How do I make sure that our VLE is promoting student learning
Example of a forum used to engage students in the weeks on-line learning:Students are asked to:Read lecture two and look at the handout provided. The homework task is to post an example from your practice this week at work where you have applied this theoretical concept. Locate this example on the grid provided and explain this decision. Each student begins a new thread.Students are encouraged to constructively comment on each others practice example.
This forum is an example of a structured discussion method. Students are asked to prepare a ‘statement worth making’ and to post their statement within the form called ‘A statement worth making forum’. Precis instruction about how to do this are provided.
This forum developed on from the previous idea although this time the students work in two groups.
A stich in virtual time
Vivienne DacreGlyndŵr University
The design and content of the module should balance both the webdesign and the principles of learning and teachingEncourage feedback from students and let them know that you areopen to developing the designLook for examples and ideas for good practice
Forums with threaded discussions can facilitate andencourage collaboration and communication.
Key Principles for the Module Tutor• Starter questions need to be creative even controversial to prompt a response from the student group• Tutor response to postings needs to be prompt, always value contributions and respond constructively• Be strategic in your response (same principle as face to face teaching)• Monitor participation and offer support• Know when the forum discussion has run its course
The Inside Story Example One: A forum used to engage students in the weeks on- line learning
Example Two: A Statement Worth MakingA statement worth making is one that is clear, succinctand important. It can be controversial, challenging orprovocative, but it should represent the belief of thestudent who introduces it; and this belief should bedeveloped from the students reading, experience andreflection.
A Statement Worth MakingEach statement should be of a single sentence only.In the subsequent on-line discussion the student hasan opportunity to elaborate on and add detail to thestatement.Only the one statement is discussed in any onediscussion thread.
A Statement Worth MakingThe statement worth making is a statement ofopinion rather than a statement of fact.It is the students point of view, but one that can besupported with appropriate evidence.
A Statement Worth MakingStatements should be in the students own words, sothey must avoid lifting quotations directly from atext/article/site.Statements must not form questions.
A Statement Worth MakingExamples from the student group:A. Children who are looked after are wrapped up in cotton woolB. Young people ‘act out’ because they can get away with itC. All children in the Looked After System are by definition, traumatised.D. Inherent in the role of RCW is the wielding of power
Example Three: The Only Way is Ethics The Only Way is Ethics Focus: Ethical principles within a structured debate Purpose: To support critical analysis by building persuasive and logically sequenced writing which is clear, succinct and to the point Structure: Group divided into ‘agree’ and ‘disagree’. The tutor raises the ethical dilemma. Each group begin with a statement about why they agree/disagree and then take turns to respond to each other by providing the essence of their argument
The Only Way is Ethics The Only Way is Ethics Example: „Those in prison serving a custodial sentence should not be given the vote‟.
For Example:‘Those in prison serving custodial sentences should not be given the vote’Student A:“I agree with this statement in principle because I think that society has the right to saythat when you commit a crime, serious enough to be sent to prison you lose yourfreedom, and with that you lose some of your privileges of which voting is one. Inaddition of all the issues prisoners care about, this is probably somewhere on thebottom of the list. There are higher priorities regarding prisoner rights which should befocused on. Voting rights is in my opinion a red herring that takes us away from thereal issues around prevention and rehabilitation”.
For Example:‘Those in prison serving custodial sentences should not be given the vote’ Student B: ‘I disagree with this statement in principle because social responsibility is something you would want to encourage among prisoners. Voting is not a privilege, it is a right, and actually I think it is a responsibility. I would agree prisoners would not put it at the top of the list of things they want. But voting wouldn‟t be top of the list if you stopped 100 people in the street and said, „What makes a difference to you?‟ It‟s still an important civic responsibility. In some ways, voting is even more important if you‟ve lost your freedom, because we want to reintegrate people, we want them to see themselves as citizens, even if they‟re in prison.