Incubator Classroom First Meeting (mid August)

I managed to land in the incubator classroom (a high tech room) this semester for Art74 Section 3 and am like a kid in a candy store.  The tech is overwhelming and as I have mentioned before the staff just keeps saying yes.

I am tacking Elizabeth Tu’s notes from our first meeting here.  She is a new instructional designer at SJSU and has been really amazing and positive in her outlook and availability.

With so much noise about it is hard to focus on what I am trying to accomplish here so having her looking over my shoulder and reminding me is a real blessing.

So far I have video of 2 full classes and am intent on putting the class on to live streaming as soon as I can get in touch with the right person at SJSU.  Seems that when you work with admin people they hold you to the rules, even if no one is sure you are going to break them.

I hope to be linking to the live streams in the next week.

so my 3 major goals are  to:

  1. videotape and open my classroom
  2. engage the class asynchronously with the moodle
  3. study student engagement

I see too that I need to work these over.  Sigh. I am afraid this is going to be a little on the disorganized side until I can get the technology to be part of my daily rhythm.

As a side note the facet of the incubator that has had the greatest impact so far is the movable furniture.

here are elizabeth’s notes (with permission)

There are three major goals you wish to achieve by using the IC:
•    Utilize the live videotaping capability in the IC to capture each lecture with the intent to foster student engagement.  The purposes are twofold:  The videotapes will serve as self-paced tutorials for those students who miss the class to catch up with the class instruction or for those who wish to review the class again for better understanding or review purpose.  Secondly, the videotape will provide you, the instructor, a chance to review, analyze and improve your teaching skill.
The videotapes will be made available to all students in both the IC and TC.
Discussion of how to measure success [of student engagement]:
•    You plan to conduct many surveys to solicit student feedback prior to the class or weekly to modify your instruction or approach constantly.
•    In your survey, I propose to add questions such as,
•    What have you learned from the class today? Pls list them.
•    What are the new concepts you have learned today?
•    What are the new features of the s/w you have learned?
•    How does ____ (concept X, technology Y, or any new intervention of the day) help you in learning the subject or doing your project…?
•    What have you learned from your team members?  Pls list them
•    Solicit feedback on any specific conceptual aspect, skill sets, team building/collaboration techniques, etc. of the day/week
•    Collaborative use of the Interactive Whiteboard to simulate a real-world project team working as group.  This will allow students to present, share their knowledge, comments, and critiques via an explorative process of problem and solution publicly with the entire class.  It also provides them with the direct and dynamic experience of pros and cons using technology to interact with a group.
The expectations of this goal are twofold: 1) pros and cons in using the technology in the IC for group discussion; 2) the speed in getting into the discussion mode in IC vs. TC.  The intent is to see HOW or in what way the IC technology has enhanced the student engagement in learning the concept.
Discussion of how to measure success [of using technology to enhance learning]:
•    What are the pros and cons of using Tool ABC or technology DEF (e.g. SmartBoard, TurningPoint, Tidebreaker, etc.)?
•    How long does it take you to do XYZ or perform Task  #1?
•    How much set-up or prep time did it take for the group to get into the project discussion?
•    Integration of IC technological experience with the Moodle community.

Use Moodle as a central point to capture or document the team dynamics, experience, discussions, collaboration with all the technologies in IC.
Discussion of how to measure success [of integrating the IC experience via Moodle]:
•    How learning can be achieved through sharing with the group via Moodle?
•    Students have different learning styles.  How does Moodle help in student learning? Or, what are the pros and cons of integrating Moodle into IC experience?
•    What criteria will be used in measuring student participation?  E.g. login, # of visit of any specific areas, log report, etc.?
•    What areas of learning will be measured?  The tentative areas of assessment are:
•    Conceptual content lecture of Art
•    Technical lecture or presentation
•    Group-based collaboration or lab experience
My proposed Roles and Recommendations to meet the class are:
•    Based on agreed-upon objectives, attend and observe class participation as much as possible or as my time permits.
•    Be available to discuss any pedagogical issues or interventions or dry run during “anticipation phase” [= prior to class]
•    Jot down any class/instruction in motion notes for debrief discussion
•    Schedule post-class debrief discussions and document any appropriate actions or recommendations
•    Assess and modify our approach to meet class needs for continuous growth and improvement
We will use the above as a baseline discussion points for future meetings.  The theme of our collaboration is how to engage students in their learning.  Technology serves as a means to achieve the end of maximum learning for all students.