Project

Learning Goals: Students will…

  • Develop skills that will support academic achievement in blended learning courses
    • Activity addressing goals, motivation and time management: students will be expected to create a 90 day action plan and submit a journal entry/blog each week about the project experience. Blogs will be due each week.
  • Develop academic goals and acquire new habits to achieve academic success.
    • As part of the 90 day action plan, students are required to set an academic goal specific to online learning. For example, a student who has had little exposure to online learning may want to increase her hone her written communication skills, IT skills, etc. They are also required to use a planner and write out a weekly to do list for a blended learning course.
  • Develop methods for confronting the complex issues of online learning
    • Activity: Reading on how to search properly online followed by an exercise; blog about experience.
  • Learn to digitally connect with university faculty and students
    • Activity: Blogs will be due weekly and students will need to respond to at least one person creating a sense of community and connection. I would also like to require students meet with an instructor in person or have an online exchange with professor and blog about it.
  • Understand the resources and services available on campus.
    • Activity: 90 day action plan requires them to list academic resources necessary to achieve academic goal.

By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  • State academic goals specific to online learning.
  • Identify, develop, and implement the necessary college skills required to be a successful online learner at VCU.
  • Know specific methods that will help manage time efficiently
  • Seek appropriate resources, when needed, and design an effective plan for preparing and studying using digital resources.

The first lesson will be an introduction to blended learning and students will have the opportunity to take an optional pilot pre-test that can help students determine which areas to focus on. Bri sent me the following example which I may merge with another assessment tool I use: https://www.waol.org/prospective_students/isonlineforme.aspx. I also plan to do a post-test at the conclusion of the course to measure growth.

Theoretical frameworks:

Connectivism: the ability to create a resource for students to use long after the course is over to frequently refer back to. Students may take other fully online or blended courses after their first year and I want this to serve as a resource guide. I want to get students thinking about the importance of connecting with others for information versus having to know it all themselves.

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8 thoughts on “Project

  1. I’m so glad you can make use of that resource. What are you planning on using for your post-test measure?

    • Hi Bri, I wanted to send out the same pre-test as the post-test in order to measure comfort levels and growth. I’m hoping to save their responses from the pre-test and then compare to the post-test. What do you think?

  2. Hi Mary – I like the optional pre-test idea. I thought about doing the same just so I’m not trying to teach something that the whole group already has a grasp on – I want to use their time wisely. If time were on my side, I was even considering developing several courses for two or three different skill levels. They would all cover the same larger topics, and the learning goals would still on slightly more complex aspects of that topic. A pre-test would be a great way to gauge that.

  3. I like that one of your learning goals for this module is for students to connect with faculty. I’ve seen many students who are not comfortable with or don’t know how to approach their professors, and it can be such a hindrance to their success in college. In connecting with the faculty have you thought about suggesting that the students try to find faculty on social media, like twitter or their professional blogs (if they have them)?

    • Hi Amy! I have thought about that. Some professors are really savvy when it comes to social media and some are not. I think the trick with requiring they connect via twitter or something like that would be to make sure there are enough faculty who are available. It’s certainly worth looking into! Thanks!

  4. Nice job, i think the learning goals for your course are best articulated in the “By the end of the semester, students should be able to:” section. The section above this is really overarching goals.

    Thoughts:

    By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
    State academic goals specific to online learning.
    – what is an example of this?

    Identify, develop, and implement the necessary college skills required to be a successful online learner at VCU.
    – good

    Know specific methods that will help manage time efficiently
    – maybe rephrase this as “identify methods that will help manage time efficiently and articulate how these methods will be implemented”

    Seek appropriate resources, when needed, and design an effective plan for preparing and studying using digital resources.
    – maybe rephrase as “identify and articulate how to use digital recourse to …..”

    We want to be as clear as possible on what students will do, so we can easily align assessment.

    Does this make sense?

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