Initial feedback on the assessment strategy and blueprint
A new design blueprint replaces the previous one, based on a simplification of the original one that allows for repetitive patterns of activities. The idea is to minimize confusion as the independent learner is assumed.
- Tool types are left generic so that the content can be exported or pulled into any of many different types of environments.
- The course can be undertaken entirely by self-study although options are also provided for peer work if such an environment is available.
- Formative assessments are provided where possible (self-marking quizzes, peer feedback)
- Summative assessments are undertaken by means of a portfolio, as well as a final essay or exam
I like the refinements to the blueprint.
I think it is possible to build in a peer support strategy using integrated micro-blog, WENotes and forum posts. These will be by their nature of independent study be optional. We are planning to experiment with an aggregated newsletter which will harvest various peer support feeds and could be posted, for instance weekly or more regularly limiting email traffic to participants inboxes.