I think I have the basic layout for the first mission:
The first thing the student will see is the mission description. I see this as being the Mission Impossible style “Your mission, should your choose to accept it” description. In this case the mission for the agents will read something like:
The military has reported a cargo plane containing an EMP Bomb has been hijacked and they need your team of agents to retrieve the plane and the bomb and apprehend the thieves. We suspect that the villain known as Vector is involved.
Using the heading of the cargo plane and the current wind speed and direction from Environment Canada you will need to plot an intercept course.
Then I’ve created a folder for all the mission documents. These will include handouts, answer keys to the text book practice questions and any other relevant documents that they can download and print.
After that I have a page titled “Agent Manual”. Here I’ll list the suggested readings from the text book as well as the practice problems.
Then we get into the guts of the content. First there is a lab in which the students will investigate uniform motion. I have some Tumble Buggies that I have been using the last few semesters. The students will determine the speed of the buggy first with a metrestick and stopwatch, then a second time by video analysis and the Tracker software. This will get the students used to using Tracker as well as comparing the two methods of data collection.
Then there is an “Investigation”. These aren’t labs but quick activities that the student can complete and perhaps answer some quick questions. This particular one is an online game that introduces them to motion graphs.
Then there is an “Instruction” page. This is the heading I’ll use for video lectures. In this case I will create a lesson on adding and subtracting vectors. I’ll upload these to youtube and then embed the video in this page.
The last section is another “Investigation” which will have some youtube videos of relative motion; planes landing in crosswinds, the Mythbusters trying to fire a ball from an air cannon from the back of a moving truck, etc.
Finally there is the mission itself. For this I’ll use a Moodle quiz. I plan on creating a question bank for each mission and having the quiz choose a random question for each attempt. The question will be the same format but with different numbers. This will prevent students from passing on the answer to their classmates.