CRLT GSI Training: Using Online Resources. Presented By: Jay Holden. +. GSIs GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTORS. Learning Objectives. After attending this training, GSIs will be: Introduced to a variety of fundamental learning objects (LOs) that are applicable across multiple disciplines
Presented By: Jay Holden
GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTORS
After attending this training, GSIs will be:
- Any web-based teaching tool (i.e. tutorial, simulation, case study, quiz etc.)
([email protected], 2008)
Surfing the site for LOs
General searches for learning objects are as simple as entering in your keywords into the search bar and hitting “GO”.
Example: If you are looking for a general LO on graphing a line, simply type into the search bar: “graphing a line”
Note the “Material Detail” page
-Presents a face sheet of important info about the learning object
“go to material”
-Use this LO in your discussion section as an in class activity, as homework, or however you see fit
Important factors in locating good LO’s
Once you have found a LO that you like………… Add it to a “Personal Collection”
A group of LOs that is personally managed by a MERLOT member
Examples of Personal Collections:
Jay Holden MERLOT @Michigan
“PSYCH Learning Objects” “Cross-Discipline Collection”
To access these collections just search the “Member Directory”
To make your own Personal Collection for a LO (membership req.) just click “Add to a Personal Collection” on the LO’s face sheet
Your task is to locate and review a LO that you may want to incorporate into your teaching this semester.
1. Become a member of MERLOT.org
-Go to MERLOT.org and click “Become a Member today!Membership is FREE”
-Fill out the necessary info and click “Submit”
2. Search & Review
-Search in MERLOT for any learning material that may help you in teaching a concept in your discipline
-Review this learning object based on the criteria listed below:
Three parts to the review: (0-5 Stars; 5 is the best, 0 is the worst)
OVERALL: (average of the three scores from above) (0-5 Stars)
3. Comment - After reviewing the LO, POST A COMMENT about your review of it
By: Jay Holden
By: Alan Levine Maricopa Community Colleges
This site is for students of intro courses of any discipline who are beginning to focus on scientific research
This learning material (tutorial) presents descriptions of various scientific research methods and each of their strengths and weaknesses across a variety of disciplines*.
Overview: An introduction to the uses and limitations of five common empirical scientific research methods-
*Specific research study examples are provided from the fields of psychology, sociology, anthropology, geology, and biology.
Go to the site: http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=90821
Accurate, thorough, and relevant to many different disciplines - gives 2 solid example studies for each discipline!
AS A TEACHING TOOL:
Made with student learning objectives in mind (outlined in the site)
Practice and Post-tests are useful teaching tools (feedback given on practice test; final scores given on post-tests- can be an assignment on its own!)
EASE OF USE
Very straight forward and easy to use. Instructions on the homepage assist the user in addressing any concerns
Visually appealing and simple
…..Overall strengths look pretty good.
Very uncomplicated and should only be used as an introduction to research methods or as a review
AS A TEACHING TOOL:
Could not be used well in a lecture because the screen is too small and non-adjustable.
No feedback for the final test given to the student on which items he or she answered correctly or incorrectly (it only gives the fraction of correctly answered items over the total number of items in each section)
EASE OF USE:
The required shockwave plug-in cannot be downloaded on campus
computers w/o administrative access
…..Overall weaknesses are not too bad.Research Methods: Weaknesses
Overall this cross-disciplinary learning object provides introductory students with solid, out of class, interactive learning material.