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Ida Rodgers OLDS MOOC Journal

Confused and uncertain how to make the best use of my time for this course.

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Ida L. Rodgers, Ph.D.
19 January 2013

I feel overwhelmed by information that is so open that I am having great difficulty navigating a logical path. Also, pages are loading so slowly that I feel I am wasting most of my limited available time. 

My initial thoughts about the term, learning design, are as follows: 

My initial thought about its meaning: Learning design is a philosophical approach for creating learning materials. For example, a constructivist approach to a course glossary would make online interactive objects so that students could self-study, preferably by locating three sources, and self-testing with automatic feedback. An instructivist approach would be a simple, alphabetical list of terms and definitions for students to memorize.  

My activity interests are, at the moment, broad and unfocused.

  1. I am very interested in creating a self-learning course glossary activity for students. My goals for this activity include students researching three credible online sources, students creating their own definitions, students evaluating these definitions, and quizzes with immediate feedback for the glossary terms. 
  2. I am very interested in evaluation of e-learning at the activity level and at the course level. I have added a link to  my dissertation which, while terribly out of date now (2006), contains support for what I consider important aspects to evaluation:  the need for designing reflective measures in addition to instructive and summative measures. 

I assume that my next step is to write up "My Dream" in another cloud. 

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I am just wondering if it would be interesting to build on your idea and have students ..say Junior's in high school design their learning paths that would lead them to their careers after high school? 

CathyAnderson
18:10 on 19 January 2013

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Ida L. Rodgers, Ph.D.
7:28pm 19 January 2013


Week 1 - Completed (sort of)

I have written (but cannot relocate) my introduction a couple of times. So far, those are not showing up so I guess they were in a Google space or an OLDS MOOC space that is not Cloud space. I am mystified by all the different spaces and conversations. This is overwhelming, and I am not at all sure I am making good use of my time. However, I do keep finding interesting things to read and ponder. Maybe when I start the Week 2 activities I will feel and be more confident and able to navigate. Maybe. 

Ida L. Rodgers, Ph.D.
7:42pm 19 January 2013


To Cathy Andereson:

Your comment,  "I am just wondering if it would be interesting to build on your idea and have students ..say Junior's in high school design their learning paths that would lead them to their careers after high school?" is very intriguing. I am generally in favor of student-centered learning (picking their own subjects and paths but with a mentor to help when they stall or become overwhelmed) as a matter of principle. My problem is how to syncronize the principle with the realities of my classrooms (over which I have only moderate control). 

I have never taught in public schools. I did volunteer as a mom in classrooms when my children were in grade school and junior high. However, by the time they reached high school, they started bonding with their teachers and left me in dust (grins). I just had to make sure I was not getting in their way. 

For high school juniors, designing a path to a career is a popular activity. Actually, in the 1960's I did that as a requirement for the P.E. class I took. On days we could not go outside, we had in-the-classroom activities and doing reasearch on the path to a career was one. I remember that included interviewing someone who was in the career we selected and finding out what their path had been. The one AH-HA! moment you want Juniors to experience is when they realize that they need to seriously work on learning so that they will earn good grades so that they can qualify to get into the college they want and study the field that will provide them with the edcuation they need for that career. That is the start of the end of the us vs them attitude most students have with their teachers. Sometimes that attitude continues well into college, but it is not productive like bonding with teachers and letting them become mentors can be. 

Ida

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