EDU-X721P 1 Semester Unit - Travel, Learn, Teach: Exploring National Resources for Learning I

 
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Travel, Learn, Teach:
             Exploring National Resources for Learning I
                             EDU-X721P
                                                  1 Semester Unit

Course Description: Explore the country by visiting a specific place, actual or virtual trip, to acquire
new knowledge and resources to enhance your teaching. This course allows K-14 educators to
purposely discover the richness of our nation’s resources and turn those findings into valuable
teaching enhancements to promote the real world connection with students. It can also be taken in
preparation to and upcoming student trip or in preparation for a guest presenter, or to add to a virtual
class lesson/presentation. This course encourages the concept of lifelong learning via exploration
and self-motivation. This course requires either creating a new lesson plan or augmenting a current
one that combines your newfound knowledge and/or materials. Museums, national and/or state
parks, businesses, memorials, presidential libraries, and cultural learning centers are just a few ideas
that can help maximize learning opportunities for you and your students. Discover America by
bringing meaning to your travels! This course can be taken multiple times by choosing a subsequent
course number each time, and a different location (in person or virtually) to visit for each course.

Examples: Newseum, Washington D.C.; Yosemite National Park, California; A Nature Reserve,
Florida; Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Georgia; One of the Spanish Missions,
California. Many of these locations also host online tours and videos so that course assignments can
be completed from home.

Learner Outcomes:
         • Recognize how your travel learning aligns with teaching standards
         • Rejuvenate or add to content knowledge in a particular subject matter by visiting
            resourceful locations throughout the country
         • Research and add primary resources and experiences into the classroom
         • Design or augment a lesson plan that incorporates newly discovered teaching
            resources to complement curriculum
         • Document your travel learning
         • Use explorational resources to promote lifelong learning and travel with students

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Travel, Learn, Teach: Exploring National Resources for Learning I is part of the Travel, Learn,
Teach Series, which allows participants to explore resources throughout the United States, reflect on
their applicability in the classroom, and promote life-long learning through travel. If you enjoy this
professional growth opportunity and would like to take this course again by visiting another location
within the United States, enroll in the subsequently numbered course. Other opportunities in this
series include Exploring Community Resources for Learning and Exploring International
Resources for Learning. To view other course offerings in the Travel, Learn, Teach Series, visit
University of San Diego's Division of Professional and Continuing Education website
(http://PCE.sandiego.edu).

Required Materials:
  • Access to a digital camera, webcam, or camera phone to upload images to document your
      travel experiences.
  • Any travel expenses or entrance fees are your responsibility.

Optional Resources (for your travels and to complete assignments):

    •   How to Travel Well:
        o The 7 Fundamentals of Documenting Your Travels
        o 20 Ways to Travel Better
        o 7 Tips to Travel Well on the Road and in Life

    •   Resources for assembling an age/grade appropriate bibliography

If it is age appropriate, you may want to give your students a bibliography of the resources you cite in
your lesson plan. The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a respected source for writing styles and
formats.

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How to Proceed:
    •   Read the Course Description, Grading & Scoring Rubric.
    •   Read Coursework.
    •   Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
    •   Complete and clearly label all parts of coursework, placing a cover sheet and checklist on top with all
        assignments in listed order. Cover sheet should include your:
             o Full Name (which you are registered under)
             o Your Student ID# (USD-X_____________)
             o The full course title and course number (listed on Page 1)
             o Your email address (grader needs this to provide feedback to you)
    •   Please note that the coursework must be double-spaced using 12 pt. font
    •   Combine these and all assignments into one electronic document and then convert to a PDF file in
        order to minimize file size. Upload the PDF file to your account at http://PCE.sandiego.edu. Save to
        your computer. Note: There is a 10,000KB (or 10MB) maximum file size limitation. Make sure that
        your file does not exceed this amount. When naming your PDF file, do not use any spaces and/or
        special characters (#, ?, %, etc.) in the file name. This can prevent the instructor from opening up your
        file. Recommended format for naming your file would be: FirstnameLastname_EDUX721P (ex.
        JohnSmith_EDUX721P.pdf).
    •   Submit your completed course work through your student account at http://PCE.sandiego.edu under
        this course. Log in with your User Name and password. Go to “My Courses” (located on the left side
        navigation). Find this course, and under Coursework File, click on “Browse” to find your coursework file
        that you just saved on your computer. Highlight it and hit “SAVE”. Make sure this is the file you want
        to upload, and then click on “Upload” to send to USD for grading. Please note that your file size cannot
        exceed 10,000KB (or 10MB) to upload successfully under your account. If you are experiencing
        difficulty due to file size, contact USD’s Enrollment and Student Services Center at
        continuinged@sandiego.edu. Once a file has been submitted you cannot undo it to submit another file.
        Please contact USD if you submitted the wrong file or an incomplete file. Keep electronic and/or hard
        copy of all of your coursework for your records, as your coursework will not be returned to you.
    •   Keep electronic and/or hard copy of all of your coursework for your records, as your coursework will not
        be returned to you.

You will receive one complimentary official transcript from the University of San Diego within three to four
weeks of submitting satisfactory coursework. Complimentary transcripts are mailed to your home address on
file only. After the grade is posted, additional transcripts can be ordered online at http://PCE.sandiego.edu or
by mail for a fee:

                                        USD Professional and Continuing Education
                                        Attention: Transcripts
                                        5998 Alcala Park
                                        San Diego, CA 92110‐2492

                                        Completed coursework will not be accepted at this address.

After 3 to 4 weeks, questions regarding transcripts can be answered at the USD PCE Student Services Center
at continuinged@sandiego.edu; or (619) 260-4585 or (888) 321-6658 (during normal business hours).

USD allows a total of 18 units of combined courses to be completed during any one semester. Information
about other USD courses is available at: http://PCE.sandiego.edu .

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Evidence of Learning:
                                                           Grading

Final course grade will be determined using the following percentages.

    A              100 – 90 %
    B              89 – 80 %
    C              79 – 70 %
    D              69 – 60 %
    F              59 – 0 %
                                                      Scoring Rubric

                                                100 – 90 %                        89 – 70 %                              69 – 0 %

             Criteria/Assignment           Meets or Exceeds                      Acceptable                      Below Expectation or
                                                                                                                  non-performance
                                        Participant's lesson plan       Participant's lesson plan
        Lesson Plan                     reflects a substantial and      reflects an attempt to                 Participant's lesson plan is
                                        meaningful engagement           engage with his or her                 missing or does not reflect
                                        with his or her visit/travel,   visit/travel, actual or virtual,       any engagement with his or
                                        actual or virtual trip, to      to enhance teaching and                her visit/travel, actual or
                                        enhance teaching and adds       adds to the primary content            virtual, to enhance teaching.
                                        to the primary content          knowledge in the particular
                                        knowledge in the particular     subject matter.
                                        subject matter.

        Rationale and Evaluation        The Rationale and               The Rationale and                      The Rationale and
        Letter                          Evaluation Letter include       Evaluation Letter include              Evaluation Letter includes
                                        significant critical thinking   moderate critical thinking or          minimal or no critical thinking
                                        and reflection, and             reflection, and few analytical         or reflection. Analytical
                                        numerous analytical points      points regarding connections           points regarding connections
                                        regarding connections           between teacher resources              between teacher resources
                                        between teacher resources       from visit/travel, actual or           from visit/travel, actual or
                                        from visit/travel, actual or    virtual, and curriculum.               virtual, and curriculum.
                                        virtual, and curriculum.

        Multi-Media Enhancement         The images, video, or travel    The images, video, or travel           The images, video, or travel
                                        log are clearly presented       log are mostly good quality            log are significantly
                                        and substantially support       and somewhat support the               ambiguous as to how they
                                        the stated learning             stated learning outcomes of            support stated learning
                                        outcomes of the lesson          the lesson plan.                       outcomes of the lesson plan.
                                        plan. Presentation of media     Presentation of media is               Presentation of the media
                                        is thoughtful and well          organized.                             compromises the value of
                                        executed.                                                              the lesson.

        Quality of Submitted            The writing of submitted        The writing of submitted               The writing of submitted
        Coursework                      coursework demonstrates         coursework, is approaching             coursework does not
                                        exceptional quality. All        acceptable quality. There              demonstrate acceptable
                                        assignments are thoroughly      are some errors in grammar,            quality. One or more
                                        completed and well-             punctuation or mechanics.              assignments are incomplete
                                        organized. There are                                                   or missing with little or no
                                        virtually no or infrequent                                             organization. There are
                                        errors in grammar,                                                     numerous errors in
                                        punctuation, or mechanics.                                             grammar, punctuation or

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mechanics.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

    Q.       Whom do I contact if I have a question about the content of this course?
    A.       You can e-mail questions to your instructor, Karen Krzystof-Bansley, at
             kkrzystof-bansley@sandiego.edu.

    Q.       How much time do I have to complete this course?
    A.       You have nine months from the time that you register to complete all
             coursework.

    Q.       What if an emergency occurs and I need more than nine months to complete my
             coursework?
    A.       Please contact USD’s Enrollment and Student Services Center at
              continuinged@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4585 to request an extension. If an
              extension is granted, it is final.

    Q.       What if I change my address after registering?
    A.       Login to your account at http://PCE.sandiego.edu and edit your student profile
             information as soon as possible.

    Q.       Can I send completed work via e-mail or by mail?
    A.       No. All completed coursework must be uploaded under your student account at
             http://PCE.sandiego.edu in the required format (PDF). For your own protection,
             please make sure to keep copies of ALL your work. Your submitted coursework
             will not be returned to you.

    Q.       Can I send in each assignment as I complete it?
    A.       No. All coursework must be uploaded as one PDF file upon completion of the
             entire course and submitted at once.

    Q.       Is there a required sequence for taking the program of courses?
    A.       You can take multiple sections of this course by enrolling in the subsequent
             numbered course each time, and choosing a different location to visit each time.

    Q.       What do I do when I have completed all the required course work?
    A.       Check to make sure you have completed and included all coursework
             assignments. A cover sheet including required contact information should be
             placed at the beginning of your completed work, with assignments in the order
             given. Convert your work into one PDF file that does not exceed 10,000KB
             (10MB) in size. Upload the PDF file under this course in your account at
             http://PCE.sandiego.edu.

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Travel, Learn, Teach:
             Exploring National Resources for Learning I
                             EDU-X721P

Assignments:

    1) Rationale
       Before the Trip: Describe your prior knowledge and experiences with this location, in
       academic, professional, and/or personal contexts, if applicable. In addition, explain why
       you selected this actual or virtual location to motivate inquiry and engagement within your
       students. Explain how you will incorporate this travel learning experience and further
       develop real world connections in the classroom. In your rationale also outline how this
       learning will support the teaching standards set by your school’s standards and
       curriculum. This assignment should be completed before embarking on your travels and
       considered pre-trip preparation. (approximately 300 words)

    2) Photo Essay/Video/Travel Log
       During the Trip: Choose one of the following:

             a) Actual Trip: Take pictures of your experiences to augment your lesson plan in
                Assignment #4. Your assignment will include curated images from your trip with
                captions/descriptions of each photo.
                Virtual Trip: Provide url(s) for your virtual exploration, and capture images
                (photos, diagrams, charts, etc.) that will augment your lesson plan in Assignment
                #4. Provide captions/descriptions of each photo.
             b) Actual Trip: Take video of your experiences to create a classroom video to
                augment your lesson plan in Assignment #4.
                Virtual Trip: Provide video found on the Internet during your exploration that
                would augment your lesson plan in Assignment #4.
             c) Actual Trip: Maintain a travel log with daily entries that include anecdotes about
                your experiences as well as considering how these experiences can be used to
                illustrate the content you teach. Begin to write what you would say to your class
                as you try to share the exciting and broadening experiences you are having, and
                how to engage them in life-long learning so they can have similar experiences.
                Excerpts or the entire travel log will be used to augment your lesson plan in
                Assignment #4.
                Virtual Trip: Create a visit log as if you were taking an actual trip to this location,
                with daily entries that include anecdotes about your experiences as well as
                considering how these experiences can be used to illustrate the content you teach.
                Begin to write what you would say to your class as you try to share the exciting and
                broadening experiences you are having, and how to engage them in life-long
                learning so they can have similar experiences. Excerpts or the entire visit log will
                be used to augment your lesson plan in Assignment #4.

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3) Travel Learning Evaluation Letter
       After the Trip: Review your pre-trip expectations in Assignment #1. Compose a letter
       directed to the person and/or organization that operates the location that you have
       chosen. This evaluation letter could be written to the museum curator, the
       mayor/governor of the city/state, the park ranger, the owner or CEO of a business, the
       head librarian, or other person in charge. Comment on your overall learning experience
       during the trip. How did the trip meet your initial expectations? In addition, this letter
       should include the location’s strengths, any comments on the location’s value to
       classroom learning, any bias that you perceived, suggestions for improvement and the
       impact of this trip on your future teaching. Reference any newly established relationships
       that will carry through to the classroom or a potential field trip with students, if applicable?
       (provide examples). This letter will be submitted to the university as part of your
       completed course work. You can decide whether or not to actually send the letter to its
       intended recipient. (approximately 300 words)

    4) Lesson Plan
       After the Trip: Create a lesson plan for your classroom that incorporates your travel
       learning experiences. This does not need to be an entirely new lesson plan, but can be a
       current plan that is now augmented with your new findings, teacher resources, or real
       world examples to illustrate the content you teach. If you are augmenting a current
       lesson plan, explain that in your rationale and emphasize where you added it to the
       lesson.

        The lesson plan should contain the typical elements (Overview, Objectives, Materials,
        Activities, Rubrics) plus one of the following multi-media projects (from Assignment #2) to
        augment your lesson:

                o Curate your pictures from the trip, brochures, pamphlets, tickets, postcards, or
                  maps – into a wall display, presentation, or handout. If you took a virtual trip,
                  include captured pictures, diagrams, charts, etc. that you have found on the
                  Internet during your exploration that will add to your lesson. Each image or
                  scanned document should include a caption that explains the context of the
                  media as well as its significance in supporting the rationale of this lesson plan.

                o Create a video for classroom use from video taken on your visit that will
                  enhance your lesson. Due to file size limitation, all videos must be uploaded to
                  YouTube. Follow instructions on how to upload your video to YouTube and
                  then provide the link within your completed course work PDF.

                    Instructions for how to upload a video to YouTube and set up the video so it is
                    unlisted and only available to those who have the hyperlink you will share in the
                    classroom:

                             •     How to upload to YouTube
                             •     Change privacy settings to make a video unlisted

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o Consider sharing your travel log with your students. Edit it down to the
                  elements that will support the underlying objective of fostering student inquiry
                  and engagement and attach to your lesson plan.

        Upload your Cover Sheet Rationale, Evaluation Letter, and Lesson Plan with multi-media
        presentation as a single PDF document. If you have video as part of your multi-media to
        support your lesson plan, upload the video to YouTube and include the link to the video in
        the PDF. Keep in mind that the PDF is limited in file size to not exceed 10,000KB or
        10MB.

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