Talk:Ben Blanchard Portfolio


Instructor's comments on your instructional analysis and course-level objectives -- Jz833665 12:05, 18 October 2009 (EDT)

I like that topic you've chosen, and am glad that you've take a productive path.

  • Change "Learner Assessment" to "Learner Analysis"
  • Pedagogical framework surrounding tech tools

You are using data-driven learning as a framework. I suggest that you clearly name it "data-driven language learning," as there are uses of data-driven learning in other areas with a very different meaning (e.g., data collection; formative feedback)

  • Identify what tech tool(s) you will specifically focus on (I remember you said a few in BLS).
  • Refine the objectives

You said:

Learners will be able to
   * choose an appropriate context in which to use data-driven learning
   * generate a lesson using concordancing software and language corpora
   * adopt active strategies for teaching with authentic language data

I think that first learning need to address regarding this topic is for the participants to understand the what and why of data-driven language learning, before "choose..."

You may specify the lesson by saying: "generate a data-driven language lesson..."

There will also a need to understand the software itself and ways to find appropriate language corpora.

Of course, you don't need to list everything as course-level objectives. Through the task analysis and instructional sequencing to be conducted in the coming weeks, you will be able to better decide what are the target objectives and what are the prerequisites/supportive objectives and how these should be sequenced to enable effective learning.

  • Have you decided on your course title, something like "Data-Driven Language Learning Using Technology"?

Comments on your sequencing -- Jz833665 16:20, 3 November 2009 (EST)

Hi Ben, the sequence you've laid out seems to work well. Nice progress.

You're yet to match up your course-level objectives with your curriculum map and sequence, specifically by conducting elaborating and identifying prerequisite and support objectives of each of the course-level objectives. The units you've sequenced address many specific objectives that are not in your map.

Re: Comments on your sequencing -- Jz833665 11:58, 17 November 2009 (EST)

Saw your updated ICM, which has been beautifully done!

-- Barbara Recchio-Demmin 19:35, 28 November 2009 (EST)

Ben Your mini-course is amazing! I must admit that I knew nothing about data-driven language learning, although I have been using authentic materials in my Spanish classes for years. This method of incorporating language learning through text analysis is so powerful! Thanks for enlightening me. I read every article and looked at all of your links. I know I need to be giving you feedback, but honestly, I couldn't see anywhere that you could improve - not even a typo! Instead, you taught me a ton! I will be back when you finish the other units, in order to further my education :) Barb