external image 0006.jpg

Struggling with the wiki? with your team project?

Read this extract from:
http://www.nald.ca/litweb/other/herod/pdf/module3.pdf
(page 53)
I found this in a blog post about online learning.

you may find this helpful - especially stage 1!!


Stage 1 – Disorientation: The learner is presented with an unfamiliar
experience or idea which involves new ideas that challenge the student to
think critically about his/her beliefs and values. The learner reacts by
becoming confused and anxious. Support from the educator at this point
is crucial to the learner’s motivation, participation and self-esteem.


· Stage 2 - Exploration - The tutor assists the learner to “name” (identify) the
problem so that the learner will see that the disorientation comes from an
unresolved/complex issue rather than any inadequacy on the learners
part. The tutor then assists the learner to search for information which can
be used in resolving the problem or issue experienced in the
Disorientation Phase.

· Stage 3 - Reorientation – This stage is characterized by synthesis of the
information gathered and reflected on during the Exploration stage. The
educator’s role in this stage is to encourage and guide the learner through
the process of reflecting critically on the information. The role of the tutor
is also to assist the learner to achieve a degree of acceptance of the idea
that learning can evoke disorientation and/or discomfort.

· Stage 4 - Equilibrium –The emotional intensity of the previous three
stages is markedly reduced by the time this stage is reached and the
learner displays an obvious sense of comfort with/acceptance of the new
knowledge/skill. The role of the educator is to encourage the learner to
apply/extend the knowledge/skill it to new situations, as well as to share it
with others