Note: You won’t receive the badge if you don’t have the backpack account already set up. But that won’t stop you from doing the five challenges or activities.
Also, if you get stuck on one of the copy and paste challenges, it’s most probably because you did not copy and paste all of the text. Some of the text was hidden on my computer when I did challenge 3.
See how you get on. If you really get stuck, someone already made a video here.
Here’s your mission: Start an underground viral advertising campaign for learning. In particular, adult learning. And by adult learning I mean something that includes foundational skills such as literacy and numeracy.
Share these images. Print them out and give them to people. Particularly those doing the education part.
It’s no secret that I love the process of developing new resources. That’s something that hasn’t changed over quite a few years of teaching and training.
My process for materials development has changed quite a lot of the last few years though.
I have 5 rules for myself for this process. Well, they’re more like guidelines.
Solve a problem. My students tend to drive new resource creation. They just don’t know it. Most of my resource creation happens as a reaction to common problems in the learning process.
At the moment, many of my students are stuck on Assessment 4 in the course that I teach. In this assignment they have to collate several different kinds of evidence. I have a checklist, but I wanted to create something visual. Here’s the checklist. For my poster though, I’m only interested in the far left hand side.
Start analog. I make a point of starting with my non digital tools first. I like to get the shape of the idea sketched out on the white board or in my journal. Or usually both.
Here’s my first draft of a poster for Assessment 4 on the white board. I started portrait and then redrew it in landscape on the left.
Here’s my second draft. I want people to see the different kinds of evidence they have to collect. And then make the links to their Study Guide and Assessment Guide. This time I’ve redrawn the poster in my notebook.
Finish digital. From the white board and journal, I move on to the digital tools. Currently, I’m learning to use Adobe Illustrator. This is a new tool for me and I’m still figuring it out.
Here’s a couple of printouts from early versions of the handout that I was working on.
Iterate as fast as possible. I go through many different versions before I’m happy with the final product.
Here’s the current version in Illustrator.
Realise that it’s never finished. One of the things I realised early on in my teaching career was that my resources needed to be dynamic. The content needs to evolve, rather than remain static.
Here’s a screen shot of the PDF of the resource (for now anyway).