ID Essentials – Final Post

I am developing a one-shot, asynchronous library tutorial geared primarily towards 1st and 2nd year students.  The purpose of this tutorial is for the student to be able to use the library to find information.

Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

1.  Use Discovery Search to locate a book and a scholarly, peer-reviewed article.

2.  Identify the ways to contact a librarian for help.

3.  Identify three criteria for evaluating information sources.  For lower level students, I think limiting the outcomes to three that are pretty basic is appropriate.

Learners will be assessed with multiple-choice, matching and fill in the blank questions.  With built in feedback based upon their answers, this should both assess if they are grasping the content and allow them to reflect on what they have learned.

I would like to approach the instruction with a mix of behavior and cognitive learning theories in mind.  I could create a short video modeling a search and then ask the student to try a search on their own (behaviorism).  Since it’s asynchronous, I wouldn’t be able to provide targeted feedback, but could do so in a general way with feedback and guidance based on how they answer an assessment question after they try their search (cognitivism).

I will be using Softchalk to create the online tutorial.  Activities, videos, and assessment can be built in so incorporating each of these will hopefully contribute to an overall engaging experience for the student.

Learning theories and thinking through the learning outcomes has been the most useful in narrowing down what content should be covered and how to approach it.  Before taking this class I was interested in creating a tutorial that would provide a more authentic and active learning experience for the user, but really did not have any real idea of how to go about designing something like that.  I now feel much more ready to tackle this project.

Although I did not have time to read many of my classmates blogs, I did find http://www.krismarkman.com/blog helped me gel together all the information we were learning in a short period of time.

Choosing the best ed-tech tool for the job

What technologies (and these can be old, new, or emerging) might be most appropriate for your final project? Does your final project align with any of the trends represented in the Horizon Report you reviewed? Now answer the first two questions posed in Consider section of the 5-Step Ed-Tech Integration Model from the How to Choose article.

Since my final project is a one shot, asynchronous learning module, the most appropriate technology is some type of e-learning software that can build an interactive, engaging lesson and incorporates assessment throughout the lesson.  The Horizon Report for Higher Education suggests that the numbers of students opting for online learning is growing quickly and the development of new voice and video tools are improving the experience of online learning.  My final project aligns with this trend, but also proves that using the right tools and good instructional design is imperative.

For my final project I am using the ed-tech tool, Softchalk.  With good instructional design I believe the tool is capable of enhancing instruction.  It is simple to use and has built in features for making lessons more interactive.  This tool was chosen for my final project because it is provided free of charge to staff of colleges in my state.  If the budget allowed for it though, Articulate Storyline is a similar tool that would make creating an engaging learning experience even easier.

Learning Theories & Motivation

I would like to apply a mix of behaviorism and constructivism to my instruction.  The online module I will be modifying is geared towards lower level students and the learning outcomes are for students to gain basic library and information literacy skills, so I think using a behavioral approach will help guide students in the right direction while also using constructive activities will help solidify the learning as well as build a foundation for future learning.  I have a few ideas for implementing both approaches.

Softchalk has a number of activity learning objects you can build into your lessons.  The current lesson is pretty text heavy, so I’d like to utilize the various activities to build in some ”hands-on” learning by doing.  For example, I can use the Sorting activity to have students identify the characteristics of scholarly and popular sources.  I would also like to immediately follow up with some feedback/explanation for why things went where.

Since most students who go through the instruction will be there because they have been assigned to by their instructor, their motivation for completing the lesson and built in quizzes will be to earn the certificate of completion they can turn in to their instructor.  I’m hoping to build in some intrinsic motivation as well by aligning activities as much as possible to their class assignments (so they recognize how the information in the lesson will be helpful to them).