Learning in a digital age/LiDA Course specification - Microcourse 1
Note: Course specification is based on Kanban board for micro-course 1.
|Work in progress, expect frequent changes. Help and feedback is welcome. See discussion page.|
- Working micro-course title: Digital skills for online learning
- Notional learning hours: 40 notional learning hours
- Format: To be offered as cohort based open online learning course comprising approximately 25 hours and 15 hours for preparing the assessment. Course will be designed to support the open boundary delivery model where OERu learners can participate in parallel with full-fee registered students on campus.
- 1 Micro course topics
- 2 Brainstorm
- 3 Learning pathways
- 3.1 An overview of digital technologies and how they can be used to support learning
- 3.2 Introduction to digital literacies
- 3.3 Academic skills for learning success
- 3.4 Open resources for learning
- 3.5 LP5: Collecting, storing and sharing outputs of learning
- 4 Proposed Assignment for the micro-course
Micro course topics
- What are digital and learning literacies for the 21st century?
- Peer-to-peer learning and community service learning.
- Finding open access and OER (Using databases, repositories and search strategies)
- Selecting OER (Applicability, and CARS checklist - credibility, accuracy, reasonableness and support)
- Collecting, storing and sharing outputs of learning.
- Evaluating the relevance of resources
- Photo a day reflection
An overview of digital technologies and how they can be used to support learning
The purpose of this pathway is to provide learners with an overview of the key digital technologies that have had a significant impact on learning in the last thirty years and to enable them to reflect on their own use of digital technologies for their learning.
- Have a good understanding of the key digital technologies which have emerged in the last thirty years or so and how they can be used to support learning
- Reflect on you own use of digital technologies
- Read the blog post - Reviewing the trajectories of digital technologies (http://e4innovation.com/?p=791)
- Pick three technologies and write a blog post summarising how they can be used to support learning, also reflect on the extent to which you use these digital technologies to support your learning
- Read at least two other blog posts by the your peers and leave comments
- Draw your own Personal Digital Network, showing what technologies you use on a regular basis and why, consider how your Personal Digital Network has changed in the last ten years. Write a blog post summarising this.
Introduction to digital literacies
The purpose is for you to discover that digital literacies are more than using a computer, mobile phone or Facebook
- Digital literacy and why it matters
- Describe the JISC's seven elements of digital literacies
- Conduct a self-assessment of digital literacies and establish a personal goal for improving digital literacies
- Establish and maintain a public course blog
- Seven elements of digital literacies
- LLiDA framework of frameworks
- Creating a blog
- Write a blog post about your digital literacies and comment on two other blog posts
- Designated forum discussion on forums.oeru.org designed to assist learners in earning their first badges and corresponding trust levels on the Discourse platform. Topic TBD.
- Suggested forum.oeru.org badges for this pathway: Autobiographer, First like, First mention, First quote, Read Guidelines and First share.
Proposed learning challenge
- Conduct self assessment of digital literacies and prepare a "declare yourself" blog post where learners introduce themselves and share what they would like to achieve on the course drawing on their self assessment. Learners are invited to complete PLN framework graphic (see for example here) Learners are encouraged to register their course blogs for the course feed.
Academic skills for learning success
The purpose is to enable you to develop a range of skills that are required for learning success through a series of challenges.
- Summarise the characteristics of an expository essay
- Choose a suitable academic topic of interest for preparing an expository essay.
- Review note-taking skills
- Prepare an annotated bibliography.
- Demonstrate APA citation and referencing skills.
- Digital tools for note taking and managing references.
- Discussion forum to share selected topic for expository essay and justify why its an appropriate topic for academic study.
- Blog post demonstrating APA citation and referencing skills for an essay paragraph.
Open resources for learning
The purpose is to enable you to find and select credible open resources to support your learning and in particular develop evaluation strategies to assess whether resources are authentic, credible and relevant for your learning.
- Apply effective search strategies for both repositories and search engines
- Demonstrate how to determine the license of a resource
- Implement advanced search strategies
- Apply CARS framework (credibility, accuracy, reasonableness and support) for selecting appropriate open resources.
- Advanced search operators
- Advanced Google search tips
- Google advanced search
- Google scholar
- Evaluating Internet Resources, Georgetown University
- CARS Checklist
Proposed learning challenge
- Choose a topic of learning and then source, evaluate and share open resources of relevance to that topic.
- Write a blog post summarising the process you went through and the strategies you used
LP5: Collecting, storing and sharing outputs of learning
The purpose is to enable you to develop reflective learning skills and to create and share outputs of learning on the open web
Note: The academic skills associated with citation, annotated bibliographies etc should be covered in Micro 3 on Digital scholarship. This pathway will focus on the skills associated with preparing a learning reflection.
- How to keep a reflective learning journal
- How to become a reflective learner
- How to become a networked learner sharing selected outputs of learning and connecting with peers.
- Guidelines for providing constructive feedback online
Proposed learning challenge
- Publish a blog post demonstrating reflective learning and supporting fellow learners online by sharing feedback
Proposed Assignment for the micro-course
- Criterion referenced: Achieving a minimum number of specified Discourse badges on forums.oeru.org and recommended trust level (TBD based on agreement of what would constitute "evidence" of implementing digital literacy skills in P2P learning environment.)
- Criterion referenced: Learner choice submission of 30% of their best learning challenge outputs during the course.
- Expository essay' demonstrating evidence of academic digital skills and evidence of finding, selecting and sharing open access and OER resources for learner selected topic.