Supporting skill development through flexible task-based design
Tertiary institutions are motivated to offer greater flexibility in the delivery of their courses in order to increase student enrolments, retention and outcomes. The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) provide a means of delivering course content to learners who cannot be present on campus at specific class times. This poster graphically demonstrates how the design of blended task-based learning environments offer flexibility of time, place, student learning style, and teaching and learning approach, all of which are more suitable to the needs of today’s learners.
Research focused on an Introduction to Computing course, which is broken down into modules relating to different software applications. For each module learners are given a workbook that contains a real-world task, reflection question, and step by step notes on using the application. All learners are encouraged to attempt the task before class. The more skilled learner can complete the task and submit it online. A learner who fails to complete the task identifies the areas they are struggling with (noticing the gap) in the reflective question and is able to seek solutions from the workbook or online tutorials.
Sampson, P. (2009). Supporting skill development through flexible task based design. In
Same places, different spaces. Presented at the ascilite conference in Auckland in 2009.