes to do that and of course, I accomplished it again 2 days ago.

Then, I go to our class wiki and have realized that most of my friends post theirs there. I posted mine too and starting to continue working on the final project which dues today. I have learned a lot from my friend peer-review sheet and I use those information to fix the problems on my project plan. Although I have downloaded and read some of my friends' final project for references, they have different type of project as I am planning. I learn from them but not much as I expected.

Finally, I finished it and just posted it on the class wiki at the last minutes. I feel much better and hope that there will be less work for next week to relax a little bit. It was a very intensive course, plus interesting, useful, and productive.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Time flies while I was walking!

I have no idea of what is going on to my working schedule this week. I have been working very hard and still could not finish all the posts within a week.

Time flies. I spent the first few days of the week to focus on the first draft of my project and of course it was sent to my partner before the due date. However, I am still working on my partner’s first draft. It is still with me and I have a plan to give her feedback no later than midnight on Tuesday. I am interested in reading this project and hope that my feedback will be comprehensible. I am not sending it a few days ago because I am a little bit busy and confusing about my feedback.

It was terrible to travel to the city where I had the graduation ceremony in 8 hours. It normally takes 3 to 4 hours. I was exhausted after the trip and when I got back I have no time left for the postings. I tried a lot to accomplish at least one post on each topic this week and I am feeling really sick now.

I have spent 2 nights to read my friends’ posts and one night for posting my idea. The topic this week is very interesting to me. I like to study more about learner autonomy. I have learned about this notion since 2006 and I have realized that Vietnamese learners all need this kind of knowledge and practice.

No matter what could happen, I am posting what I have done last week (I mean week 8) and will read my friend’s blog tonight with a goal of sharing comments with one of them.

I hope luck will be back to me. I really had a bad week at work.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Done at the last minutes!

I am not lazy and I am good at time management. However, it is impossible to control myself this week when people seem to ask me to accomplish all my work of a semester in 7 days.

I spent a lot of time readings all the links and even print them out for reading when I am not with my PC. Most of the information and hints are very familiar to me. I do not mean that the reading this week was not meaningful, but it gives me another idea. I am pretty sure that I have known about 80% of them and applied the techniques for building interactive powerpoint many times.

I have an idea of why I do not try to focus on writing these experiences using my own language (both English and Vietnamese) to share with more friends and teachers who are not familiar with English. I bet that some people have done that in my country; however, it is better if the ones who do that focus on teaching and working experiences to be shared.

I posted most of my ideas this week late - at the end of the week since I have some things to do in the remote area where the internet access is quite difficult. I have read any of my friends' blog this week but I did view most of my friends' powerpoint files on our class wiki. I have just posted mine there too and spend time to write a new post before I head back to read the rest of my friends' discussion in Nicenet.

I have started the project, but I still find problems with the notion of "changes" or conduct some changes to the current teaching courses. Why? I am excited to work on a course of problem-solving skills which I am not teaching right now and it is quite difficult for me to modify it when it has not happened yet. Of course, I have some other courses right now. I am still confused to give decision on what I should do as I usually ask Deborah for what have posted if the posts are related to the course that I am developing.

I have learned a lot from my friends this week. They give me a different view of using powerpoint in teaching although it is somewhat simple to me. The other hard-working week is waiting and I still face a lot of problems with my current job because it is the last weeks of an academic year. Good luck to me and peace to all of you!


Friday, May 14, 2010

Busy week, but still fine.

Last week was awful to me. I had to spend about 2 full days for meetings and there will be three days with no power, including tomorrow.

I have searched and read many interesting ideas and theory about the intelligences which I have heard somewhere a long time ago. It could be interesting that I always tell my friends, teachers, and students that I am a visual learners. I can learn better when I see on my eyes (please show me what I need to do.) I think that I do not really understand what I should discuss this week on learning styles. Of course, I did but with a little bit hesitation. I think it is normal because the term "technology" this time means too broad (although it is clarified a bit).

I also have some minor problems with the alternative assessment and the rubrics. Since I am currently teaching some courses such as general English, Pronunciation, listening and speaking... and the course of "problem-solving skills" is what I am going to teach next semester (after September). And I am developing it every week and I try to focus on it. That is the reason why I am confused of what should I post.

I do not have much time to read my friends' blogs this week and hope I will have time to do it on Sunday. I have enjoyed reading many blogs. Blogging in this course teaches me a lot on how to help my students develop their self-studying, critical thinking, and writing. I remember the reasons that I started my first blog was that I want my students to spend time online doing something useful for their major, not in their own native language.

Oh, I have visited and read the rubrics from Rubistar and it is great too. However, I decided not to sign up for an account on it this week. I am having a lot of things to do this week with a very limited of free time. I have difficulties with the power and the computer I used could be from any Internet services. I should do it at home on my own computer so that the firefox can remember the account and password easily. Of course, it is safe at home.

To make sure that I will be back to Rubistar later, I already add link to my bookmark on Delicious. I also upload a file of rubrics on our wiki. But I am not sure that it is the right place to post it or not since Prem and Nalini posted them on the Participants files.

I wish for peace to all of you and a better luck of next week for myself.


P/S: I am going to travel to the university that I took my M.Ed. in TEFL to attend the graduation ceremony by the end of this month.

Friday, May 7, 2010

It has been productive and I have my first WebQuest!

I have to agree that the tasks this week cost me a lot of time to accomplish. I think we - the participants of this course - should be given 2 weeks to finish all the tasks of this week.

Since it is the first time that I created a webquest, I found it interesting and I prefer to have some more practices in this matter. I do have a lot of plans NOW and webquest is a suitable place for myself and my students to try something new. Although I have heard about it before, this course brings me the opportunity to create it.

Webquest is good, but it may cost money if we would like to have more than one. Free account hits the limit of only one webquest. However, nothing could prevent me to continue on another webquest which will be very useful for my students. I create another account and what I need to do is to find a place to memorize the other username and password. It's fun.

I have visited the "Student Projects Sampler," by Susan Gaer and I am not able to find out the ways to accomplish my tasks this week until Ruslana posted the webquest on the Nicenet. It is much easier and I continue to spend more time in reading materials for my chapter in webquest, searching and downloading the appropriate information for it. It is a sort of failure to launch and when Ruslana provided a hint, it is much easier and brings more fun.

I have read most of the materials and links this week, but could not find time to share on the discussion of Nicenet. I will try to do all of them by the end of this weekend. If I do have some more freetime, I will keep finishing my second webquest as another practice.

I bet you agree with me that when we are finding something useful, we better try to do it several times. Doing that will facilitate it to become a skill so that I can do or share what I have learned to my colleagues in the future.

I still have a few posts ahead to accomplish and a thousand of chores in my office since it is the end of the semester. Good luck to me!

Thanks Deborah, another wonderful lesson and tasks for this week! But do you think that the due date should be modified this time?