My Moodle course is now nearing completion, which is exciting, but now it’s time to refine what I have (and I often find those small details are the most tedious, easy to overlook yet very important to catch). Now that the bulk of the course is complete, I want to focus on the small details that we discussed as a class in our online meeting — changing it to where it doesn’t follow an actual calendar schedule (no time frame, a course that can be started whenever a class wants to start it), figuring out the grading details and making sure everything is set up appropriately, double checking that people can collaborate on the wiki at the same time efficiently, etc.
I’m quite a bit over 75% complete with the course, I think, which is about how much we should have done at this point. That being said, I think I’m right on target to finish within my timeline for completion. Again, now it’s all the fine details, plus creating a job aid and adding a few more finishing touches, and then it will be complete and ready for implementation! Actual implementation with the class this is being created for won’t happen until January, when students return from winter break. At that point, World History will be beginning the revolutions unit, and our one class of sophomores who have 1 to 1 technology will use this course. Some of the same activities will be done in the other classes, outside of a blended environment, to help distinguish if the course’s success (or failure) should be attributed to the blended environment rather than the curriculum.
Evaluation will be complete around mid-February. At that point, all World History students will have finished covering the revolutions, and they will take a district assessment covering this unit. We will disaggregate the data and evaluate the success of the Moodle course. I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes! I’ll be sure to update here what we find out!