Absorb, Do, Connect Activties

Chapters 2-4 of e-Learning by Design by William Horton talked about three broad activities: Absorb, Do, and Connect activities. It covered a lot of topics and information but the thing that I found to be most interesting was the table used at the end of chapter 4 to demonstrate connecting activities.  It was similar to the way I plan to set up my project where students develop reading comprehension by using reading strategies.  When students read the text, they connect pieces of information or concepts from the story and make notes of the connecting personal thoughts, knowledge, or experience.  In a second strategy students make personal questions based off of the information and concepts. In a third strategy students develop insights by using external websites to explore information and concepts presented in the story. However, from the chapters I learned methods for facilitating new connections.  One idea was to use information and concepts and make connections with professional work.  It referred to adult learners but with some modifications, perhaps it could be applied in the context of students doing things in school.  The table also provided a useful activity that I’d like to tryout.  The activity was to have students provide examples as a way to make connections with the story.

One thing that was not clear to me and something that the book could improve upon were the charts at the end of each sections which provided a table of activities to match the learning objectives. The connections between some activities and objectives did not seem to fit and having more explanations would be helpful.  For example, it stated that the game quiz show was an ideal activity to promote the objective create. However, it didn’t specify how this would occur because the students were not given the task to create the game, and it wasn’t clear why this game was chosen to meet the objective and not the others.


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