One activity that I would use is a social interaction page. This would entail a getting to know you board where Candidates would provide a brief bio and share interesting facts and perhaps quirks about themselves. This would also be an opportunity for Candidates to share their knowledge and experience on the subject matter gleaning some purposeful information for the instructor as well. Some next steps to use what I learned is to use this strategy when I begin teaching my next online course. This would involve having each student post a brief bio and having Candidates respond with a statement and question to at least 1 -2 posts. Here is a helpful link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40670-017-0380-x
Learning Activities Portfolio- Gurney
One of the activities is to have Candidates create a parent brochure outlining learning disabilities. The source of the activity comes from this site: http://www.wpic.org/images/PDF/Disability_Brochures/11LD0916.pdf. The brochure should describe the types of learning disabilities and how parents can support their child at home. This would be a great activity, and I have used it with previous classes. The Candidates really like this activity because they get to research, design their own brochures, and share what they have learned. Some helpful resources or links for an activity like this are: https://www.understood.org/en and http://www.ldabc.ca/ While some Candidates are not very comfortable with using brochure templates, I have accepted well designed word documents and pdfs which also give Candidates an opportunity to design information brochures for parents.
Another activity is to create an IEP based on a case study provided. The source of the activity can be found in Appendix D from this link: https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/docs/iepssn.pdf
This activity fits perfectly in my teaching practice because it is such a real and experiential type of learning where the Candidate needs to apply the tenets of SMART objectives, strategies, and assessments based on the students’ strengths and needs. Some helpful resources for this activity are: https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/docs/iepssn.pdf and https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/iepssn.htm
While this activity has been used in small groups, I would prefer if this activity was an individual assignment. I say this because group work can be difficult to manage especially in online environments and equal contributions to an assignment.