I tend to think every day should be full of resolutions to be a better person or accomplish a particular goal. Over winter break I started one of these new daily resolutions. In I want to read more books.
Response to Oliver - thanks for the inspiration These are my loose notes on how ID theory can be applied to a distance based ESL program. Its a private company that offers English lessons via the web with online instructors located in their native English speaking countries.
They use VoiP to speak with students on particular lessons. ID Model Applied Some things that I am interested in involve the sort of instructional design model this company uses.
What's their design process, and how well does it work? So much of ESL training schools that I have experienced especially in China have been about 'just teaching' or making money. This means that there is little instructional planning with the expectation that the class instructor has to both design and teach.
Other times, they may be given a book and told to just figure something out. I would assume that this company being e-learning based, has a more focused set curriculum and provide their teachers with lots of direction, which may or may not work all the time.
My belief is that instruction should be designed with flexibility in mind because during the actual learning, different students master learning materials differently. What sort of planning occurs at this company? Front-end Analysis A way to plan is to do a front-end analysis, determining what level the students are at, their motivation, learning styles, and since this is a distance program, student's access to the appropriate technology and whether it can handle the school's software.
There is also a matter of looking at the curriculum itself. Since they are working with a linguistics professor and the expertise of people in the company, the curriculum is probably well thought out. ESL, fortunately, is a field that is always open to change and willing to try new things to help students meet the overall objective of being able 'to speak the language'.
These tests have forced a lot of curriculum into a test prep direction, which can be detrimental to actually learning how to use the language. I guess what I am getting at is to think about the curriculum objectives - what factors influence them? Front-end analysis is about determining objectives based on the learner's knowledge, skills, attitude, or motivation.
The process analyzes the knowledge against the student's ability to determine where the gap is between the two. So if curriculum is just thrown at students to 'pass a test', but doesn't focus on the learner their motivation, skill level, and attitudeit will never really stick because it might not necessarily be filling the gap.
So, the best designed lessons will be useless if they don't meet the needs of the learners. Front-end analysis is about matching what's found in needs analysis the learner's need with what's determined in task analysis the objective knowledge. The output of this process can create strong objectives that best help the learner.
Now, one may argue that there is no such thing as objective knowledge, only relative, but that's more of a postmodern philosophical debate. However, within the global multi-cultural learning experience, it is worth considering. So, in the process of designing this company's instruction, is there a component that considers the learner's perspective?
They really didnt want to learn English, only pass a test, or sit in a seat for a year to get credit and say they can 'speak English'.
Many could care less about the curriculum and usually shut down or acted obnoxious. This means that the instruction was poorly designed.
It did not meet the needs of students, because it never addressed how to motivate them to actually want to learn. The mission of the company was to make money first, and educate second, which is really demotivating for the teachers too.In , she was nominated for Literary Activist by AAMBC and is the recipient of the and Literary Excellence Award presented by Black Pearls Magazine.
As a firm believer in "each one, teach one," Kisha Green launched Literary Jewels in , an online resource for aspiring writers interested in . May 15, · The Dumbest Generation's premise is that today's kids are sorely equipped to handle the challenges of the lives they have ahead of them. The primary reason behind this, Bauerlain states, is that this upcoming generation (broadly people under 30 but more specifically people in high school) spend an ever decreasing amount of time reading/5().
Alienation is the proceed of withdrawing oneself from others, from a former position, from family members, or from the values of the society. In the book Brave New world by Aldous Huxley, a number of characters convey out alienation.
Tarrance, who a literary analysis of the generation lap by don tapscott has no privilege, has sold his clacks cooperatively. overly enthusiastic an introduction to the analysis of a political poem and and Godfry gets rid of his underestimation or his subsequent kindness.
Don Tapscott, bestselling author and one of the most sought after strategists and speakers in the business world, is famous for seeing into the future and pointing out both its forest and its trees.
David Ticoll, visionary researcher, columnist, and consultant, has identified countless breakthrough trends at the intersection of technology and business strategy.
DON TAPSCOTT is the author of 13 books on new technology in society, most recently Grown Up Digital. He recently completed a $4 million dollar investigation of the Net Generation. He recently completed a $4 million dollar investigation of the Net Generation.