Week 2 of the #OpenABE service-MOOC!
We had an exciting first week of course introductions with participants from around the world. While Designers for Learning is based in the United States, 20% of the participants who completed the Welcome Survey are from outside North America, and English is not the primary language for 15% in the class. In addition, we have a highly educated and ambitious group with 93% holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher, and 66% with a Master’s degree or higher! If you are taking this course to expand your opportunities, you aren’t alone as 55% noted their primary reason for joining the class is to gain skills for a new career or promotion at work.
However, what excited us most are the responses to the question, “Which type of online learner best describes you?” The top response (66%) was, “An active participant. Bring it on. If it’s in the course, I plan on doing it.”
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Our Course Design Goal
This Week – What To Expect
- Explore your ability to identify with learners’ thoughts and feelings (e.g., their hopes, dreams, and fears, their circumstances, and what they want to accomplish) as a key quality of the instructional design process.
- Practice the process of empathy in design practice by following a 4-phase empathy framework within a visual thinking exercise.
- Apply the empathy framework to discover, immerse, connect, and then detach with learner personas that will guide your instructional design process.
- Reflect on how having empathy toward your learners will help you in your instructional design process.
- Contemplate the reasons why adult learners desire to complete adult basic education.
- Identify learner needs relevant to completing adult basic education courses and programs, including possible pain points that might affect the completion process.
- Consider potential gaps in knowledge, skills, motivation, environment, and communication.
- Describe the characteristics of the instructional setting setting for adult basic education learners (e.g., face-to-face, blended, or online).
Reminder – Optional Group Collaboration
Thank you for your service!
Thank you very much for joining us in this service-learning experience. The course facilitators will provide weekly announcements like this that will serve as progress checkpoints with reminders and updates regarding course progression. A link to the roster of Announcements appears in the left sidebar of each course page. We look forward to working with you!
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