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Course Structure: Constructivism

In a constructivist course, students are actively involved in the learning process as you facilitate by asking questions and proposing ideas. As they are challenged to blend their own experiences with new ideas, they create more complex and critical theories.

Students can collaborate in Groups, the Share blog, and the Knowledge Base wiki. The journal in Reflect allows students to process their knowledge individually.

This course structure works well for courses with experiments, research projects, and field trips as central parts of the curriculum.

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The following table describes the content areas and course tools included in the Constructivism course structure.

Content Areas and Course Tools in the Activity Course Structure
Content Type Description
Learning Hub The Learning Hub is your central instructor-designed content area. To provide your students with an easy-to-navigate and familiar environment, you can create folders for each topic. Include similar content, such as readings, movies, and assignments. These materials prepare students to demonstrate synthesis of their existing knowledge with new concepts in their blogs, wiki pages, and groups.

To learn more, see Creating Content in a Course Area.

Weekly Planner The customizable module page provides students with an overview of current course information such as Announcements, My Calendar, To Do, What's New, and My Tasks.

To learn more, see Notifications Dashboard Display.

Knowledge Base In the Knowledge Base course wiki, student create course content by adding resources, definitions, images, and links to multimedia on topics that you propose. As students create and edit pages together, the wiki tracks changes and additions so you can observe each student's contribution as well as the final product.

To learn more, see Wikis.

Share In the Share blog, offer starter questions or scenarios to prompt students to share unique perspectives in their entries. Peer commenting further challenges and develops the learners' ideas.

To learn more, see Blogs.

Reflect In the Reflect journal, students write about learning experiences and track their expansion of knowledge across time. Journals are visible only to you and the individual.

To learn more, see Journals.

Chat Use the live, text-based Chat area for additional class meetings, question-and-answer sessions, real-time interaction in asynchronous courses, virtual office hours, and student project planning time. As thought-provoking questions arise in the discussion forums, schedule chat sessions so students can continue the conversations live.

To learn more, see Chat.

Groups Create private, collaborative workspaces in Groups for smaller sections of students to build knowledge together. For example, each group can research a theory and then show the rest of the course members how to apply it across situations. You can change the composition and size of groups for new projects throughout the term.

To learn more, see Course Groups and Tools.

Course Overview In the Course Overview content area, provide materials that students can access throughout the semester. Include a syllabus or other basics, such as grading policies, textbook information, and important dates. If chat sessions are mandatory, be sure to list dates so students can adjust their schedules.

To learn more, see Creating Content in a Course Area.

My Coach Create profiles for yourself, other instructors, teaching assistants, and guest lecturers participating in your course in My Coach. Include contact information such as email addresses, phone numbers, office hours, and location.

To learn more, see Contacts.

My Grades Students can see the status of gradable items such as assignments, tests, and discussion posts on their My Grades pages.

To learn more, see My Grades.

Tools Give students access to all available course tools on a single page. Add commonly used course tools to the course menu for easy access.

To learn more, see Managing Tool Availability.

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Customize the course structure by renaming, removing, hiding, or adding content areas and links to tools.