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howtocbc Pulse - 'I Do, You Do, We Do 🤝' Framework

howtocbc Pulse - 'I Do, You Do, We Do 🤝' Framework
By howtocbc • Issue #11 • View online
Hello! After wrapping an eventful cohort 💥 of our course and taking a relaxing break 🧘🏽, we’re back with the best from the world of Cohort Based Courses. Let’s dive right in.

🤩 Imagine this, you’re attending a stellar lecture. The lecturer is explaining a really good framework to solve a particular problem.
😲 The session is riveting. It’s possibly one of the best lectures you’ve attended. Ever.
🤨 Two days pass and you’re noticing a few problems emerge.
🤷🏽‍♂️ Problem #1 : The Forgetting Curve
It’s been only two days since the lecture, and this realization is dawning upon you.
You’re not alone.
Everyone struggles with this problem, and it’s been extensively documented by Psychologist Herman Ebbinghaus.
75% of the new information you learned is forgotten within 6 days!
👩🏽‍🔬 Problem #2 : The Forgotten Question - The ‘How’?
Most teachers make the common mistake of focussing their lecture largely on ‘What’ a particular topic is all about, while briefly touching upon the ‘Why’.
What’s often left for later as home exercise is the ‘How’. Arguably, the ‘How’ is the most important component of learning something new, one that directly deals with; 
🤹🏽 How will the topic be applied in a particular context?
🤺 What will be the challenges encountered while applying the framework?
❌ What are the common mistakes made while applying?
Many times, teachers will spend a good amount of time focussing on explaining a particular topic, spending very little time with students on the exact steps to effectively apply it.
🤝 Both the above problems can be effectively addressed by using a framework called ‘I Do, You Do, We Do 🤝’, a very effective meta framework that is built using the principles of Active Learning, a topic which we’ve addressed in a previous edition.
As the name ‘I Do, You Do, We Do 🤝’ suggests, the idea is quite simple. we’re detailing it in the next section.
‘I Do, You Do, We Do 🤝’ framework and its application.
In the spirit of Anne Lamott’s shitty first drafts, we strongly encourage our learners to embrace imperfect and incomplete first drafts and attempt the steps given below.
1️⃣ Introduce the concept. Ensure you don’t overload students with information about the topic. Focus on giving them just the right amount of information so that they can immediately start applying it.
Note: We’ll use the topic of ‘Learner Outcomes’ to illustrate how we apply the ‘I Do, You Do, We Do 🤝’ framework in the context of our 2 week program on designing Cohort Based Courses.
2️⃣ Right after the concept is introduced, demonstrate how you have used the framework yourselves, or, take students through a popular example in a step by step manner. That’s the ‘I Do’ bit.
Example: Right after we introduced the topic of Learner Outcomes, we share the draft of the Learner outcome for our 2 week program with our students. This effectively illustrates how we used best practices to formulate Learner Outcomes ourselves.
3️⃣ Give time for your students to attempt it on their own. Share the necessary guidelines in detail and ensure they’ve access to all resources to look up while making an attempt. That’s the ‘You Do’ bit.
Example: We urge our students to open their Course Workbook and write down the shitty first draft of their Learner Outcome statements. All the required resources and examples are provided in the workbook itself. The activity is time-boxed.
Excerpt from the workbook we use at HowToCBC
Excerpt from the workbook we use at HowToCBC
4️⃣ Finally, round up everyone together and encourage them to share the shitty first drafts of their attempts. 
Send them to Breakout rooms on Zoom and encourage them to give feedback to each other. Give them pointers on how to give good feedback.
Pick and choose a few students and ask them to share their shitty first drafts. Give them real time detailed feedback on (1) what they did well (2) what and how they can improve upon etc. Do this in the presence of other students so they can observe and learn. Encourage the students to give feedback to each other. Allow the students to iterate in real time based on the feedback you and other students give. That’s the ‘We Do’ bit!
Note: Our method above is a slight modification of the I do We Do You Do framework. The modification is mainly done for two reasons
🏌🏼 To allow learners to DO quicker and with less structure.
🔁 To allow enough time for feedback on what the learner has done.
Why is the 'I Do, You Do, We Do 🤝' framework so effective?
  • The ‘I Do, You Do, We Do 🤝’ framework follows the natural and iterative learning process, captured succinctly in the Learning Loop. The Learning Loop consists of Introduction to an idea, Reflection, Doing, Measuring Outcomes and relaying Feedback. 
  1. The I Do portion can be brought in during the Introduction and Reflection phases.
  2. The You Do portion captures the Doing phase.
  3. Finally, the We Do portion can be done during the measuring outcomes and feedback phases of learning. 
Thus, we can design Learning Units to allow for one or more iterations of learning to occur. 
Demonstration of the entire loop in class is a powerful device. It demystifies the process of learning for the student. It equips them to go out of class and continue to iterate on their learning. 
  • This quote below that’s questionably attributed to Confucius nails another reason why the ‘I Do, You Do, We Do 🤝 framework works so well. It makes the students attempt a framework immediately, thereby strengthening their understanding.
  • Applying the ‘I Do, You Do, We Do 🤝’ framework naturally ensures that the most amount of time is spent addressing the ‘How’ of applying a framework / topic. Students are taken through the journey of actually applying something nearly thrice in succession - first via the demo performed by the teacher (I do), then during their own attempt (You do) and finally when the group revisits their attempts together (We do).
At HowToCBC We have found the ‘I Do, You Do, We Do 🤝’ framework to be immensely successful in our sessions.
Give it a Go!
We’ve come up with a workbook with exercises and illustrative examples for the ‘I Do, You Do, We Do 🤝’ and many other useful Active Learning frameworks for online courses.
If you’d like to get early access to a workbook at a deeply discounted price, reply to this email saying ‘Interested’ and we’ll send you an exclusive link.
The exercises in the workbook can help you write the Shitty First Drafts to start incorporating Active Learning in your course.
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