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The popular OCEAN320 The Oceans course was rebooted from the ground up to (1) promote SDSU's new GE capacities and goals and (2) capitalize upon the strengths of online learning. Every quanta of new ...

The popular OCEAN320 The Oceans course was rebooted from the ground up to (1) promote SDSU's new GE capacities and goals and (2) capitalize upon the strengths of online learning. Every quanta of new course content was reversed-engineered from learning outcomes designed to help students appreciate the scientific context and societal complexity of major oceanographic issues, such as ocean warming and acidification, overfishing and aquaculture, and petroleum exploitation and risk. The course is structured into scaffolding learning modules, each comprised of an integrated sequence of live Wimba sessions and an array of student-centered activities based on readings, videos, and web-based simulations. This effort has been an extremely rewarding (and exhausting) educational endeavor, and has forced me to re-evaluate my role as an educator in a increasingly stressed world where information is no longer scarce but often overwhelming.

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    Oceans (320) of Opportunity: Rebooting a GE Explorations course, Oceans (320) of Opportunity: Rebooting a GE Explorations course, Presentation Transcript

    • Title slide Oceans (320) of Opportunity: Rebooting a GE Explorations Course Stephen Schellenberg Associate Professor SDSU Geological Sciences Faculty Learning Outcomes (or desirable ruminations): • Identify adaptable strategies and tools to improve efficiency and efficacy • Identify an easily improvable component of your course • Formulate a strategy to implement this improvement • Integrate technology as part of your pedagogical operating system “When you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.” – Wilson Mizner So many thanks for research help from CTL, pICT, and ITS folks and for support from Qualcomm and SDSU OneDayInMay-2010-S1
    • Roadmap of the Tour I. Consider course redesign in general II. Overview OCEAN320 structure and SLOs III. Tour OCEAN320 in light of some “Thinks . . .” - Think modular structure - Think module learning guides (LGs) - Think dynamic learning sessions via Wimba - Think intersession activities (with deliverables/questions in LG) - Think html templates with server links (no BB uploads/downloads!) - Think mortar (you) and bricks (external content) - Think efficient file management (one folder for all updated files) - Think assessment (essays with life-or-death 1st sentence) IV. Future of OCEAN320 and open discussion OneDayInMay-2010-S2
    • I. Consider course redesign . . . • What is the course’s role? (discipline general education) • What are the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)? • How does every quanta of content articulate into one or more SLOs? • What is the most effective content, structure, and modality for course? • How could you implement change and assess impact? • Cost-benefit on short to long timescales? • Suitability for hybridization or fully distance-education modality? “There is no such thing as good course design, only good course redesign.” – Justice Louis Brandeis (modified) “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” – Voltaire OneDayInMay-2010-S3
    • Reasons for taking this class . . . From 1st I. Course Wimba Redesign Session • Pragmatic: Checking off box to BA/BS • Structural: Online, compressed • Contextual: Interest in ocean, etc. • Social: Online presence • Economical: Save money, travel time* • Environmental: Reduce carbon footprint • Flexible: Anywhere, anytime learning (*but not less work/study time!) OneDayInMay-2010-S4
    • Roadmap of the Tour I. Consider course redesign in general II. Overview OCEAN320 structure and SLOs III. Tour OCEAN320 in light of some “Thinks . . .” - Think modular structure - Think module learning guides (LGs) - Think dynamic learning sessions via Wimba - Think intersession activities (with deliverables/questions in LG) - Think html templates with server links (no BB uploads/downloads!) - Think mortar (you) and bricks (external content) - Think efficient file management (one folder for all updated files) - Think assessment (essays with life-or-death 1st sentence) IV. Future of OCEAN320 and open discussion OneDayInMay-2010-S5
    • Roadmap of the Tour I. Consider course redesign in general II. Overview OCEAN320 structure and SLOs III. Tour OCEAN320 in light of some “Thinks . . .” - Think modular structure - Think module learning guides (LGs) - Think dynamic learning sessions via Wimba - Think intersession activities (with deliverables/questions in LG) - Think html templates with server links (no BB uploads/downloads!) - Think mortar (you) and bricks (external content) - Think efficient file management (one folder for all updated files) - Think assessment (essays with life-or-death 1st sentence) IV. Future of OCEAN320 and open discussion OneDayInMay-2010-S6
    • Roadmap of the Tour I. Consider course redesign in general II. Overview OCEAN320 structure and SLOs III. Tour OCEAN320 in light of some “Thinks . . .” - Think modular structure - Think module learning guides (LGs) - Think dynamic learning sessions via Wimba - Think intersession activities (with deliverables/questions in LG) - Think html templates with server links (no BB uploads/downloads!) - Think mortar (you) and bricks (external content) - Think efficient file management (one folder for all updated files) - Think assessment (essays with life-or-death 1st sentence) IV. Future of OCEAN320 and open discussion OneDayInMay-2010-S7
    • Overview of Wimba Classroom From 1st III. Tour Wimba (Wimba) Session OneDayInMay-2010-S8
    • Overview of Wimba Classroom From 1st III. Tour Wimba (Wimba) Session 14422849 OneDayInMay-2010-S9
    • Welcome to OCEAN320 – We will start momentarily . . . Every III. Tour Wimba (Wimba) Session OneDayInMay-2010-S10
    • Welcome to OCEAN320 – We will start in one minute . . . Every III. Tour Wimba (Wimba) Session OneDayInMay-2010-S11
    • Welcome to OCEAN320 – We are starting . . . Every III. Tour Wimba (Wimba) . . . and doing a sound check. Session Can you hear me? If yes, click the ””box. If no, click the “x” box. If you can’t hear me . . . • Did you run the Wimba Wizard? Surely so, but if not do so now and then re-enter! • Assuming that audio checked out fine in Wimba Wizard . . . - Check your speaker volume - Try exiting and re-entering the room - Listen by phone (201.549.7592; toll-call) using PIN # 14422849 - Exit, call Wimba for help (866.350.4978), and watch archive later OneDayInMay-2010-S12
    • Welcome to OCEAN320 – We are starting . . . Every III. Tour Wimba (Wimba) . . . and doing a sound check. Session Can you hear me? If yes, click the ””box. If no, click the “x” box. If you can’t hear me . . . • Did you run the Wimba Wizard? Surely so, but if not do so now and then re-enter! • Assuming that audio checked out fine in Wimba Wizard . . . - Check your speaker volume - Try exiting and re-entering the room - Listen by phone (201.549.7592; toll-call) using PIN # 14422849 - Exit, call Wimba for help (866.350.4978), and watch archive later OK, non-audio people, we are going to move on . . . good luck! OneDayInMay-2010-S13
    • Action Items Every III. Tour Wimba (Wimba) Session • Resolve any Wimba Issues via the Wizard and Wimba Help • Get comfortable with the BB environment and course layout • Attend Tuesday Wimba “Help Session” for Wimba, Blackboard, etc. Before . . . Do . . . End of the day Download and printout all Module 1 materials (i.e., Learning Guide, four readings) Tuesday 9 PM Four activities in cryptically named “Do These By Tuesday 9 PM” folder Wednesday Wimba Read/Watch/Listen: Nature of Science Read: Tragedy of the Commons Thursday Wimba Read/Watch/Listen: Shifting Baselines Complete Blackboard Quiz on Module 1 Sunday 11 AM (Opens Thursday 11 AM) OneDayInMay-2010-S14
    • Goals for Today Every III. Tour Wimba (Wimba) Session • Perfect cold fusion • Initiate global CO2 drawdown • Sort kid’s socks drawer OneDayInMay-2010-S15
    • Action Items . . . Wrap-Up . . . Post-Wimba Office Hours Every III. Tour Wimba (Wimba) Session OneDayInMay-2010-S16
    • Roadmap of the Tour I. Consider course redesign in general II. Overview OCEAN320 structure and SLOs III. Tour OCEAN320 in light of some “Thinks . . .” - Think modular structure - Think module learning guides (LGs) - Think dynamic learning sessions via Wimba - Think intersession activities (with deliverables/questions in LG) - Think html templates with server links (no BB uploads/downloads!) - Think mortar (you) and bricks (external content) - Think efficient file management (one folder for all updated files) - Think assessment (essays with life-or-death 1st sentence) IV. Future of OCEAN320 and open discussion OneDayInMay-2010-S17
    • Roadmap of the Tour I. Consider course redesign in general II. Overview OCEAN320 structure and SLOs III. Tour OCEAN320 in light of some “Thinks . . .” - Think modular structure - Think module learning guides (LGs) - Think dynamic learning sessions via Wimba - Think intersession activities (with deliverables/questions in LG) - Think html templates with server links (no BB uploads/downloads!) - Think mortar (you) and bricks (external content) - Think efficient file management (one folder for all updated files) - Think assessment (essays with life-or-death 1st sentence) IV. Future of OCEAN320 and open discussion OneDayInMay-2010-S18
    • Roadmap of the Tour I. Consider course redesign in general II. Overview OCEAN320 structure and SLOs III. Tour OCEAN320 in light of some “Thinks . . .” - Think modular structure - Think module learning guides (LGs) - Think dynamic learning sessions via Wimba - Think intersession activities (with deliverables/questions in LG) - Think html templates with server links (no BB uploads/downloads!) - Think mortar (you) and bricks (external content) - Think efficient file management (one folder for all updated files) - Think assessment (essays with life-or-death 1st sentence) IV. Future of OCEAN320 and open discussion OneDayInMay-2010-S19
    • Information is no longer scarse OneDayInMay-2010-S20
    • Information is no longer scarse OneDayInMay-2010-S21
    • Information is no longer scarse OneDayInMay-2010-S22
    • Roadmap of the Tour I. Consider course redesign in general II. Overview OCEAN320 structure and SLOs III. Tour OCEAN320 in light of some “Thinks . . .” - Think modular structure - Think module learning guides (LGs) - Think dynamic learning sessions via Wimba - Think intersession activities (with deliverables/questions in LG) - Think html templates with server links (no BB uploads/downloads!) - Think mortar (you) and bricks (external content) - Think efficient file management (one folder for all updated files) - Think assessment (essays with life-or-death 1st sentence) IV. Future of OCEAN320 and open discussion OneDayInMay-2010-S23
    • IV. Future of OCEAN320 • Develop context and content for module on Deepwater Horizon disaster • Pilot small group projects with self-selected population for extra credit • Implement projects across large sections during short sessions? Uh . . . • Offer during both summer sessions or intersession? Offer every Fall and Spring? Who will teach? What is saturation point for market? • Stop scaling up . . . and start scaling out to global student population • Integrate research into course, and course into NSF Broader Impacts OneDayInMay-2010-S24