Talk:Bobbi Scirbona

Instructor comments on your topic and instructional analysis -- Jz833665 (talk) 10:37, 23 February 2015 (EST)


I really like the topic you've chosen focusing on models and visualizations in science education. You've collected and read quite a few important research-based references about this topic, which inform your analysis of the instructional problem and gaps. Your needs assessment and learning analysis are appropriate and helpful.

I wonder if you collected information about educators' current practice: what types of models/visualizations are used in what ways and with what challenges? You may collect such info through asking your colleagues/peers formally or informally, and and searching for related literature that may presents such survey. My sense is that the gap may not be simply a lack of use of such tech tools, but also a pedagogical knowledge gap: many teachers may only use such tools for teacher demo, instead of student-directed exploration for deep understanding, which is a strength of tools like MB

Instructor comments on your objectives -- Jianwei Zhang (talk) 14:10, 5 March 2015 (EST)

Your objectives are clearly identified and stated. Nice work!

-- Melissa Connor (talk) 21:03, 11 March 2015 (EDT)


You did a great job with your performance objectives. Mine were a bit too vague. After looking at your work, I was able to see where I went wrong.


Instructor comments on your task analysis and unit-level performance objectives -- Jz833665 (talk) 11:38, 7 April 2015 (EDT)

Hi Bobbie,

Your course-level objectives, task analysis, and curriculum map were professionally generated! Congrats on this really excellent work!

A minor issue to refine: in your map, your unit objective is a bit narrower than what's actually covered in each unit; and your course level overarching objective could also be expanded a bit.

Here's an example: "Participants will choose to incorporate and encourage student use of visualization tools in their science classrooms" --> will incorporate visualization tools to design effective science activities to promote student deep understanding....??

Changes to Course level and Unit Objectives

I think I understand what you are suggesting in order to expand my unit and course level objectives. Before I change my curriculum map, could you look at the changes that I have made below and provide your feedback? Thanks.


Overall Goal for the Course - Participants will incorporate visualization tools in the development of effective classroom activities in order to promote deeper student understanding of scientific principles

Unit 1 - Participants will recognize the advantages and limitations of various visualization tools and will apply this knowledge to specific classroom scenarios

Unit 2 - Participants will evaluate and improve upon their current use of visualization tools in student-directed science activities