So, here I am halfway through with creating this online course which will be used to blend and flip a high school classroom. Moodle still surprises me with its relative ease of use – editing is a cinch, they have this duplication feature which lets you easily duplicate a piece that will look relatively similar in another area of the course… it’s very user friendly. I really haven’t had to change any part of my design due to limitations of the LMS. But I’m pretty sure I’ve already talked about that.
Now that I have half of the course developed, and one peer review down, there are a number of slight revisions I’ve made and there are still a few things I need to learn and adjust. My peer review came from my classmate Jason, who gave me a number of good things to look at. The main one I’ve implemented so far is changing each week’s headings to be more prominent so that each section is more distinct on the main page of the course. It looks so much better. He reminded me to make sure that any PDFs I want turned in should have form regions that allow students to complete them without scanning them in (which I believe I’ve done). Jason also pointed out that I need to clarify expectations of the wikis, as well as the overall format of the course, which I intend to do within the next two weeks. He also wondered if there’s a way to make one glossary and just link each section to it without having independent glossaries. I’m going to have to look into that, though my gut feeling is that I will keep them as independent glossaries if only for the reason that it will make it easier for the teacher to grade each week’s additions. Maybe there’s a way to then combine them all at the end? I don’t know. I’ll look into it.
I still haven’t taken the time to figure out the grade system yet. I think when I get toward the end of the development, I will then look over all the grading ins and outs and then edit everything I’ve done to make sure it is all cohesive. I also looked at some of my peers’ courses and found a few elements I liked – like limiting quiz retakes, only allowing access to the next assignments once the previous one is complete, etc. – which I would like to go back and implement. I will also look into downloading this into a system that works with whatever our school has access to so that my teacher who wants to utilize this course will have access to it.
I’m told that in the professional world, there is an average of a three week turn around on projects like this… to which I say, sign me up! It is certainly time consuming to do, but the fact that I’m working full time and able to do this plus another course… and still manage to do a few social things and hobbies too… means I think I’m cut out for a job in instructional design should I choose to go into a field like this. It requires creativity and an eye for detail, and I really enjoy that kind of stuff. It’s exciting to learn of new career opportunities that will be available to me after I finish this degree. So close! Can’t wait!