• For this task I contacted Gill Needham, Associate Director and Richard Nurse, Library Services Manager at the Open University, who worked on an innovative project called “TELSTAR”. Technology Enhanced Learning supporting Students to achieve Academic Rigour. TELSTAR aimed to answer the question “How can The Open University manage the process of in…[Read more]

  • With just a couple of tiding up articles to make for OCTEL 2014 until I finish, the sun sets on what I have found to be an interesting course and online learning experience.

    I do hope that others can benefit from the course if and when it runs again.

    With the gamification of OCTEL grabbing my interest, I thought it only fair that I repay the…[Read more]

  • Just going through my activity stream on OCTEL and realised that I had not completed this task, so sorry for it being late in reply terms but here are my observations:

    @ed3d (Peter)

    • Video resources are a great help as we have seen on OCTEL they can be used to good effect especially when grading complex tasks
    • Synchronous feedback is a gre…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the comments, now who do we approach in the NHS to get the data-banks started off?

  • My Big question was “Is there one preferred platform for learning online” I had based this on my experience working with educators and academics, installing new systems using Moodle, SharePoint and Blackboard.

    OCTEL has broadened my horizons to such a point that I now realise so long as pedagogy, interactivity and collaboration are provided, and…[Read more]

  • glenn wrote a new post, Short and sweet, on the site ocTEL 2014 4 years, 6 months ago

    My Big question was “Is there one preferred platform for learning online” I had based this on my experience working with educators and academics, installing new systems using Moodle, SharePoint and Blackboard.
    OCTEL has broadened my horizons to such a point that I now realise so long as pedagogy, interactivity and collaboration are provided, and that the participants feel driven to use the learning platform as tool that helps them learn. It doesn’t matter what platform is used.

  • To respond to the question “What can I take away from this area and apply in my teaching-related work?” after reading “An incurable disease” and Donald Clark Plan B, “7 compelling arguments for peer learning”. And reflecting on my time blogging, answering and taking part in OCTEL, I feel that peer based learning has lots of benefits along with…[Read more]

  • To respond to the question “What can I take away from this area and apply in my teaching-related work?” after reading “An incurable disease” and Donald Clark Plan B, “7 compelling arguments for peer learning”. And reflecting on my time blogging, answering and taking part in OCTEL, I feel that peer based learning has lots of benefits along with a few negatives.
    Similar to Donald, I have found that scalability, higher rates of attainment, and delivering theory which is underpinned by expertise, expertise, which is universally available and may not normally be accessible to a learner, unless taking part in a MOOC style course online or similar are beneficial to learners.
    For me, I will take away knowledge and experience gained as a learner that peer related activities do work, but that you must have an active participant group that engages in the process to help drive and deliver collaborative learning.
    As a learning technologist, I am forever “selling the benefit” of TEL after all it helps keep me in a job.
    Through this OCTEL course I have gained further experience and more confidence in my choice and reasons for choosing learning tools and activities.
    There are serious cost savings to be made through the implementation of learning technologies, and the experience gained here will allow me to cite cases whereby these have been proven.

  • I watched the online education Udacity MOOC video, thinking about how this approach could benefit NHS undergraduate nursing students studying “Skills and Practice” modules:

    Benefits:
    Anytime
    Anywhere
    Anyplace learning, just like Martini!
    Watch/Rewatch
    Eliminate teaching repetition
    Deliver teaching staff cost savings
    Online ass…[Read more]

  • Depending on the organisational approach to “external” funding for projects, I would consider using outside contractors or systems, if allowed. External solutions providers can in my previous experience be quicker to complete a project due to their skill set matching exactly what is required. Can be financially more cost effective, providing exa…[Read more]

  • Depending on the organisational approach to “external” funding for projects, I would consider using outside contractors or systems, if allowed. External solutions providers can in my previous experience be quicker to complete a project due to their skill set matching exactly what is required. Can be financially more cost effective, providing exacting specifications are outlined and adhered to, and can be tailored to fit easier. All of this is not to say that you can just set the ball in motion on a project and relax, external providers can be more difficult to communicate with, and can let you down leading to stress and more grey hairs!
    So what about “in-house” benefits, I have found they offer more control, due to location and possibly less costly depending on financial structures that are in place. They can be slower though, especially when working with a small team, and if you have no control or influence over the “team”. The exact skill set or system you are looking to work with may not exist, which can cause your project to be adapted or at worse be something that is bolted onto an existing failed or failing system or process!

  • Hmm, the question “What TEL support is available to you” is an interesting one.

    It all depends on the level of interest that the “team” or “manager” you report to holds on the subject of TEL. I have worked in teams where I have been the only employee on the project with TEL skill-set this can make for a difficult or delightful relationshi…[Read more]

  • After reviewing Tom Cochrane’s conference paper, I have evaluated the projects Key Successes &
    Key failures, these are outlined below:

    Key Successes:
    A supportive learning community was created and facilitated.
    Lecturer and student participants were provided with an appropriate choice of technology.
    A sustained and supportive community of i…[Read more]

  • After reviewing Tom Cochrane’s conference paper, I have evaluated the projects Key Successes &
    Key failures, these are outlined below:
    Key Successes:
    A supportive learning community was created and facilitated.
    Lecturer and student participants were provided with an appropriate choice of technology.
    A sustained and supportive community of interactions were created.
    Key failures:
    International time differences were initially not considered important, we did find differences in time-zones problematic for live support sessions.
    International and local broadband failure was not initially considered, after the “week 0″ support week, we thought technical glitches were ironed out; unfortunately these did re-occur due to Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.
    Staffing issues were not initially planned for, but staff levels did alter as the project progressed, leading to delay.
    Financial provision was weak, leading to limited resources at project start.

  • glenn replied to the topic Back On Track in the forum TEL One: Planning 4 years, 6 months ago

    Hello Julie, thanks for your feedback 🙂

    We implemented general changes, ready for new cohorts, which was on average 6 month rotation.

    If there was a “major” issue, then we would look into altering it asap, with immediate feedback sought from delegates once the issue was fixed.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers
    Glenn

  • Much as the “course level project” that was discussed, I too have found that “time” is the key factor when working to develop a new template or e-learning course. The issue of “planning” was covered in depth in the project review, in my experience though I have found that too much planning can hinder the process of getting the job done, espec…[Read more]

  • Unless starting out from scratch designing a new method of feedback, users of e-assessment are in my experience limited to the technology that their University or organisation currently use or specify meets organisation feedback guidelines.

    I have worked with Moodle, Blackboard and SharePoint implementing feedback via many methods but find…[Read more]

  • @rose I too have done this, it may have been as the reply was pasted in with the “visual” tag selected on the site, just click onto the “text” tag and you can then select “links” etc without the formatting errors. Hopefully!

    Good write up btw!

  • @ Guy thanks for your question, to filter the 150 results I read a few of the first hits more deeply and selected one that I felt was relevant, although if looking for equine or feline I could have added that to the original search string. Hope this helps. Cheers. Glenn

  • Looks like it may need a re-design to properly engage its users @ Sue.

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