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Module Three: How to Chunk?

Chunking ensure better management of all course components: syllabus, assignment, readings, and discussion. This enables a streamlined learning experience while facilitating better instructor oversight.

Function of an Online Site
Function of an Online Site
  • Can use visual, text face and image  patterns to emphasize multiple modalities, course objectives and student interests
  • Allows non-traditional learners multiple forms of participation
  • Helps students control their online, academic personas
  • Moderated more efficiently than a face-to-face classroom; for example, one can manage multiple conversations synchronously and asynchronously
  • Aids students in time management; they can work at their convenience
  • Affords instructors the opportunity to share a wealth of information and resources from library sites, research databases, search engines, and alternate forms of technology
  • Provides students a safe environment for discussion
  • Offers students with disabilities much wider access to course materials
  • Can offer supplemental instructions alongside the traditional classroom
Function of the Homepage
  • Visual cues are a map that indicates the course subject and contents
  • Main photo can help demonstrate the human component of the course
  • Online features allow images to be "read" by students who are visually impaired
  • Selective use of color and bold font draws students’ eyes to important areas
  • Subsequent information can be packed in folders so that the front page is uncluttered
  • Student has control over what module to navigate and enter at given time
  • Multiple options enable students to find material through navigation tools present in horizontal, vertical and folders format
Course Contents "Chunked" into Modules
  • Offers audio-visual stimulation for students
  • Provides teacher multiple podiums to declare intent, objectives, and expectations
  • Offers neat and accessible areas to save required and recommended materials
  • Provides tools to make students more autonomous
  • Offers students options to develop their individual homepages and calendars
  • Enables instructors to grade promptly and effectively with complete records of date of submission, grading notes, and return date
  • Provides forum for interpersonal interaction through new technological systems that enable face-to-face group and one-on-one interaction
  • Provides room for students who benefit from learning independently by allowing them a certain amount of sovereignty in their learning experience
Units and Lessons
  • Gives students’ access to instructors’ unit plan, objectives, materials, and expectations
  • Provides visual cues about what will be covered in each section, a visual road map
  • Enables students to access all the materials and save or print them as separate documents
  • Helps students in categorizing the complexity, hierarchy and importance of each lesson
  • Helps students recognize the uniformity of internal structure and the pattern of entire course through one module
  • Builds good future-oriented time management practices in students with use of weekly or daily chunks within a given unit
  • Enhances lessons that emphasize instructor creativity and/or inspire student creativity because chunking system values both creativity and uniformity creativity of thought alongside uniformity of the frame for thought  
 
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