Walden House Course Report - May 6, 2005
Instructors: Teresa Mosquito, Cesar Guerra, Ben Colfax, and Hussein Maheryar
We started the course with 12 students and ended up with 8 students. All the 8 students who graduated attended most classes and all submitted their 500-word report. Two of the instructors were first time instructors. All the students showed great interest to learn. Most of the students had never used a computer before and by the end of the session all the students had a complete grasp on the various components of the computer and they learned to do word documents using Microsoft office, they learned how to use the internet and the various advantages of the Internet. Three students in the class could be considered advanced users. Lee had a previous A+ certification, Chris and Leif can type and navigate through the computers fairly well; so well that they were already using Microsoft Word the second session. By the end of the class, we feel that we have bought them one step closer to crossing the digital divide.
Most students in most ordinary classrooms do not appreciate the amazing gift they are being given through learning experience. This was certainly not the case with our cdd experience. The students were endlessly grateful to us for teaching them to use computers. The questions raised in each class reflected their profound interest and the look on their faces once they understood the value of using computers was indescribable.
Towards the end of the class, it was very fulfilling to see the students really graduate with a goal in mind. The whole session went well with the exception of a cancelled class due to an issue with Walden House. Overall, the instructors did very well. Finally teaching this session was very fulfilling and the curriculum as is perfect and I would suggest no recommendations.