-- Mkapusinsky (talk) 15:39, 1 May 2016 (EDT)
I really enjoyed your mini-course. I have comments and first reactions to each section. You were very thorough with all of your sections. They were appropriate in length. Most of my comments/suggestions are to fine-tune your mini-course. I hope these help. You are off to a great start.
- Clear introduction. I found myself wanting to know ‘why’ it is important to make thinking visual. How do students benefit from it? What does it allow them to do?
- The phrase “language of thinking” is interesting, but ambiguous. I would suggest referencing it from your first article so your learners know it’s not a phrase you made up and they can anticipate an explanation later on.
- My understanding is that these questions are a type of summative assessment, since they will be at the end of the course as stated. I quickly forgot about them half way down the page for two reasons: 1) Your choice of wording “answer or reflect”- if I don’t have to answer them I probably won’t reflect on them because of time constraints, 2) I became focused on the unit questions.Is it necessary to have these summative questions stated so early if learners will not be required to think about them until the end? Do they provide too much information too soon or are they a simple early reminder that will be brought back later?
- Great use of references and research
- Thoroughly answered the question ‘why’ (from my first concern) making thinking visual is important.
- Short and sweet. Lots of info clearly explained
- Your performance objectives are very clearly defined. Great job. After completing unit 1 I would suggest tweeking your first objective or to match the directions of unit 1. “Given an article and a Powerpoint presentation, participants will evaluate 3-5 questions or phrases to determine whether or not they promote thinking through a sorting activity.” vs. “Read the following article. As you are reading, make a list of questions, phrases, or actions that promote or model thinking.” Evaluate 3-5 questions and make a list are two different actions. Maybe the directions need to change to so your learners will be evaluating something instead of listing.
- Well done
- I love the KASIs you listed. I might have to do something like this too! For learners who do not know what KASI means I would put a one or two sentence explanation that these are the skills one is expected to poses and keep in mind while working through your mini-course.
-States the enabling goal and objective for each unit
* Everything after the curriculum map is part of your actual mini course. I assume you will be putting this on another page at some point apart from the course profile page.
Unit 1 Introduction/prerequisites:
- I enjoyed the article. It was very informative and gave a number of different strategies on how to make student thinking visual. The questions were appropriate and help focus attention on the important information in the text. Could this section possibly be incorporated into unit 1, rather than be a prerequisite? Unit 1 is JUST focusing on language use as a way of making thinking visible. Will the other units similarly explore other ways of making thinking visible?
- The powerpoint had great examples of how questions can be transformed to use higher order vocabulary to promote critical thinking. It even gives a formula, which I found very helpful. The slideshow does give some directions for an assignment, but because it is a resource and not an original work I assume the learner doesn’t have to do it. I say this because at a quick glance I didn’t realize it wasn’t by you, so the second set of directions on the powerpoint confused me.
- I think the min-course blog is a great idea, but where is it? Is it possible to start recording my findings starting in lesson 1, this way I can return to the blog in lesson 2 to add more information. I can then compare them side by side and make inferences from that. This is another way of making thinking visible. The learner can see the steps of their thought process in text on the blog.
- Unit 1 ends very abruptly. A concluding statement or activity to synthesise the main points of the unit would be helpful.
- Your unit is organized in order of importance. Visually it could use something to unify it. Perhaps spacing between lessons would make sections stand out better. I have yet to work on this aspect myself. Good luck on the rest of your mini-course! I look forward to reading it once it’s finished :)