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Study week from MSc Real Estate - AUTC form
by Michael Mason - Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:17 PM
 

Hi

I attach a study week from our College's MSc in Real Estate, Property Management module. The week covers the topic repairing buildings and dilapidations, shown in the AUTC template. The week was designed by me but following certain minimum guidelines set by the College. It comprises 10 hours of study. I did not use the AUTC template (nor indeed was I aware of it) at the time. It looks reasonably similar to Dan's Futurelearn example and Ruth's MBA example under different threads in this forum.

Some thoughts about the design of the week, having had the benefit of theory reading on this course:

  • the Access/Motivation and On line socialisation (Stages 1 and 2 of Gilly Salmon's model) will already have happened by the time this week appears in the programme (there are specific Ice breaker activities to help this process earlier in the module.)
  • The week is aimed at the information exchange type stage 3 of GS’s model (weblink and discussion forum in particular) and stage 4, Knowledge construction (case study and discussion forum).
  • The Case study is aimed at going on to try and build the confidence of the new learners to apply their new knowledge to the case study scenario and putting forward solutions in the discussion forum – trying to push into GS’s stage 5, Development.
  • I feel the week is partially successful in drawing students through these stages. The varied media aimed to catch as many students and their learning preferences as possible (at the risk of some element of repetition).
  • With hindsight, the week would have benefitted from a synchronous activity, to allow the tutor to allow further guidance and support to students in real time – would also reaffirm socialisation, as advocated by Keren Kear in the reading links for week 1. More tutor support in this form would have helped this topic - (i.e. strengthen the third column of the AUTC diagram)

Regards

Mike

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Re: Study week from MSc Real Estate - AUTC form
by marion waite - Friday, 27 March 2015, 7:50 AM
 

Hi Mike

Many thanks for this. It is really nice to see you reflecting upon your practice in light of your reading and reviewing other participant threads. By the nature of the topic it sounds necessarily content driven and I agree some synchronous activity would enhance the social side of learning. I did wonder about your support column, where it is stated that support is given as appropriate. How do you assess this, I wondered?

Well done and as ever thank you for your participation.

Marion 

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Re: Study week from MSc Real Estate - AUTC form
by Michael Mason - Friday, 27 March 2015, 8:05 AM
 

Hi Marion, thanks very much for the feedback. With regard to the support 'as appropriate' in the third column, what I had in mind was tutor management of the discussion forum. I know that is pretty subjective, but I was referring to matters such as keeping the discussion on topic, judging when to try and draw threads to a close and move on to further content, addressing apparent misunderstandings, provoking discussion where input is flagging etc - wherever possible, gently directing the discussion rather than appearing to dominate it.

Regards

Mike

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Re: Study week from MSc Real Estate - AUTC form
by marion waite - Friday, 27 March 2015, 9:40 AM
 

Thanks Micheal, yes that makes sense.

 

Marion

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Re: Study week from MSc Real Estate - AUTC form
by Abi Ball - Friday, 27 March 2015, 11:57 AM
 

Mike

Repairing buildings and dilapidations strikes me as quite a practical topic which is not particularly evident in your model, is that a correct assumption?  If so how do you get the students to apply the knowledge from this session to their own practice?  I can see that you use a case study - is this specific to this activity or is this a running case study that you use at different points over the length of the course?

This also strikes me as quite an independent activity for the students; although there is tutor guided discussion in the VLE forums these seem to be quite behaviourist in nature with the tutor as the source of the knowledge.  Would you say that's correct?

I know this is extra work but you might want to consider applying one of the other models to this activity to see if it gives the reader more information.  As an outsider to your course I feel like the AUTC model gives me a taster of what is involved in your course but I would like to know more.

Thank you for your comments on this week's activities, I think you have summarised the different stages of the week very well.  Information exchange is a definite goal of the week which does sometimes catch some participants out as there is a significant jump in volume of information from week one.

Part of the issue with this week is the need to run two parallel strands to allow for the group forming and storming stages (Tuckman, 1965).  Perhaps we should have allowed the group formation stages to take place asynchronously in the discussion forums rather than synchronously in Adobe Connect which would then have freed us up to run a synchronous activity for further guidance and support on learning design.

Abi

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Re: Study week from MSc Real Estate - AUTC form
by Michael Mason - Monday, 13 April 2015, 8:07 AM
 

Hi Abi, thanks for reviewing my attempt at applying the AUTC model. Yes, you are right to identify the subject of repairing buildings and dilapidations as a very practically based topic.

The practical application of the topic content is one of a number of similar challenges with certain other topics on our real estate course. We try to engender application by means of a case study example, where the students are given detail of an industrial estate property with a repairing issue and details of a scenario where they have to assimilate the facts, state the law and good practice and then set out their preferred course of action to address the problem, together with their supporting rationale.

Another means by which we try and replicate application of their learning is to invite students to come forward with their own instances of dealing with this topic in their own workplaces. Most of our students are in related employment and there is usually some input into discussion forums of this nature, around which a discussion can be built – perhaps a little ‘peer instruction’ too. So it need not always be tutor centred, though if the group are reticent on workplace experience of their own, then yes, the tutor has to lead through the topic.

I have tried to apply the same example week to a different model. I chose the Effective Practice Planner model as an alternative that appeared to enable more information and rationale to be included. My Effective Practice Planner is attached.

Please forgive me, I don’t think I made clear my comments in the second part of my post were made as a critique of my subject week’s teaching of the topic of repairing buildings and dilapidations. They were not made in relation to week two of this TOOC course – sorry for any confusion caused!

Abi Ball
Re: Study week from MSc Real Estate - AUTC form
by Abi Ball - Monday, 13 April 2015, 10:52 AM
 

Thanks for the clarification Mike, your course sounds really interesting and I wish you luck with replicating the activities online.  As for the comments on the second part of the post I think I was having a discussion forum overload moment so apologies for mis-interpreting what you said.

Abi