The ability or skill to work and research online using Web 2.0 technologies Pre-requisite: Research Design Course Familiarity with the following applications: Elluminate and Skype LMS applications, e.g. Blackboard, Angel etc. Diigo or LMS discussion boards Wiki Sites Blogs Wall Wishers Google, Bing and other research sites Camtasia or Jing You Tube or PBS Video
Each week the learner will be presented with concepts and terminology or a list of definitions to understand and questions to answer and research before writing their blog. Learners will use class wiki to post definitions and find course materials and videos. The learner will be given issues or topics to discuss in the group forum each week, based on the module material. The learner will be asked to critique their fellow learner’s blogs. The learners will write reflective or meta-cognitive blogs each week. Self-assessing questionnaires will be completed each week when the assignment is finished.
You are 65 years old and in excellent health and may live another 30 years. You have reached retirement age and have filed for and received your social security benefits. You realize that the benefits will not cover the rising costs of living and allow you to purchase secondary and/or long term health insurance. Your IRA is almost gone, due to the poor economic down turns in the market. Your employer did not have funds for your pension after it went bankrupt. Therefore, you want to work but find it difficult to get job interviews and realize there may be some barriers to your employment. You want to retrain in order to obtain new jobs skills; but community college is the only educational institution that has tuition waivers. You want to finish your masters degree but do not have the funds.
Criteria for this blog: You may work alone or with a group to solve the problem and create a plan of action. Explain what barriers this person is facing and how they might be resolved or if they can be resolved. Review any new ideas regarding these issues. In your concluding remarks, explain what laws, regulations or policies might need to be changed, in order to arrive at the best solution.
CATs to be used: Using Wall Wishers to ask students to write their muddiest point on short notes. Asking learners to tweet a short reply. Using self assessing questionnaires at the end of each module. Blogs and meta-cognitive blogs Group discussion forums Skype and Elluminate Sessions for feedback and clarification one-on-one or in a group
Your loved one or you are unable to care for your/their needs alone. You have two weeks to decide where you/they will go or what you/they will do after leaving the hospital. The only two care giving facilities in your town are being investigated for fraud and abuse of it’s residence. The care givers do not speak your/their language. You have heard the home physician rarely visits the facility and there are rumors that residents are dying because they are not getting good medical care. You or your loved one must find the funds to place you in a facility or get you help in your home.
You may work alone or with a group to research the options you have available Research any new ideas available to you or your loved one Create a plan of action or solve this problem with the research information, picking the best solution for your loved one Explain the barriers you are facing in considering this plan of action Explain why you made the decisions you did in developing your plan of action Write concluding statements explaining what policies, laws or regulations may need to changed to reach the best decision for you or your loved one.