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Old 01-17-2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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Online aikido introduction course

Hi all,

I wanted to create an online course which gives a basic introduction to Aikido (and other martial arts as well).
You can see the online course here:
http://www.freemoodle.org/mod/page/view.php?id=2896

What aspects of aikido would you stress for beginners in an online testing format?
What questions should advanced students be able to answer?

What I could think of so far is:
  • knowing names of attacks
  • knowing names of defenses
thanks for your feedback
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:09 AM   #2
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I'm curious: why have you decided to test students? Why not just let them take the course and learn from it?

I ask because testing introduces a set of issues that can thwart your original purpose (instruction), if not carefully managed. Speaking as someone who's developed many online tests, it seems to me that you want to be careful not to let the tail wag the dog, as so often happens with testing. The way these things often go is:
  • Start writing questions to test what you've been teaching
  • Realize that this test-writing stuff is a lot harder than it looks.
  • After a great deal of effort, get your test written.
  • Realize that what you're testing is no longer quite what you're teaching.
  • Adjust what you're teaching to reflect the test.
How they should go:
  • Decide what you want to teach.
  • Articulate, as clearly as possible, the specific skills or knowledge that make up what you want to teach.
  • If possible, decide what's most important and what's less important.
  • Looking at each skill or item of knowledge, think of questions that constitute a valid test of that skill/knowledge, such that:
  • someone who has the skilll/knowledge will get the question right, and
  • someone who does NOT have the skill will get the question wrong
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:55 PM   #3
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Re: Online aikido introduction course

A few things come to mind:

Who is your target audience? Why would they come to your site instead of going to a dojo? If they are not ready to sign up at a real life dojo, why would they come to your site instead of making use of the myriad of online resources, videos, etc already out there?

How will you decide WHOSE names for attacks and arts you will use. How will you explain this to the student who may pay and test and then be stunned upon joining a dojo in a style that uses totally different nomenclature.

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Old 01-17-2012, 01:58 PM   #4
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Re: Online aikido introduction course

I didn't get past the first time registration. I hate registering for websites, especially if I don't know that I would be interested in the material on the site.

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Old 01-17-2012, 02:47 PM   #5
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I also failed to get past registration. I fill in al the required fields, the (quite hard) captchas, check to accept user agreement, submit, but nothing happens (well, I get new captchas, but no error message or email to complete my registration).
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:37 PM   #6
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I also failed to get past registration. I fill in al the required fields, the (quite hard) captchas, check to accept user agreement, submit, but nothing happens (well, I get new captchas, but no error message or email to complete my registration).
It's probably your spam filters. Or, if you use an email filtering service such as SpamArrest, you will never be able to sign up for any site so you might as well give it up.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:52 PM   #7
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Re: Online aikido introduction course

I just clicked to get in as a guest, no registration needed

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Old 01-17-2012, 05:09 PM   #8
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I just clicked to get in as a guest, no registration needed
Yes, but when I try to do one of the quizes at http://www.freemoodle.org/course/view.php?id=120, it tells me that I need to register.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:17 PM   #9
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It's probably your spam filters. Or, if you use an email filtering service such as SpamArrest, you will never be able to sign up for any site so you might as well give it up.
My spam filter is not that strict in my experience, unless the sender is from some blacklisted address, but you could be right.

But registration pages usually respond with some kind of confirmation when you submit your registration. For example, stating that it sent an email to your email address, containing a link to complete the registration. But this registration page gives no response when you submit your registration (besides generating new captchas).

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Old 01-17-2012, 05:44 PM   #10
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My spam filter is not that strict in my experience, unless the sender is from some blacklisted address, but you could be right.

But registration pages usually respond with some kind of confirmation when you submit your registration. For example, stating that it sent an email to your email address, containing a link to complete the registration. But this registration page gives no response when you submit your registration (besides generating new captchas).
Oh, I just looked at the one page is led me to.

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Old 01-18-2012, 12:00 AM   #11
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What aspects of aikido would you stress for beginners in an online testing format?
What questions should advanced students be able to answer?
I would stress that beginners should seek in-person instruction.

Advanced students, by definition, already have a relationship with a teacher.

What is the purpose of this course?

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