For your assessment portfolio, you need to include an in-depth critique of a learning environment, including reference to learning theories and models and implications for delivery and assessment.
- Select a learning environment from your own organisation or externally - on the web or through your networks. Choose carefully, and consider any ethical aspects - will you need to negotiate consent to carry out a critique?
- Explore the learning environment thoroughly - you need to have an in-depth understanding of its design.
- Describe its key details:
- Who are the likely target group of learners ?
- What is the delivery mode - is it fully online, or some form of blended learning?
- Analyse the learning environment's (course) learning outcomes, content resources, learning activities, interactions and assessment, and how each of these relates to specific learning theories and models.
- Analyse the flexibility (eg in terms of Casey and Wilson's five dimensions of flexibility and the seven-stage continuum of flexibility that has been incorporated.
- Investigate the learning design models (eg ADDIE, OTARA, ... ) that appear to have been used and how effectively these have been applied.
- Discuss the effectiveness of the learning environment's content resources, learning activities, and interactions.
- Critique the effectiveness of the assessments - that is, how they meet the principles and values of assessment, and the appropriateness of the methods and tools.
(Analyse: to examine critically, carefully and in detail.)