Week 13 Blog
EDET 674 Dr. Lee Graham
Evaluating Our American Literature Course
The process of having our course evaluated was helpful. The most important feedback I received was when Nicole took the time to go over with me exactly what I needed to do to improve the quality of the narrative unit. She incorporated feedback from the math group, while identifying areas she is very knowledgeable about as an experienced online course designer and instructor. Naomi and Jon also communicated ways to help my narrative unit become more cohesive with the overall course design. Tammy’s checklists served as a model for me as I go back through the three major components of the narrative unit.
I read an article about leadership for instructional design. The Design Process Strategy includes “Collaboration with others in the field, as well as with those from other disciplines, adds a dimension of connectedness to practice from which springs inspiration for creating innovative and quality courses” (Ashbaugh, 2013, p. 106). We had this during this semester. I really believe our creative skills and group knowledge would have been reflected in the design process if the Alaska Learning Network (AKLN) had communicated from the beginning more specifically their parameters for creating a course designed for Alaskan students. We had many unanswered questions as to how AKLN would address issues of limited access to free sites we wished to avail students of. For example, one district may have no restrictions on YouTube access, Facebook access, blogging sites, and more, while another district may have many restrictions. How might AKLN address this so that we may employ constructivist activities by knowing ahead of time what we can expect the district to provide for our course? Further, we were highly limited by having an outdated Learning Management System (LMS) that affected our ability to spend more time on creative instructional design as opposed to how to outsmart the LMS. Even motivational immediate grading feedback and appropriate ongoing progress tracking was limited by the LMS.
On of the Quality Matters (QM) standards is Standard 5.2 “Learning activities foster instructor-student, content-student, and if appropriate to the course, student-student interaction.” A blog encourages on-going conversation. Learners discuss the topic at deeper levels, which encourages deeper discussion, just by having the ability upload video clips.
- Here is something I found that was referred to in an article about web 2.0 technologies and QM (Pollacia & McCallister, 2009). What a powerful tool it is to course design! Wikiversity provides learning resources that can support research and projects. Here is a quote I found on Wikiversity when I selected the quotes link, in the category of literature, then in the book To Kill a Mockingbird: “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
- Pt. 1, ch. 10
- Atticus Finch & Maudie Atkinson
Design Structure Strategy is another link to leadership competency (Ashbaugh, 2013). As a group, we all strove for tasks that involved innovative approaches. Social networking was one standard we could not leave out. The preference was for using a blog, and setting up a Wiki for students to share documents with each other was desired. At the point of instructional course design, we left some of this up to the teacher of record, since it unknown access was an issue; instead, the discussion thread for Blackboard was put into the plans when module designers needed assurance that collaborative discussion would take place. During a big chunk of group instructional planning time at the beginning of the course, we had not been told that some students would not need all of the modules. With this about face, we had to take on a very different design mindset.
With all this said, I am still working on the final touches. The process I am using for the Narrative Module is to go through each section to edit, add, take out, and create a check list for each section. Another final touch will be to allocate point value for each assigned task. Then I will go through each module to go over all the work and effort that has taken place by this team, the team I have gained so much new learning from.
Ashbaugh, M. L. (2013). Expert instructional designer voices: Leadership competencies critical to global practice and quality online learning designs. The Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 14(2), pp. 97-118.
Pollacia, L. and McCallister, T. (2009). Using web 2.0 technologies to meet quality matters (QM) requirements. Journal of Information Systems Education, Vol. 20(2).
Wikiversity quotes, retrieved on April 18, 2014: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird_%28novel%29#To_Kill_a_Mockingbird_.281960.29