My role in the group and the development of the group Weblog website

There are four main scopes in our group work. I prepare on one of the scopes : How e-learning can bring about curriculum reform ? Through the website made and the useful links, I persuade the principal to put more resources to the development of ICT implementation.

Division of Group Work:

i. Why there is a curriculum reform and what is it about?(Vincent)

ii. How E-learning can bring about curriculum reform? (Raymond)

iii. What are the current situations? Are there any studies evaluate its effectiveness? (Dickens)

iv. How can E-learning be implemented through school leadership?(Poon)

v. Conclusion (Vincent)

vi.A survey to curriculum reform (Poon)

Vii.Technical issue: Vincent(hot potato) & Poon(poll,html)

10 important learnings for MITE 6301

1. To build a Weblog
It is a wonderful and user-friendly website. I can put my e-journal into weblog. Within the weblog, peers
can share their ideas, give comments and reflections on the e-journal.

2. Flexible learning
Flexible learning expands choice on what, when, where and how people learn. It supports different styles of learning, including e-learning.
Flexible Learning has ten characteristics, all of which are required if flexibility is to be achieved:
(a) Emphasis on meeting client needs.
(b) Convergence of technologies, their impact on the workforce and the advent of a Knowledge Society.
(c) Greater choice for the length and content of training.
(d) Greater flexibility for the place and time for training.
(e) Greater variety in training
(f) Shifts in the nature of teachers' work and the processes and technologies they use.
(g) More flexible organisational systems and structures to support.
(h) Suitable policies and processes which integrate each of the above elements.
(i) Use of appropriate technologies to support each characteristic.
(j) Collaboration and strategic alliances

3. The paradigm shift in education
The learning approach changes from teacher-directed into learner-centred. The paradigm shift involves different classroom activities, teacher roles, instructional emphasis, student roles, concepts of knowledge, demonstrations of success, assessments and technologies use.

4. e-learning
Term covering a wide set of applications and processes, such as Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classrooms, and digital collaboration. It includes the delivery of content via Internet, intranet/extranet (LAN/WAN), audio- and videotape, satellite broadcast, interactive TV, CD-ROM, and more.

5. Six dimensions to understand innovativeness
The six dimensions of innovation include learning goals, teacher’s roles, learners’ roles, technology used, connectedness and manifestation of learning outcomes.

6. The criteria for a well-designed Internet activities
(a) is linked directly to curriculum and standards.
(b) is designed to foster deep understandings.
(c) is time efficient.
(d) is tied to students’ prior knowledge.
(e) is challenging, yet manageable.
(f) has meaning and purpose.
(g) includes an emotional component.
(h) breeds curiosity in students.
(i) provides choices or sense of choice.
(j) uses the multiple intelligences and provides student with opportunities to use and strengthen their multiple intelligences.
(k) is an opportunity for collaboration
(1) Collaborative learning such as paired or group work
(2) Sharing of information in the Community of Learners
(3) Construction of data for use by other groups
(l) offers immediate feedback.
(m) provides time for reflection.
(n) offers a variety of assessments using standards and objectives.
(o) has a clear and final product

7. Rubrics for evaluating e-learning resources for teaching and learning.
Rubric is a guide for critiquing the effectiveness of media projects and for planning project designs, a tool for assessment used by teachers and students, and a process of establishing the essential goals and assessment criteria of multimedia projects in your class.

A rubric is a set of categories which define and describe the important components of the work being completed, critiqued, or assessed. Each category contains a gradation of levels of completion or competence with a score assigned to each level and a clear description of what criteria need to be met to attain the score at each level

8. Three main ideas for critique Quality learning materials of online courses:
(a) pedagogies
criteria : authentic tasks, opportunities for collaboration, learner-centred environments, engaging and meaningful assessments.

(b) resources
criteria: accessibility, currency, richness, purposeful use of the media and inclusivity.

(c) delivery strategies
criteria: reliable and robust interface, clear goals directions and learning plans, appropriate bandwidth demand, equity and accessibility and appropriate corporate style.

9. To know more about Hong Kong Curriculum Model
The goal of Hong Kong Curriculum Model : The school curriculum, apart from helping students to acquire the necessary knowledge, should also help the younger generation to develop a global outlook, to learn how to learn and to master life-long skills that can be used outside schools. The curriculum should also cultivate students' positive values and attitudes to achieve the educational aims of promoting whole-person development and life-long learning.

10. Teacher perspectives and curriculum reform
In the past, the role of teacher is knowledge transmitter, primary source of information, content expert, and source of all answers. Teacher controls and directs all aspects of learning.
Now, the role of teacher changes to learning facilitator, collaborator, coach, mentor, knowledge navigator, and co-learner. Teacher gives students more options and responsibilities for their own learning.