Friday, May 11, 2012

MOOC Week 2: R2D2

This week in the MOOC we explored the the Read, Reflect, Display, Do (R2D2) Model. This model is designed to help blended and online instructors integrate various learning activities with appropriate technologies with the goal of optimizing learning. Basically, this four-phase model helps instructors meet the diverse needs of students found in the classroom. It allows for flexibility in teaching and flexibility in learning. In the live event Bonk provided examples of technologies to consider at each phase, which are also available on the companion site to his book Empowering Online Learning 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing.

This week solidified my own thoughts about the benefits of the online classroom. In this environment students are able to learn and demonstrate knowledge in the way that best meets their needs. With so many resources and new technologies it is no wonder that faculty are often overwhelmed. Using the R2D2 model as a framework truly helps to sort through all the options. 

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