Why have you chosen this course, this university and/or this program?
Carol has chosen this course because it is one of the required courses that must be completed to receive the Graduate Certificate for e-learning. She is also quite interested in learning about the various ways to assess online learning and the learning of students in her face to face classes.
This was an interview conducted for the eLearning Assessment Course that I am taking.
* Tell me about your background, experiences, and/or skills.
Carol is very experienced at what she does. She has been teaching ESL/EFL for almost thirty years and has taught in both Japan and Mexico. She started her own language school and teaches ESL to both adults and children. Her student population is made up of about 99% Japanese students. In addition to running her own business, she also teaches part time at Michigan Sate University in the Spring and Summer. She also commented that she completed her first online class last year and decided she wanted to learn more.
* What do you expect from this course?
Carol hopes to learn various forms of assessment and how the assessment can be carried out effectively. She also hopes to learn how to write effective goals for her students.
* What is one thing we might never have guessed about you?
Carol speaks both Japanese and Spanish fluently. (Quite a feat!)
* Who is that special someone, thing or event that you cherish and would never want to give up?
Carol cherishes her husband. He is always at her side and is her "superhero". She said she would never want to give him up. They have been married for 30 years.
I think that having students interview each other is a good idea. I do see some problems. First of all it was hard for me to find a partner. The first couple of people that I asked already had partners. I ended up not being able to submit my interview early because the person that I contacted did not get back with me right away.
If I were going to do this in my class, I would assign partners. It takes a little pressure off of those students who might be a little shy or new to the class.