Final Overview of my Course Prototype
with Megan, Jannae and myself
Social Justice – Middle Years
Course Profile – Please see this link to read through the class profile.
The course prototype and process was a significant learning curve for me. I have never designed an online class and definitely not a blending learning one. I found that the weekly content was great in pacing the project and giving you bits and pieces along the way. Outside of Tuesday night class we had the time to play with LMS systems, creation tools and pedagogy that supported the development and then end product of our blended learning course. Below are links to my blog posts that reflected on my course prototype.
- This is the end…beautiful friends
- Building a Community
- All Work and no Play…
- LMS…help…email Alec?
- Our Bodies, Our Minds, Our power!
Overall, our feedback from our colleagues was very positive in nearly all areas of our prototype. They praised our prototype for ease of use, variety of tools and activities, and the seamless flow from one module to the next. In addition, they appreciated the small details we added like our introductory video, inclusion of instructional guides, and having access to artefacts and documents in more than one location in Google Classroom. Our colleagues also acknowledged our course profile was comprehensive and well thought out. As with anything, there is always room for improvement. Below are our responses to the suggestions that we will take into consideration when we use this material with our students.
- One of our colleagues had some trouble with some of our links and access to a Kahoot.
- Our respondent thought the trouble with the Kahoot may be related to the Kahoot session needing to be started.
- For our other links, we will go back and ensure that all of our links are accessible and in working condition and make adjustments accordingly.
- One respondent noticed that some of our documents were in differing formats and would have liked to have seen it consistent throughout.
- Moving forward, this is something we would definitely change. Ideally, with Google Classroom it would work seamlessly with our Google Drive so all our documents uploaded would be in the format of Google Docs so we would be able to make copies for each student with ease.
- One suggestion was to add a brief introduction to the unit before the video so students would know what they were watching for (keywords, definitions, aims).
- We liked this suggestion and felt it worth considering for future revisions.
- For middle years, we would like to see students connecting keywords with the “word work” that is already going on in class. This may mean using “word work” notebooks or word walls in the classroom.
A response to your feedback (this should be done collaboratively as a group and then posted as part of every member’s blog post)
We used Google Classroom for our prototype. Please see the link: Social Justice Please log into Google Classroom using the @education.uregina.ca usernames and passwords that we used for exploring the LMS. Please enter join code: 9oza6