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Key points
  • A wiki does not have a native hierarchical structure it is a "flat" technology - we must create structure, but this provides tremendous flexibility, but can be a source of confusion for both learner and content developer. Hence the need to think about structure early in the process.
  • It is possible to stitch together individual wiki pages into any structure or sequence.
  • Each individual wiki page should ideally not be more than what can reasonably be displayed on a screen without too much scrolling. Remember we want to integrate and reuse the materials in different technologies, eg print and LMSs and contexts, eg. different courses or localisations for different countries.
  • Modular design enables better reuse alternatives
  • Start with a high level content outline then focus on individual sub-sections.
  • When working at the sub-section level for a wiki tutorial or resource, we have found that it is best not to incorporate more than two hierarchical levels.

High level structure

The students navigate in this model through OER resources, with their assignments as Waypoints

  1. Assignment
    1.1.1      What does it take to succeed in an online course (paragraph)
    1.1.2      Your statement of intent - why are you taking this course? (2-3 paragraphs)
    1.1.3      Narrative Essay - something meaningful in your life (5 paragraphs)
    1.2.1      Set up your e-portfolio. Post the above elements
    1.2.2      Identifying audience - write 250 words explaining to a potential employer why you want your dream job. Then write a second version explaining the same thing to your 5-year old niece
    1.2.3       Write a formal application letter for either the next position up in your organization or a new job
    1.3.1/2/3 Analysis Essay - various options
    1.4.1/2    Blog about your work in this course so far - what has your experience been so far?
    1.4.3      Argument essay - Identify an issue (at work or in society) and present a solution - supported with at least three pieces of data. These data must be cited with MLA formatting
    1.5.1/2/3 Research essay - 1000-1300 words: discuss the effects of “social media” on written communication in the first decade of the twenty-first century

    KEY ---- Initial number = Domain*, second digit = skill, third digit = level (1 is intro., 3 is high)
  • Here the domain is College Composition; we have reverted to this to work with the OERu model, unbundling this course from our more comprehensive Composition and Media domain of our “Pathways” Associates program

SKILLS (based on LEAP, Institute for the Future, Utah Tuning (Lumina) and our work with ETS)

  1.  Inquiry and Analysis
  2. Communication
  3. Creativity
  4. Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
  5. Information / ICT literacy

    * note we also have Quantitative literacy as a skill in our program but it is not emphasized in the College Composition course