Transparent curriculum Clearly defined project outcomes Visibility (teams, blogs, e-portfolios) Promote constructivist pedagogy Reduce carbon footprint and paper wastage Foster collaboration and teamwork Why?
Self-directed learning Blended (paper/online) Project-based Collaborative Teams Team and individual components Outcomes – Presentations, peer teaching, papers, self-reflection E-Business Curriculum
Blended Learning (2) Course Portal encapsulated into Blackboard Vista
Portal Design Rationale Simple Minimal graphics Text heavy All pages at three clicks or less Major pages linked from Index page Calendar everywhere (time sensitive) Student approved*** Borrow shamelessly (but credit everyone!)
Portal: Index All pages available through tabs SpryTabbedPanel widget in Dreamweaver CS3 Resource: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/spry/samples/tabbedpanels/tabbed_panel_sample.htm
Portal: Project Pages (1)* Same “look and feel” across projects Left navbar allows easy access to all project areas Source: http://meyerweb.com/eric/css/edge/popups/demo.html (Eric Meyer)http://meyerweb.com/eric/css/edge/popups/demo.html
Portal: Project Pages (2)* Top menubar allows instant access to three important functions. (Student approved***)
Portal: Project Pages (3)* Student teams easily accessible across sections (Student approved***)
Portal: Calendar (1) Very important – contains assignment deadlines Accessible everywhere through menubar
Portal: Calendar (2)* Tabs on the left for Home Page, and weeks in 5-week increments
Portal: Calendar (3) Original calendar: Source: http://webdesign.about.com/od/layout/l/zcalfeb07.htmhttp://webdesign.about.com/od/layout/l/zcalfeb07.htm
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