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eLCC Workshop 2011

We had a three day workshop for eLearning Community Coordinators last week. It was a full on three days with a lot of us looking exhausted at the end of each day, but a really enjoyable and worthwhile event. There seemed to be something for everyone and it didn’t matter if you were a technology whizz or beginner, had a thriving elearning community in your department or if it was early days, everyone was learning new things and getting reinvigorated for jumping in with both feet this year.

The programme included:

  • iPadagogy – an intro to the iPad with a three day loan of the iPad to each participant
  • Twitter for Collaboration Collating Student eportfolios via RSS
  • Communities of Practice – a year in, where are we now and what is the next phase for us in our elearning communities
  • Digital Storytelling, e-Portfolios and blogging
  • GMail – students use it, we need to now how to use it to better support them
  • The Matrix (course evaluation tool) and our Moodle Roll-Out Process – having evaluation conversations with our departments
  • Educational gaming – games you can use and how you can create your own games
  • Moodle Break-Outs (a time for asking questions and talking about best practice use of Moodle tools)
  • Using and creating EBooks (session led by an eLCC for his peers, yay!)
  • Moodle 2.0 – overview of the exciting new features and opportunity to ask questions
  • How enrolment works in our institution
  • eLCC Show and Tell
eLCC Workshop 2011

There was lots of talking with other eLCCs and sharing which was fantastic to see.

The absolute highlight for me was the eLCC show and tell time where quite a number of eLCCs took the stage and showed the peers something they are doing in the elearning space. Each eLCC really did offer something quite different too, with Chris talking about making his first movie with his phone and iMovie (thanks for the offer to help others Chris) and Ganeshan talking about how he used self directed blended learning to learn wind surfing (giving his perspective as the learner). The only disappointing thing in the whole three days for me was the invited people who did not come and show their support of  eLCCs and the eLearning strategy. It was great to see Ray and Peter there and I hope to catch up with them to get their feedback.

The eLCCs who attended seemed to get a lot of out this time together and the feedback has been positive. One of my personal aims this year is to help eLCCs build confidence and their perceptions of their capabilities and I think these three days were a good step in this direction. I am going on maternity leave in June and I am hoping the eLCCs can support each other more this year so they are stronger as a community and can improve their ability to find resolutions amongst themselves, relying less on the elearning team and eLDAs. If they can do this, they will be in a better position next year when the funded positions supporting the eLearning strategy end.

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