A requirement of the course is to create a collaborative, online unit, implement the unit with students and submit a report on the implementation experience. As part of the course participants learn to create screencast videos and are therefore encouraged to create a video overview of their unit. Some also use their video as their implementation report. Below are some examples of implementation reports, a few videos and a couple of comments.
NOTE: Understand that the videos below were created as submissions to the course and not as showcases for the website (!) However, Amy, Michelle and Julia have kindly given permission for their videos to be shared.
Yr 9 HSIE unit using Open Learning (6-min video) Amy Wallis created an incredible unit in 2016. You may have seen some of it showcased in her video testimonial. Below is a cut-down version of the much longer original video report Amy submitted.
Yr 12 Music unit featuring Open Learning (5-min video) Michelle Loevendie's unit is particularly clever in that it provides two units and allows students choice re which unit they pursue. The video was also her implementation report.
Yr 12 Legal Studies unit (using Google Classroom) Below is Julia's written implementation report From my survey of students, the feedback was fairly positive. They all mostly completed the online unit. One student said that they didn't prefer this style of learning and most of them valued the videos and Powerpoint information uploaded. One student valued being able to work at their own pace and gain individual help. When students collaboratively completed the Coggle mindmap in class there were very positive comments about the collaborative benefits of that activity. A big issue in the implementation of the unit was internet server issues which were beyond my control - this disrupted the running of the unit at school. Other concerns I had was that being a public school, some students don't have reliable internet access outside of school and informed me of this. To combat these issues I had to ensure that the unit was completed by all students as we went along. I would have liked more collaboration in the writing of the essay question - however, time was our enemy there. I've attached a link to my survey. Julia Kostalas, Henry Kendall High School, March 2016 The 4-minute video explainer is below
Yr 12 Business Studies unit Below is Cassandra's written implementation report What the students said Most students said they had a fairly good experience. Everyone liked that self-paced nature of the course, and, most said that they did actually put all of their effort into completing the course. Almost all of the students said that they liked the fact they were not using textbooks and they had the option the to look online before asking me for an explanation if they were having trouble. They also stated that they liked that they could see each other’s responses because they could see others perspectives and understandings and felt a sense of achievement when they were thinking similar ideas to the different concepts. A lot of the student said they found it easier to learn because of the format. The major negatives were around technology issues (we had major internet connection issues and a lot our laptops wouldn’t connect to the WIFI once the internet was up and running).
My anecdotal observations I found the students really liked the idea of a self-paced unit. However they really struggled with motivating themselves to work at a productive pace. After talking to them they said if they had learnt like this in younger years they feel that they would be better with pacing work, not only with this course but also with all of their other work (ie assessment). I found that they were scared to comment to start off with because they feared that they would get in trouble for having incorrect answers, as their confidence grew their comments improved. Cassandra McLennan, Henry Kendall High School, March 2016