"There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination." - Denis Diderot
Will Update 5.7.18-5.11.18
Will Update 4.30.18-5.4.18
Will Update 4.23.18-4.27.18
This week is all about learning guides and graphic organizers. Depending on the target students, use of highly detailed or simplified graphic syllabi should be used. I had the opportunity to explore multiple methods of creating course content aimed at informing the students on course expectations and learning guides for course modules. I had the opportunity to update my site with two example learning guides that detailed student expectations and what they should expect to learn. This week I also had the opportunity to explore was the graphic syllabus. As practice, my syllabus was always text based with little visual appeal. Seeing how a graphic syllabus can both inform and draw potential students, this in one element I will try to incorporate more in my courses.
Week four marked the half way point. It was at this point where a group project gave me a chance to gain feedback on my final project progress from an assigned learning partner. We had the opportunity to evaluate each other’s work. This process was a valued experience. I have since refined my site for the final project based on partner feedback. I was also able to complete the assessment chart to include activities that I will be assessing that are aligned to the module objectives.
Moving further into course design, week three allowed me to consider assessment methods for the modules I have. There are multiple ways to assess learning. I have held the viewpoint that discussion boards are an essential tool for online learning. This mode of communication benefits the online learner on many levels. The discourse generated through group chat sessions can help validate an individual perspective or enlighten users and gain different perspectives on the topic. I read an article, “Assessment for the Millennial Generation” by Christopher Hill, which includes viewpoints by Julie Giuliani, the executive dean of the Virtual College at Florida Community College- Jacksonville. In that article, Giuliani discusses assessment methods and how we may change our methods depending on student responses. This article helped me consider my own projects and assessment methods.
Course alignment was discussed in week two. This topic gave me the opportunity to further refine my course. I was able to expand on each module objective and better define the instructional objective. The alignment chart allowed me to organize the terminal and enabling objectives for each module. This was an important element to better define what the students would be learning. This activity also gave me a better idea of what activities to include to best target the learning objectives in each module.
As with other classes, the initial Ice Breaker discussions are always nice to get an idea who is in the class and where everyone is from. Being a curriculum design course, it was nice to see a few individuals in the class who design courses. The main focus of this first module was to consider the elements involved in course design. This course is giving me the opportunity to refine the professional development course I want to teach. Discussions around teacher centered or learner centered course design was a nice start to get me thinking about the approach I wanted to take in the course I am designing.