• Mark Johnstone posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    In reply to: meg colasante posted an update in the group Design for Open Learning I hope you don’t mind me joining this group in Week 3 of #ocTEL… It is the only group so far with both the words ‘design’ and ‘learning’ in […] View

    Hi Meg.

    I always struggle to keep up with these courses too. I try to go too deeply into things and get side tracked. This course really doesn’t require a high level of activity though. Try to make the weekly webinar (it’s a bit late for you though, I know) and do one or two activities. If you have a personal blog that’s a good place to…[Read more]

  • This conversations started in the chat box during the Week One ocTEL webinar. Inna Kochetkova asked whether anyone had experience using collaborative writing in teaching. That moved to Google Hangouts and then here.

    Inna asked,

    What I would like to know is how did you mark this collective assignment? Did you mark the end result and everyone in…

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    This week’s core activity on #ocTEL is to evaluate Marton, Hounsell and Entwistle’s approaches to learning framework in the light of one of a choice of four questions.
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  • Mark Johnstone posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    In reply to: guy saward posted an update in the group Design for Open Learning Have just listened to the podcast from yesterday as could not listen in real time. Was interested to hear people talking about best ways to […] View

    I’ve been experimenting with Twitter, which I follow on my phone, but it is a little too ephemeral for me, too fast moving and disjointed. I do not see much real interaction happening there. I do see it as a good way to distribute things quickly to people you know are folloing it. You can write a blog post and send it to twitter using the #octel…[Read more]

  • Mark Johnstone posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    In reply to: barbarapg posted an update in the group Language teachers @vbaxter I am sorry to be so badly informed, but what are long-tern SOL residents? I am trying to get more colleagues to use Google docs too. Have you […] View

    I tried using Moodle Workshop but found it very difficult to manage and I did not understand how it was marking students work. Another problem was students missing deadlines – they ALL need to finish one phase before moving on to the next, which meant that we slowly lost participants as the assignment progressed and there was not much that could…[Read more]

  • Mark Johnstone posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    In reply to: damon_tokyo posted an update in the group Language teachers @vbaxter @barbarapg Our programme uses Moodle heavily, but mainly to deliver content. We have found some of the functions, as you say, heavy and time […] View

    Google Docs gives students reasonable control over who can see what. If you’re working in K-12 you have special constraints. Have you looked at Edmodo. That is designed specially with these restrictions in mind.

  • Mark Johnstone posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    In reply to: damon_tokyo posted an update in the group Language teachers @vbaxter @barbarapg Our programme uses Moodle heavily, but mainly to deliver content. We have found some of the functions, as you say, heavy and time […] View

    Hi Damon,

    I’ve found the same thing using Moodle and GoogleDrive. Other teachers at my institution had been using GoogleDrive for several years before I started. I stayed in Moodle for a long time and only discovered GoogleDrive once I started a collaborative writing program. My institution does not use GoogleDocs so students need to create their…[Read more]

  • Hi Barbara,

    Thanks for starting this group. I teach EFL in Saudi Arabia on ground and work as an instructional designer at Clemson University, South Carolina, where I’m working on a couple of teams designing online language and culture programs in Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.

    I’m interested in finding out how colleagues are using ICT in…[Read more]

  • Mark Johnstone posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    In reply to: Alicia Vallero posted an update in the group Design for Open Learning Hi! I’m a Spanish teacher at Bond University in the Gold Coast, Australia. I have been using different types of technology in my classes with […] View

    Hi Alicia,

    Thanks a lot. This is very useful to me, especially the Michigan resources. I’m sure teachers will be interested in Scribble. We are also using BB Collaborate and this is one of the tools instructors were interested in using for synchronous sessions.

    One of the problems I struggle with, personally, is curriculum for language courses.…[Read more]

  • Mark Johnstone posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    In reply to: Julie Tardy joined the group Design for Open Learning View

    Welcome Juilie! Nice to see you here.

  • Mark Johnstone posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    In reply to: Mark Johnstone started the topic How do you design for open learning? in the forum Design for Open Learning Today on linked in I found a post by someone talking about learning design. He was thinking about the […] View

    Hey Guy,

    I’m interested in the distinction between open resources and open curricula. What kind of outcomes do you think could be linked to an open curriculum? I’m a language teacher so our outcomes can be quite wobbly at times. While some colleagues insist on drawing lines in the sand – they are also the ones that complain most about students.

  • Mark Johnstone posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    In reply to: Alicia Vallero posted an update in the group Design for Open Learning Hi! I’m a Spanish teacher at Bond University in the Gold Coast, Australia. I have been using different types of technology in my classes with […] View

    Hi Alicia. Can you tell us something about how you are using tech in your language classes? Are these online or on ground? I’m on a design team working on online courses aimed at three lesser taught languages: Chinese, Japanese and Arabic. I’d love to hear about what you’re doing.

  • Mark Johnstone posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    In reply to: guy saward posted an update in the group Design for Open Learning Have just listened to the podcast from yesterday as could not listen in real time. Was interested to hear people talking about best ways to […] View

    I use FB with a couple of closed groups but don’t like it very much. It’s a handy platform if you know who you’re dealing with, but it’s a little over exposed. I’m new to G+ and exploring that now on this MOOC. Twitter is still a mystery to me.

  • Mark Johnstone posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    In reply to: guy saward posted an update in the group Design for Open Learning Interested to see the way group formation is going, and interested to see balance between self-organisation and tutor-led groupings. Seems to […] View

    I’ve participated on a few unstructured MOOCs and I think I’m starting to understand them better now. I enjoyed the OLDS Mooc last year (Open University). That was all over the place but also quite goal driven. I felt a lot of pressure to keep up. Rhizo14 this year was completely the opposite. Also unstructured but no pressure at all. It wandered…[Read more]

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  • Today’s webinar was an interesting experience in open course design. It looks like there is a very wide range of people participating in this course with a lot of different types of skills.

    Did anyone else participate in that? What did you think?

  • A agree. The notion that you can force people to do “what’s good for them” is patronizing and condescending. Even when a mark is awarded for work done, it is possible to accommodate different types of interaction “for assessment” – if someone wants the mark. The compulsory thing comes from instructionist thinking: the teacher has the answers and…[Read more]

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