Observe&Doc: Observation and Documentation
Facilitator: George Forman
Facilitator: Ellen Hall, Ph.D.
Facilitator: Jamie Broadhead, M.Ed.
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The course will be designed around observation of ordinary moments and the use of digital documentation. We will begin with a discussion of the article "Wondering with Children" at http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v7n2/forman.html (view online now for free if you like). Then through an ongoing dialogue with participants, we will identify issues, interests, and objectives that will define the remaining weeks of study and exchange. The course will progress from the "what" to the "so what" to the "now what." The "so what" deals with finding the significance in a play episode that one has observed. The "now what" deals with how your insights into meaning can translate into more constructive encounters with children. We will also give you suggestions on how to create digital documenation of children's thinking in a manner that saves time and improves quality.
The course officially begins January 4, 2010 but is open now ready to go. Rolling enrollment will remain open as long as we have new traffic in the course. The course assignments usually require four weeks to complete. The course fee is $25 and will be available to participants 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Upon completion, the course will be archived for six months for participants to browse. This course can be included as a four week component of an existing course that you teach. Your students need only an Internet connection to participate. As instructor you may sign in at no charge in order to monitor your student's work. To find out more about this option email us at email@example.com.
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