I’ve decided to divide this post into the different responsibilities I have both professionally and personally.
As a faculty member who teaches, I could use LEM in the following ways:
- to develop new classes in both online and face-to-face formats;
- to transition an existing class into a new environment (from face-to-face to online or vice versa);
- to evaluate the approach I take in current classes;
- to reconfigure modules or assignments that don’t seem as effective as they once were;
- to develop new assignments or modules for students that incorporate as many of the blocks as necessary;
- to think about how often and what kinds of feedback I currently provide to students;
- to identify new places in existing courses where feedback opportunities could be integrated.
As a writing center coordinator, I could use LEM in these ways:
- to evaluate the effectiveness of current tutor training;
- to incorporate more online elements into the training as necessary;
- to evaluate the ways in which the current physical space of the writing center helps and/or hinders tutor-writer interaction;
- to train tutors to think of each session as its own learning environment opportunity;
- to evaluate the effectiveness of our current asynchronous online tutoring model;
- to consider ways to develop another synchronous online tutoring approach;
- to offer a concrete model that shows administrators why we might need new facilities or more funding for specific ventures;
- to make transparent to the SWOSU community (faculty and students) how writing center sessions work.
As a parent, I could use LEM for these purposes:
- to evaluate the physical space in which my son lives and plays;
- to consider the ways in which my interactions with my son affect his sense of being and learning in the world;
- to better understand the ways in which his other care providers/teachers are attempting to help him learn;
- to better understand what works best for my son to truly learn and understand information and concepts.
For the record, I don’t see myself actually creating a visual LEM related to parenting my son, but I think this kind of thinking will help me reconsider things I might have taken for granted or gone with more passively as a relatively new parent otherwise.