Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Daily Announcement: Designing for Engagement and Collaboration

G’day everyone! I think everyone will enjoy this week’s (Unit 4) completion improv but, more important, I believe it is the type of framework for which you will see many possible applications. As you’ll likely see, there are so many ways we can create incomplete problems or structures that can help participants work out their personal understanding or ownership of information.

And speaking of working things out, I wanted to share a new post I’ve written that discusses a modeling framework for doing collaborative design work on courses (for any environment). This is a visual approach to learning design that supports the nuances of connected or engaged learning models, and that may be helpful to those who don’t already have their own language or processes developed for this work. I see this as being particularly useful when it comes to helping others translate their learning vision into online or hybrid environments.

Also, Laura has posted her thoughts on an essay by Adeline Koh, and I think her observations make for great conversation.

So much important stuff here in +Adeline Koh 's essay; I would ask same question about online: why is all our online training for faculty conducted face to face...? If faculty haven't learned how to learn online, then how on earth can they teach online effectively...?

And here's a quote Laura pulls form the article.

Why is it that although as educators we largely understand that there are valid criticisms of the lecture format, that we continue to reproduce that format whenever we meet professionally? Think about how every conference you go to has one keynote or more, or about the countless number of times you’ve listened to academic papers read out loud — sometimes without the speaker even looking up. Why is it that we teach our students in one way and teach each other differently?

I look forward to seeing your improv contributions!

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