PEDU 9005: Developing Learning Activities Through Hands-On Learning

Your course. Your timeline. Your way. Earn up to 3 graduate level credits upon completion of this course. You choose how many credits you want to earn when you register.

· June 8, 2020
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Course Description

This course, designed for the educator who needs (or simply wants) to incorporate more hands-on learning into their curriculum, provides the opportunity to earn graduate-level credit for developing hand-on learning activities to use in your own classroom. Research has repeatedly shown that students have different learning styles. Kinesthetic learning is a win-win because it combines elements of both visual and auditory learning into one experiential learning process. Furthermore, students tend to be more intrinsically motivated to complete schoolwork when it involves hands-on activities that are engaging and fun. In this course, you will target areas in which students need extra support or scaffolding to achieve success on their learning objectives and develop hands-on learning activities specifically aimed at teaching these concepts while providing a fun and effective learning experience for your students. Once you have developed the activities and implemented them in your classroom, you can submit proof of five different completed activities (per credit hour attempted), along with your time log, to the University of the Pacific for evaluation.

Create five different learning activities or projects (per credit) to implement directly into your curriculum. The curriculum ideas, strategies, or techniques you develop can be tailored to your goals and educational setting.

 

1 Credit = 5 activities/projects 

2 Credits = 10 activities/projects

3 Credits = 15 activities/projects

 

Suggested activities and projects to help you earn credit:

Educational games, learning activities, PowerPoint presentations, video presentations, worksheets, educational websites, classroom visuals, classroom assignments and projects, bulletin boards, learning centers, anchor charts, assessments, teacher-created books, physical education activities, reflection reports, technology-related activities, storytelling activities, units of study, STEM-related projects, mindfulness-based projects, etc.

 

Designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to complete your coursework, and extensions are always granted upon request. All curriculum projects you choose to develop will ultimately demonstrate the application of time you invest in professional development experiences, such as research, videos and readings, as you endeavor to accomplish your goals. An additional expectation is to complete a time log that documents the time spent for this course. 

 

Overview of Requirements

 

1. Develop and incorporate new activities, projects, strategies or techniques (of your choice) into existing or new curriculum: For each graduate-level credit, you will choose and develop 5 different learning and teacher-made activities and/or projects to create and implement. You may always modify, change, adapt or incorporate new ideas throughout the entire course duration.

 

2. Develop a self-created time log: Create a log to document the effort and time that you dedicate to the process of completing your coursework requirements. You can also document hours for projects created previously by backtracking the date in your log. Your log must be specific and include dates, times, accomplishments and proof. For each graduate-level credit, you will document 15 hours of academic involvement. 

 

Whether you spend time brainstorming, researching, reading, typing, writing, watching educational videos and films for ideas, or constructing visuals, putting together new curriculum & rubrics, you are able to document all the professional time you have invested amplifying and enriching your professional needs.

 

3. Demonstrate mastery of curriculum enhancement: When all your curriculum goals are finally met, you will submit your final work for evaluation.

 

*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.

 

Opportunities are available across all teaching grade levels, disciplines, and subjects or topics. The overall course objective is aimed at implementing the best practices of education while meeting educational standards set by your school district or state. 

Completed courses are letter graded and will appear on an official transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College. An Official Transcript with your final course grade(s) is available from Pacific upon successful completion of coursework. The course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date on which your completed coursework was reviewed and graded.

Choose 1-3 credits
Pay only $79 per credit
100% Online & Self-Paced
Up to 1 year to complete your course
Earn an Official Transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College

About University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific, established in 1851, is California’s oldest private chartered university and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester units of credit, provided directly through University of the Pacific, Benerd College. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for Salary Advancement and Recertification.  The credits/units are acceptable where local districts approve and applicable to state licensing where authorized. We always encourage you to check with your employer for acceptability of these credits/units. Course participants are responsible to determine acceptability of these credits for their intended use. Each graduate-level semester credit is equivalent to 15 hours of academic involvement.

 Course Objectives

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate  areas of the curriculum that would be strengthened by the introduction of new hands-on activities.
  • Identify specific learning goals and objectives that you would like to supplement with new hands-on activities. 
  • Develop five classroom-ready hands-on activities that target specific learning goals and objectives and will engage students in a meaningful learning process.
  • Integrate each of the five hands-on activities into the learning process in your classroom.
  • Monitor  students closely as they complete each hands-on activity to ensure the activity supports student learning as you intended and to determine what adjustments might be necessary to accomplish your intended goals.
  • Reflect on the effectiveness of each hands-on activity relative to  your students’ learnings.
  • Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth.
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Course Includes

  • 2 Sections

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