Form teams. Using the following procedure, design a class on of the following topics:
Write a One Minute Essay giving an overview of the course that includes:
Role of the Web
Write a One Minute Essay describing the ways you expect your web site to contribute to your class.
Content Idea Storm
Write down content ideas as fast as you can onto yellow sticky notes. Do not think about order or organization yet - just write ideas down as they come. Having the ideas on sticky notes will be handy later when you start trying to organize your ideas.
Learning Objectives & Performance Tasks
For each topic, list on pink sticky notes the major learning objectives and the tasks students must do to reach that objective.
On orange sticky notes, list all primary print and Internet resources for the course. Then place them, as appropriate, among the topic and tasks sticky notes.
List supporting resources on green sticky notes. Place them spatially according to where they fit within the primary topics.
Are there topics or material that students need to know to take your course, but often do not?
Are there topics that are related to the course, but not usually taught, that may be of interest to students?
List advanced topics that might be of interest to students who are majoring in this content area, or who are extremely interested in the subject of the course and want to know more.
The arrangement of your sticky notes defines the basic map of your course. Often, the elements can be arranged in several different ways.
By moving the stickies around, explore how the topics relate to each other.
Develop an understanding of the various ways your course could be structured by having each person organize them into the structure that seems most reasonable and appropriate to them. Others in the team will then discuss the structure.
In a simple heirarchical structure, each topic is supported by a number of resources.
In a multiple pathway structure, students are offered an alternative route through the topics.
What parts of your course map should be implemented in a Web site? The answer to that question will depend upon several factors:
Work through each of the elements of your course map and brainstorm alternatives on how to present it as part of a well coordinated teaching and learning process. By the time you finish this exercise, you will have a clear picture of which parts of your course can be included in your Web site and which should not.
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