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ERIC Number: ED439873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-10
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Designing an Online, Introductory Gifted Education Course.
Hull, Debra F.; Bull, Kay S.; Montgomery, Diane; May, James R.; Overton, Robert
Rural teachers are often undertrained in the identification and education of gifted students. This paper describes the principles and development of an online introductory course in gifted education that could meet the need for rural teacher training. Using the philosophy that learners construct their own knowing, the system for developing an online course must be consistent with the idea of authentic problem solving. Learners are then able to transform information into knowledge. To promote active learning, the instructional system contains primary source materials, support, and information to manipulate. Content is presented from diverse perspectives via multiple modes of representation. The teacher coaches and helps students analyze learning and problem-solving strategies. Tasks are accessible to learners when they are ready for them and have patterns that can be transferred to future tasks with scaffolding. The design is holistic and spiral, allowing learners to return to the content at successively higher levels of understanding. E-mail, a listserv, and interactive databases encourage the development of a collaborative learning community; 15 characteristics of such a community are listed. Course development included development of the syllabus, with instructions and links to other course components; a threaded discussion database for asynchronous student interaction; a database of products and projects created as part of course requirements; a multigenerational archive; and the home page. (Contains 14 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A