I felt that the tutor narrative was very direct and dry which gave away very little of the tutor's personality which is important to engage students.It was also vague and did not contain information as to when the task was due for submission and clues as to the best approach.
Evidence of this was from a student post who asked for clarification and deadline date.
I would have provided the missing detail and provided a warmer and more personal approach and much encouragement for the small group.
The following is informed by Belbin ( 1981) Team roles and Anderson et al (2001)
The teacher presence is not evident from the posts evidenced by :
- Lack of Designing and Organisation as indicated above evidenced by lack of reminder of learning outcomes and a statement as to the importance and context of the task
- Lack of Facilitating Discourse ie no interventions with student dialogue
- Lack of setting the climate and protocols for the student discussions
- Lack of awareness and drawing in of "lurkers" as only a few students were posting
- Lack of direct instruction during the student discourses
- Indicators for the above would be focusing discussions and keeping the students "on message" and providing feedback and expert knowlege.,Infact a student provided a reading reference for the other students.
I would have provided the learning outcomes and reasons why the task was important.
I would have set protocols and helped the students to divide the task and would have kept them "on message" . I noticed that post 5 was pivotal where a student put forward a strong directive as to how the task was to be done.I would have intervened here.Following post 5 a student tried to disagree and was ignored by the rest of the group, became frustrated an looked outside the group to reinforce the differing opinion as to how to proceed.I would have identified the differences in opinion and would have given direction or sought to reach consensus.
I would have recognised that some students were "stormin" and "normin" the task and leaving the rest behind. Here I would have intervened to bring in "lurkers" and make the division of the task much fairer.
The lack of teacher presence left the students with a poorer learning experience than that which was possible.