We have collated our findings and research into a comprehensive course outline that demonstrates what each week during the course might entail.
This outline displays what topics will be covered and when, how content will be delivered to students, when online or offline tutorials will take place, and at what points during the semester there will be group explorations or assessment deadlines.
Our idea is to divide the semester into 5 sections:
- Introduction (Week 1): Introduction to the course, its learning outcomes, the content it will cover and its assessment methods.
- Block 1 (Week 2-4): Block 1 will cover Streets 1 and 2, with content being delivered via online and offline tutorials and resources. The student-led game-based group exploration will take place at the end of this Block, in week 4.
- Block 2 (Week 5-7): The reflective piece from the first group exploration will be due at the beginning of this Block, in week 5. Block 2 will cover Streets 2 and 3, with content being delivered via online and offline tutorials and resources. The student-led activity-based group exploration will take place at the end of this Block, in week 7.
- Block 3 (Week 8-10): The reflective piece from the second group exploration will be due at the beginning of this Block, in week 8. Block 3 will cover content that students might find useful for their group projects. There will be no compulsory tutorials during this Block, only online and offline drop-in sessions where tutors will be available if students need to ask them any questions about their project. There will also be two group reflective logs due, one at the end of week 8 and the other at the end of week 10.
- Presentation Week (Week 11): Students submit their final group projects and present their findings to the rest of the cohort.
Click here to download a PDF of the indicative course outline.
In addition, the following are considerations for the future that we have outlined:
We have also identified additional considerations to be looked into in future:
Further Potential of the Prototype
The course has the potential to:
- Be a springboard to the development of similar online courses that are specifically reworked to distance learners’ needs and goals.
- Promote existing relevant courses that can be follow-ups to this course prototype.
- Further iterations need to be designed keeping in mind varying needs and requirements.
- There is a huge need to look into planning for resourcing as student numbers grow.
- There is an opportunity to incorporate the use of additional University resources in the course design and implementation e.g. University of Edinburgh Historical Archives.
- There is an opportunity to further involve various Edinburgh communities in the Group project, as well as to share student content generated from the course as open educational resources.
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