Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Flexible design course

The session today got us a bit further with planning. I like the idea of a personal learning plan, and this will be a dynamic work in action and help people to focus on the areas they are interested in. The trick will be to ensure people are well supported as they are taken out of their comfort zones...even modelling new ways of teaching and learning can frighten people. we will need to introduce the idea of the personal plans at the first workshop and follow them up pretty quickly after that to get draft plans operating.

we have plenty of actions and have made a start on the Blackboard shell. I am not that keen on putting dates on the buttons and using the what, how, why, when labels might throw a lot of people...more thought needed on this.

An idea has come to me as I write this. I believe we need to pin them down to the type of plan they envisage right at the start of the course...it may only be the name of a course they teach in but it will ground them in something real. and I think we need to extend the initial discussion about flexible learning to include the plan...what they hope to end up with. smetimes for the holistic learners they need to see the big picture first - where they are heading.

the personal learning plans will help them with the what, how and why they will get there. I would like to use a self-questioning matrix to help them plan, monitor and evaluate their activities - we can start them off with some sample questions which can be used in the f2f consultation about the plan, and then get them to start doing this sort of reflective process themselves as they go. some may prefer to use concept mapping to plan how they go about their activities.

1 comment:

Leigh Blackall said...

I agree Bron, the dated buttons and the question buttons aren't quite right. I liked the dates because they servd two functions.. a menu of sorts, and a reminder of the time frames... would be good if we could think of something that achieved 2 functions like this.

As for the personal learning plans, or just plain learning plans, perhaps the interviews we plan everyone to do could be lead in the their plans... based on what they said on:
Who they are
What they think FL is
And how they think it could be useful to them
their answers seem to lead neatly into:
What are you going to have to do to get there? type questions... those lacking in ideas with that, could be helped along with more specific focus questions as you suggested.