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)