It’s about time for me to demonstrate that I’ve met the learning outcomes of the Designing for Flexible Learning Practice course that I started in February of this year.

According to the course wiki I can demonstrate these through a blog posting, so here goes. Rather than talking to the points below, I’ve decided to submit links to material that I think demonstrates competency.

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss principles and processes of flexible teaching and learning to facilitate culture sensitive adult learning;
  2. Critique the design and application of existing flexible teaching and learning options in relation to the literature;
  3. Analyse and evaluate challenges that arise in the design of flexible learning environments;
  4. Explore and justify the strategies for the development of flexible learning environments;
  5. Create and evaluate a plan for the implementation of a flexible learning experience.

Assessment One – Weblog

The Weblog contains evidence of the following:

Reflection about principles and processes of flexible teaching and learning

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/my-experience-of-being-a-student-in-the-facilitating-online-course/

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/10/14/engineering-online-education/

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/10/08/managing-technology-glitches-in-online-education/

to start with.

Learning methods and resources utilised in the course

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/09/12/time-familiarity-and-socialisation/

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/08/07/online-teaching-techno-methodology-is-taking-form/

Discussion on a range of issues/considerations for flexible learning design

The above links should cover it.

A critique of flexible teaching and learning options from current research

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/09/03/facilitating-student-readiness-for-online-education/

http://www.wikieducator.org/Learning_Styles_Online_Kinesthetic

Ideas and exploration conducted for a flexible learning plan

http://massage-online.blogspot.com/2007/04/collaboration.html

http://massage-online.blogspot.com/2007/03/modularisation-flexibility.html

http://massage-online.blogspot.com/2007/05/learner-graduate-profiles.html

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/05/29/programme-development/

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/07/11/9/

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/07/26/introduction-to-online-learning-resources/

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/08/07/online-teaching-techno-methodology-is-taking-form/

Comments

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/09/12/time-familiarity-and-socialisation/#comments

Assessment Two – Teaching Resource

The Teaching Resource (WikiEducator article) has the following attributes:

  • accessibility to the intended audience
  • an understanding of good practice in teaching and learning
  • usability for the intended purpose
  • supports teaching and/or learning
  • clearly addresses issues or considerations

I think most of the above are obvious from viewing the article.

Incorporated feedback from the lecturer and members of the class

Leigh added directly to the article, and I found his addition to be appropriate. I presume this is sufficient here.

Assessment Three – Reference List

The Reference List has the following attributes:

  • availability to others
  • references relevant to flexible learning and teaching
  • a variety of sources
  • other
  • comments

I added quite a few links to useful/relevant/interesting articles to the DFLP07 reference list in del.icio.us. I don’t think my reference list can be accessed directly, but I’ve sampled it here.

del.icio.us Reference List

Assessment Four – Flexible Learning Plan

The Flexible Learning Plan includes the following:

  • ideas and strategies which demonstrate an understanding of flexible learning principles and processes
  • a range of strategies, appropriate technologies, learning methods and resources; all of which are pedagogically sound
  • realistic solutions for issues and considerations
  • ideas which align with the learning weblog, teaching resource and reference list
  • evidence that feedback from the lecturer and the class has been incorporated
  • an analysis of the learner’s needs
  • a scope that is:
  • fit for purpose
  • realistic
  • aligned with the organisational profile i.e. able to service existing learners more efficiently AND/OR going to help access learners not currently engaged in a programme
  • demonstrating project outcomes/deliverables which match the strategies and methods to be used
  • other
  • comments

I’ve just submitted an application to fund the move to a blended delivery model which I believe covers all of the bases here. I’ve just tried to post this to my blog from Google docs, but it hasn’t shown up yet. Hopefully it should arrive shortly.

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