IV. Plan Details: Teacher, Outcome and Assessment

By Brendan Lake and Marie Wallace

Our technology plan can be used by any faculty or learner with internet access.  The most common plan we envisioned was for structuring online tutorials.

Teacher: To create the site, faculty will need to find a basic web editor, including Weebly, WordPress, Wix, or Squarespace, which often use a “drag and drop” interface or include a structure for ordering blog posts with little or no knowledge of html or web code required.  After compiling or creating the educational content, teachers can use their LMS to organize the learning materials into a sequence, with added resources such as additional links, glossaries, assessments, discussion boards, and more.  

Outcome:This structure facilitates learning much more effectively than an assortment of unstructured videos or texts that learners encounter as they search for what they’re interested in knowing.  It also helps the teacher consider the quality and difficulty of materials, as well as spotting informational redundancies, as they prepare the organization.

Assessment: In the current style of learning using unstructured online materials, there’s typically no assessment of the educational impact beyond a ‘like/dislike’ button or the opportunity to add comments, if either function is enabled for the video or website resource.  Using an educational hub like an LMS would enable the collection of substantially more data on the learners and the experience, such as how much was learned, what learners enjoyed or what confused them, and how long it took them to reach their learning goals using integrated surveys/assessments embedded in the site.  Most website editors offer easily-integrated apps and plug-ins for surveys/assessment functionality.