Designing Support For Independent Learning


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  • Postgraduate Course: The E-learning Professional A.Kirkwood and H808 Course Team, OU
  • Strategic Management in Life Sciences and Healthcare This activity gives students an opportunity to undertake reading and research related to their personal work experience and embed the course within their job. In addition to learning approaches to comparing healthcare systems, they learn to carry out a literature search and retrieve information on healthcare systems around the world.
  • HSC resource bank
  • Designing Support For Independent Learning

    1. 1. Designing support for independent learning Dr Janet Macdonald Open University in Scotland Developing independent learners: the role of online media. CUHK, June 3 rd 2010
    2. 2. Online classrooms have no doors <ul><li>… in a classroom you can always shut the door, so that your students are less likely to escape before the end of the session. In an online environment you can never be entirely certain they will walk through the “door” in the first place. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Preparing your students <ul><li>Appropriate induction and pre-course information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>what are they expected to learn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in what timescale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>where and using what technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what stage are they at? </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Diagnostic tests: Are you ready for level one Science?
    5. 5. Diagnostic tests http:// /
    6. 6. “ Trapped in a web of consistency” <ul><li>“ The curriculum is stated in the form of clear objectives…teaching methods are chosen that are likely to realise those objectives…assessment tasks address the objectives..” </li></ul>Biggs 2003
    7. 7. Learning design <ul><li>People learn better when actively doing something </li></ul><ul><li>Learning activities may be structured carefully in a learning workflow to promote more effective learning </li></ul>(Britain 2004)
    8. 8. Learning outcomes Student needs Environment Learning activities + content Assessment
    9. 9. Examples of learning design <ul><li>Learning by doing and discussing </li></ul><ul><li>Activity is linked to assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Can include skills development within the disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Learning design for student courses </li></ul><ul><li>Learning design for tutors </li></ul>
    10. 10. Learning activity design
    11. 11. Creative writing development <ul><li>1. Student posts their writing on a group forum </li></ul><ul><li>2. They are required to respond to another student’s writing </li></ul><ul><li>3. They redraft their work in the light of comments </li></ul><ul><li>4. Assignment includes 20% marks for reflection on the influence of peer review, with examples </li></ul>(A215 Creative writing)
    12. 12. Sharing the literature on “reflection”: collaborative writing <ul><li>Contribute to the wiki page “What is reflection?” It contains one entry: a definition from Dewey. </li></ul><ul><li>Add at least one further entry this week, either introducing or elaborating on the ideas of one of the key writers on reflection, or amending a previous entry created by one of your colleagues. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not copy and paste: summarise the information in your own words and give a reference to the resource </li></ul><ul><li>(H808 The e-learning Professional) </li></ul>
    13. 13. Resource based learning <ul><li>Students undertake their own research on global health care systems using journal articles and websites </li></ul><ul><li>They organise this under specified headings eg how a healthcare system is funded and how many nurses per head of population. </li></ul><ul><li>They present their findings in an assignment. </li></ul><ul><li>The course guide gives suggestions for introductory reading, outlines key issues, provides web links and gives an example investigation. </li></ul><ul><li>(BS811Strategic Management in Life Sciences and Healthcare) </li></ul>
    14. 14. Health & Social Care Faculty: resource bank
    15. 15. Resource bank example
    16. 16. Tutor activity: join a demonstration of Elluminate
    17. 17. ..followed by forum discussion
    18. 18. Tutors in a discussion forum
    19. 19. What activities would you use to help your students develop academic learning skills?