Week 6

Dates:

October 24 – 30

To Do:

  1. Explore Universal Design for Learning website (Due October 28th)
  2. Read book chapter on differentiation in online teaching & learning (Due October 28th)
  3. Locate your own resource (Due October 28th)
  4. Blog about differentiation in online learning (Due October 28th)
  5. Respond to your colleagues (Due October 30th)
  6. Write blog post outlining your learning module (Due October 30th)
  7. Respond to your group member on their learning modules (Due October 30th)

Learning Goals:

Reflect on both historical and conceptual foundations of Online Learning as well as current research and standards for online/blended course design/facilitation and articulate a personal philosophy of practice in these areas.

 

In the last few weeks, several of you have commented on the difficulty you perceived in differentiating instruction in online environments.  To begin to address this issue, I have chosen readings this week that explore Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and differentiating learning for exceptional learners. While these readings alone will not answer all of the concerns we have been discussing, they do offer a starting point for conversation.

 

Explore Universal Design for Learning website (Due October 28th)

Explore the Universal Design for Learning Website resources, known as “Checkpoints.” These checkpoints offer suggestions as well as online resources for differentiating learning in both the face-to-face and online classroom. For example, Checkpoint 1.1 offers solutions to customizing electronic displays for learners who may have certain learning or physical impairments. Take time to explore the resources listed in the “Checkpoints” that you are most interested in or that you feel would help you differentiate your online module.

 

Read book chapter on differentiation in online teaching & learning (Due October 28th)

Read Chapter 8 from the book What Works in Online Learning.  The link provides two excerpts from the book, Chapters 8 and 10. I am only asking that you read Chapter 8. (You of course may read Chapter 10, or save it for later). As you read, think about how the suggestions listed in this chapter are similar or different to face-to-face learning.

 

Locate your own resource (Due October 28th)

  1. Search the internet for one resource that may help online teachers with differentiation in online environments
  2. You will post a link to the the resource in your weekly blog post

 

Blog about differentiation in online learning (Due October 28th)

Write a new blog post addressing the following:

  1. What additional resource did you locate about online teaching and differentiation? How did you find it, what search terms did you use?
  2. What similarities and/or differences do you see between the differentiation in online teaching and your own knowledge of differentiation in face-to-face instruction?
  3. What did you learn from the readings this week?
  4. What further questions do you have regarding differentiation for online teaching?
  5. How will you incorporate/consider differentiation in your module for this course?
  6. Make sure to categorize your post in “tedu662fall16b” and tag it with“differ”.

 

Respond to your colleagues (Due October 30th)

Read at least one colleague’s post and reply back with:

  1. Points you may disagree with
  2. Questions you may have about their post
  3. Request for more information
  4. Advice or answers to questions that were posed
  5. Connections between what you wrote on your post and what they wrote
  6. Personal experiences that relate to their post
  7. Connections between your field / content area and something they have written

 

Write blog post outlining your learning module (Due October 30th)

  1. Write a blog post outlining your learning module. Address the following:
    1. What are your learning outcome(s)? (ie. “Students will be able to….)
    2. How will you assess learning outcomes (test, student product, written paper, other)
    3. Content broken into sections. For example:
      • Module 1: Prehistoric man
        • Lesson 1: The Paleolithic Age
        • Lesson2: The Neolithic Age
    4. Sections broken into activities. For example:
      • Lessons 1:The Paleolithic Age
        • pre-lesson activity – ???
        • lesson – use bbc.com resources on first humans
        • assessment – use bbc.com quizzes
        • look ahead – ???
  2. Make sure to categorize your post in “tedu662fall16b” and tag it with“outline”.

 

Respond to your group member on their learning modules (Due October 30th)

I have put everyone is groups. Here they are:

  • Group 1 – James, Debbie, Kayla, Phyllis
  • Group 2 – Brent, Jean, Kelyn, Lou
  • Group 3 – Sarah, Lynn, Christy
  • Group 4 – Amanda, Kimberly, Brooks Ann
  • Group 5 – Mathew, Sharon, Lisa
  1. Respond to each of your group members and provide constructive feedback on their module outlines.
  2. Please address:
    1. Do the assessments measure the learning goals?
    2. Do the activities help students achieve the learning goals?
    3. Do you have questions about the outline?
    4. Do you have any recommendations?
    5. Can you provide guidance/advice using concepts you have learned in this course?

 

If you have any questions, feel free to write a blog post and tag it with “questions”, it will then show up in the questions blog posts, and everyone can chime in with answers!  Also feel free to email me or use twitter and our course hashtag.

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