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    100 ways to use a VLE – #83 In a workshop

    January 13th, 2012

    Many vocational courses will have practical sessions in workshops, kitchens or salons. In these sessions learners will observe, try and practice real world skills. Learners will often be assessed in these sessions too.

    The VLE, often thought of as a tool for remote learning, can be useful in a workshop situation. It can be a source of advice, guidance and support, and as a place to record evidence and assessment. If

    Most workshops probably won’t have PCs in them, but as more and more learners have mobile devices to hand and VLEs become more accessible via the mobile browser, it is now easier for learners to access and interact with the V!E than it was a few years ago.

    An instructor could demonstrate a skill, record it on video and then upload it to the VLE. Learners could then watch the embedded video, click a link to the video, or download the video; to watch it on their laptop, tablet or phone. So if they need reinforcement of or a replay of a demonstration then they can just get it from the VLE. Uploading to the VLE also means they can get it a later date, in another session, at home or in the workplace.

    There may be handouts available for a session, by placing these on the VLE it removes the need to have paper copies, learners can download and print if they prefer paper, likewise they could just read from their device. These could cover the practical aspects of the session or health and safe guidance.

    Using cameras or camera phones, learners can record themselves or their peers undertaking practical activities, these can then be uploaded to an e-portfolio linked to the VLE or up to the VLE as an assignment.

    There are of course some serious considerations to think about, how would the use of PCs or mobile devices in the workshop impact on safe practice in the workshop? Is there sufficient wireless capacity in the workshop? What about workshops that have an environment that isn’t suitable for standard laptops or mobile devices? There are rugged computing devices available for not nice environments which could be used instead.

    A practical or workshop session is an opportunity for learners to gain and practice skills, the VLE can be a core part of the session in providing additional resources, a place for assessment and recording.


    MoLeNET Podcasting Workshop – 8th December 2010

    November 30th, 2010

    I am leading a Podcasting Workshop on the 8th December 2010 between 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Gloucestershire College MoLeNET Academy at the Gloucester Campus of Gloucestershire College.

    This is a hands on workshop looking at the process of:

    • Planning
    • Recording
    • Editing
    • Publication
    • Distribution
    • Marketing

    of Podcasts for teaching and learning.

    The workshop will look at:

    • Content of podcasts, what works and what doesn’t.
    • Recording, tools and tips, use of Skype, mp3 recorders, Audioboo, iPadio.
    • Editing podcasts using tools such as Audacity or Garageband.
    • Publishing your podcasts using blogging, FTP.
    • Distribution, looking at creating and using RSS Feeds. Will also look at iTunes, the iTunes Store and iTunes U.
    • Marketing, how you get your learners to listen to your podcast.

    The day starts at 10.00am and will finish at 4.00pm, lunch will be provided.

    The event will be led by James Clay and will be working with Di Dawson.

    Travel

    Gloucester is well served by rail networks from across the UK and the college is a 15 minute walk from the railway station.

    Gloucester is on the M5 and can be accessed from Junction 12 from the South and Junction 11 from the North. Please note that there is NO PARKING available at the college, though pay and display car parks are close by.

    Booking

    Please book online at RSC South West.

    The event is FREE to any member of the MoLeNET community, in other words your college has led or been a partner in any MoLeNET project.

    Background

    Gloucestershire College has a wealth of experience in the use of mobile devices to support assessment. With three successful MoLeNET projects and a MoLeNET Academy, the college is using podcasting, video and audio to support and enhance learning and assessment.

    James Clay is an experienced podcaster with a well respected weekly podcast, e-Learning Stuff. James is and has been passionate about the use of learning technologies to enhance and enrich the learning experience since 1991. James has been ILT & Learning Resources Manager at Gloucestershire College since November 2006. He is responsible for the VLE, the use of learning technologies, e-learning, mobile learning, the libraries, digital and online resources and the strategic direction of the college in relation to the use of learning technologies.James has extensive experience of mobile learning and has a vision that goes beyond mobile technologies and focuses on the mobility of the learner, blurring the demarcation between formal and informal learning.

    Di Dawson is an LSN MoLeNET Mentor and a gadget lover and she brings expertise to the day in the form of enthusiasm for mobile technologies and as a teacher trainer. She likes to link teaching theories to practice and explains how activities can be designed to make the learners think deeper and therefore broaden their learning. Di loves gaming technologies and she enjoys enthusing teaching staff to look ‘beyond the play’ and see the potential for learning. Di has written various books on the use of computers and handheld technology and delivers online training to education and business establishments. Technology has certainly changed since Di started as an IT tutor 20 years ago.

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    e-Learning Stuff Podcast #027: It’s conference time…

    August 30th, 2009

    altc2008

    James discusses what he will be doing at the ALT Conference in Manchester from the 7th-10th September 2009.

    Audio MP3

    This is the twenty seventh e-Learning Stuff Podcast, It’s conference time…

    Download the podcast in mp3 format: It’s conference time…

    Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

    Shownotes


    Hood 2.1 – it’s still a Web 2.0 World out there

    August 28th, 2009

    Following on from the success of the Hood 2.0 Workshop at ALT-C last year, at this years ALT-C I shall be running another workshop, Hood 2.1 – it’s still a Web 2.0 World out there.

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    Background

    Web 2.0 is exciting and innovative, with new services appearing almost daily. These services can incorporate social networking, video and audio production, sharing, collaboration and user-created content. Some will be useful for providing information and entertainment, some will allow us to create innovative learning activities.

    This stimulating and interactive workshop will explore new Web 2.0 services that can be used to solve some of the issues facing learners.

    Ideas to be explored

    During the workshop participants will be shown different learning scenarios and activities that utilise a range of new and exciting Web 2.0 services.

    It is expected that the workshop will utilise the newest and most exciting Web 2.0 services out there, but could include: the use of Audioboo.fm for fieldwork; using Jing to create learning resources and web reviews; and using ipadio to allow learners to create a series of work-based podcasts.

    Participants will discuss and debate the Web 2.0 service and the scenarios in small groups, covering how they could be utilised within their own institutions.

    The groups will also discuss how the pedagogy needs to drive the scenarios and not the technology, and address how Web 2.0 can empower learners to take responsibility for their own learning. Each group will provide feedback through either a blog entry, an audio podcast or a video presentation. These will then be made available online to allow further comment and discussion beyond the workshop, and also allow other conference delegates to participate.

    Intended outcomes

    The participants will have a greater understanding of the innovative role of Web 2.0 to support.They will have considered how Web 2.0 can be used to redesign the pedagogy, the curriculum, and assessment methods to secure a substantial positive impact on learning.

    The participants will have presented the results of their discussion to other participants and to other delegates through the use of a variety of learning technologies and Web 2.0 services. This will allow them to understand which services are innovations of true value, rather than mere fads.

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    Future of Learning Workshop

    August 24th, 2009

    At the RSC SW Summer Conference, myself, Mell Turford and David Sugden presented a workshop, which we entitled the future of learning.

    Here is the video of that workshop.

    Obviously there are “gaps” in the video when the delegates are doing “stuff” but some of the talky bits are quite good.