Teacher, leave them kids alone!Ulster County Community CollegeAugust 25, 2010 Bill Pelz Professor of Psychology Herkimer County Community College
The History Of Education: 1800 to Present
Agenda! The P -> A -> H Continuum Learner Choices Constructivist Design Strategies Authentic Assessment
P -> A -> H Pedagogy Andragogy Heutagogy Technoheutagogy
Learner decisions that impact their learning path: What discipline to major in What elective courses to take What topics to research for written assignments What issues to focus on in discussions What grades to strive for Many of these decisions are influenced by others (parents, peers, advisors etc.)
An Additional Learner Choice:The Learning Environment Traditional Classroom Web-Enhanced Classroom Hybrid / Blended Hyflex Online
Social Constructivism Adults learn and remember best that which they can write, talk, and think about clearly and in their own words, Are encouraged to debate openly with others, and which they discover has personal relevance to their life.
Constructivist Philosophy Since it’s the students who need to learn – they, not the instructor, should be doing most of the work. To Teach is to Learn! Learning is social and contextual - active and engaging.
The Constructivist Discussion Forum! Learner-Led Roundtable Discussions Each learner asks a content-relevant question on a topic they are particularly interested in Learners facilitate (and police) the ensuing discussion generated by their question The instructor is the guide – reinforcing high quality posts and providing corrective feedback for low quality posts.
Engage or Enrage! Rules of engagement: Post timing: Initial post (the discussion question) within 48 hours Subsequent posts spread out throughout the forum duration Post quality (post title and post message): Self evaluation / peer evaluation / instructor evaluation Simple rubric / Two Cardinal Rules Quantity of posts: Discussion Forum Grading Scale Frequent (daily) grading and early feedback
Authentic Adult Assessment Grade the daily work… Discussion forum grades represent content mastery Written assignment grades represent content mastery Use episodic assessment sparingly… Online objective exam grades represent access to resource skills! Reflective Blogging represents knowledge acquisition and application