My Science of Exercise has a very basic set-up so the first part of this post should be easy to answer. Weekly, the teaching and learning activities consist of 7 or 8 videos to view, a reading or two, a discussion prompt and then a quiz. Week 2 and 3 have have assignments where you can put some of the knowledge gained into practice by analyzing the food you have consumed and predicting your VO2 max. The site for the food tracking assignment is not active anymore and it has not been changed as of yet. The VO2 max assignment seems very complicated and requires you to have access to a treadmill. I’ve done a max VO2 test and this treadmill version seems like it wouldn’t be very accurate. Week 4 activities consist of tests for BMI, cancer risk, diabetes risk and calculating your total daily energy expenditure. All activities, although useful, are very bland. There are absolutely no assignments that I have found that are engaging, it would have been nice to go on some interactive sites with simulations. This would have definitely made the course work more interesting and meaningful. As far as the SECTIONS framework goes, this class is lacking in the Interactivity part. This course excels in the Ease of Use section, I didn’t have one issue with the way it was organized or what I was required to do, it is very easy to follow.
Two online teaching and learning activities that I would like to include in my Online Design Plan Assignment are:
- A worksheet with questions involving building circuits on the following circuit building kit website: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc The worksheet will guide students towards how to build and comprehend the basics of series and parallel circuits.
- The second activity is a Gizmo, which is an interactive website. The Gizmo I would like to use is called, Household Energy Usage. This site makes connections between Ohm’s law and household energy usage.