The Programmatic Learning Environment Prototype
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State University of New York
Innovative Instructional Technology Grants
Prototype Digital Envrionment
Virtual Learning Communities
AbstractInspired by our own students’ needs, and Educause’s vision for a Next Generation Learning Environment, our team at ESC has been rethinking online learning spaces. Currently available LMSs use courses as the primary units of delivery and reinforce credit accrual for degree completion. Yet a degree program is so much more than the accumulation of credit: it involves social exchanges, integrated learning across courses, and interactive activities. We have been working on a prototype for a programmatic, rather than a course based, digital learning environment that supports online students as they progress through their entire program of study. It is designed to enrich the learning experience by enhancing interactive exchanges and program cohesion. To meet these goals, we used an iterative user-centered design process to guide our design decisions. During 2017-18, we will test the prototype with a cohort of graduate students, and document user experience.
DescriptionHave applied for additional IITG funds to extend this project. This project will continue into the next academic year, during which we will collect data on student and faculty interactions in the digital learning environment prototype. We have two accepted proposals to present on ongoing research at the Association for Association for Advancement of Computing in Education (October 2017), and the Online Learning Consortium Accelerate (November 2017). Two additional proposals for spring conferences are under review.
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