Week 12 – Advanced ID Prototype

Write a reflection about the feedback you received and how it influenced your design document.  Do you like your role in the creation of the prototype? What makes sense? What is difficult so far?

The feedback we have received has been very encouraging.  The instructional models makes sense.  The idea behing Guided Inquiry is to establish the role of the instructor to direct, guide and coach.  This is in alignment with the Guided Inquiry process.  We came up with an original approach for the lesson guide too which is Explore, Reflect, Accomplish and Connect.  The Explore component is the basis of inquiry based learning.  Each lesson has the students discuss and share ideas on what they were trying to learn.  The group discussion is meaningful.  We actually want to see what they have learned and accomplish.  We do that by having them connect to the real word with a final worksheet that allows them to demonstrate their knowledge.  We wish we had enough time to actually try the lessons with a small group of students so we can evaluate the reaction, learning, behavior and results.

Think also about how you are structuring your prototype and how that document guides what you are doing next.

Having a good design document is the most important element of this project.  Without it we would not have any consistency in the lesson plans.  It reminds me of developing software applications. Do not start writing the program until you have a specifications that defines every attribute of the project.  We all collaborated on the design document, but fortunately one of our team members was very experienced and did a good job a sharing some best practices which we all discussed and found agreement.  The design document allowed us to each go our own way and initially create our lesson plans.  Our internal peer review was most valuable since we were all working on the same project.  The peer review from other project teams was at a higher level of abstraction but gave good overview assessments of things to change.

Do you like your role in the creation of the prototype? What makes sense? I felt personally that I carried a fair load with my project teammates.  I learned a lot about lesson plans and have never developed one on my own until this course, so it was a huge accomplishment for me.  I now have a good mental model for what is involved.  It is a lot different than creating educational material for adults in business.  The entire Guided Inquiry model is really good and makes a lot of sense.  It is not unlike the Khan Academy flipping the model of doing homework at school and lecture at home.  Getting the students to take ownership and expand their role of learning beyond the classroom and have it crossover into the real world is a brilliant concept.  This concept will be valued in a world that is becoming more technological every day.

What is difficult so far?

Programming and demonstrating the use of the robot is something new.  So a very mindful approach is needed in order to make sure that the technology is perceived as a barrier.




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