Objectives for this Activity: (as
presented to students before activity or in syllabus)
The first item is presented to students within
the course syllabus under course requirements.
- In each Module, critique a web-based resource about
online learning or develop a supplemental question which furthers
the class discussion.
The next item relates to the wiki activity and is presented
to students under educational objectives.
- Develop a functional understanding of the nature and
importance of online learning in the context of contemporary educational
Prerequisites for this Activity: (not necessarily presented
The student must be able to search the Web and other resources for articles
to critique if not provided by the instructor.
Materials and Resources:
What needs to be prepared in advance by the teacher? - The wiki software
and assignment description.
What does the student need to bring to the lesson? - Time.
Guiding Questions for this Activity: (not presented directly
to students but a question that should be addressed in the readings)
How do the students interpret what the current literature has to say
about the course topics?
Activity as Presented to Students: (usually in conjunction with the asynchronous
Participants are asked to submit an annotated reference
of an online article or resource relevant to the course content.
This activity has three functions:
- It allows students to choose what to focus on and
take control of their own learning experience.
- It brings outside resources into the course.
- It provides participants with an extensive list
of summaries of related resources which they can choose to read
or archive for later use.
Post your assignment in the Wiki of Resources (toward
the top of the home page) no later than the date it appears in
the course calendar. The Wiki Rubric will be used to evaluate the
Annotate an online article or resource related to
this module's content, the online student. This should be
an article other than one assigned for this course or
a web-based resource (e.g. link to an archived webcast). Think
of this assignment as a way to build a collective online professional
- Instructions must be given within the course on how to use the wiki.
- Although it is often useful to provide feedback in the same context as
the assignment, this particular assignment creates an ever growing collaborative
document. Feedback is therefore presented individually outside of the wiki.
- Initial feedback may need to be more complete than later feedback in
order to establish the expectations of the exercise.
What accommodations may be needed for students
with disabilities or other special needs? This lesson requires few if any
accommodations. Most text to speech and speech to text programs can function,
however, the wiki software used should be verified for accessibility as appropriate.
The bandwidth requirements are also low.
The given activity can take 1-2 hours including time to find articles, carefully
read, and then articulate key points. Additional time will be needed initially
to learn the tool.
Ideas for Activity Evaluation and Teacher Reflection:
Retain a log of student feedback on
the tool. Also, try to update it as new information becomes available.
Rather than a complete rubric, this activity earned 5 points per module
and is described as thus in the assessment criteria for the course.
Participation in discussions combined with participation
in other module activities accounts for 60% of the total points possible
in the course. Participation is the largest single portion of the grade
because this course focuses on collaborative learning and dialog. The
participants themselves will produce many of the course materials and
learning resources. Participation includes reading the course materials,
contributing to the weekly discussions, asking questions, doing article
critiques, weekly summaries, and responding to classmates’ postings
with depth and quality. Assessment of participation will consider
the total number of an individual's contributions to class discussions
and personal notes to the instructor, as well as the quality of those
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