R2D2 model of empowering online learningSlides prepared by Jacqueline Cook
R2D2 is…• practical• very easy to implement• a model for online design• a framework for integrating a variety of learning activities with the technology available in online learning today
This framework for online learning is calledR2D2 because it consists of four basic activities:
The “Star War” Model• The idea is to empower the instructor, as well as learner, with a combination of task types which work together to create an effective course.• Dr. Curt Bonk (Indiana University) likes to call R2D2, for obvious reasons, his “Star Wars” model.
How does the model work?START WITH TEXTNote that text does not uploaded bynecessarily have to refer to the the instructorwritten word. Text can also bein video or podcast format. found on the net through web searches produced by other students
Once learners have acquired knowledge through their online readings of text,they are given an activity which guides them to think about and This can be carried out on reflect on what online blogs or through they have learnt. reflective writing, journal entries, self-assessment type activities, etc.
The third step entails having the learner display the information in or some othera timeline a chart visual representation
In the last stage, the learners take part in some sort of collaborative hands-on project doing a such as simulation orworking on a participating wiki, in a task- based activity.
R2D2 is effective because…1. It covers receptive & productive skills2. It utilizes the context of the language in instructional, interpretive & presentational modes3. It caters for multiple intelligences4. It provides a variety of different learning activities5. It keeps learners engaged & helps sustain motivation6. It addresses diverse learner needs & preferences for learning which is so important in online learning where the students tend to be from varying backgrounds & of varying ages
Bonk, C. J., & Zhang, K. (2008).Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.