Friday, May 15, 2009

Rapid Elearning – Tools of the trade

The Higher Education Academy Subject, Centre for Health Sciences and Practice, E-learning Special Interest Group will be discussing Rapid Elearning – Tools of the trade.

The workshop, is to be held on Friday 26th June 2009 and will be hosted by SONET Applied Research Centre/RLO-CETL, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham

The programme includes sessions on Creating Reusable Learning Objects using Articulate Presenter and the virtual learning authoring system Pivote.

Location: Centre for Integrative Learning, Hallward Library Level 1
Rooms 105 & 106
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For further information contact: OR

It is a shame that this event clashes with the NI2009 congress in Helsinki, but personally I have to give my apologies because I will be at Glastonbury Festival.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

E-learning in health and social care study day

On Friday I attended (and help to organise/run) a study day of the Higher Education Academy, Health Sciences & Practice e-learning special interest group at the Glenside Campus of the University of the West of England.

Dr Pam Moule opened the day and gave the first presentation about the work we had undertaken for the HEA HS&P "Scoping e-learning: use and development in health sciences and practice" over the last two years. She set out the aims of the study and the two phase data collection with a survey and then case studies which had identified 5 themes:
* Facilitating factors
* Inhibiting factors
* Innovative technologies
* Pedagogy
* Training

She then led a discussion of the findings of the study and their implications for practice.

The second speaker was Dr Heather Wharrad from the University of Nottingham, School of Nursing Educational Technology Group (SONET) who entitled her presentation RLO's are good for Health: Community based approaches. She described the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for RLOs before giving descriptions of the characteristics of a reusable learning object and their approach to their production and use. The key points were illustrated with a case study from Nottingham's Non-Medical Prescribing Course, and outlined the positive evaluation from students.

The next two speakers were from Coventry University. The first was Imran Ali who described the myriad of innovative technologies being used within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Of particular interest to me and many in the audience was Echo 360 which they are currently implementing for lecture capture.

Imran's presentation was followed by Elinor Clarke who moved the innovative technologies forward with a discussion of Web 2.0 technlogies in use within the faculty, particularly InterProfessional Learning Objects and touched on Second Life (under the banner of Second Learning) to support their pedagogical aims.

After lunch Anne Smith described the "Reading Experience" with the E-learning framework in use at the University of Reading and the real life considerations which impinge on elearning use with her students. She particularly highlighted issues around the impact of e-learning on the assessment process.

Following Anne's presentation the attendees broke into smaller facilitated groups to identify examples of good (and bad) practice in relation to e-learning to aid wider sharing as an outcome of the HEA HS&P project, and gave comments on the draft "Guidance for e-learning implementation". Pam closed the day by thanking all participants and giving an outline of future activities within the HEA HS&P e-learning SIG.

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Friday, June 01, 2007

HEA HS&P elearning SIG meeting

Today I attended a meeting of the HEA Health Sciences & Practice, elearning Special Interest Group at the University of Worcester.

It was entitled "From Novice to Innovator" & covered a wide range of issues related to elearning.

The day was opened by Tim Johnson who used a valleys and hills analogy to represent those just starting out in this field and those who have achieved the dizzy heights.

Jenny Edwins, a midwifery lecturer, gave a novices view described her experiences wuitha module she runs. She talked about how her students were already communicating and therefore saw the discussion board as pointless. She identified advantages for lecturers in manging electrionic submissions of assignments, but little advantage for students.

I then gave a presentation about incorporating multimedia into elearning based on experience in the EU packs project.

Linsey Duncan-Pitt then gave a short presentation about the University of Wolverhampton's use of PebblePad, Hotpotatoes and SNAGIT software. Some interesting discussion arose about privacy & allowing access to different parts of information. She is conducting an E-Portfolio Survey for the HEA.

After lunch discussions and demonstrations continued including a demonstration of Course Genie, for converting word documents to html including mutimedia objects. Several participants gave examples from their own experience and their learning from the day. Discussion about selecting particular tools including Second Life raised lots of issues. The role of the SIG in developing and sharing ideas and learning was also discussed by participants.

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