It’s been a busy week for me work-wise so I’ve concentrated all my course work into the weekend. Which I’m glad I did because there’s a lot of content to take in. Hats off to the team who’ve created the course it has a nice flow to it.
Module 1 : Identify with your learners
“it’s been emotional”
Vinny Jones Lock, Stock and 2 smoking barrels
Know your learners’
Module 1 started with a vital part of what an I.D. does. Know your learners. The module had some marvellously written learner persona’s and one stood out from the crowd that had my empathy kicking into overdrive, got me all emotional and had me rooting for her to do well. (I do like a good story!)
(In my experience as a Trainer and Learning Mentor getting to know the people you’re developing training for is vital to understanding where they are and how to get them where they want to be. This is especially true for distance training as I found out when assessing the I.T. skill levels of a team of orthodontists.)
Once I’d read her story, I felt myself filling in the blanks of her learning and imagined ways helping her complete her studies.
Jamie-Ann (Assessment and Outcomes)
Jamie Ann is an eager learner. She doesn’t like a classroom setting, and struggles to tolerate teachers and groups. She enjoys reading. She lacks focus.
Jamie Ann, would benefit from a blended approach of e-learning and reading, a Learning Mentor/ Coach would offer support and provide encouragement to complete her studies.
Next up: Module 2
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I don’t need no…(spot the film reference), actually I do need one after I’ve completed this course and a certificate of recognition from Designers for Learning.
But I’m not there yet there’s 7 modules to get through first.
The more I read about why this course is being run and its outcomes (basically 30 milllion U.S. adults don’t have high school credentials and only 2 million are supported) the more I want to complete it.
Plus it’s an Instructional Design itch I have to scratch!
In this case it goes on the the Designers for Learning Adult Learning Zone group on the OER commons platform
Background to why the course is being run
The course gives a good grounded explanation as to why there is a need for this course which is backed-up by facts using tables and infographics.
This helps me get a good feel of how the course should be pitched and the learner skill level.
There’s a nice social feel to this course with encouragement to share thoughts and ideas via social media and through the canvas network. I might even try a web cam next time!
Part 3: Module 1 . Let’s get started
I saw a post on Linked In asking for people interested in instructional design to work on a MOOC to develop a course in the basic adult education sector for Maths and English. Great! everybody wins. I get a real world I.D. experience, the Adult Educators get an OER course to CCRS (College and Career readiness standards) and the learner gets a course for free.
My First impressions
- The course is being run on the Canvas network which looks great and is very intuitive
- The authoring tool Open Author looks great I can’t wait to use that! very exciting!!
- It should take about 40 hours to complete and so is a nice side project to get my I.D. teeth into
- It’s for a non-profit educator which suits my Open Source business ideals
- It looks a fun project to do!!
The Course project
The course is aimed at supporting adult learners who have not completed high school and is to CCRS standards and I can chose from the topics below (decisions,decisions!!)
English Language Arts and Literacy, including History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical subjects, and
It’s being created on Open Author with which you can create OER courses. I can’t wait to get started creating more courses with that. Ideas are bouncing around in my head already
- Intro to Libre office
- Gimp essentials
- plus a few more quite possibly aimed at the Charity sector
Part 2 will continue my journey creating a course in the wonderful world of Instructional Design