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Learning Environments Design (EDUC-R622) was an online class taught asynchronously and taken in the Fall semester of 2020. According to IU, this class teaches the “principles and practice of environmental design. Study of interrelationships among environmental variables. Use of decision models in the design process. Design, construction, and testing of learning environments representing alternative profiles of variables.”

Most of the semester revolved around reading 3 – 4 journal articles per week, then discussing them online with classmates, the instructor, and the teaching assistants. For the first few weeks, the discussions focused on the question, “What is a learning environment?” Starting at week 5, students took turns in groups to facilitate discussions around different type of learning environments.

Aside from the online discussions, each student had to complete two projects. The first is an analysis of a learning environment of their choice, while the other is to develop a learning environment. The former had to be done as an individual project, the latter could be done as part of a group.

Learning environment analysis: Duolingo

The purpose of this assignment was for each student to find an existing learning environment and do an analysis of it based on what we have learned so far. The professor provided us with a Learning Environment Analysis worksheet which was a Word document with a few different sections where we could take notes, and some questions we should answer. The paper we were to turn in didn’t have to be a formal APA-style paper, but was only required to be a written version of the notes we took. To be honest, my notes on the worksheet were pretty scant, but as an avid Duolingo user, I’d previously read some of the newspaper, magazine, and journal articles about it, to get a better idea about how it all works.

The paper was graded (47 of 50 points = 94%) and returned with positive comments from the professor.

Major project: Grand Rounds in non-healthcare settings

The project has been proposed and accepted, but still has to be written up. It will probably be posted in late November or early December.