Welcome to Year 2 of my blog, following my journey through the Education course at university, on the digital pathway of the course. See all of my posts below, and click on the titles to see the whole blog post.
This week was our first week back for our second year of the undergraduate education course. I’m really excited to delve deeper into the digital side of education, development and design.
Week 2 of the course gave us more information on learning theories involved with online learning courses, including an introduction to the idea that behaviourism, constructivism and social constructivism were not sufficient enough to explain the learning process of online learning.
This week our lecturer Nigel, suggested we have a ‘design sprint’, which involves 5 stages: Understand, Diverge, Converge, Prototype, Test. In order to do this, we got in groups and had big sheets of paper to write all of our ideas down. Although we already had our idea of the student cooking mooc, this enabled us to expand our ideas further.
This week we had a session with Clay, which I was really looking forward to, as I loved his humour and personality he bought to the online sessions we had with him in year 1. The session was based on blended learning, which is the use of digital technologies and face to face to provide learning, which we have had experiences with.
It was my birthday today! I was so happy when the date for the presentation of the planning document was pushed back, because I was feeling really overwhelmed with the large amount of work we had to do in a very short time. And, no one wants to have an assignment or presentation all day on their birthday.
Presentation Day! This came around really quickly, but I think as a pair, we managed to get our ideas together and produce a planning document that is cohesive and shows a clear route through our online course and explains the reasons why it’s needed, a flow diagram of how the user will make their way through the course, and links to appropriate learning theories.
Today our essay around Hybrid learning and it’s impact during the Covid-19 pandemic is due. I have been working on it everyday since our pre-production planning document, as I wanted to get that out of the way first, then have the week to really focus in on analysing the article. The article we had to analyse involved three case studies and how they adapted to life during the pandemic, and if they were successful at providing learning in the environment.
Our pre-production planning document went really well, but if I were to be objectively critical, there were extra things we could have included that would have given us a higher mark. Also having watched other groups present their proposals, there were elements I would have liked to include in ours, such as making reference to user types, and elements of gamification.
This week, we got our feedback for our essays about hybrid learning during the covid-19 pandemic. I was actually rather ill whilst carrying this work out, and really worried about what grade I would achieve, and struggled with the 750 word maximum word count. However I managed to achieve 70 out of 100 which I am really happy with.
In order to create our website, we made a shared login to the Wix website, so we could both add information and change things. We started off by creating our homepage, and adding headings for the different tabs that would include different parts of the course
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