Learning Task Analysis

Description of ID project: Students participating in the freshmen English PBL project ‘My University City’ will create a weebly.com blog and collaborate on group posts.

Learning goal: After three, one hour classes, students will create a weebly.com blog, write and publish their first blog post, and comment on two other groups’ blogs.

Type of learning: The goal above can be classified under the description of ‘intellectual skill.’ Students will need to learn the procedural rules of the task first and then progress onto problem solving by applying “unique sequence[s] and combination[s] to solve […] previously unencountered problem[s] (Smith & Ragan, 2005, p. 81).

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Information-Processing Analysis for Creating a Weebly.com Blog post:

Prerequisite Analysis for Creating a Weebly.com Blog and Initiating a First post:

Learning objectives:

1. Discuss blog post characteristics.

1.1.    List common blog characteristics.
1.2.    State the benefits of using reflective journals.

2.Create a weebly.com blog account.

2.1.    Create a group name and login information.
2.2.    Successfully log into weebly.com.

3. Create a static homepage for the blog.

3.1.    Choose a theme.
3.2.    Choose a layout for the home screen.
3.3.    Upload a photo from the user’s collection.
3.4.    Drag elements into the blog contents area.
3.5.    Write a description of the blog.

3.5.1.  State the purpose of the blog
3.5.2.  Introduce the participants.
3.5.3.  Explain how the blog will develop over time.

4. Create a blog post.

4.1.    Create a title and add the post under the home menu in hierarchical order.
4.2.    Write a reflection of the city experience.
4.3.    Embed a Youtube.com video.
4.4.    Post photos.
4.5.    Include appropriate links.

5. Comment on classmate’s posts.

5.1.    Relate similar experiences.
5.2.    Offer additional information.
5.3.    Request more information if lacking.
5.4.    Offer praise or critical feedback on the experience or mechanics of the post.
5.5.    Evaluate the embedded Youtube.com video using the provided rubric.

Smith, P. L., & Ragan, T. J. (2004). Instructional design (3rd ed.). Wiley.