Wednesday, 25 April 2012

ACTIVITY 4:  Define and describe this week’s concepts in your professional context.

Considerations for ensuring access to all learners.

  • Knowing the extent of ability within my student group, their learning styles, building a strong rapport with them, working alongside.
  • Encouraging peer to peer support.
  • I also encourage and advocate strongly that my students form study groups, where they can support each other - it is much easier to work in a group than working in isolation.
  • Tailor lessons to include activities that are practical and that students can take away and use as tools i.e. group work, self care plans (i.e. WRAP)
  • Reading through their student applications thoroughly at the beginning of course so that I know who might have learning difficulties, a disability which could impact upon their studies, language barriers, distance students - this way I can set up the most respectful and appropriate way of supporting them to achieve their studies whilst on course.
  • Empower students to know and understand their learning preferences abilities and also to be aware of where they might struggle.
  • Repetition - talking about OP student services, IT, help within the school, no question is a silly question no matter how many times it is asked.

Factors of diversity will be examined. 

The big one here for me as an educator is that everyone learns and comprehends at a different pace. No 2 students are the same.

Being aware of where each individual is at is vital, in my case we are fortunate to have a Teaching Assistant present in all of our certificate classes, this role is to provide tutorial and class support and she is able to keep us up to date with those who are struggling.  She provides tutorial support and we work together to get on top of student learning difficulties.

For example our class this year in Cert in Human Services is extremely diverse, we have a strong cohort of reader/writers, students who have English as their second language, a student who can lapse into absent seizures, our youngest is 16 and our oldest is 50+, a student with deafness in one ear.

These all provide a wide scope to ensure that they have their needs met, it could be writing out what is expected study-wise outside of class, directing face-to-face teaching to the student who only has hearing in one ear, checking in with students who have language barriers and speaking clearly so they can understand.  Setting up tutorial support for students who are not confident about what they are doing assessment wise.

Encouraging students to use the moodle forums to ask questions (or answer them!).  My set office hours are also a way to meet with students to ensure they are on track.

If students are struggling referring them to student services or the learning centre.

Your learners’ preferences and abilities will be discussed.

  • Course Feedback from surveys
  • Listening and jotting down students thoughts when they arise during class/tutorial sessions.
  • Feeding back to students about what will be changed, this way they no we haven't just given them lip service.
  • Using Bloom's Taxonomy when marking, giving clear concise feedback to ensure the student is aware of where they need to improve/receive help or where they are excelling.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Second Post to Activity Three

Annie Huntington
Certificate in Human Services

How do you incorporate flexible learning into your teaching?

Use of ICT (e.g. Moodle books) to provide structured packages of learning, which can be used with and by students in different ways. Students offered range of opportunities (in class and outside) to explore core and supplemental reading and tasks to inform completion of their assessments.

Who are your students? (i.e. Certs, BSS Y1,2 &3)


How do you plan and set up the following for your courses
·         Time
As per timetable circulated by course manager.
·         Delivery
As agreed at course planning meetings.  
·         Logistics
Not quite sure what this means. Logistics (for me) have been around time required to develop on line resources. This includes developing content and skills associated with using technology (Moodle).
·         Entry Requirement
Course manager co-ordinates this.
·         Content
Appropriate to meet performance criteria as specified.
·         Instructional Approaches & Resources
Learning to learn embedded into course. Support to facilitate knowledge and skill development to support learner progress.