Get it Together: Creating resources for use in any learning environment.
Let’s get it together! Create flexible resources that meet the needs of all learners and educators regardless of their learning situations. Let’s put our time, money and intellectual means into creating inspiring and diverse resources that can be used in any learning environment. Distance learning print and online courses, home education resources, traditional classroom resources and the needs of a million other learning environments can be met within a single resource. Learning situations are changing and flexible resources that support educators and students seamlessly between the different learning environments are valuable. This presentation will focus on the practical instructional design techniques used to “Get it Together”.
The Challenge: Create a resource that can be used by anyone, anytime, in any learning environment. Any Learning Environment? Why not? What is a learning environment: An environment which supports the ‘Teaching/Learning Process’ occurring successfully. www.usq.edu.au/planstats/Docs/GlossaryTerms.doc The place and setting where learning occurs; it is not limited to a physical classroom an includes the characteristics of the setting. www.teach-nology.com/glossary/terms/l/ A few examples of learning environments: Classroom Home Outdoors Field trips Drop-in-Centers Laboratory Hospital Online LMS/website Virtual Reality On a sailboat in the middle of the Pacific Or any where else in the world……..universe……
Modes of Educational Delivery: How will the resource materials be delivered to the learner? Web based interfaces – LMS, websites, discussion rooms, virtual classrooms, virtual reality etc. Face-2-face Print Video Conference Teleconference Instant Messaging Many other possibilities
Who are the users? Anyone! New teachers Non-subject matter experts Experience teachers Learners Parent at home Facilitator Teacher at a distance
What does the resource look like? Differentiated and Creative Must be Digital Flexible and Adaptive
Differentiated and Creative Fully embraces Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to allow learners: Various ways to acquire information Discussions, Social Interaction and Collaboration Experimentation, Real-world problems, Inquiry based activities, direct instruction (tutorial and lesson recordings) Multimedia, hands-on, field-trips, web-based, Multiple pathways to acquire information. Choice for learner – no “one size fits all” Various ways to demonstrate knowledge Formative and summative assessment Knowledge mapping, self-assessment, portfolios, discussions, journaling Choice in assessment type: podcast, presentation, virtual (or real) poster, essay, multiple choice or written exam, visual or movement representations, digital story..endless possibilities that could all be assessed with one rubric. EXAMPLE!!! Various means of engagement Active and Interactive, student centered activities Activities directed to mixed levels, interests, backgrounds – relevant to learner’s lives Include a variety of media– games, podcasts, movies, discussions, social media, applets for phones, iPods and computer, art, poetry, newspapers, drama, music, digital photos and the list continues…… Resource promotes student-centric learning.
Must be Digital Must be Digital Must be digital to be used online Customizability depends on it being digital(print can be created from digital files when preferred) How else can you achieve the desired flexibility
Flexible and Adaptive Adaptive to user – different interface for teacher/facilitator/student. Adaptive to learning environment – interface could allow for learning environment (suggested resources) to be highlighted while still allowing other resources to be visable. Adaptive to future – pedagological changes, curriculum changes, technology changes Complete Customizability Written to learner (could have facilitator/teacher comments and notes too) Organized by learning outcome or small modules so updates/improvements can be easy and continuous.
Discussions Importance Isolated students and facilitators options – parents, friends, classmates, online, f2f, phone, IM Social interaction to formulate learning
Tools to Help Organization - Blueprints Allow teachers/facilitators/learners to see course/outcomes at a glance Big Picture/Theme Connection throughout materials Areas of difficulty/misconceptions are identified Teachers could facilitate tutorials around these difficult concepts – (whether the tutorial is f2f, VC, online classroom, discussion board, hands-on lab, field-trip or other is up to the facilitator and learners preference) Ensure choice is available for these topics especially Formative assessment – where and when to look for these and how they will indicate learning. Opportunities for feedback and discussion Differentiation – Choices are listed
Benefits of Integrating resources One resource available to everyone Multiple approaches within one resource – increases differentiation possibilities. Move between different modes of educational deliver with greater ease Encourage exploration (teacher and student) – push boundaries/open doors LMS integration Acknowledge today's realities – travel, migration,