Monthly Archives: March 2016
This post is an update on the last post I wrote on the Designing for Good MOOC I am taking. I think we are at approximately the half-way point in the 12-week course. I continue to be impressed with the discussions and how much I am learning (and even better applying)!
As in most courses, there are discussion boards and whether I am posting an assignment, a reflection, or just a random question I always get a response from either an instructor or another participant. In my opinion, when the experience it the opposite it is quite a downer. Not the case here. I am continually engaged during any discussion experience.
Happy dance and rainbows, I am learning and applying various aspects from the course on a regular basis! Although I have experience working with adults from past and current jobs, I do not know much about Adult Basic Education (ABE). In designing our lesson, we are using the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). These were recently updated and as I wrote in the last post, there is a huge need for resources for instructors to use that align to them. Although it took some time to get a basic understanding how the CCRS are arranged, I am glad to have the guidance when writing my objectives and planning learning outcomes, etc. When this course is finished, I will be so glad to have another example of work I have done and better yet, to have contributed to another OER!
This course is also a great review of the Creative Commons and copyright areas. With more and more content being made available each day, it is very important to know and be able to use those resources in the manner they were intended. Not everything that is out there is free to use however you want and not everything has strict copyright. Those of us that use available content should give credit and respect the rights given to it. The ‘Do Unto Others…’ saying applies well here. If the guidelines are recognized, everybody wins!
I would like to encourage those interest to check out the free courses available on Canvas.net. The first two I have been a part of have been well-thought out and a good experience so far! Be sure to let me know if you find good ones!
In the midst of settling into new work routines and projects, I still wanted to have an avenue for creative discussion and learning…I have (and will, as long as they will have me, haha) done this through the Adobe EdEx but still want to grow my network in other areas. Now I have added one more branch to that network AND have the opportunity to learn and to contribute to Open Educational Resources for Adult Basic Education!
I have joined a 12-week course through Canvas that, as shown in the image above, will give me additional experience in instructional design while contributing to the body of knowledge available to learners and instructors in adult basic ed courses. Since the GED exam was updated in 2014, there is not a lot of resources that can be used and that align to the new standards. Enter this course…Win-Win! I gain more experience with a chance to contribute and the community gains another educational resource. I think both parties benefit quite well in this process!
I am just finishing Module One as I write this, but already am exciting for what we will all put together. I have met a few of the volunteers (yes, volunteers) that designed this course, and put what I am sure was a TON of time and efforts to building it. Again, thank you!! Read more about them on the Designers for Learning Team Page.
I would like to post each week of the course, but will strive for regular updates as I go through it. I want to promote this idea, and the work that has and will come from it!
NOTE: There is still a chance to sign up for this course today! Registration closes March 4th.
Last year, I applied for and was offered a chance to moderate for the AET group! Having been through the AET Train the Trainer course twice, I was thrilled when this opportunity came before me, and it was at the same time that another idea came to fruition! During a couple webinars from Adobe, I talked to fellow AET’s and moderators about having a group within AET specifically for Instructional Designers and other Developers/Trainers. I posted a discussion item in the AET group to see if any others were interested and within a few days had over 70 responses! Melissa Oldrin was instrumental in giving that idea traction and building my confidence to move it forward. Thank you again, Melissa! With Melissa’s guidance, and the expressed interest, we moved forward to start that group! We added another experienced AET who partners with me to provide related content, so we benefit from her knowledge, expertise and perspective as well. After developing and publishing a survey to the group, we found areas of interest and focused our efforts there…the top six areas were:
- Digital Media
- Course Design
- Curriculum Development
- Technology Integration
- Universal Design
So far we have been posting discussions and resources in a few of these areas, and will do so regularly throughout our terms as moderator.
I am excited about this opportunity, and plan to link posting here and there together to set a more regular posting schedule. As I get into things at SCC, I am finding more relevant and timely topics to discuss…as I worked to post I realize I needed to find more purposeful experiences to write about. So glad I found it, and I look forward to connecting with other professionals during that process!