Talk:Incorporating Visualization Tools in the Science Classroom


Very interesting topic! I like that you provided students with an introduction which breaks down the various topics that will be covered, as well as helpful information at the start of your mini course.

  • Learning outcomes (10/10): Learning outcomes were clearly explained for the unit as a whole and also for each lesson.
  • Content-goal consistency (10/10): The content allowed students to meet their goals for the lesson and helped them work towards their final unit learning outcomes.
  • Instructional sequencing (20/20): You developed your units in a way that guide the learner through the process of understanding how participants can incorporate visualization tools in a science classroom.
  • Engagement and interaction (17/20): I think that you have students discuss with one another about the visualization tools that they currently use in their classrooms. Something to maybe consider is, what is participants currently don't use any and are taking this course to learn more about them and how to incorporate them into their classes? That discussion may be difficult for that participants. Perhaps, the discussion could also be on visualization tools that you would like to use in your classroom? Just a thought.
  • Technical quality (10/10): All articles were easy to open and access.
  • Extended resources (9/10): A suggestion would be to have a link somewhere on your webpage to go back to the unit, or ever continue onto the next lesson.

Overall, nice job! Katie

Melissa Connor (talk) 22:15, 27 April 2015 (EDT)

Feedback for Lesson 1 -- Melissa Connor (talk) 19:18, 27 April 2015 (EDT)

Hi Bobbi,

I like the introduction and the format of the lesson. I think the activities are reasonable. I think it is a good idea that you have an activity to reflect on the driving questions. Where are you having participant journal- is this on their own?

  • Learning outcomes (9/10): Expected learning outcomes have been properly identified for the course focusing on “big ideas” related to the selected topic (i.e., ideas that can transform teachers’ understanding of and approaches to learning - consider the reading in week 4/5 about deep understanding and learning types); and communicated using clear, performance-based terms (e.g., Gagne, p. 134 consider the reading in week 7)

I am giving you a 9/10 for one reason. If I look at your portfolio page is says:

Lesson 1 – What are visualization tools and why are they important?

Lesson Objectives – Participants will research various types of visualization tools and be able to explain in detail the advantages that their students can realize from using models when learning scientific principles

Essential and Supporting Prerequisites – Participants must be able to relate new knowledge to their personal experiences and express their ideas clearly in writing

I think you just have to align the portfolio page to your course. Maybe instead of your portfolio page saying Lesson 1: "What are visualization and why are they important" it should say Lesson 1: "Using Models in Science."

  • Content-goal consistency (9.5/10): The content and learning experience afforded by the course can help learners achieve the identified learning outcomes, sufficient and necessary.

One small thing here- if you want participants to name three different types of visualization tools, I would just make that a little more clear when you get to the assignments.

  • Instructional sequencing (20/20): Specific learning objectives have been sequenced in a way that can facilitate the learning of the content, addressing prerequisites before proceeding to major concepts, highlighting connections.

I think the sequencing makes sense so far.

  • Engagement and interaction (/20): Use effective strategies (e.g., prompts, headings, questions, scenarios, activities) to motivate learners, attract attentions, and promote reflection and interaction

I am not sure I can really assess this yet. So far I think you are using different strategies to motivate learners but I guess it depends on your next few lessons.

  • Technical quality (10/10): Text and pictures are informative and easy to read. Navigation links are properly designed and highlighted to facilitate easy browsing.

I think it is easy to read and organized.

  • Extended resources (10/10): External, useful resources are linked, recommended, and acknowledged.

Looks like you are doing a good job with linking the resources.

Overall, it looks like you are off to a good start that is if I understand this criteria correctly.

Melissa Connor

Kimberly Brooks Evaluation -- Kimberly 00:29, 4 May 2015 (EDT)

Bobbi, Great topic! I really like that you included driving questions, these should help to keep participants focused on the goal of the course and each lesson! Learning outcomes (10/10): Learning outcomes are clearly defined for both the lesson and the course in its entirety.

Content-goal consistency (10/10): The content is well aligned with the objectives for the lesson and the course and there is enough material and reflection work to allow participants to achieve the goals.

Instructional sequencing (20/20): so far it seems that your units are broken down into natural sections one where the learners will study the background behind using models in the classroom and one where they will actually put to use the knowledge that they gain in the previous unit!

Engagement and interaction (17/20) : So engagement is good one thing I might add would be a brief outline of what is expected in the responses to classmates posts.

Technical quality (9.5/10): There is one section of text under the lesson objectives in lesson one that has grey text instead of black, I am not sure if this is by design but I think it will make that section easier to overlook if it is in a lighter color.

Extended resources (10/10):The resources you have selected look very interesting and seem to relate well to the content.

Instructor comments on your mini-course -- Jz833665 (talk) 12:16, 4 May 2015 (EDT)


Your mini-course has been carefully designed and sequenced, addressing well defined learning outcomes and objectives. Your unit 1 sample lesson works well too, engaging the learner with questions, supporting understanding with good resources and activities. Great work. One possible refinement is that you activity list includes a long list of readings and videos. You may add a brief highlight/guide for each piece (and structure them into two/three subheadings if they are addressing different focuses).