About the project
Throughout this year I’ve been working on a post-graduate paper in Instructional Design for e-Learning through Massey University. This has taken up a fair bit of my time (and part of the reason that my posting on this blog has been a bit irregular recently).
As part of the paper, I’ve been working with a group of 4 others from around the country on an instructional design project. We had to follow instructional design processes to plan, develop and implement an e-learning resource for students and teachers globally to use. We had to present the resource on WikiEducator – an online resource for e-learning content. It’s a wiki so anyone can add to, delete and edit any of the content. It’s similar in design to Wikipedia.
Other tools we have used in our design project are Skype and Google Docs. Skype was used for regular online meetings. We decided to use a text chat in Skype for two reasons. Firstly, not everyone was able to voice chat – lack of headsets. Secondly, a text chat meeting allows a history to be kept, so we can go back through the log of the meeting and see what was discussed etc.
The context of our project is about understanding, preparing and planning for tsunami. We decided to make it slightly interactive with students taking the role of a survival agent. They are to be the experts in their area. As the expert they have to learn about what tsunami are, how they form and the impacts they can have. They also have to learn what is required to prepare for a tsunami and how to recognise the signs that one is on the way. Planning escape routes and putting together getaway kits is vital for their success. At the end of the learning resource students play an online survival game, where they have to get a town ready for an emergency.
Have a look at the resource. Feel free to use it and please post comments/feedback here.