G2: Enhancing Reading with Comprehension:
Flow/ structure :
Theme 1: The importance of Reading
Topic 1.1: The need for reading skills
Topic 1.2: Standards for Reading Achievement
Topic 1.3: Improving Reading Skills
Theme 2: Using Mobiles for Reading
Topic 2.1: UNESCO initiatives
Topic 2.2: Improving Spelling with Mobiles
Topic 2.3: Building a Vocabulary with Mobiles
Theme 3: Reading with Comprehension
Topic 3.1: The what, why and how do we read?
Topic 3.2: Reading techniques
Topic 3.3: Improving reading speed
Theme 4: Visual Reading
Topic 4.1: Reading Charts, Graphs and Diagrams
Topic 4.2: Infographics and Pinterest PINs
Topic 4.3: Emojis : the new words in the dictionary
Theme 5: Technology-enabled reading
Topic 5.1: Braille and screen reading software
Topic 5.2: Tools to measure reading with comprehension speed
Topic 5.3: Reading and machine intelligence
Theme 6: The next steps: Resources
Topic 6.1: Books
Topic 6.2: MOOCs and OERs
Topic 6.3: Apps
Topic 6.4: Weblinks and Web-resources
Topic 6.5: Getting Mentored
Course delivery model:
The course begins on a Monday, runs through Friday and Saturday is used for wrapping up, and/or tasks for certification.
The group actually gets formed the preceding Saturday and Saturday and Sunday are used for the group introducing themselves briefly.
The group is kept ‘alive’ till the next Wednesday to allow any follow up queries or comments.
After the group is closed, members become part of the alumni community and can seek help and support as alumni.
The default structure of each module is that it is structured as 5 themes, with one theme running from Monday to Friday. Each theme is further broken into 3 to 5 topics. So everyday there would be between 3 to 5 posts, some text, some images and some audios. There may also be pictures or videos. Each post will have an ID, typically the initials of the instructor followed with a serial number. Many courses may have more than one instructor and it is helpful if while making queries, the ID of the post is referred to.
Much of the content posted is curated content and in the form of annotations and insights and in the nature of response to learners comments and queries.
This program is a very brief introduction to share enough information about the subject to create an interest, desire and motivation to pursue this further. Information on additional resources which can be used for self-study are provided during the week. For those who want further supervised guidance, opportunity for being ‘mentored’ can be created, with duration in quanta of 3 months
Additional Resources for improving reading skills, on a mobile:
1: How to read a book by Mortimer J Adler, Simon and Schuster New York
2: Developing Reading Skills : A practical guide to reading comprehension exercises by Francoise Grellet , Cambridge University Press
3: How to Increase Reading Ability; A Guide to Developmental and Remedial Methods by Harris, Albert J , David McKay Co. New York
4: Triple Your Reading Speed by Wade E Cutler, Pocket Books
5: Learn to speed read (e-book) by Kris Madden, published by krismadden.com
B: Improving reading with Mobile phones :
2: Tools for measuring reading with comprehension : http://www.ettc.net/trainer/handouts/readinghandouts.pdf
3: Software to help speed read : Spreeder ; eyercize; pocket ; accelerated speed reading trainer ; reading trainer ; readspeeder
C: Apps :
D: PDFs: these can be stored in Evernote or in iBooks