Jessica McHugh's Portfolio
Welcome to Jessica McHugh's Portfolio page for ETAP 623 Fall 2014! This portfolio will demonstrate all of my work for the semester including the development of my mini course.
As technology advances, the use of it is being incorporated in classrooms lessons and environments more frequently. This course will review the use and benefits of educational blogging and how to use them as needs assessments to track student progress and evaluation of instruction.
“Needs assessment in an analysis activity that examines the instructional problem, intended learners, and learning context” (Shambaugh & Magliaro, pg 61). As educators, our goal is to figure out the problems and needs of our students and produce lessons and strategies to help these students. “Ultimately, a needs analysis is conducted to collect data that will be used to make appropriate decisions and to help you prioritize the identified needs” (Larson & Lockee, 2014, pg 27). I find I am documenting data constantly throughout the school year to make sure I am addressing the needs of my students accurately and appropriately through recording the progress of my students.
A tool to use to help have evidence of this progress is through blogging by students. Having a place for students to record what they are learning, it provides a place for the teacher to see what is actually being learned and understood. Students use the blogs to reflect on lessons and therefore are evidence of progress the student has with this particular strategy or on a topic over time to see if it is effective or if it isn’t working. The use of a blog can document the results of a strategy or goal of a lesson directly to each individual student.
Analysis of the Learner and Context
Upon the completion of this mini-course, learners will be able to:
· Explain the definition of blogging
· Explain the benefits of reflection through blogging
· Explain the benefits of discussions through blogging
· Identify different sites that are good for educational blogging
· Develop grading rubrics for requirements of blogging
· Create a blog of their own
References and Resources
Larson, Mariam B., and Barbara B. Lockee. "Streamlined ID: A Practical Guide to Instructional Design." New York, NY: Routledge, 2014. Print.
Shambaugh, R.N & Magliaro, A.S. "Mastering the Possibilities: A Process Approach to Instructional Design." Allyn and Bacon. Print.