Hear . . . I forget
See . . . I remember
Do . . . I understand
The following two URL’s are sites which contain examples of how kinesthetic learning preferences can be addressed when teaching. Kinesthetic learners have a preference for information that is learned through experience, example, practice or simulation.
Engaged Learning, Writing and Thinking: http://fnopress.com/bigsnake/index.htm
This site is a professional development workshop for instructors. The workshop is designed for a three-day period and focuses on how to develop an effective online lesson. In doing so, it teaches instructors how to use technology in conjunction with teaching techniques to engage students in learning, writing and critical thinking. It was selected because of its use of hands-on activities and role-playing simulations. The activities simulate the actual experience of the steps taken to develop effective course lessons using technology. Not only was this site selected because it is an example of the use of kinesthetic learning, but it also will be an excellent guide for me to follow as I tackle the task of creating lessons for my online course, Introduction to Online Learning.
This site did not receive Priority 1 approval from Bobby due to lack of alternative text for images which occurred in 2 instances. User checks were also recommended in regard to tables which were used on the website.
Online Student Orientation: http://www.blackboard.com/courses/Cypress-Orientation/
This is a site that provides an orientation to online learning using the Blackboard Platform. It was developed by Cypress College. The purpose of the orientation is to provide some general information about online education and to acquaint the student with the basic structure of Blackboard. The student works through 5 different modules which explore the different areas of a Blackboard course site, and students complete activities along the way. This is an excellent example of kinesthetic learning as it connects the learner to “reality” allowing them to work through activities in the actual environment they will be using. The activities familiarize the student with different aspects of Blackboard such as Student Home Pages, Rosters, the Virtual Classroom, email, and Discussion Boards, just to name a few!
Hallelujia, this was a site which received Priority 1 approval from the Bobby check! It is only the second one out of my 8 examples to do so. User checks were recommended for use of color to convey information.
These courses have provided examples of how students can learn by simulation and practice in the online environment. As I mentioned earlier, I will be able to use the guidelines from the professional development workshop while developing online lessons, and I certainly will use the Cypress College Orientation to Blackboard as a model for an orientation which I can develop for my Introduction to Online Learning course, which will also be taught on Blackboard.
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