What is a RWLO?
Real World Learning Objects are concise core instructional internet-based activities focused on discrete topics in higher education mathematics, science, educational technology, and language arts. They utilize unique and compelling (real time data, collaborative, primary source, or web publishing) resources that are easily used in similar courses at other institutions of higher education and focus on inquiry-based and/or problem-solving activities that are relevant to students.
Specifically, each RWLO has following eight (8) components:
- Overview: Provide a short overview of the RWLO
- Student Learning Objectives: List the specific student learning objectives that will be addressed by the RWLO. Similar to lesson objectives, these can be written in the form of “The Student Will be Able To…” if desired. Most RWLOs will have more than one student learning objective. Consideration should be given to splitting the RWLO into multiple RWLOs if the number of student learning objectives and lesson materials can be divided into more than one discrete instructional topic.
- Procedure: Provide the overall procedure for implementing the RWLO. This section is a set of written instructions for the instructor about the instructional use of the RWLO and serves as the instructor’s manual for teaching with the RWLO. For example, the procedure may contain instructions for how to use as part of a lecture or as a homework assignment. Or the procedure may have instructions for how to implement as small group work or as an individual hands-on assignment. Any additional background information for the instructor about the RWLO should be included in this section. The Procedure section describes what the instructor does, and when and how student materials may be used in the instructional sequence. The procedure lists the student materials in the context of the instructional sequence. This is not to be confused with the instructions for student materials. The specific student instructions are found in the actual student materials, which are found in the Content Materials section.
- Content Materials: The Content Materials section contains the course content material that students will use for the RWLO. It will contain the resources and specific instructions that students will use for this lesson. For example, it may contain an assignment for students to complete, data for students to analyze, materials or documents cited in the RWLO (when appropriate), or questions for students to answer. Any content material that students would need for their assignment would be provided here
- Assessment: Describe how student work for the RWLO will be assessed. It is recommended that each RWLO provide a sample assessment or rubric for assessing student work.
- Course Competencies: When possible, name the specific courses titles for which the RWLO would be appropriate and provide a list or links to the course competencies that are satisfied by the RWLO. As a minimum, identify the course(s) for which this RWLO might be appropriate and a list or links to the course competencies. The course competencies may or may not be more general in nature than the student learning objectives.
- Supplementary Resources: Links or references to material that can be used as supplementary resources such as background information, online calculators, or information for further exploration into the topic.
- Recommendations: Provide recommendations for how other instructors might integrate this RWLO into inquiry-based or problem-solving activities, where appropriate. Other recommendations for integrating the RWLO into course material may also be included here as well as “lessons learned” from a prior implementation. Additionally, it is recommended that backup instructions for using the RWLO in class with students be provided here in the case that the Internet becomes inaccessible during class time or if particular web sites used in the RWLO are down.