When adapting the SAMR model to Adult learning and the creation of learning tools, you need to be aware of the technological challenges that adult learners may face. Have a look at the Digital bLefs page for some of the challenges you may face.
I could say that most VET providers are running in the Enhancement side of the SAMR model. Perhaps students are simply downloading PDF’s of the content with some embedded links. Perhaps a simple Powerpoint with a voice over of the lecturer (I know I experienced this with a unnamed University!).
How can this be taken further?
Lets start by looking at a unit for a course and then looking at the evidence guide, you need to ascertain if there is a tool that can be used as evidence. You need to think of ‘how‘ the evidence can be stored as per ASQA requirements. This is critical as some methods of summative assessments you want to use may not be able to be downloaded for offsite storage as evidence. You could then look at using the tool as a formative assessment.
Lets look at an example unit. I have chosen BSBADM502 Manage Meetings for this example and in particular, Performance Criteria 2:
2 Conduct meetings
2.1 Chair meetings in accordance with organisational requirements, agreed conventions for type of meeting and legal and ethical requirements
2.2 Conduct meetings to ensure they are focused, time efficient and achieve the required outcomes
2.3 Ensure meeting facilitation enables participation, discussion, problem-solving and resolution of issues
2.4 Brief minute-taker on method for recording meeting notes in accordance with organisational requirements and conventions for type of meeting
Now, traditionally you may ask the student to read through a few books, maybe watch a few videos. When it comes to looking at some formative assessments for this unit, how could we do that? Should we just create a quiz in our LMS and have the student complete?
Sure, this will give the student some form of retention, but can we make it more engaging and get technology to transform how we do this?
There is an awesome tool called Edpuzzle that will allow you to mark up a video that is already online. You can time stamp the video and inject questions for the students to complete based on what they just watched. You can set the video to not progress.
You enrol your students into the a class that you create. That way you can follow up with any student that may need help.
This technology is redefining how a formative assessment can be done using technology. This type of learning was inconceivable 10 years ago.
To have a look at the simple example in the image above, checkout https://edpuzzle.com/assignments/5656381b6411c64d6ab0340a/watch and enter the code:
There is also an app that students can get from iTunes where they can complete the courses on their iPads. Check out https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/edpuzzle/id919598209?mt=8