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Marist Center for Teaching Excellence, Constructing Learning Constellations
Marist Center for Teaching Excellence, Constructing Learning Constellations
Marist Center for Teaching Excellence, Constructing Learning Constellations
Marist Center for Teaching Excellence, Constructing Learning Constellations
Marist Center for Teaching Excellence, Constructing Learning Constellations
Marist Center for Teaching Excellence, Constructing Learning Constellations
Marist Center for Teaching Excellence, Constructing Learning Constellations
Marist Center for Teaching Excellence, Constructing Learning Constellations
Marist Center for Teaching Excellence, Constructing Learning Constellations
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  • 1. Presentation to Center for Teaching Excellence Dr. Mark A. Van Dyke Lindsey Devlin (Marist ’10) Robert Capua (Marist ’10) School of Communication and the Arts April 21, 2010 Constructing Learning Constellations: Extensions of Teaching and Learning Through Creative Course & Project Site Design
  • 2. Background <ul><ul><li>Fall 2007: AT Support request, iLearn/Sakai launch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spring 2008: COM471-PR Case Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>32 students, 7 teams, in 2 sections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Developed communication plans </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall 2008: COM401-Capstone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>38 students, 8 teams, in 2 sections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Refined plans & executed tactics </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 3. iLearn & Collaborative Education <ul><ul><li>Supports student-centered education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthens Teacher-Student Partnership </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom = Collective Learning Community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Places tools and learning in hands of students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>24/7 service </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 4. iLearn & Barriers to Collaboration <ul><ul><li>But what about time & space barriers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Connections between iLearn sites: different sections, semesters? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Support for major projects, “cluster model,” team teaching? </li></ul></ul></ul>Course Section 111 Course Section 112
  • 5. Solution: Collective Learning Constellation 1. Problem : Barriers to collaboration created by separate course sections, meeting times, and CLE sites 2. Solution : Central project site connects orbiting course sites 3. Result: 70 students, 15 teams, 4 sections of 2 courses, spanning 2 semesters 4. Outcomes: Increased contact, cooperation and communication, authentic learning, time on task, use of student talents
  • 6. iLearn Course & Project Site Creative Architecture Spring 08 PR Case Studies 2 Course Sites Fall 08 Capstone 2 Course Sites Project Site (1)
  • 7. Students = Collaborators
  • 8. The Net Generation “ They prize freedom and freedom of choice. They want to customize things, make them their own. They’re natural collaborators, who enjoy a conversation, not a lecture. They’ll scrutinize you and your organization. They insist on integrity. They want to have fun, even at work or school. Speed is normal. Innovation is life.” Don Tapscott, Grown Up Digital (2008, pp. 6-7) “ I would have never known how to blog, use a wiki … a course management system. These new skills … are going to help get my first job.” “ I have come to understand and appreciate the importance of … collaboration for this course, other parts of life and for a job.” “ Helped me see that turbulence … is to be expected and that it is our job … to turn those problems into opportunities.” Marist Student Testimonials
  • 9. Samples of Student Outcomes Sample Displays Consolidated Screenshots Student-Produced Materials Post Card For Adult Students Mock-Up of USB Drive With Pre-Loaded Materials For Adult Students Campus TV Spot Storyboard Campus TV Spot Sakai Tutorial For Adjunct Faculty Sakai Adjunct Faculty Project Collaboration Site
  • 10. Questions?

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