Evidence: Pecha Kucha

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop and design intentional learning activities suitable for the appropriate environment and the learner
  • Develop skills to optimize learning experiences through personalization

        There is a temptation when creating a power point or other learning activities to put as much information as possible. Often there is so much material that must be covered that lessons can feel crammed and busy. The focus is on the information and not the learning.

Creating a Pecha Kucha is an interesting experience in focusing on what is important. Having only 20 slides, each only 20 seconds long requires the educator to determine what is most important. This style of power point means that the creator must be succinct using images that enhance the message. It is a connectivism approach to education

A learning outcome of the Online Learning and Teaching Diploma is to develop and design intentional learning activities suitable for the appropriate environment and the learner. For an asynchronous lesson a Pecha Kucha lets the student focus on the message. The music and images emphasizes the message.

A second learning outcome is to develop skills to optimize learning experiences through personalization. Personalization means two things. It is important to personalize the lesson to the student. The music and images of the Pecha Kucha can be chosen to reflect the interests of the student while relating to the learning outcomes. They also can show the personality of the instructor allowing the student to get to know their teacher.

The Pecha Kucha as both a  PDF and a power point are below

i_imagine.pdf

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i_imagine.pptx

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Evidence: Action Plan

OLTD Learning Outcome:

  • To understand, design and commit to student success in online learning environments

Recently for OLTD 501, I prepared an action plan exploring an aspect of online education. I became fascinated with the question, what concepts and methodologies are important to have in distance learning for adult Aboriginal students returning to formal education? I believe that there is a need for community based Aboriginal Adult Basic Education (British Columbia, 2012).

This question directly relates to the Online Learning and Teaching Diploma learning outcome to understand, design and commit to student success in online learning environments. Thus in October 2013 I started to look at how online courses need to be created and structured for Aboriginal success.

I found that creating an action plan was helpful for summarizing all information in to one location. By summarizing the information, stating when and where it was found, and exploring future actions, it makes it much easier to develop a functional course or lesson for specific student needs. It is a constructionist approach to design.

Developing the question that the action plan answers forces a person to consider what is really important and necessary for learning. Thus is provides guidance to the educator. Feeling overwhelmed can be a problem when developing a course, by focusing on one issue, by dividing the course into relevant questions, it makes it more manageable.

British Columbia. (2012). Aboriginal post-secondary education and training policy framework and action plan: 2020 vision for the future. Victoria, B.C: Ministry of Advanced Education.

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