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Reflecting on Week 2

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The Educators will post a Summary of Week 2 by Saturday.

There have been some positive reactions to working with the Learning Designer this week. And you do seem to enjoy using it.

But there is also appreciation that it makes you think, and think more creatively about learning. This may be because it’s a structured series of prompts to think about what your students need to be doing, at quite a detailed level. Learning is a serial process that happens over time, and each Teaching-Learning Activity can often be broken down into a sequence of learning through one type or another at different stages – not minute by minute, perhaps, but in one activity there could often be both acquisition and discussion, or both inquiry and collaboration. You make your own decision about how you break that down, which means you’re thinking through in detail how to guide the students through a productive learning process.

That is the essence of it. In the end this is a tool for teachers, so you should use it in the way that makes sense for you.

Do keep asking questions and critiquing it. It’s a work in progress, so it’s very good to have ideas coming from you about how it could be improved or upgraded.

We have also begun the process of sharing learning designs – so thank you to everyone who has shared a design on the Padlet or sent in a design for peer review. Your comments on this process are interesting because of the inevitable tension between recognising the value of the process – especially doing the review – and your pressing time commitments.

Next week

In the first Activity next week we look at how to use digital methods in formative assessment. How can digital tools enhance the different types of feedback to learners from peers, teachers, and from simple tests?

Then we continue our work as a learning community. Can we work together to begin building more of a knowledge base of learning designs for blended and online learning? How do we take this into our institutional work?

And can we expand our community to include more teachers? Please spread the word to your own network, if you think this course could be of value to them.

Comments

Post any general questions you have for the educators here, and ‘Like’ any others that you would like to see answered. Then we can prioritise how we address them.

What are your reflections on the learning you have been through on the course – have you changed any of your ideas about online teaching and learning?

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