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Creating Significant Deep Learning Experiences Online by Mind Map: Creating Significant Deep Learning Experiences Online
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Creating Significant Deep Learning Experiences Online

Workshop Outcome: Discover at least one new strategy and or enhance a current strategy than can be used to crrate deep learning experiences online. I was thinking about your idea of developing objectives for the workshop. Here are some of mine: Create a community of inquiry Play with some tools Become curious about deep learning and how to achieve deep learning in an online environment. Apply new tools and knowldege to other contexts

4. Define Deep Learning (CONTINUED)

Provide some examples:within a course, within a lesson plan, by competency

e.??? Would a small group activity be a good next step. Maybe they could mee tin groups in Adobe Connect to develop their own defintion of deep learning.

f. DEBRIEF this series of activities related to deep learning.

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Provide each participant with a handout where we would include the following: Workshop description, outcome and objectives A place for partcipants to capture a problem that hope to solve and or what they hope to get out of the workshop. Provide a space for participants to capture ideas.  

a. Workshop Environment

Note the importance of the environment students are working in. Either provide or have students brainstorm what this environment should be like. 1) Have participants 'set the rules' 2) Posters on the wall - What concepts do we want to reinforce? List each concept on a different poster.  Do we want Marc to add things to each poster as they come up during the discussion? Blooms Scaffolding discussion groups Find an image online and explain why it describes you...     3) Set Bookmarks on the computers - or at least the homepage on each computer.  


Mind calm?  Really???  How is this going to work for the online?  Or are we not trying to model? Lets not call it a mind calm - let's have people put themselves into the mind and place of the online student and teacher. - virtual placement. Does this fit in the online experience?

c. ICE BREAKER activity. Conduct this virtually, "6 degrees of separation."

Introduction. Let's get ideas of what other people's experiences are....

This will be a mindset tool first - and THEN will be an activity to get people to interact and learn who is there and talk about an example of how this could be done online.

Why should we create deep learning experiences online?

There are research studies that have shown that the outcomes of student learning are associated with the approach they use. There is also evidence that approaches are related to how much satisfaction stduents experience learning.  Deep approaches are related to higher quality outcomes and better grades as well as greater student enjoyment.  Ramsden  (1992)

Brainstorm: What skills are needed to be successful in today's workforce? Are we teaching these skills? How can we = Deep Learning

Maybe we could ask participants to describe a situation where they want to move the learning from surface to deep.

5. Play around with some tools

Concept Maps Actvities

Could we give the participants some deep learning concepts and ask them to create a mind map? Using Minemeister

Dynamic online discussions.

Where the responses appear on the same page proves to be more engaging.  The information is immediate and accessible.

Create new environments to engage the students synchronously

Collaborative Virtual Spaces

Digital maps



2. Define Deep Learning

Provide some examples:within a course, within a lesson plan, by competency


a. REFLECT on what Deep Learning means to YOU. Think of deep learning in different ways and from different perspectives.

b. BRAINSTORM using THE BLOG Comment Section. display results using Wordle

participants will access a blog for ind. brainstorming we will then RSS to Wordle to display results The goal of this activity is for participants to uncover previous knowldege related to deep learning.  

c. PROVIDE a review of the literature on deep learning. Relate Deep Learning to Blooms Taxonomy

d. CONCEPT MAP ACTIVITY. Participants develop their own concept maps using Mindmeister and then post them in the blog. Then review and comment on one other concept map.

The goal of this activity is to connect previous knowldege and new information.

e.??? Would a small group activity be a good next step. Maybe they could mee tin groups in Adobe Connect to develop their own defintion of deep learning.

f. DEBRIEF this series of activities related to deep learning.

How do we create the culture of learning? ie - change the environment... Does it need to change?

These are great questions and are a good advanced organizer for the tools we are suggesting.  Certainly service learning and connections to other classes are ways to create deep learning experiences going outside of the course. Fink ("Creating Significant Learning Experieneces")describes the learning cycle as 1. Getting information and ideas, 2. Experiencing: doinf and observing and 3. reflecting on what one is learning and how. He thinks online learning focuses mostly on getting information to stduents and very little on creating experiences. I like his distinction between direct experiences like service learning, situational observation and authentic projects and indirect kinds of experiences like case studies, role play, stories.  I in this workshop, we are focusing on ways to creat significant indirect ;earning experieneces online.

How do we get the students to Apply and integrate material? - get to the highest part of blooms taxonomy? Do we need to get there?

Connect to other classes and students

Connect to non-college people to apply what they are learning - service learning?

Smaller Group Discussions?


Find ways to engage the learners peaking their interest and making them want to learn the material

creating an environment where dialogue develops

Encourage inquiry and creativity

New node

6. Leave with Steps to Deep Learning and Tools To Do So TM

Can we create a list of steps/guidelines they can follow to create deep learning in an online class? Step 1: Initial understanding Common Tools: Pre-tests, summaries, blogs, interviews, concept maps Step 2: Collaboration - connection with other students Common Tools: Discussion Boards, Social Networking Sites, Blogs, Interviews, Brainstorm Sessions, Debates Step 3: Personal or Professional Connection based off collaborative understanding Common Tools: Reflection Papers, Blogs with contextualization, Research/Interview in your profession to make connection Step 4: Analyze and Evaluate based on previous learning in course Common Tools: Research Papers, Pop Cultura Analysis, Real World Example Analysis, Case Study Evaluation Step 5: Create something that demonstrates understanding and requires integration and connection of the material Common Tools: Project Based Learning.  

I like this idea BD

HIGHER ORDER PROBLEM SOLVING AND INQUIRY. What do you think about providing some situations and asking the participants to apply what they have learned.

Maybe add a reflection activity where participants think about how applications in other contexts.

3. Walk and Talk break

Share ways that you are already assisting students in developing deep approaches to learning.  Share ideas for how you might use concept mapping. Share challenges that you are having related to deep learning in the online enevironment. The goal with this activity is for participants to integrate new material with personal experiences, knowledge and interest.