Activities and Assessment
A central component of the Design Alchemy framework is the creation of learner-centred activities and assessments. In the numerous asynchronous online courses I have encountered, the activities presented revolve around the discussion forum, and even though learning management systems provide a wide range of tools, it is the discussion forum which often predominates, largely I suspect because discussion is between people and designers equate that to the perceived benefit of online collaboration, even though a discussion is only one way in which course participants might interact. This chapter provides three examples of how the mind-set of the design alchemist can impact on the way learning activities and assessments are reconsidered. The first details the transformation of a discussion to a role-play and the richness that resulted in terms of engagement, contribution and enjoyment for course participants. The second illustrates the way assessment criteria can be repurposed to explicitly focus on the learning outcomes, while the third represents a demonstration of the ways in which a course created with Design Alchemy might look in an online environment. Although there are numerous examples of role-play strategies, assessment rubrics and online design in the educational design literature, these examples highlight the importance of design focusing on the learner and the learning outcomes.
KeywordsLearning Outcome Online Discussion Discussion Forum Learn Management System Online Activity
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