Posts Tagged ‘eLearning’

I visited the Manchester College yesterday and was very impressed with some of the work being done by the Intro to Work course.  This is one of the MoLeNet supported courses using mobile technology for learners who are achieving at around entry level on the Adult Qualifications Framework.  They are using the social networking tool, Ning to support each other and work together as part of their college course. It was great to see each of the learners using the site independently and showing me how to upload videos from YouTube and create mash ups of photos. The site is effectively being used as an eportfolio for the group.

Each of the group had a work placement on a weekly basis and a couple of them were doing a great piece of work for mobility training.  They had taken a numer of bus rides and photographed landmarks along the way.  They then used a piece of software I hadn’t come across before called ‘Comic Life‘.  This uses uploaded photos with added captions to and create a comis strip type story.

While I was there one of them said to me  “You should use more technology for education – it’s easier for people like me to use”  I did suggest he might like my job!

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This will be the first of many posts about our Annual Conference taking place in Southport on June 25 this summer.  I say conference, but we are trying to get away from the ‘person standing at a lecturn and talking at a bunch of people’ type of event.  We are having a keynote from Russell Prue and an interactive question and answer session from Lee LeFever of Commoncraft.  Lee will be with us online from Seattle and will be doing a short presentation and then taking questions from the audience on the production of the fabulous videos that he and his wife Saachi make.  If you haven’t seen them I’ll embed one later in this post.

We are also planning a pecha kucha area – for those not familiar with this, it is a Japanese phrase meaning chit chat.  It incorporates a powerpoint presentation of 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds only.  The presenter therefore, has only 6 minutes and 40 seconds for their ‘show’ before it is the chance of the next person.  It promotes discussion and interaction, focusses the presenters on the essentials of their message and if it is boring, it’s over in less than 7 minutes!

This year, we are hoping that the RSC-Northwest stand will be an interactive and multi media delight.  The main focus will be our mogulus TV station manned expertly by John Dalziel our ACL adviser.  We’re also planning some demonstrations by the advisers on Interactive White Boards, Second Life and AccessApps amongst others.

As a team we now have a twitter stream so you can catch what is happening on @JISCRSCNW and we’re hoping that the day will be tagged by many of the delegates with #JISCRSCNW09.  We’ll be running a continuous ‘coveritlive‘ during the day so the various comments will be able to be seen as they appear.   It’s early days yet, there’s still 3 months or so to go,  but we have great hopes and if something goes wrong, so what – if people leave the day with something to talk about then we’ve done our job. Fingers crossed.

Finally as promised a commoncraft video – Wikis in Plain English.

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