All of the chapters assigned this week deal with resources in some shape or form. Chapter 16 talks about collaboration among instructions and reusing class objectives, which implies that instructors can use one another as resources. Chapter 17 emphasizes assessing resources and methods, while chapter 18 discusses some possible resources for instructors to use.
According to Warnock, reusing ideas (reusable learning objectives) is more beneficial than harmful for learning.
Warnock says,”As long as classes are centered around the texts of our students and our response to those texts- no one is better positioned than the composition instructor to be empowered in online learning environments” (164).
As long as students are producing relevant written work and instructors are able to have a conversation with them, instructors are still in control of their classes.
In chapter 17, Warnock challenges instructors to assess themselves and the methods and resources that they use in their classes. He also mentions studying students’ online course activity (checking when assignments are submitted and the amount of effort put into them for example) can help instructors understand factors behind student success or the lack of success in online courses.
Being observant of students online habits can help an instructor better guide his or her students in future online courses.
Considering objectives that other instructors have used does not cause an instructor’s course to lack authenticity; instead, it can help an instructor create a stronger online learning environment. Other instructors are a great resource as well.