This module consisted of some excellent discussions about eLearning, initially centred around the Digital Natives debate. However, due to the enthusiasm of this group, this quickly evolved to further reaching and more practical areas. I was pleased that our tutors agreed to change the assignment title so that we could develop a ReLO or ReLP rather than simply writing a theoretical essay as they had initally planned.
The adjusted assignment was as follows:
Design, construct and evaluate a re-usable learning object or process that fulfils a relevant curriculum objective and responds to the learning needs of your pupils. Include a commentary to provide context and explanation of the considerations that you took into account, including relevant points from the literature.
I decided that I wanted to build on the work I had done during the School-based Enquiry and the Action Research I conducted into AfL. The result was a ReLP that encapsulated recording audio with iPads + Garageband, writing in Google Docs, completing various forms of formative assessment via Moodle and Google Docs.
It was thoroughly invigorating to be able to critically investigate and evaluate the use of technology within my classroom. It added further validation to the methodologies and practices that I have been developing over the last nine years of teaching.
Read my finished assignment here: Design, construct and evaluate a re-usable learning object or process that fulfils a relevant curriculum objective and responds to the learning needs of your pupils. Include a commentary to provide context and explanation of the considerations that you took into account, including relevant points from the literature.
The references and appendices were extensive, they can be found here.
As I worked through the module I read a range of texts. The selected texts below represent the ones that came to shape my thinking and also featured in my assignment. I have added links to the texts that are available online:
- Barrett, Tom (2008a) Marking work in Google Docs, Retrieved 14th December, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://tbarrett.edublogs.org/2008/06/29/marking-work-in-google-docs/
- Barrett, Tom (2008b) Unobtrusive Collaboration in Google Docs, Retrieved 14th December, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://edte.ch/blog/2008/10/10/unobtrusive-collaboration-in-google-docs/
- Beebe, R, Vonderwell, S and Boboc, M. (2010) “Emerging Patterns in Transferring Assessment Practices from F2f to Online Environments” Electronic Journal of e-Learning Volume 8 Issue 1 2009, (pp1 – 12), available online at www.ejel.org
- Bennet, S., Maton, K., Kervin, L. (2008) The ‘digital natives’ debate: A critical review of the evidence, British Journal of Educational Technology: Blackwell Publishing Limited
- Black, P. and Wiliam, D. (1998) Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards through Classroom Assessment, London: King’s College.
- Black, P et al. (2002) Working Inside the Black Box: Assessment for learning in the classroom, London: King’s College
- Cohen, L et al. (2007) Research Methods in Education, Routledge, 6th Edition.
- Claxton, G. (2006) Expanding the Capacity to Learn: A new end for education?, BERA 2006 Keynote.
- DfE (2008) Assessing Pupils’ Progress (APP) in English, Retrieved 19 June 2011 from the World Wide Web: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110202093118/http://nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/node/16051
- Dziuban, H., & Moskal, P. (2004). Blended learning. E-Center for Applied Research Bulletin, (7): 1-12.
- Hatziapostolou, T and Paraskakis, I. (2010) “Enhancing the Impact of Formative Feedback on Student Learning through an Online Feedback System” Electronic Journal of e-Learning Volume 8 Issue 2 2010, (pp111 – 122), available online at www.ejel.org
- Heppell, S. (2010) Meta Cognition, Stephen Heppell, Learning and Teaching Scotland: Assessment for Learning, iTunesU, Retrieved 18 January 2011 from the World Wide Web: http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/itunesu/index.asp
- Kennedy, D. J. (2009) Virtual Learning Environments: Here to stay or on the brink of demise?, The Plymouth Student Educator.
- Moule, Pam (2007) ‘Challenging the five-stage model for e-learning: a new approach’, ALT-J, 15:1, 37-50, Routledge.
- OCR (2008) GCSE Media Studies Specification, OCR. Retrieved 19 June 2011 from the World Wide Web: http://www.ocr.org.uk/download/kd/ocr_9993_kd_gcse_spec.pdf
- Prensky, M. (2001a) Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, On the Horizon, MCB University Press.
- Prensky, M. (2001b) Digital Natives, Digital Immigramts, Part II: Do They Really Think Differently?, On the Horizon, MCB University Press.
- Prensky, M (2009) H. sapiens digital: From digital immigrants and digital natives to digital wisdom, Innovate 5, The Fischler School of Education and Human Services, Nova Southern University.
- Puentedura, Ph.D., Ruben R. (2006) Transformation, Technology, and Education, Retrieved 15th June, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://hippasus.com/resources/tte/
- QCDA (2007) English: Programme of study for key stage 3 and attainment targets, Retrieved 19 June 2011 from the World Wide Web: http://curriculum.qcda.gov.uk/key-stages-3-and-4/subjects/key-stage-3/english/index.aspx
- Quinlan, Oliver (2010) Personalising writing lessons with the new Google Docs, Retrieved 14th Web: http://www.oliverquinlan.com/blog/2010/04/27/personalising-writing-lessons-with-the-new-google-docs/
- Quinlan, Oliver (2011) Collaborative assessment with Google Docs, Retrieved April 7th, 2011 from the World Wide Web: http://www.oliverquinlan.com/blog/2011/04/06/collaborative-assessment-with-google-docs/
- Salmon, G. (2000) E-moderating: The Key to Teaching and Learning Online, London, Kogan Page.
- Salmon, G. (2002) E-tivities: The key to active online learning, London, Kogan Page.
- Thornburg, D (2007) Campfires in Cyberspace: Primordial Metaphors for Learning in the 21st Century, Retrieved April 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://www.tcpd.org/thornburg/handouts/campfires.pdf
- Wiliam, D. (2010) Innovation that works. Workshop at SSAT conference, Birmingham, November. Retrieved 28 November 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://web.me.com/dylanwiliam/Dylan_Wiliams_website/Presentations.html
- Wheeler, Steve (2009) Learning Space Mashups: Combining Web 2.0 Tools to Create Collaborative and Reflective Learning Spaces, Future Internet 2009, 1, 3-13. Retrieved, 23 July 2011 from the World Wide Web: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/futureinternet
- White, D. and Le Cornu, A. (2011) Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement, First Monday, Volume 16, Number 9. Retrieved , 6 July 2011 from the World Wide Web: http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/viewArticle/3171/3049
- Yin, R. (1994) Case study research: Design and methods (2nd ed.). Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publishing