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DEPD 101 Week 3 Activity 2: Your Learner Profile Constructing a learner profile helps you to identify important learner

characteristics that will affect how you plan your own courses. Answer the following questions and the 3 summary questions to the best of your ability at this moment in time. If you do not know answers for the specific learners you will be teaching, you may answer these questions with what is likely or typical for your teaching context. You will notice that many of the concepts from DEPD 101 are reflected in these questions. Not all questions will be equally applicable to every context. The point of doing this is to focus on your learners and their unique needs, circumstances and motivations, so that you can use this understanding to inform your course designs.

1. Age range: How old are the learners (what is their age range)? 18-25 2. Geographic locations: Where are the learners located (are they local, within driving distance, statewide, national, and/or international)? Philippines (from different regions) 3. Employment and family responsibilities: What kinds of jobs or family responsibilities might they have? Are they apt to be part-time or full-time learners? Mostly just students. Some probably have part-time jobs. 4. Culture: What are the cultural backgrounds of the learners? How familiar will your learners be with the educational assumptions and traditions of the course you are planning? Most of them are upperclass students. Hence, they are familiar with university culture already. 5. Language skills: What is their likely skill level in English reading and writing? Intermediate to Fluent English reading and writing. Bi-lingual: Filipino and English 6. Disabilities: What kinds of physical or learning disabilities, such as hearing or visual impairments, might learners have? Not sure. 7. Educational backgrounds: How many years of schooling have they completed and in what academic areas? 3rd year or 4th year undergraduate, or 1st year graduate students. 8. Online learning experience: How likely are they to have experience with online learning? They are probably new. Although, some may have already tried MOOCs.

9. Learning needs: How prepared are the learners, academically, for this course? What might these learners want or need to learn in terms of knowledge, skills, or attitudes? They should have completed prerequisite Math and Biology courses. 10. Motivations: What goals, motivations, or reasons do they have for enrolling in your course (e.g., degree, certification requirement, relation to job functions, etc.)? For degree. Also increase research opportunity. 11. Learning skills: What is their likely level of meta-cognitive skills in knowing how to learn and to manage the learning process? What learning skills, if any, do you want them to develop during the course? Mathematical modeling skills that require creativity and critical thinking. 12. Technology access: Are they likely to have access to a computer that can support necessary text, graphics, audio, and video? How likely are they to have access to the Internet/Web? Might it be high-speed access or low-speed telephone modem? May some of your learners not have 24-hour access to computers or internet? They can use their personal computers and internet access. They can also use the facilities provided by the university. 13. Computer skills: What is their likely skill level in using computers? What skills, if any, do you want them to develop during the course? Just basic computer skills. 14. Other: Is there other important information about the learners in this course not captured by the above questions?

Summary Question 1. Considering the above, how diverse or homogeneous are the learners? Is there a "typical learner"? Probably there are typical learners who just want to have a degree. However, most of these students choose this course to increase research skills. Hence, they might have already initial motivation. This is also an advanced course and the students have already undergone rigorous training in the prerequisites.

Summary Question 2. In what ways are the collective learner characteristics most likely to affect course planning and teaching? Do any challenges or opportunities come to mind for this group when you think about them taking an online course? Explain. Some of the students would probably like the online component because they are already in the generation where information science is part of the lifestyle. Students who feel detached should be given other options. At the start of the course (or even at the registration/enrolment period), I want to

inform the students that the course is in blended format. So that they would be prepared, or at least tell me at an early stage if they want the course but do not want an online component. Summary Question 3 (optional). Do you have any lingering question about your learners and online learning that is not captured above? If so, list it here.