Here we are, the final course prototype! After a lot of change, doubt, editing, fixing, removing, adding etc.-I have finished. Although I have changed my mind many times and made adaptations, I am happy with how it has turned out and hope it will be helpful. I have designed the course to be flexible and easy to adapt for any type of learning and grade (K-5ish). My Course Profile outlined my beginning thoughts and processes around my Social-Emotional Learning course. I believe this is an important subject to be teaching not only during a pandemic, but all the time. When schools shut down in March 2020, my biggest worries for my students were not about the math or literacy they would miss, but for their well-being. It is important for educators to be able to teach important skills online, blended or in-person. I highlight this in my Course Profile and why I choose to create it. This course gives an opportunity for teachers to be able to use the content whichever way works best for them and their students.
I started with eight modules then narrowed it down to six. I found once I started making my lessons many of my topics connected so I took out the ‘Positive Affirmations’ as it became a part of the Mindfulness module and Growth Mindset. It is a big theme embedded throughout the whole course. I also took ‘bucket filling’ out as it’s own module. It connects and ties in with Feelings and Friendship. I settled with six modules that include four lessons each.
In week eight, we learned about tools to create discussion and peer collaboration within our courses. This challenged me to add ways to engage and connect with classmates which is something I hadn’t thought about with only having experience on Seesaw. I explain how I wanted to do this in my post Impactful Virtual Connections. I added Flipgrid and Padlet to the end of a lesson in each module to create opportunities for students to see their classmates ideas and work.
In week nine, I watched the webinar from Contact North by Dr. Linda Nilson titled, How to Design Online Teaching for Engaged Learning: Merging Instructional Design and Teaching and Learning Research. Although the webinar gave instruction geared toward courses aimed at high school or post-secondary education, I took away the importance of students understanding the goals, framework and outcomes of the course. Dr. Nilson showed many examples of graphic syllabi that got me excited to design one for my course and make sure my lessons have clear goals or ‘I can’ statements.
Canva has been a fun tool to use in the design of this course. I am thankful I was introduced to this and able to have a free account. I used this tool to make it easy to share my course with others as you will see below.
A challenge I felt throughout this process was creating the course for others to use AND make it specific for my students. If it was strictly for my own students to use then I would have made more videos of myself reading or teaching. But I wanted to allow others to use the course and not have my videos floating around. I created a balance of using content already made and having myself read a story or teach. I also used, for example, many books on Epicbooks that I assign specifically for my students so in my lessons some educators may not be able to access those books if they do not have an account. I did not want my account and class code out in the open.
Below is the Canva I created with all the links needed for the course followed by an overview video.
Social-Emotional Learning Course
Walkthrough Video of Final Course Prototype
I hope others will see you the value in teaching these skills. I am passionate about all students being able to learn these skills whether they are remote or in-person!
Thank you for reading,