IT532 Week 8

Topic: Foundational Issues I Ethics and Accessibility

Readings

  • Agger-Gupta, D. (2010). Uncertain frontiers: Exploring ethical dimensions of online learning. In K. E. Rudestam & J. Schoenholtz-Read (Eds.), Handbook of Online Learning (2nd ed.). SAGE.
  • Marsico, M., Kimani, S., Mirabella, V., Norman, K. L., & Catarci, T. (2006). A proposal toward the development of accessible e-learning content by human involvement. Universal Access in the Information Society, 5, 150-169. doi:10.1007/s10209-006-0035-y
  • Text: Palloff, R. M. & Pratt, K. (2007) Ch 3

Discussion Materials

Agenda

Asynchronous Activities Due Prior to Class Meeting on 3/4
See Peer Rotation for Week 8 in Blackboard Course Documents
Your post is due 2/28 at 11:59pm and your comments to other participants are due 3/4 at 12pm.

  1. Ethics
    Requirements for your post: Choose a topic from the Palloff & Pratt (2007) or Agger-Gupta (2010) readings, perform a search: find an article, a website, a video, etc. that relates to that topic. Possible topics include: Online Communities; Authorship; Personal Identity; Anonymity; Privacy; Power and Dominance; Cyberbullying; Ownership and Intellectual Property; Professional Ethics (Teacher/Online Instructor, Instructional Designer, Educational Technologist...); Online Researcher Obligations; or Plagiarism. Post your article, video, etc. or a link to your article, video, or website along with a summary of the topic and explain why you chose it and how it relates to online learning. 
    Requirements for comments to other participants: Read posts made by your assigned peers and comment on what they shared. The comments can be about interesting aspects related to the ethics topic chosen by your peer, anything that surprised you about the topic described, any new ideas related to the ethics topic that you realized after you read the post.

  2. Requirements for your post:  Why is it important for Online Instructors, Educational/Instructional Technologists and Designers, to consider accessibility issues when designing online environments?  Reflect on the course or learning module that you chose for your online course critique or the online course you created for your Grant Proposal. Identify two specific examples from the course content that would need to be redesigned to accommodate a specific disability. Sections of Marsico et.al (2006) that may be helpful in thinking about this are the top of page 157 where learning objects are discussed, the discussion of learning contents on page 161, and the section on fine-grain conceptual redesign on page 164.
    Requirements for your comments to other participants: 
    Read posts made by your assigned peers and comment on what they shared. The comments can be about interesting aspects of accessibility, anything that surprised you about accessibility when considering your peer's course design examples, any new ideas related to accessibility that you realized after you read the post.

  3. Shadow Issues (Optional)
    Requirements for your post: In Palloff & Pratt (2007), they briefly discuss “shadow issues” (p. 53-55). These issues, although we may not want to discuss them, may be faced by many online instructors. We discussed it and thought this question was one that may help us as we venture into online learning environments. What would be the benefits and drawbacks of adding a forum where students could discuss their frustrations?
    Requirements for comments to other participants: Read posts made by your assigned peers and comment on what they shared.
Synchronous Activities on 3/4 During Class Hours on Blackboard Collaborate

 5:05pm-6:40pm

  1. Logistical check in
  2. Summary of Asynchronous Team Reports
  3. Breakout Room Activity and Discussion
  4. Whole Class Discussions
Break

6:50pm-7:45pm
  1. Individual check in with instructor as needed and individual work time for this course. If your POAS is Week 9 finalize arrangements with me. If your POAS is Week 11 make sure to check in with me during this time. For other participants, depending on your  needs you do not have to stay connected.

Last Updated March 4, 2014