ETAP 623 Fall 2013 Design Project Agenda


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Modules 4 and 5 / Weeks 5 and 6 (9/22- 10/6): Learn to create, format, and link Wiki-pages and define your learning outcomes

  • Register a username using your true name: Click "Log in" on the upright corner and follow the instruction. You will receive an email from KNILT to confirm your email address and then receive another email containing your password after your request of username is manually approved by me. If you do not see this confirmation message within 24 hours, write me an email in Blackboard. (Sorry about this complex process; but this proved necessary to prevent spam attacks to our site.)
  • Learn to use this Wiki space: Go to Help:Contents, learn how to edit, format, create, and link wiki-pages. These are what we need to know to complete the Design Project.
  • Create a personal introduction page: Go to the class' homepage (see TO CREATE: Current Classes), add your name on the list of members followed with a brief self-intro, mark your name as a link to a new page (i.e. put it in "[[ ]]"). Click "preview" at the bottom, and if OK, click "save" to save the page. Then your name will be shown in red in the page. Click your name to start to create your page. In your page, please try using headings, bulletin lists, pictures. After you save your page, you'll have a personal page linked with the homepage.
  • Decide on a topic: Read Example topics, choose a topic for your wiki-course. Please post a message in the Design Project discussion space in BLS to indicate what topic you plan to focus on, so that I can give feedback. As soon as you've decided your topic, you need to find and read key references on that topic as early as possible. FINDING AND READING REFERENCES IS NOT SCHEDULED ON THIS AGENDA. YOU NEED TO SCHEDULE IT FOR YOURSELF.
  • Create a portfolio page: Create your portfolio page and link it your personal introduction page. In light of the readings of this week, think about and describe in your portfolio page what types of learning outcomes you will address focusing on the topic you've decided on. Here's an example portfolio page linked to the student's personal page: Catherine Strattner's Portfolio Page (THIS IS HER FINAL VERSION. YOU'RE EXPECTED TO START THIS PAGE IN THIS WEEK, NOT TO WRITE UP EVERY SECTION).

Questions? If you have any questions about this project and wiki use, please report in the Design Project discussion space in BLS or in this wiki space by editing the page: Questions and answers You should check if your questions have already been raised and answered.

Module 6 / Week 7 (10/6-12) Needs Assessment

  • Conduct needs assessment (if possible for your context, optional) and learner analysis focusing on the topic you’ve chosen, report your work under the heading Needs Assessment/Learner Analysis on your portfolio page. For examples, please see: Anne Canale Stalnecker and Diane Hamilton. Anne's needs assessment was based on literature review and personal speculation. Diane did a survey among teachers for her needs assessment. These are both acceptable for this class.

Module 7 / Week 8 (10/13- 19): Performance objectives

  • Identify and write performance objectives for your overall wiki-course (not the units yet), that is, what will the learners be able to get out of the course? What will they be able to do and demonstrate? Put the objectives into your portfolio page under the heading "Performance Objectives."
  • The objectives of your course should focus on “big ideas” related to the selected topic (i.e., ideas that can transform teachers’ understanding of and approaches to learning).
  • Should be communicated using clear, performance-based terms (e.g., Gagne, p. 134).
  • I'm sure you'll need to modify these objectives as you proceed; but writing them down as clearly as you can will help you clarify where you are going.

Module 8 / Week 9 (10/20- 26) Task analysis, Sequencing

  • Based on the target learning objectives you've identified last week, conduct a task analysis to identify prerequisites (enabling and supportive objectives) for each of the target objectives.
  • Sequence the learning objectives and their prerequisites (enabling and supportive objectives), organize corresponding content into small units. Represent the structure of your whole course using an instructional curriculum map (see Gagne: Fig 9-1), update your portfolio wiki-page to report the above work. Use headings such as Task Analysis and or Instructional Map. I understand that many of you still need some time to read more and think more about your topics.
  • Create a link to your mini course title on the class's homepage: Edit our class homepage by adding the title of your mini-course after your name on the member list. (You can still change the title later if you need.) Mark your mini course title as a link to a new page (i.e. put it in "[[ ]]"). Once saved the title will be shown in red. Clicking the red title will take you to a new blank page which you will use to build your course units(i.e., the entry page for your end-users, not the portfolio page, which is for your planning/designing in the backstage).

Module 9/ Week 10 -12 (10/27-11/16) Unit objectives, Methods, Draft unit

  • Review what you’ve done in this project, particularly your instructional curriculum maps, and finalize your objectives for each unit, make sure they are properly sequenced and connected. Remember that your course should be as focused as possible.
  • Apply what you’ve learned about instructional processes, technology, and inquiry learning to your design to plan out the specifics of your Wiki-course (content blocks/units and their connections, instructional methods, media use). Based on this work write out a course outline on your portfolio page. Briefly write down your thoughts about your choice of learning methods in your portfolio wiki-page. Try to implement the ideas of problem-based learning and interactive learning wherever they are applicable.
  • Draft one of your learning units; prepare for the developmental tryout in the coming week, in which you will partner with a peer to tryout the instructional materials for each other.

Week 13 (11/17-11/23) Developmental tryout

  • Developmental tryout: Working in small groups (to be created in the class' Wiki homepage), each of us will tryout the prototype units developed by our group members and provide feedback. Please go to your peers' courses, pretend to be a target learner/user, read the course-level and unit-level learning objectives, and go through materials/activities provided in the prototype unit, and evaluate and provide feedback regarding the following issues:
  • Overall: Can this unit help me learn something meaningful and achieve the stated objectives?
  • Specific issues: see Evaluation criteria, the 80% part.

Please write down your comments in the discussion area of the wiki-page you're reviewing (click the "discussion" tab at the top of the page).

  • Improve your design based on the feedback you receive.
  • Build the rest of your units.

Finish your whole Design Project, due: 12/10/2013

  • Finish your whole mini-course following the tested unit.