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Anthea Wilson: My dream: Learning design project proposal - level 1 inexperienced learners”
Producing a more seamless design for level 1 students
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12 January 2013
Tags: OLDSMOOC, Dreambazaar
Your situation (context)
|I’m based in an office at the Open University. I work at home a couple of days a week, so need to adjust to different physical environments as well as different IT facilities. I’ve just set up a new laptop with Windows 8 which has caused me to lose days of time simply getting the different software programmes to work together. Much of my communication at work is by email with colleagues. We also connect by telephone and face-to-face meetings. With students, and associate lecturers, I rely heavily on online forums. I work in several different teams, sometime across different faculties.
I would most like to explore how we can better integrate forums, Elluminate (or equivalent) and our text-based materials. Our students seem to be increasingly time-poor and averse to engaging in any activity that isn’t related to assessment. Introducing technology can create a drain on students’ time, which is echoed by my own experience of making technologies work.
The change you would like to see (challenge)
|I’d like to achieve a blend of learning activity and use of technology that makes reasonable demands on our students and tutors. It needs to be presented in a way that is absolutely clear what needs doing and what people will get out of it. I would feel a sense of satisfaction that we are presenting our students with an excellent learning experience. We’d improve our retention rates.||Example
How you might go about bringing that change
|Our modules are based on distance learning using a blend of print, audio and video, and collaborative opportunities through forums (moodle) and Elluminate. We need to decide how much reading we can direct students to do online, when the majority is currently in print. Health and social care is a constantly changing landscape not least with every new government bringing in rafts of new policy. We are really stuck when this is in our print resources, but we know students prefer to read print. I’d like to try out ways of making the online material as accessible and brief as possible.||Example