Faculty Spotlight: Rosalyn Crain

Posted October 2nd, 2011 by Janie Blitch

Rosalyn Crain, Northwest College government professor, along with June Woest, Southeast College, and Homer Steward, Northeast College, recently participated in an Apple facilitated program on Challenge Based Learning. As Crain explains, “Challenge Based Learning (CBL) is a collaborative learning project implemented by Apple, Inc. to help teachers and leaders in the education community develop engaging, interdisciplinary approaches to learning. Basically, students are tasked with developing solutions to real-world problems within the classroom setting.”
After attending a January 2011 Apple Implementation Training in Dallas, Crain and her colleagues had to overcome HCC’s geographical “challenge,” to form a team comprised of faculty from Northeast and Southeast College in addition to Crain.

First, Crain’s class created a Challenge Video, in which students have to outline the problem they are going to address. During the class, they created an online wiki and Reflection video that chronicled the process. Finally, they created a Solution video which illustrated their solution in the context of a government class.
As Apple explains, “Challenge Based Learning allows students to connect more deeply with content by addressing real-world issues. Using a Mac, iPad, iPod touch and easy-to-use software from Apple, students can engage, create, and collaborate in the classroom and beyond.”

If you are interested in learning more about Challenge Based Learning, Apple will host a free webcast on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 12:00-1:30 pm. For more information, visithttps://edseminars.apple.com/event/IB94o-913OJ.