How does a rural primary school prepare for (or embed) the use of online courses and instructional video to support student achievement?
(What I want to look at is the use of online video & courses to improve the learning opportunities in multilevel classes – with a scenario planning lens this will consider and plan for how the school may need to change some of its infrastructure and curriculum expectations to embed this practice.)
I believe that students need to be self-motivated in their learning and be able to self-direct their learning. The use of online video and courses means that students can learn and revisit instructions as they need to. At a more personal level, using online video / courses would allow students in my multilevel class to receive quality instruction when I am working with a different learning group, thus maximising their learning opportunities.
Major questions include – what infrastructure is needed, onsite resources needed, skills for teachers, new pedagogy to support effective use, perceptions of key users such as staff, students and parents – time frame for achievement?
I feel this is a key issue in rural schools around the world. Teaching in multilevel classes is always a challenge as there are so many learning needs to cater to. This could be an effective way to modify pedagogy and teaching strategies within a multilevel classroom to enhance the learning taking place.
This is both an historic issue as well as current/future based. The idea to use educational / instructional video has been around since the popularisation of television. However it has not had the predicted impact on education, likely because the pedagogy hasn’t changed to support effective use.