Quality 2c: “Designing your digital environment”

– Gjermund, when you were a teacher, did you ever work as a substitute teacher? – Yes, several times! – Ok. When you entered a foreign classroom, how did you know what to do? – Sometimes I had some written instructions from the ordinary teacher and basically, most classrooms look the same so I knew where to go, I knew the blackboard, I knew what I had to know. – Yes, I think: Without thinking about it, we would design our classrooms. – But we need to consider how we design our digital learning environments. – Which is the name of this video. Even in a foreign and exotic country we understand that we should have a ticket if we want to go on a train. That we should give up our seat to the heavily pregnant lady and that the train will stop at designated stations. Our society consists of all these unwritten rules, systems, and ways of organising things. And if are uncertain of what to do, we look at people around us. Our online society is so much younger and is still changing fast. But we are developing social norms and expectations on how things work and where to find stuff. When designing your online learning environment you must imagine what your students will see and what they will do. They don’t know the course like you do. And while you may have an idea that they will approach the learning environment in an systematic fashion students may also go for the most shiny object. Unlike in the real world, you can’t easily look around and see what others do. Help the students navigate your course. What is the best order for them to approach the learning resources? And what is the most important content? And what is extra? This is an online course for non-professionals. There is a new topic each week, as you can see tidily in the left hand menu. If we click on a topic – let’s select “Healthy Living” – we see two main topics: “Food & Drink” and “Stay active”. And see very clearly what is additional and optional content. Let’s select the main topic “Food & Drink”. It consists of the learning content or theory as the book icon suggests. And a conversation as the chat bubble suggests. And a conversation as the chat bubble suggests. When we click on the book icon, we can browse the book by arrows, page by page. we can browse the book by arrows, page by page. Let’s just click the arrow. And as you see, this is your typical online textbook, with text, images and videos. with text, images and videos. So this course has easy navigation menus and uses the traditional layout of the textbook to make orientation easy for adult non-professional learners.

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