Talk:Creating a WebQuest to Teach Pet Emergency Preparedness

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Comments from Jianwei -- Jianwei Zhang 11:50, 25 April 2008 (EDT) =

Nice content! Are you still thinking about creating a specific case of WebQuest? If yes, I'd encourage you to do so. --Jianwei

4/25/08 Jianwei, I will be including a specific WebQuest on Pet Emergency Preparedness. Miriam

Hi Miriam. Welcome on board! It seems that you are thinking about contributing a classroom case on the content topic of animals. Am I right? If so, you need to decide which learning approach/model you'll adopt and experiment with, e.g., project-based inquiry, teaching for understanding, WISE? Our theme is innovations in learning and teaching. You can either teach teachers a new approach/model or do a case study on an approach/model. --Jianwei

Anne's Peer Review of Miriam's Wiki Lesson, 4/23/08

Re: Comments from Jianwei -- Miriamr73 22:04, 25 April 2008 (EDT)

NEW!!!! Re: Comments from Jianwei -- Jz833665 13:41, 5 May 2008 (EDT)

Hi Miriam, You have identified key contents and put them into a nice structure. I know that you're still working on it. But here are two issues you may consider: (a) use examples, and show/analyze them early; (b) why do you call your Unit 3 "Additional...?" I'd name it something like "Effective Design Principles"

Overall: Can this unit help me learn something meaningful and achieve the stated objectives Comments: Great job so far! I think you have a wonderful start on a very interesting topic, and I am looking forward to seeing your final project.
Your design portfolio page (20%):

Your portfolio page reports all the required instructional analysis work (i.e., selecting topic, defining learning outcomes, learner analysis, etc) and design plans (e.g., your major design rationale for using certain learning methods and media, instructional sequencing, instructional curriculum maps, reflections).

Comments: I didn't see a link to your portfolio page, so I could not review your curriculum map, design plans, or rationale.
Learning outcomes (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); and communicated using clear, performance-based terms (e.g., Gagne, p. 134);

Comments: Your performance objectives (general and specific outcomes) are well written and clearly stated, consistent with Gagne's principles.
Content-goal consistency (10%): The content and learning experience afforded by the course can help learners achieve the identified learning outcomes, sufficient and necessary. Comments: It is obvious from the structure of your lesson that content-goal consistency will be developed. Will you be creating a Webquest to teach pet emergency preparedness as a model for your participants?
Instructional sequencing (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. Comments: Logical flow of concepts/tasks are presented in each unit.
Engagement and interaction (20%): Use effective strategies (e.g., prompts, headings, questions, scenarios, activities) to motivate learners, attract attentions, and promote reflection and interaction. Comments: You might add a component to make the lesson more engaging on the home page. I'm not sure who the target audience is (I don't see a link to your Portfolio page, so I didn't see your curriculum map, either). For example, if target audience is adults vs. children, the type of activities used to 'engage' will be different. I would also add some interactive features as part of each unit (hands-on activities, multimedia)--but I realize you will probably be adding these components to other units. Regarding the reflection component, you could implement this at the end of each unit for participants to consider what they've learned from each Unit as a review before they go on to the next unit.
Technical quality (10%): Text and pictures are informative and easy to read. Navigation links are properly designed and highlighted to facilitate easy browsing. Comments: Introduction link on the home page doesn't go anywhere. I might add more visuals--graphics, photos, etc. I would also check over for grammar and spelling before final (see Unit 2, first paragraph).
Extended resources (10%): External, useful resources are linked, recommended, and acknowledged. Comments: Your resources are appropriate and relevant to topic. Is this also your bibliography of works cited/used in your project, or is it a list of resources for your students/lesson participants?