In the Student Centered Approach:
- Instructional Strategies should meet the different needs and interests of students
- Students learn more most effectively through experiences tailored to their needs
- Students are Active NOT Passive Learners
Learner Centered Approaches I’d Use:
- Pragmatism – Flipped Classroom Approach
- Constructivism – Cooperative Learning Approach
- Megacognition – WebQuest Approach
OBJECTIVE: Students should be able to demonstrate advanced skills in the use of Word
Pragmatism Group and Experiential Learning
Students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the TRACK CHANGES feature in Word for a Group Editing project
Assignment (Flipped Classroom Approach)
Students watch the Microsoft Office Video below on their own
• Students bring questions to class
• Application of knowledge: In class students work in groups (10) to produce a final 10 page essay that incorporates TRACK CHANGES
Instructor emails individual students a form on their peers’ contribution to the project
Students receive a rubric used for assessment for the group mark
Students create the knowledge, building new knowledge through group work
Students should be able to DESIGN their own SURVEYS on a given topic and execute their own research in WORD, (Using both graphic representations and written discourse) BY:
1. Collecting first-hand data, organizing and presenting the data.
2. Demonstrating the ability to import and reformat web images and create tables and charts.
Survey Assignment (Cooperative Learning Approach)
Read article individualy and post comments on GROUP BLOG
“Formatting a Paper-based Survey Questionnaire: Best Practices”
GROUP BLOG – DISCUSSION: Define your topics – what are the high level topics in your survey? What are the
secondary and tertiary topics?
Classtime to work in Google Docs with shared files to do the research and design a Survey
• Send instructor blog detaiing purpose of survey and the primary, secondary and tertiary topics for the survey
• Instructor gives formative feedback
• Students are given a checklist and rubric with which to focus their work
• Group emails checklist back to instructor and receives feedback before completing final project in Google Docs
School in the Cloud
Be a mentor
Show me how you do that! Ask students to solidify what they know
Students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge of formatting and inserting hyperlinks into a Word document.
Assignment (WebQuest Approach)
Sudents will check out WebQuest on steps to creating an instructional video in Windows Movie Maker, iMovie or other program to show the class.
In groups students will create the above instructional video
The assignment should demonstrate How to… Format a page, Insert a hyperlink into a document etc.
Dedicated class time to work on assignment and ask questions and clarify ideas
Peer Evaluation / Rubric Form
How is Learning Improved /Cooperative Learning ?
The ability to work as a team towards a common goal is one of the main qualities that business leaders are looking for today in new hires.
Cooperative learning activities help students practice working in teams.
How is Learning Improved/ Flipped Classroom?
Students can pause, replay, and watch lectures/videos repeatedly at their convenience.
Instructors can devote more time to helping students develop synthesis and explore application during class time through: experiential exercises, etc.
How is Learning Improved/WebQuests?
WebQuests promote computer literacy and development of critical thinking skills, and accommodate diverse learning needs.
Focuses on using information rather than on looking for it, and support/scaffolds learners’ thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Students can follow DIFFERENT learning pathways to master the same core skills.
As an Instructor I need to find creative ways to make this happen.