Goal:The aim of this essay is to demonstrate my knowledge on the models of change in asking "how can teachers cultivate problem solving, creativity and independent learning using Moodle in NCEA classes?" Through this essay, I will demonstrate my ability to apply theory to inform practice.
Information & Organisation:Abstract
Summarize the topic, key findings and conclusion
Describe my context of change and research question including:
- The nature and characteristics of Moodle
- An explanation of the importance and significance of the change for teachers and learners (i.e. the why?).
- The research question/central thesis: How can teachers cultivate problem solving, creativity and independent learning using Moodle in NCEA classes?
- Main question in my review of the diffusion of innovation: will knowing how to incorporate these "big picture" skills have a positive effect on adoption of Moodle by teachers at Waiheke High School?
Here I will include a description/summary of the diffusion of innovation with connections to my topic and context. I will then review implications of the change model for my own context (covering both strengths and shortcomings or pros and cons of the model).
- How does Moodle size up using Rogers’s 5 Factors?
- At what point in the diffusion process are the teachers at my school?
- How can early adopters effectively influence teachers in cultivating these skills using Moodle?
- How is our school social system effecting the rate of diffusion?
I anticipate that adoption will be increased as teachers gain confidence and become invested in Moodle as a tool for cultivating creativity, problem solving and independent learning (including recommendations for the future or lessons learned).