from The Edublogger
This is the final installment in the more-or-less daily Technology Supported Learning workshop. The TSL workshop covers a lot of material that can be used in many ways within conventional classroom teaching as well as in hybrid, blended or fully online learning.
You have had an opportunity to be a participant as well as a course developer. I hope that you have had some new and interesting learning experiences yourself, and that these will encourage you to enhance your own courses.
Please take some time to review what we have covered and consider how technology can contribute to your students’ learning and success.
- Review your course against the entire Course Evaluation Checklist. How are you doing? Are there specific areas that will help your students engage in your course content? Are there specific actions that you can take that will contribute to supporting learning and retention?
- Looking back at your introduction and expectations, how would you summarize your learning experience? What were your expectations when you started this course? Have your expectations been met? What one thing could YOU have done differently that you would have benefited from?
There are no right answers, but there are lots of good ideas.
Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
Students’ contribution to course development
Students are very generous with their time and their knowledge. Asking students to participate in enhancing or updating course materials can yield some great results. Ask them for feedback about assignments. Include assignments that require research to find new resources to update the course. Include optional or extra credit assignments that encourage students to “teach” something they have learned.
You could be the next DeAnza star
The DeAnza Media Center is available to help instructors create video or audio to enhance course material. This may be as simple as recording a weekly reading of student work with comments. Some faculty have developed extensive videos to demonstrate medical procedures and practices to prepare students for actual clinical work.
Learn more… Catalyst / Moodle
DeAnza Distance Learning Center
Students are usually asked to edit their profile in Moodle. It is also possible for the site administrator to edit users’ profiles. These instructions reflect the 1.9 format of the user’s page for the site administrator. A student has a shorter list.
Course settings control how the things appear to the participants in a course. It is the first page viewed after creating a course. It can be edited through the Settings link in the Course administration block menu. This page has links to other pages that may describe a setting in more detail. Different versions of Moodle may not have all the settings listed below.
Learning styles, modality, cultural influence – all play significant roles in the differences in students within a class. One of the most exciting aspects of technology enhanced instruction is the ability to provide learning experiences that acknowledge and encourage this diversity, in ways that are not practical, or even possible, in traditional classroom teaching.
One big advantage of using technology is instructional reproducibility – the delivery will be the same every time. Over time, the lessons, the activities, the media can be built and improved on. It is possible to offer the same material in multiple formats to capitalize on many ways of learning.
DeAnza provides support to individuals with disabilities through a broad range to resources to help them through education and training. People with disabilities are able to participate more fully in work and careers through the use of Adaptive Technology. Here are some websites with good information on Adaptive Technology.
- High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges
Tracking student participation is made easy. Tracking access to course content, responses to quiz questions, discussion participation, grade point totals – all are readily available for viewing and analysis.
- attendance – not logging in for 10 days “counts” as 3 or more unexcused absences
- log of messages to students – record of conversation
- quiz response report – are students understanding the concepts that this question test? Should the questions be changed? Should the teaching be changed?
Students – profile, activities
There is a lot of information about individual students that is accessible from the student profiles
- Forum posts
- Activity reports
The Report page allows the teacher or administrator to look at course/site logs and user activity reports. can be found in the administration block. Site reportsare available to users who have been assigned administrative role (privileges). This page will focus upon course reports, but both site and course reports are similar in the way they operate.
The displayed logs will show active links to other parts of the course. These include the user’s profile, or a specific page in an activity or a link to a resource.
Students have expectations too…
Are YOU and your course meeting your students’ expectations? Do you know what students are expecting from a technology enhanced instructor? Ask them. Including frequent surveys or critical thinking assignments that ask students about their own learn experience in your course environment are wonderful sources of information and insight. You are not required to act on their suggestions, as some may not be practical or support your course objectives, but some are really useful.
Required Regular / Frequent Access to the Course
Asynchronous discussion is one of the important technology-supported learning activities. To be effective, students must participate regularly and often. Requiring frequent access is essential to keep discussions moving and to ensure that all student contribute.
There is a tendency for students to assume that “anytime, anywhere” assignments means the 20 minutes before the due time and date. Establishing guidelines for participation frequency is key to successful discussion.
In “hybrid” classes, a significant amount of the course learning activity has been moved online, making it possible to reduce the amount of time spent in the classroom. Traditional face-to-face instruction is reduced but not eliminated.
Ten Questions to consider when redesigning a course for hybrid teaching and learning