Today's subject was the R2D2 model (or Framework).
I am confused about what it is. No, I don't think that it is a astromech droid/theromcapsulary dehousing asister, but whether it is a pedagogy.
Bonk stated that it was NOT a learning styles model (as a psychologist he does not believe in learning styles), NOT an instructional design, but a way to divide up what you do on online learning and teaching.
So it is an aide-memoir, a sort of checklist of good practices, particularly for engaging students with digital technologies, to cause learning. A sort of VAK (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic) approach but including reading and reflection - two prime assets/learning methods for online learning.
The R2D2 model was illustrated by this diagram from his slide show, again available before the session, so it was easy to follow and useful for those who reported delays in the showing of some slides during the actual session. I am linking the slides here but it is in the CourseSite so can only be accessed by password - a shame since the R2D2 model is hardly worthwhile without it.
- READ (Auditory and Verbal Learners) BUT AREN'T THESE LEARNING STYLES??
- Critique a Wikibook or a page from Wikipedia
- Read from open access journals - such as the Public Library of Science, or Educause Quarterly, or the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
- Course announcements - using Twitter for example
- Listening/viewing open access podcasts and vodcasts
- Using online glossaries and learning media, such as Bonk's own Learning Planet (here linked to Theorists)
- Online article portals and databases - ERIC
- Online crossword puzzle makers - EclipseCrossword
- Talking dictionaries for rare languages - Siletz Dee-ni, or Dictionarist
- Online instructor Q & A - piazza (worth a look)
- REFLECTING (Reflective and Observational Learners)
- Individual blogging reflections
- Critical friend blog postings - R685-Is the World Open? sample from a Bonk course
- Reflections of expert and specific blogs to supplement class blogs - The English Blog or Health Blog from the Wall Street Journal
- Cultural blogs - with the comment of "what you post today may be of use tomorrow" - Africa
- Workplace and field reflections
- Scenario learning
- DISPLAYING (Visual Learners)
- Videos for clinical education - Sungkyunkwan University of Medicine (password) and medical animations - What is cancer?
- Simulations/interactive maps - Radical cartography, Worldmapper, Virtual bones, Graduation per state
- Online 3D sketches - Trimble
- News stories
- Timeline tools - Luther King Memorial
- Alternative views on interview - Brian J. Ford
- Online art - Olga's Gallery
- Online encyclopedias - Encyclopedia of the Earth
- Educational videos - TED-Ed
- Concept mapping and timeline tools - Inspiration and The Planet
- Lessons on iPad - ShowMe
- Student collaborative knowledge building and sharing - Popplet
- Online timelines - National Geographic
- DOING (Tactile/kinesthetic Learners)
- Podcast productions and shows
- International collaboration on Wikibooks
- Paired article critiques in blogs - set up a schedule to do this
- Virtual microscopes - Univ of Delaware
- Virtual worlds - Virtual Worlds Review
- Simulation games
- Singing YouTube summaries of what you have learned - dan 178
- Visual presentations - Prezi
- Survey research and market analysis
- Collaborate together - MeetingWords, Google Apps (my addition)
- Upload to a mobile book - BookRix
- Student class documentaries
My initial thoughts on the R2D2 aide memoir are that it is useful in the sense of insisting on a complete re-write and re-think when transferring from face to face class courses. Too often "instruction" is transferred from F2F to online without much thought. It NEEDS a total re-think and this is a good reminder of the ways that it can be done.