SUPPLEMENT 1: Web design for active learning

Unit 3 Section 1

Goals for this week:

When you finish this section, you will understand:

  • three differences between passive and active learning
  • the importance in teaching the liberal arts of using web instructional strategies that promote active learning

and you will be able to:

  • brainstorm a list of instructional strategies for teaching specific liberal arts content on the web, and
  • select those strategies that best promote active learning.

What you will do this week:

Step 1: Observe Step 2: Read Step 3: Reflect Step 4: Practice Step 5: Compare Step 6: Apply
Transform this newswriting exercise into an instructional format that better promotes active learning.

The Engaged Learner by Richard Cain

Chapter 6 from Designing Web-Based Training by William Horton

What key questions do the observation and readings raise for you?

For example:

"What is active learning?"

"Which instructional formats best promote active learning?"

Use one of your questions to start a threaded discussion by Monday, May 8

E-mail the final version of your observation by Monday, May 8.

Give me an example of how to translate the newswriting exercise into an instructional format that better promotes active learning.

(Note: this link will not become active until you submit your observation.)

Do the Active Learning Instructional Design Exercise.

Upload your web pages to the course server and e-mail your rationale by Monday, May 15.

What you should have in your portfolio by the end of this week:

Projects (including process steps and instructor comments):

  • Active Learning Exercise

Practice:

  • Transformation exercise