In my face to face courses, I have always used LEARN extensively to support my teaching. But, like all of us, I'm learning new things. Here are two little tweaks I have tried with LEARN:
In my fully online asynchronous course, I have a module under Content for each week. To ensure students still progress through the material together, I set a date restriction for each module. Automatically the next week's lessons are released each week. However, I learned from my colleague Shannon Derksen in Teacher Education that students can still see the content that's restricted by date, they just can't open any of it. I think even seeing it all is overwhelming to students. So, Shannon taught me an extra tip. I also choose “hide from users" for future modules. It does mean a manual switch each week to change the module to “visible" but I think it protects my students from information overload. The only new resources they see each week is what is required for that week.
In this normally face to face course I'm teaching, the students used to do a paper (and colored pencil crayon!) brainstorming activity. Instead, I set up the activity using the Quiz function in LEARN. Students use that space to record their brainstorming for each question. It was easy for me to review and provide feedback, even though no marks were attached. And, after the deadline I ensured the “quiz" is open and there is no end date set. This way students can go back and access the questions and their answers using “submission views".
What about you? Have you learned some new features in LEARN over the past month? Have you used LEARN in new ways over the past month? Sign in above and then comment below.
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Today's FF@4 we'll be further brainstorming tips and tricks in LEARN. Here is the link to today's meeting. You are most welcome to join!
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