Week Six


Essential Question: What assistive or adaptive tools could be helpful as I create my online courses?

Week Six Objectives:

The reading and activities this week will assist you in:

  • 2.e. Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using differentiation, including adjusting content, process, product and learning environment based on student readiness levels, learning styles, interests and personal goals.
  • 3.c. Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning.
  • 3.d. Select, evaluate and facilitate the use of adaptive and assistive technologies to support student learning.

Week Six Preparation: 

Read Chapter Four in Distance Education: A Systems View of Online Learning, 3rd Edition

Read: Who’s Serving Online Learning’s Forgotten Students? 

Read: Factors in High Quality Distance Learning Courses

Read: Eight Helpful Assistive Technology Tools for your Classroom

Dates to Save:

Thursday, February 19 – Class: 6:30 – 8:30 AKDT

About the Week

This week, we are reading about the impact of the tools we choose on our online course. There are many many tools available. Our philosophy and the conceptual framework for the course (social-constructivist? connectivist? behaviorist?) will inform the tools we choose.

In addition, the population we are serving will inform the tools we use. We know that good pedagogy indicates that learning should be collaborative or social to some extent. We know that peer communities and support will impact student success in a positive way.

While we can’t know our population on a case-by-case basis, we have given a needs assessment. We can build supports into our online course so that material is accessible in multiple formats, and so that choice is presented to allow students to engage in a manner that best suits their learning preferences.

Please create your initial blog entry, due on Thursday. 

Interact with others from Thursday through Sunday to extend their understanding. It is important that you share resources and ideas that will influence the learning of others.

Finally, on Sunday, create a reflection of the week, focusing on the new ideas you have encountered and the way you might implement these ideas in practice. Be certain to also note the way that you impacted the learning of others in the class.


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