Månadsarkiv: november 2016

Designing an online Learning activity

The next phase is to use our new knowledge and actually desing a learning activity online using two different models, the ADDIE model and the Five stage model. Both models are very useful, the ADDIE being more detailed and goal-oriented and the Five stage more about scaffolding learning on an abstract level. I really enjoyed reading about both models and I found that the Five stage model could help me with a current course.

I run a blended course with most of its methods for learning related to IRL tasks so the blending of online activities is quite sparse rather it is a platform for getting the literature and have sporadic discussions. With the use of the Five stage model I can see that I can make several changes and improve the course and the learning activities! Yes, excactly what I needed since the students are failing with too high % in my course. As an exmple we do not have any group activities in the course that are online, so they do not use each other in an efficient way, just for the few meetings that we have. Next semester there will be substantial changes in the course and I expect that more of the students will achive the learning goals….

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The challenge of collaboration online

I have been coordinating a bleded course that have both online and onsite collaborations included. I have noticed that the students are hesitant and struggle with the online tasks and collaboration, especially to start the collaboration. I am now in a similar position and know more about their experience. It is not easy to collaborate in learning and build a learning community online. You have to be active, social and give from your self to the groups efforts to move forward in the collaborative learning process. Being part of ONL162 have really given me experiences from ”the other side”. It is easy to just fall into the trap of just doing your assigned part of the task (according to a definition by Siemens from 2002 this is online collaboration) and not do things together and learn together, truly build a trust and a community of learning. I believe that the case scenarios is great in the way that it puts us in the position that we need not just to collaborate, but also to invest in a community of learning in order to move forward with the scearios and the groups learning process.