I’ve added a visual timetable view in the pPlan web App
Motivated by wanting a visual timetable on mobile devices to help our youngest child (Year 1) visualise their day – I’ve added the simple visual view (of a goal) to pPlan as shown in the image below. Images can now be added to any Goal and any of the tasks/activities associated with that goal. In the example shown here the goal is simply named “Monday” and each activity has an image uploaded to represent the activity:
1) Have breakfast 2) Travel to school 3) At school……
This digital visual timetable is to complement the physical laminated card ones we have already created to help them understand the order of the day, and reduce their anxiety. Examples of physical visual aids can be seen on these web pages:
The pPlan project is mostly intended to support High school plus ages – with career & education planning/discovery, wellbeing, and self-awareness. But being a person who likes to see information visually – it was always my intention to allow images to be added to all pPlan artefacts by users – so helping our youngest child was a good motivator to get started developing this.
The timetable views shown in this image are not publicly accessible but are technically the same as the following United Nations sustainable development goal views – which are publicly accessible:
“Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests…”
Figrure 1 below is the dashboard of a user who has a mentor themself, but is also a mentor to three individuals. The dashboard displays links to the boards of these three mentees as well as links to request other mentors/mentees and withdraw informed consent. Note: click images to enlarge
Figure 2 below is a “mentors” view on their “mentee’s” Board (Grid-mapped view). The idea is users can develop their plans by creating different ideal situations/goals to which they can add one or many SMART plans… All of whcih can receive inline feedback from authorised mentors:
Although the prototype attempts to capture the minimum “background” information a mentor might need from a student by including a “Current Situation” description section and a Values inventory, from feedback on the tool already received it is clear the chief selling point is the structure provided to the student and mentor to model the thinking and planning process for future events – and receive inline feedback. For example, this overarching student planning board encompasses achieving course success and career planning: https://my.pplan.xyz/board/grid-mapped-view/14/
My colleague at LSBM Karen Stepanyan, and I spent the week (April 25-29) at LAK 16 in Edinburgh. Also taking in the ending Key note for Learning@Scale. Here I record a few notes under three headers, and re-present slides that resonated with me. As part of the week I participated in these workshops:
Analytics on a live performance (presenting slides in this case)
Somebody at a music college gave me some feedback on their institutions progress with the Canvas LMS. I asked them what might be of interest at LAK16, and they responded: the analytics of performance. Being a musician of sorts myself this was interesting. This paper from Cross-LAK was the closest I encountered to the analytics of a performance: Towards a distributed framework to analyze multimodal data
Vanessa Echeverria, Federico Domínguez and Katherine Chiluiza
Abstract: Data synchronization gathered from multiple sensors and its corresponding reliable data analysis has become a difficult challenge for scalable multimodal learning systems. To tackle this particular issue, we developed a distributed framework to decouple the capture task from the analysis task through nodes across a publish/subscription server…
What was most of interest to me: To see a system with automatic analysis and reporting on the quality of a persons “presentation” or “performance” – based on analysis of audio and video streams and textural analysis of presentation slides.
Metacognition in learning and Experience Sampling Apps @Scale
These notes are not about one paper, but about what a number of presentations/papers made me wonder. In short: why am I not aware of an Apps/projects working at scale (~thousands of schools), to help learners, and gather data related to meta-cognition (and maybe the learners emotions as well) – perhaps using an experience sampling method (ESM)? After all, governments around the world spend a considerable amount of money on educating young people, and it is often less effective than hoped. This seems like a great albeit difficult project to increase the usefulness of Learning Analytics.
Also I have always thought one of the values of being introduced to the concept of ‘Preferred Learning styles’ was it gets us thinking about how we learn, and the most efficient ways of learning for our selves – meta-cognition. However “There presently is no empirical justification for tailoring instruction to student’s supposedly different learning styles”. This is a slide from Prof. dr. Paul A. Kirschner’s keynote lecture
…So this is what got me thinking about Metacognition in learning, and developing Experience Sampling Apps @Scale
New Forms of Assessment
A Dispatch from the Psychometric Front by Professor Robert J. Mislevy. This was another interesting lecture…Examples applications using new forms of assessment discussed are shown in this slide below: SimCityEDU; Packet Tracer – Cisco Networking Academy….
This is a short-ish posting to ensure reasonable consistency between the posts here on my blog, with posts I’ve made on the Moodle.org site. Amongst other things the Personalized Learning Environment (PLE) I developed for Stanmore College, is now proving useful in helping students navigate their courses in Moodle, & tracking which BTEC criteria they have achieved *. I have made the basic Moodle PHP code for this available on Github.com. The following files illustrate the basics of displaying grades & links in the /user/profile.php, & might help other benefit.
All this should make more sense to interested parties when I post my #ALTC2013 presentation, which provides the broader context for and includes * early evidence. Following this I plan to make demonstration site http://www.thelearner.net & code available for these PLE enhancements – applied to Moodle 2.6 🙂
A primary interest of mine is supporting students development, & an important aspect of this is facilitating communication. @Stanmore college we have implemented what could be called an online “Personalised Learning Environment” (PLE) . This YouTube screen-cast should give you some insight. However in my experience it would do no harm if all maintained schools provided certain things as standard to staff & parents online.
In a recent book called “14-18 a new vision for secondary education” by Kenneth Baker (a former secretary of state for education), Mike Tomlinson and others makes a number of recommendations. The fundamental recommendations being establishing more middle schools for 9-13yrs, and improving the options we offer 14-18 year olds and their families.
It makes the point that we should learn from other countries with lower youth unemployment, and create (~3) substantial, popular & respected alternative pathways to GCSEs @16yrs, and Alevels @18yrs. Although it suggests that all 14-18 yr old should have a broad education including English, Maths, Sport, Science… it suggests a larger part of all students learning should be making connections with the real world of work and the jobs we do. The following PLE diagram includes a page supporting learning pathway choices at 14 & career advice . The diagram should be seen in conjunction with this screen-cast of an initial implementation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qYId0FKm4E
Having implemented the changes shown in the previous blog post, adding Grades & Feedback seem like a logical improvement ?
(similar to below, is now in production in the Stanmore College Moodle & being piloted with its users) :
We wanted Academic targets to be more highly visible upon login to our VLE. Before students had to click though a couple of web pages to get much detail on their Academic targets.
Approach Develop a Moodle block that can be displayed on the front page, beside our very fast moving college news items. The block will list all Academic targets that have not been achieved yet, & also those targets past their deadline (in a conspicuous way). When clicked, the Academic targets link, takes the student through to the Target Action Plan, for the student to make comments. Click on the following image to enlarge to full size (you sometimes need to click twice), and for a better idea of how this works: