As I was creating my online Moodle lesson for EdTEch 522, I was near the end of completing an online Math ISAT Prep course for EdTEch 512. I know that I didn’t want them to be similar, not only because you cannot use course assignments for other courses, but because I thought to myself, “Think of something new…”. So, I thought and devised a plan that would allow adult learners to learn about Math. Yet, they wouldn’t simply be completing arithmetic or answering questions, either.
In Employment in America, an adult Mathematics Webquest, young adults will research what Math skills they would need to have in order to obtain a more satisfactory and financially stable job. As they complete the Webquest, they will learn about a variety of occupations, what Math skills are involved with each, including daily life Math skills, and eventually, they will have gained a more thorough understanding of Mathematics, and hopefully, less fear of the subject itself. In addition, the course provides freedom of choice, the ability to work at their own pace or collaborate with their peers, share their experiences with their peers and provide & receive constructive feedback. In conclusion, for Module 5, these adult learners will complete their final project, which will consist of a presentation or video that displays their preferred occupation involving Math, what skills they need to learn to get that desirable job and more.
Andragogy or adult learning theory, pertains to adult students that wish to be responsible for their own learning, provided constructive feedback or teacher facilitation, rather than dictation, and provided with freedom of choice. I believe I have applied these elements within my course design, along with an approach of Cognitivism. This lesson allows the adult learner to recall prior knowledge, learn more about Math, and then build upon and update their way of thinking about Math. Social presence is provided through the peer discussion forums, whereas instructor presence is provided through the course Q&A forum, the course welcome message and the instructor block, along with email, phone & available office hours.
Overall, the most difficult part of creating this lesson involved using the Moodle platform, because I am unfamiliar with it for anything other than completing EdTech course assignments. However, I have always “Googled” any questions that I have had and solved the issue as soon as possible. If I couldn’t find the answer, I would then ask my peers. I am my own worst critic, and although I have received high marks from my peers, along with constructive criticism concerning a few small changes, I still think of changes that I could implement or ways to improve upon my course. I think that as an online instructor, I will be very meticulous in tracking time spent answering student questions through a “Call Log”, finding ways to improve material, links and resources and last, sorting out the best and fastest way to implement any changes that are needed or suggested by the students. I feel that this project really made me think about those people out there that really despise Math and refuse to learn it, because they feel they are not smart enough. I want those people to know they are wrong and anyone can sit down, concentrate, and learn new information. I hope that 2 particular videos that I included in my lesson persuade these students to think that it is possible, so they broaden their horizons, and ultimately foster a better way of life for their families.