This online course was is another in a series of courses created by Rick Lumadue, Assistant Professor at Texas A & M for EDU students and then shared for remix or reuse via Creative Commons licensing. This time Dr. Lumadue co-authors the course with his colleague, Dr. Rusty Waller.
Both overall and daily course goals and objectives are included and cover topics involving using web 2.0 technologies in the online classroom. The course itself is a template for an online course and includes seven days of learning activities and the schedule for the activities, rubrics for the overall course grading and for individual activities, and narrated video lectures. THe material teaches the detection, prevention, effects and interventions regarding bullying and social aggression.
Type of Material:
Presentation; Course Module
This tutorial could be incorporated into any class as a presentation or as part of an assignment, or for group discussion.
The website is created using MERLOT Content Builder so it functions well within all major browsers.
A flash player plug-in will be required in order to view the videos. iBook software is required to download the free companion ebook from iTunes.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The user will have guidelines for preventing, detecting and intervening with bullying.
• Makes those who work with children aware of concepts in bullying prevention.
• A useful tool for those getting newly exposed to the concepts of bullying prevention.
• The videos are of an instructor talking over slides so there is no interactive component
• Biblical references are employed in some spots so as to be non-inclusive of those with other beliefs.
If an online instructor wants to use the videos, he or she would have to provide a transcript for the content in order to the course to be ADA compliant.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This tutorial can be used as is, in a variety of educational situations. The videos are in modules so it is easy to view individual topics in short sittings and as time permits.
The tutorial would be greatly enhanced with some self-checks along the way. More well-defined learning objectives would be useful.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is very easy to navigate and the videos are engaging.
The supplemental materials, the charts and tip sheets, are in a very, very small font which is almost unreadable in compared with the overview text font, do check these materials as they are very well done. Blue text is typically thought of as hyperlinked text but the overview text is not a link even though it is blue.
Visuals could use closed captioning in order to be accessible. The eBook can only be read on the iPad.
Other Issues and Comments:
Don't let the design quality of the site deter you from using the materials which are quite good.
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