Topic 4. Design for online and blended learning….

..or “This is the true story… of seven strangers… picked to live in a G+ community (house)…(work together) and have their lives followed (taped)… to find out what happens… when people stop being polite… and start getting real”…

(modified quote from MTVs reality show The Real World)the_real_world_title_card

This week we all stopped being pro students (i.e. students that all have gone through years and years of higher education prior to this course) and were suddenly finding ourselves at the other end of the classroom, very close to the black/white board to be more exact. This experience was very much like meeting the real world for the first time, however, the main difference between the ONL 162 G+ version and the MTV version was that no one stopped being polite (luckily).

Our task was to create a lesson (structure, method, topic, tool to present materials, quizzes, tests, grades, badges etc), without focusing on the content. This was quite difficult for a group of people that had poured their heart and soul into creating contents for the last couple of weeks. For me this meant reflection about what modern teaching actually is, and this is where I ended up: The first thing that hit me as a result of participating in this course in general, and working on this topic in particular, is that teaching and probably also learning has very little to do with content. If content was the crucial component for learning we could just send our students to the library when they are ready to start school, leave them there with all that printed contents for 12 years or so, and once we let them out again they will be ready for university. Don´t think this concept have been thoroughly tested in modern times (luckily), since most of us would agree that there is more to it.  The solution is simple and complex at the same time.  The solution is a teacher, or facilitator, that have the skills to organize, structure, inspire, guide, modify, test, explain (again and again) present and create contents and by doing this building knowledge by enabeling the students to learn.

After some initial hesitation and discussions in PBL8 we decided to use the ADDIE model when creating our lesson for topic 4. ADDIE was a knew acquaintances for me but a very useful new friend. An easy to use model that ensures that you do not underestimate the complexity of teaching. The great part is that you can use it when planning a 30 min lesson or when planning a course that runs over a term- the same rules apply. I think I will use this model the next time I find myself entering the real world.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Yes. I agree. It’s all about the quality of the teaching. The material and content is secondary.


  2. maymorgunova says:

    Let me enter the discussion by disagreeing with your statements on tools vs. quality vs. content. Tools and management are very much dependent on the actual content (or subject). This is what clearly can be seen in any technical university, having diverse programs both in social and natural sciences.


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