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A Proposal by Christie McKee: Anyone can design learning in the 21st century-tools to succeed.

Tags: Instructional Design; learning; tools; best practices

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Christie McKee
12 January 2013

Your situation (context)

I would like to create a learning module that helps anyone creat a learning module.  This would include best practices in designing instruction, examples and opportunities for the learner to try different aspects of learning presentations.  this would be based in sound pedagogy, strong motivation factors and include elements of interactivity.  I would also like to include some kind of badging for this learning project to motivate learners and stand as a recall of all the things they learn in this learning project.

As an example, I am terribly confused sometimes when I see examples of learning modules that, in my opinion, do not contain anything worth jumping up and down about, yet, people use the module to learn.  Khan Acadamy presents math, much the same way that math teachers have presented it for years, yet, he is getting lots of attention because it is available in the online format.  Online format alone, does not make for good learning.  I'd like to show the world a better example of online learning.


The change you would like to see (challenge)

Online format alone, does not make for good learning.  I'd like to show the world a better example of online learning in small doses, much like codeacadamy. 

I also come from the gifted education community (trained teachers for years how to teach those who learn differently).  Sandra Kaplan has shared a toolbox of words which trigger ways to look at learning through depth and complexity key words:language, details, patterns, trends, rules, ethics, unanswered questions, big ideas, change over time, multiple points of view, across the disciplines.

I would like to incorporate these somehow into the learning design.

I love to brainstorm, think two heads are better than one and hope to find a group that can add to these ideas, challenge them and ultimately, come up with a great learning project.

How you might go about bringing that change

In math, I used three words that worked well when presenting math lessons (probably borrowed from somewhere): Build, Draw, Write...or in otherwords, present the concrete...move to the representational, then on to the abstract.  

I love this concept and would like to see how this works when designing instruction.


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Bill Steele
3:55pm 13 January 2013

Hi. I am in agreement with attempting to produce a learning module that helps anyone create a learning module but I intend to base it around an actual example which in our case is Turnitin as this is something that staff need to engage with in our institution and so they will have some motivation.

David Jennings
11:39am 15 January 2013

Hi Christie, I like the thinking behind this. Can you say a bit more about how you would see the project working: what would we actually need to do, and what would the outcome (the learning module that helps anyone create a learning module) look like? how would it be implemented etc?

Christie McKee
11:03pm 15 January 2013

Hello to Bill and David,

I would like to create a course which provides options and examples of different ways to build out courses.  I would like to include as many examples from software available (free or nearly) and how to add best practice into the course-chunking information, setting up objectives, monitoring progress, engaging interactions...Kind of a this is how you do it by example.  

I can go to many places on the web and find elearning, free and not, which does not have "sound pedegogical processes-take Khan acadamy, they have been given so much press for "reinventing education" , but it appears to me that it is one, free, centered around a subject which is sometimes hard to follow therefore online, it can be paused, repeated or controlled by the user.  It is basically watching a teacher write on the board..what is new and exciting about this?

I have several key considerations I would like to include: how to make learning social, learning constructed & controlled by the learner, self-assessment to know what you know and don't know, mentor or experts sharing their insights, constant interaction with the learner to keep them engaged.  I believe learning that "tells a story" and uses graphics helps learners cement and understand better.  I like the idea of engaging beyond just learning language of the topic and the details to the ethics, rules and big ideas, creating learning at a deeper and more complex level.

I am open to the subjects we use, but thinking of the kinds of skills that are needed in the marketplace as examples (using microsoft office, organization, time management, conflict management, leadership skills, etc).  I am sure that will unfold as we plan the elearning.

Hope this helps! There are two of us working on this, applying whatever we learn during this course to help others create courses.

Will Stewart
3:58pm 17 January 2013

Hi Christie,

As we discussed elsewhere, our 2 project proposal ideas are broadly thinking along the same line. Why don't we bite the bullet and start a Team. That way we can make a start in drawing our ideas together and starting to create a plan to move forward.


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