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.
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.