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
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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.
Today is the first day of our eLearning Community Coordinators workshop at Unitec. Our plan is for three days together. Last year we had five days together in February to kickstart our community and to start implementing our elearning strategy across the institute.
One year on, it is an opportunity to move into a new phase as a community. We have had some exposure to some elearning initiatives and have now the task of working out how to progress from here.
I hope that our next phase is on developing our sense of community and how we support each other. I would like us to work on changing our own perceptions of ourselves so we feel more confident and capable of trying new things. More on that later.
So we opened the workshop with a karakia. All our minds are still on Christchurch and the earthquake so it was important to recognise this and offer our prayers and thoughts to those impacted.
We gave everyone an ipad and spent a couple of hours trying out different applications, getting everyone trying twitter and using #elcc11 as a hashtag for this event.
After lunch we are just starting to talk about communities of practice.
Due to a date clash with Moodlemoot Australia 2011, we have changed Moodlemoot New Zealand 2011. Here are the udpated details:
We expect it will be the largest NZ Moot ever! Looking forward to seeing you there.
I am excited to let everyone know that Moodlemoot 2011 NZ has been announced. Read the announcement notice on http://moodlemoot.co.nz/ and bookmark the website for future reference.
Dates: Tuesday 19th – Thursday 22nd of July 2011
Venue: Unitec, Carrington Road, Mt Albert, Auckland
- Scott Gallagher Incorporating videos captured by SmartBoard
- Kamuka Pati eHut
- James Oldfield iPadagogy
- David Rhodes Androidagogy
- Phil Plunkett Moodle quizzes
- Merf E-ureka!
Brett “Merf” Murphy was a personal highlight of this mini symposium as he shared his own personal recognition of his learning journey this year throughout this year as a participant of the “Social Learning Technologies” course. Merf also shared what happened in his own classroom teaching his students and changes he is seeing now he has discovered constructivism.
This morning I helped a lecturer with his class mid semester test. Earlier in the course the lecturer and students discussed assessment and decided together how they would be assessed. The assessment is made up of two tests, portfolio and practical. Last year the course had a test at the end, but these students asked for an assessment mid semester.
The lecturer and his colleague have made the mid semester test using Moodle quiz. They had asked my assistance part way through their design and were working well towards completing the preparation last time I saw them. They asked me to be available “just in case” on the day, so I popped along to the classroom. The plan is half the students at 9.30am and half at 10.30am.
I walked into the classroom to find students sitting at computers logging into Moodle and only one asked me what his password might be, which I am pretty happy about. The test was set to automatically open at 9.30am. They all have pen paper and calculator handy for working out each answer. Some of the students have the electrical standards with them, though they shouldn’t need it for the test. They have an hour to complete.
We struck one small issue. One of the questions has a bit of random html in it that makes it appear to the students that there should be a picture but there is not. We discussed it with them as they reached that question and they all seemed okay to carry on. I will fix the code in that question when they finish, and just before the second group start.
I am trying to decide what I think about students asking for more tests. I can understand them wanting to spread the assessment values out; having more than half your course grade based on one assessment item can be highly stressful. They have decided this weighting: 20% mid semester theory test, 25% end semester theory test, 10% portfolio, 45% practical.
Well, with the first students nearly complete the test results are coming in fast and all seems to be well. Their feedback is positive and they all seem to be happy with the assessment method, though some students said they had questions that looked almost the same with just a few different variables (which we will investigate).
Today was Volunteer day at Unitec.
We had an olpc stand and there was lots of interest from the students, so gave out an information sheet that tells them where to download Sugar on a Stick, how to join the mailing list, and where we meet in Auckland on Saturdays.
Tracey came to help with the stand.
There is a huge variety of international students at Unitec and some were interested in translations for their country.
Some of the other volunteer organisations at the event included:
* Fire service
* Trade Aid
* Refugee services
* Citizen Advice Bureau
* Volunteering Auckland
* Auckland Zoo
* Special Olympics
* Habitat for Humanity
* IHC NZ
There were lots more but I didn’t get around to them all unfortunately. All in all, I think it was a well organised and well attended event. Volunteering can really help students get experience that can lead to employment, so well worth running the event for the students.