Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Online Observing

Just over a year later, I've come back to online observing after postponing it.

I'm creating a set of guidelines that teachers, managers and quality staff can use to observe learning taking place outside of the classroom. It's the same as a normal lesson observation, but looking at learning activities outside the classroom. A lot of people don't actually get the meaning of eLearning and what it looks like.

I've wanted to do this for a while to help make the quality of learning online better. When teaching staff are prompted in placing learning outside of the classroom, the majority just use static documents or a standard quiz. This is not eLearning.

I don't want this to be another pointless paperwork task to tick boxes. But to increase eLearning quality as well as supporting individuals in observing what is actually happening online. It's not going to be a separate or bolt-on document, but to be included in the physical lesson observation documentation where the teacher can link this in to be clearly seen.

Are all learners engaged, included and most of all learning in the technology used? These guidelines will just do that.

I am using my own current delivery practice as a reflective driver to know what we are actually looking for with eLearning.

It's only a matter of time before observation documentation will need to include this, so I’m making a proper start with it now.