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The card-based Hybrid Learning Model and a card-based Tool Kit for writers.

From HLM Flash Demo

For someone who does NOT have a formal teaching background this for me is the first time in 13 months that I have something practical that is based in learning, not ‘e-learning’ that I feel can apply immediately to any learning context: instructing sailing, teaching swimming, advising on digital marketing, supporting a team making a short film … and especially thinking of ways to occupy children who are now on a three week holiday.

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I found this exercise extraordinarily useful. In the space of an hour I felt I assembled the makings of a series of activities, a module that might take place over a weekend, or a week or two. Thinking of this as learning first, and e-learning second helped.

I decided on creating a course on ‘marketing to the social web.’

I’ve always fallen back on system, surveys and so on. A set of questions, in this case cards, that you can mix about, sets the process up. A similar end result might be achieved in different ways, but here, falling back on the cards and working with these options helps you to get something down. Indeed, having the cards makes you appreciate at every stage you could approach it differently. It would highlight any repetitive approach, something some online educators are guilty of i.e. a course where every activity is a person talking to camera with a transcript of what they say. And no better than the weekly lecture and reading list which was almost my entire three year undergraduate experience.

The graphics worry me. I do think there is value in engaging the best graphic designer for things like this, to come up with something universal. I wonder how some learners would interpret a class that involved the use of flash cards with coloured in cartoons on them. Given the ability of the www to offer choices I’d give users a choice of a dozen alternative images for each activity.

As I’m looking at various courses on digital marketing I’ll see how I can add to this.

 

Activity/Task –Objective Learning Event Teacher’s Role Learner’s Role Resources Tools (inc. Technologies) Other comments
Survey on current awareness of advertising/marketing in social networks RECEIVES Explain Evaluate

Review

WWW

Marketing to the Social Web as key resource.

Survey Monkey

(e-reader)

Individual
24 hours of Google Alerts, Twitter and Facebook, Linkedin. EXPLORES Coach Research WWW Min six people sharing task to cover entire 24 hour period.
Write in a blog, microblog. As text from the spoken word. Writing within parameters, not just Twitter’s 140 characters, but other word counts. IMITATES Perform Apply

Perform

Reflect

WWW

Twitter

WordPress

LiveJournal

Blogger

Writers & Artists Handbook.

Voice Recognition Software

Touch Typing Software

Trying to develop a fluid, immediate, even ‘stream of consciousness’ approach to writing.
Image only in a blog. CREATES Coach Create WWW

Flickr

Tumblr

Facebook

Digital Camera

Mobile Phone

Webcam

Comment on blogs, join in forum discussion . EXPERIMENTERS Explain Practice WWW

Blogging for Dummies.

Letters to the editor. Letters.

RSS Within the group and beyond
Add sound to a blog … voice, music, live (Skype) and broadcast (podcast). PRACTICES Coach Perform WWW

Podbean

Headset

Microphone

Group
Measure RECEIVES Apply Questions WWW

Analytics

Neilsen

Research companies

Tools

Technorati

Google Analytics

Buzzmetrics

Group
Promote (PR, advertising, marketing) EXPERIMENT Perform

Explains

Explore

Perform

WWW

Viral Video

Event

D&AD DVD

Mobile platforms

DVD player Group
Survey on final awareness of advertising/marketing in/to social networks. RECEIVES Explain Evaluate

Review

WWW

Marketing to the Social Web as key resource.

Survey Monkey

(e-reader)

Individual

 

The Writer’s Tool Kit

All these cards had me thinking of  a writer’s tool kit, ‘The Observation Deck’ by Naomi Epel. In that period where I wrote fiction all day I often dipped into this, simply to keep me going. In pratise it is far more useful for someone who blogs all the time as it triggers a line of thought.

If you’re running a creative writing course this IS your learning design done; each week take a different card from the box and do.

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