This unit focuses on understanding through application. All OPEN NH online courses utilize a course project that asks you to apply the content you are learning to a project that you can use directly in your classroom or your school. As discussion adds depth of knowledge, so application adds richness of understanding. Quality professional development in the 21st Century should be sustained over time and job embedded. Online courses provide you with sustained opportunities for learning content. The projects they involve allow you to practice your learning in the classroom. In this tutorial, you will explore how powerful classroom projects can be, and in doing so appreciate the value of doing your own applied projects.
After completing this unit, you will be able to:
Read Project-Based Learning In eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know from eLearning Industry for an idea of how projects can fit into online learning.
Then review the resources in Free Project Based Learning Resources That Will Place Students At The Center Of Learning from 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning to get an idea of what is available online for projects.
Then watch 10 Ways to Use Video in Education on You Tube.
Also watch Convex Lens Lab on You Tube.
Links For your convenience, the web addresses for the links in the readings and Activities Sections are provided below.
Project-Based Learning In eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know http://elearningindustry.com/project-based-learning-in-elearning-what-elearning-professionals-should-know
Free Project Based Learning Resources That Will Place Students At The Center Of Learning https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/2010/01/16/free-project-based-learning-resources-that-will-place-students-at-the-center-of-learning/
Review some of the project based learning resources from the reading: Free Project Based Learning Resources That Will Place Students At The Center Of Learning to get an idea of some projects you might like to do.
Authentic Project Discussion
Go to the Discussion Forum for this unit.
After watching the videos and readings on using digital media and projects to enhance learning, consider your own learning style and preferences for applied learning situations.Post a substantive comment that addresses these discussion starter questions.
- What affect does a “learn by doing” situation have on your ability to understand difficult concepts?
- How could you use project based learning to enhance your teaching practice?
- What are some obstacles to doing online projects? How might those be overcome?
Return to the Discussion Forum throughout the unit. Read over the initial responses of your classmates and engage them in deeper understandings of how projects might work online. Respond to at least two of your classmates with substantial comments that use evidence from the readings and videos to support your ideas.