I stated in my analysis of learners blog Analysis of learners the reasons for my re-design of this paper. This was evidenced in part by the response from the students evaluations of themselves, their peers and the course. See below an excerpt of a response from one of the students in reply to some specific questions regarding the course.
|Student evaluation of Destination paper|
The paper is taught at the beginning of the academic year and in order to settle the students into a positive pattern of behaviour for the rest of the year, I feel that a more structured approach to this paper would help. Therefore I plan to link the lesson plans to the assessment activities and the guest speaker slots, with an emphasis on team building activities/quizzes based on the International Destination. The idea of separating some of the assessments into individual ones is in direct response to the students feedback. I used the ADDIE model of design in an earlier post for my flexible learning paper and realised that I designed this one with the same students in mind, just for a different paper, but I feel the same principles apply; Link to ADDIE flexible learning draft plan. Instead of planning a conference and dinner as shown in this design the students would plan and design a magazine, using a blog to illustrate their progress.
|OTARA design model (Hunt,2013)|
I have used the OTARA design model to illustrate the activity-centred approach I wish to incorporate into the paper.
In previous papers I have explored the importance of scaffolding the learning so that each segment fits together and builds on the last, I have used an example of 'making a cup of tea' and how the sequence is crucial to the end product, see Link to learning sequences. I plan to build on each of the 'themes' during the paper so that they have all the resources to be able to produce a travel magazine.
My philosophical approach to teaching has been explored in a previous post see Link to Teaching Philosophy, as has my paradigm in which I teach and I believe that Vygotsky's approach fits best with my aims, beliefs and values. See Link to Vygotsky's constructivism approach.
Hunt, K. & Moore, M. (n.d.). resources.Learning, design and editing. Retrieved October 7, 2013, from http://kjh.co.nz/otara/
All other references in linked posts.