Blended Learning is the key to educating students across our state, but till now it has been used as a silver bullet for delivering training to students to reduce costs and cover the state.
This couse came up and I always think that the best way to learn is by going back to your roots and the basic concepts to enhance your own Guild knowledge. As a by products of the learning process it focusses you thoughts and clarifies what works and work doesn’t.
Finally a course like this can confirmthat you are heading in the right direction for your organisation.
Here is a sample of my first assignment in the BlendKit 2016 course.
Chapter One Reaction assignment
The design process for online courses in my opinion is even more critical because the student is working alone a lot if the time. As we know with communication the words are only a small part of the communication cycle. Many courses I have have seen are merely repositories for text based resources used in face to face delivery. My issue with that format is that learning styles are not well catered for, engagement is low and students must learn mainly from text documents and several assignments.
As most of my courses are competency based they involve a blend of past experience, practical tasks and case studies, face to face or recorded sessions and videos. . Mapping the course directly to the National training package competency is where I feel the design planning process begins and the primary focus needs to be the student and their learning experience.
I favour using the Elements of the unit of competency as Topics. I like using the points of the element to ensure all areas are mapped and covered in the design of resources, layout and sequencing of tasks and discovery and assessments.
These points in the competency element provide valuable information and this combined with the range statement guides the planning and design stage.
I found that asking the simple questions early can also clarify the purpose of the course and the outcomes.
A picture of competence
“What does a competent person look like?
What do they need to know, do and remember”
At the beginning of the course having exemplars of competency and examples of excellence, up to standard and below standard also assists students to see what competence looks like. Introduction Forums can provide opportunities for students to input and engage in a discussion of what a competent person might look like and do in a situation.
This clarifies my view of what the course design needs to achieve and assists my planning.