July 27

Reflective Blog Task 1

  • describe a problem space that is not serving the purpose it could do, for learning (80 words);

Semester 2, 2014 sees my Year 8 Multimedia Elective class split between two teachers, with only three lessons over the two week cycle between us; of which some lessons are not timetabled into a computing laboratory.

The teaching and learning space is actually a two pronged problem between the ‘physical and virtual spaces’. Physical space – is not conducive to accessing the Multimedia computing curriculum; and the NSW DER Lenovo laptops are not conducive to in-school Server access, detract from the 55 minute lesson timeframes and are prone to errors. Virtual space – is not conducive to design thinking, creativity, anywhere / anytime access is not a user-centred learning environment.

  • describe the changes, however small, you make to that space as a result, in order  to attempt to create a better space for learning (up to 200 words); and,

Being the computing and majority teacher I have designed a virtual classroom that takes the place of the in-school Server for document access purposes. Within school, students still log on to the computer systems, however, they now access our ‘Multimedia virtual documents’ instead of the in-school ‘Student Data’ and ‘My Documents’.

Within the ‘8Mult.B2’ directory, my colleague teacher and I have access to all teaching and learning documents; whilst the students have access to their own ‘GDocuments (Google Documents)’ and ‘Resources’ anywhere / anytime – a concept based approach rather than merely knowledge based.

Online Learning Space Re-Designed

  • explain, using some of the suggested reading, why that space might benefit from some thinking on its design (200 words);
    • What are the core reasons for which we need a design process?

    A Design Process is a method of solving-problems – of solving known unknown collaboratively through “design thinking”. In terms of my learning space changes, the problem to be solved is the development of a student-centred learning environment. An environment where students feel comfortable and are able to think, rather than follow instructions.

    • How have the challenges in space design changed over recent decades?

    ‘Designers’ were once seen as a ‘design thinkers’ – educators were once seen as ‘teachers’; i.e. distinctly separate roles. From around the 1960s design became known as a ‘science’ – a scientific methodology or process.

    • What are the core capacities anyone requires to begin thinking like a designer?
      • create and develop visual responses to problems;
      • solve problems through – identification, researching, analysis, solution generation, prototyping, user testing, evaluation;
      • understand factors affecting design; i.e. cognitive, social, cultural, technological, economic.
      • respond to user / audience contexts; i.e. physical, cognitive, cultural human factors;
      • utilise tools and technology;
      • flexible and dynamic practice;
      • communicator;
      • sustainability.
  • leave a comment on at least three other students’ blog posts, with a suggestion for an improvement, based on your reading (provide reference(s)).
  • post a link to each of your feedback comments under your own post.


Posted July 27, 2014 by Etam in category Assessment Items

6 thoughts on “Reflective Blog Task 1

  1. gazet

    Hi Dale,
    Thanks for posting a very interesting blog item, especially with a Multimedia class focus. I have a couple of questions:
    1.Are your students using group concept and prototyping in the shared space or are they locked into their own Student work space?
    2.Have you run this redesign with a test pilot group of students or are you currently doing this?
    a.If this is the test pilot has there been feedback so far from the students?
    b.If this is a redesign based on previous test group what changes did you make and why?
    Cheers
    Yvette

    Reply
    1. Etam (Post author)

      Hi Yvette,

      Thank you for your comments.
      1.Are your students using group concept and prototyping in the shared space or are they locked into their own Student work space?

      They’re using a combination of group concept and own space. We have a class NSW DEC Blog for whole class collaboration, Powtoon Digital Stories, YouTube publishing and Website design; not too mention a Google Wiki. Earlier task components such the Blogging has included all, whilst YouTube publishing and Google Wiki are student choice; differentiation.

      Please see my Professional Learning Network: http://etam.stankey.com/.

      2.Have you run this redesign with a test pilot group of students or are you currently doing this?

      This particular redesign has not been run by me before, however similar has been utilised independently.

      a.If this is the test pilot has there been feedback so far from the students?

      Feedback has included: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByY-1_Umj0X5Z05iS2xWY2V6clE&usp=drive_web.

      b.If this is a redesign based on previous test group what changes did you make and why?

      I have utilised Google docs mainly due to INF530 and have found this has really taken off with the more able students. As our school run mixed ability classes, I have found the higher achieving students tend to do things of their own accord at home of an evening and weekend. I know this due to the emails out of hours :).

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  2. rmasaoka

    Hi Dale.
    Gosh, you certainly have some frustrating constraints put on you in order to teach your subject. I like that you have approached this from a digital space aspect. Do the students have any input on the design of the directory? I can see that it would benefit you and your colleague immensely – have the students made any comments? I like how you have mentioned the changes in roles from teacher to educator. I wonder where the next step will take us…
    Rochelle

    Reply
    1. Etam (Post author)

      Hi Rochelle,

      Thank you for your comments. No student involvement in the Google directory design just yet.

      I would love to be able to share the Google directory on this forum, however they are live student directories with names.

      I can however share, as I have for Yvette, my student evaluations and PLN:
      Student Evaluations: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByY-1_Umj0X5Z05iS2xWY2V6clE&usp=drive_web.
      PLN: http://etam.stankey.com/.

      I think I will also rewrite my Task 2 and designing virtual spaces for my Design Brief.

      Regards,
      Dale.

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  3. aus_teach

    Nice post Dale that recognises that with contemporary learning we now also need to reflect on virtual learning spaces such as learning management systems. Concepts of Design Thinking remind us that both of these spaces need to be designed with people in mind.

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  4. emcintosh@csu.edu.au

    Some really great points, and good impact of making changes in a DIGITAL space. I’m glad we’ve got some of this in amongst the PHYSICAL space design projects people have undertaken. 🙂

    What unknown unknowns might lie ahead, particularly in technology use, I wonder? Is design thinking a cyclical process that you could see yourself using again and again to test assumptions of this idea in the months and years to come?

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