5. Emphasize time on task
“Time plus energy equals learning. There is no substitute for time on task.” — Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson
Some assignments and course activities produce wonderful learning experiences for students. Some are viewed as drudge work and don’t produce the desired results. We think our subjects are important and interesting. Getting students to spend the time can be a challenge.
For promoting student Time on task there are a number of technology-facilitated learning activities. These include web-based research, collaboration and presentation.
Media in Course Work
Many students enjoy watching and listening to their learning. For many students, being able to rewind and review lectures is invaluable.
There are plenty of well-respected instructors who have recorded their lectures and make these available. Even if their views and content isn’t exactly in line with your course, these differences provide a wonderful opportunity for asking students to compare and contrast your course point of view or facts with those in the external content. Students spend time on task watching the video AND on the critical thinking assignments that you create to bring the students back into your focus.
Moodle – Grades
The two central ideas of grading in Moodle 1.9 are:
- Grades are scores attributed to participants in a Moodle course
- The gradebook is a repository of these grades: modules push their grades to it, but the gradebook doesn’t push anything back to the modules