Virtual School Meanderings

April 9, 2013

IT6230 – Student Anxiety

itlogoAs I mentioned a few weeks ago in IT6230 – Internet In The Classroom, I will be using this blog as a way to provide discussion prompts for students in my IT6230 course (Internet in the Classroom).

Visit the “Student Anxiety” module created by Amina Charania, a graduate student at Iowa State University.

After you have viewed the multimedia presentation, respond to the following…

What changed Susan’s excitement into anxiety about her new online course? As an online teacher or course designer what steps would you have taken to prevent Susan’s anxiety about the course? As a school-based teacher at Susan’s school, what steps would you have taken to ease Susan’s anxiety about the course?

Your own response to this prompt should be posted by the end of the day on Friday, 12 April You should comment on THREE other students’ blogs by the end of the day on Monday, 15 April.

If you are not a student in my IT6230 course but would like to participate in this discussion, please leave a comment below. In case you are wondering, the readings for this week are:

Barbour, M. K. (2010). Researching K-12 online learning: What do we know and what should we examine? Distance Learning, 7(2), 7-12.

Barbour, M. K., Siko, J. (2012). Virtual schooling through the eyes of an at-risk student: A case study. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 15(1). Retrieved from


  1. Student Anxiety…

    Susan was excited to play with all the links and animations available in the course. It was the “shiny tinfoil” that caught her eye and made the site interesting. However, after the initial buzz wore off, Susan seemed to be overwhelmed. She also had li…

    Trackback by IT 6230 Adelstein Blog — April 13, 2013 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  2. IT6230 – Student Anxiety…

    Amina Charania’s module called “Student Anxiety” was the perfect example of some of the common thoughts and feelings a new student might have as he/she ventures into the world of online learning for the first time. The narrator of the module started ou…

    Trackback by erajwsu IT 6230 — April 13, 2013 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  3. Student Anxiety…

    It appears that Susan’s initial excitement was about this being her first online course and the amount of information contained in the online course – content, links to external resources, interactive activities, etc. She also seemed excited about what…

    Trackback by KManigault — April 13, 2013 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  4. Preventing Student Anxiety…

    Susan’s anxiety increased when she realized that despite all the pages and information on the website, she still didn’t know what to do or how to proceed. As a teacher, there are several things that could/should be done to help prevent this from happen…

    Trackback by Harvest House — April 13, 2013 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

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