The Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning has two new connecting and learning opportunities:
1) ADEIL is launching a book discussion group, reading Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education by Thomas J. Tobin and Kirsten T. Behling and discussing it on LinkedIn. The first discussion is found at the link below, and please note that you can still be part of this first discussion even if you haven’t yet read the book.
2) I (Rich Freese) recently gave a video presentation for ADEIL. It examines three online-research activities, created by IL’s very own Sarah Korpi and Joan Bell-Kaul, and discusses how to adapt these for different courses.
The included pdf contains three web-based, research activities for a course on Ernest Hemingway at the University of Wisconsin-Independent Learning, created by Joan Bell-Kaul and Sarah Korpi.
Our last post, “Online Research,” examined ways to find credible sources online. We’ll continue that idea with a WebQuest, designed by Joan Bell-Kaul and Sarah Korpi, to help students find online sources and consider their credibility.
The link below contains a pdf with several WebQuests for a course about Ernest Hemingway. Students find and evaluate sources first about Hemingway, and later about themes, literary devices, etc., in Hemingway’s work.
This WebQuest can easily be adapted for other fields of study to both 1) introduce your students to a topic and 2) have your students think critically about where they get information. For example, in a recent revision of Appreciation & History of Music, students use general and scholarly sources to research a favorite composer. Beyond providing information about the composer, they evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the sources they used.
Have you used similar activities in your courses? Do you have additional ideas or examples on how to incorporate WebQuests? Let us know!