While I don’t have many new updates for the week ending October 2, 2015, it is a bit of the calm before the storm. Here is a summary of a some key reminders and deadlines coming up for each team:

Subject Matter Experts

  • Our subject matter expert (SME) survey concluded last week (9/22). Again, here is a copy of the aggregated feedback for those who may have missed my prior post and email. There is a lot of excellent feedback here!
  • Thank you to the 18 (yay!!!) SMEs who responded! That level of participation far exceeds my expectations, and provides us with a diversity of perspectives.
  • For now, the SMEs can hold tight until we circle back with additional questions. As always, feel free to let us know of relevant resources and ideas for the project. Also, feel free to lurk in any of our upcoming design team meetings.

Design Teams

Adult Learning Zone Team:

  • As a reminder, our formal “pitch” meeting is NEXT WEEK (!!) for the Adult Learning Zone Team on Thursday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. CDT.
  • Make or Buy subgroup: For the October 8th meeting, please be prepared to share your recommendations regarding whether to move forward with a self-hosted adultlearningzone.org, or our own branded “hub” within OER commons that would replicate features of the adultlearningzone.org structure (i.e. the taxonomy / menu structure tied to the CCR standards, tagging resources by grade level, etc). Here is a link to other hubs on OER commons to give you an idea of how they are part of OER commons, yet customized for the needs of the hub “owner”. I ask that the design team chew on the notion of having our own separate Adult Learning Zone hub within OER commons. Please read up on what it takes to get our own hub, and get a sense of how much flexibility we would have to lay out the resources within the hub.
  • Deliverable / Style Guide Subgroup: Also, I ask that this subgroup to be prepared to offer preliminary suggestions on the deliverables the MOOC participants will design and develop (i.e. the OER for adult educators and learners). As mentioned previously, take a look at the way resources are presented in on OER commons and other resource repositories to consider what we should be aiming for in terms of our OER deliverables.

Open ABE Team:

  • Canvas Update:
    • Canvas.net Course Access: Our contact at canvas.net (Hilary) set up our course shell … yay!!! See … CN-1935 Instructional Design Service Course: Gain Experience for Good.
    • Last week, I granted access to all members of the Open ABE design team. You should have received an email with the invite to join our canvas.net course as a designer. Please let me know if you did not receive your email invitation at this email address, or if you would prefer I invite you under a different email (i.e. if you already have a canvas account). Feel free to poke around the course shell to see the available functionality, but don’t get too crazy adding to the course shell as this will be our live course and anything we add now will need to be deleted or amended down the road. 
    • Canvas Resources / Best Practices: As our contacts at canvas.net have sent me information, I have been storing the materials in a Canvas folder in our shared Google Drive. Within that folder, here are a few resources you may find useful:
    • Canvas Network Training Course: Once we have confirmed all of the designers are registered on canvas.net (see above), we will be setting each of you up with access to this canvas.net orientation course.
    • Canvas Community: To learn more about the Canvas Community, please checking out the group for Instructional Designers. Think about how you might use a scaled back version for the participants in your course (i.e. the discussions).
  • Style Guide: I spoke with Stacy last week, and we designers need to create a Style Guide (for ourselves) for the canvas.net space (i.e. what & how the content will be presented in the canvas.net MOOC). Let’s add that to our agenda for our upcoming meetings.
  • MOOC Deadlines: As a reminder, here is the design and implementation schedule that I committed to with the folks atCanvas.net:
    • December 7, 2015 – Canvas.net 1st course review (i.e. Hilary to review OUR design): Includes full set of orientation materials and Week 1 content as a proof of our design concept
    • January 11, 2016 – Course listed on canvas.net (i.e. open for participant enrollment)
    • February 1, 2016 – Canvas.net 2nd (and final) course review (i.e. Hilary to review OUR design): Includes complete course with all materials uploaded to canvas.net for Hilary’s review and sign-off.
    • February 22 – May 15th, 2016 – 12 week MOOC Implementation
  • Meeting Reminder: As a reminder, our design “pitch” meeting is set for the Open ABE Design Team on Wednesday, October 14th at 6:00 p.m. CDT. I’m looking for the team to be prepared to discuss the following for each of the assigned topics:
    • An overview of each designer’s general conceptual framework for his / her assigned week / topic.
    • What do you plan to focus on within your week’s topic (content areas, objectives)?
    • What types of resources do you plan to display / demonstrate / present?
    • What activities / exercises to you envision for the MOOC participants (i.e to support activation, practice, reflection, etc.)?
    • What plans do you have for learner-content interaction (i.e. individual reflections), or learner-learner interaction (i.e. discussion boards), or learner-facilitator interaction (i.e. feedback, guidance)?
    • What check-point (i.e. assessments) do you envision within your week, and how could that integrate with the overall assessment for the participant’s final certification or badge?
    • How should we structure a designer reflective journal that would be utilized at points throughout the MOOC? [Note: Here are some examples of reflection prompts used in the past]

Comments or Questions?

Again, I’m really excited about how things are progressing, and I can’t wait to watch things evolve. Please touch base with any comments or questions. Thank you!

Jennifer Maddrell