Build and learn from what others have done.Many of these examples are geared for K-12 learning but some of the concepts and examples can be applied to adult learning.
KWL activity example: http://teach.fcps.net/talk/lesson_display.asp?lessonID=76
This is a nice example of a set up of the What I Know/ What I Want to Learn/ What I Learned activity. It allows the learner to prompt themselves about what they already know about the subject, what they want to learn. Then instructs them to review content (via links on the page) on the subject then has them reflect on and record what they learned that was new.
Class website guidelines for Fayette County: http://staff.fcps.net/guidelines.htm
Fayette County Public Schools set up a very nice set of rules for teachers to insure that the web dev done by their students and reviewed by adults before it went live; therefore insuring the protection of both the students and school. It allow encouraged the teachers to learn the copyright laws. Also, some of the rules teach teachers and students basic web design usability (three click rule, font usage, etc.). Although it seems like these rules were generally meant for teachers some of them can be taught and related to the students.
What is constructivism?: http://www.indiana.edu/~p540alex/P540Fall02/unit6.html
On what appears to be a online learning unit, this page provided a good description of constructivism:
As a set of instructional practices, constructivism favors processes over end products; guided discovery over expository learning; authentic, embedded learning situations over abstracted, artificial ones; portfolio assessments over multiple-choice exams, etc..
What I liked about this activity was that it had teachers consider or develop a constructivist activity and then made them to consider whether and how their constructivist learning activities could be evaluated or measured for student learning success. This page also offered some great examples of “Web-based ‘constructivist’ learning environments”:
The Webquest Page (http://webquest.sdsu.edu/webquest.html)
The Global Schoolhouse (http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsh/)
Check out their Virtual Field Trips (http://www.globalschoolhouse.org/project/fieldtrips/)
Learning to Teach with Technology Studio (http://ltts.org)
Constructivist Learning Activities Matrix: http://www.bcit.ca/files/ltc/pdf/constructivistactivities.pdf
From the BCIT Learning and Teaching Centre, this is sort of like the matrix/decoder ring I presented in my previous post. What I like about how this material is presented is that it translates the learning activity from “Low Tech” to “High Tech” solutions. Though you might have to substitute some of the hire tech items with more familiar tools like Breeze/Connect, Elluminate, etc. I believe this matrix was developed in 2002. However, it still provides a good framework for understanding the possibilities for online learning activities especially when you’re on a budget.