I am teaching a course of program development for the first time in ten years. In the past students in this course were expected to create workshops and printed materials for children, youth and families. We barely introduced the idea of web-based material and the tools to create web-based programming was complicated and limited..... this semester I am focusing directly on developing students skills in putting together the tools of Web 2.0 with the skills of working with families.
The challenge in this course is that I am trying to teach three domains of knowledge and then trying to help them put this together.
The three domains are:
learning specific information technology tools that can be used to teach,
learning how to think about elearning, and
learning about designing programs for families.
Here is what I am teaching in each of these areas.
Information technology tools
1. Tools to find, save and organize scientific research
2. Tools to find, save and organize useful web-based information
3. Tools to create web-based content (mostly text this time)
4. Tools to teach in elearning environments.
(I have posted the specific tools I am using here.)
eLearning topics & issues
effective web design
monitoring issues and information of interest to families
Learning 2.0 design
Basic Program Development
Needs assessment of a target audience
Translating research into practical information
creating teaching activities
recruiting and engaging clients into programs
evaluating the effectiveness of programs
This is a lot of information to put together in a single course and I am not sure I have the timing and sequence of these different domains put together in the right sequence.