Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Constructing Courses for Enhanced Learning

Practicalities of Proposed Design

Main issues that have come up with the design of this paper is creating a balance of content and time. This is a five point paper and the required time that students need to dedicate to this paper with facilitation including lectures and tutorials is 50 hours. To maintain a balance of content and self directed learning is important.

One other major issue which interrupts the flow of this paper is how it is timetabled. In the middle of the course the students go away on a fieldwork placement and with holidays mean they are away for seven weeks.

From my experience, the affect this has is that students lose the thread of what the learning outcomes and assessment focus is for this paper. Some students have the opportunity to progress with their own learning activity on placement. Others do not have the opportunity and there is no requirement for students to be involved in other study on their placement.

This may change next year as the fieldwork team are changing how the placement works.

Design factors for these issues:

* How to utilise blended delivery, and or content changes to enable students to not lose focus of learning outcomes and thread of paper
* Utilise either blended delivery and or change course content to constructively enhance how learning outcomes are achieved.

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