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Ten ways to spice up your NOW learning room<br />Anna ArmstrongCentre for Professional Learning & Development<br />
Logistics<br />Toilets<br />Drinks and Refreshments<br />Fire Alarms<br />Questioning Policy<br />24 August 2011<br />3<br />
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonytoo/4692186465/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/major_clanger/382513/<br />
By the end of the course you should be able to:<br /><ul><li>Make your NOW learning room a hub for all information and res...
Enhance your face-to-face sessions with videos, topical subjects and competitions, dates, definitions and events
Have your learning room automatically updated by linking to live feeds from the internet
Provide a rich source of new information, wider reading, activities and learning resources</li></ul>24 August 2011<br />5<...
24 August 2011<br />6<br />
Imagine…<br />
10 Ways to Spice up your NOW Learning Room<br />24 August 2011<br />8<br />
Discover the Ten Tips…<br /><ul><li>In groups of two or three look at the learning room page Ten Ways to Spice up your NOW...
What do you like/dislike about the learning room, from a student perspective?
How many new ideas can you find?</li></ul>24 August 2011<br />9<br />
Practise in your Sandbox Module<br />24 August 2011<br />10<br />
1<br />Colour code your learning room<br />Why?<br /><ul><li>Give your learning room a distinctive appearance
Have an agreed house style with other related modules
Highlight important information</li></ul>How?<br /><ul><li>Edit the homepage layout
Change the colours of the widget headings / titles</li></ul>24 August 2011<br />11<br />
1<br />Colour code your learning room<br />Learning room layout<br /><ul><li>Widget layout is based on standard template (...
Create a new template (editable)</li></ul>25 August 2011<br />12<br />
https://my.syncplicity.com/share/kx92ie0gd8/Creative_Commons_Infographic.png<br />24 August 2011<br />13<br />
Find copyright-free images<br />25 August 2011<br />14<br />
2<br />5<br />3<br />4<br />Pose a question/competition/incentive<br />Why?<br /><ul><li>Question of the week
Create interest
Brighten up learning room
Raise awareness
Increase engagement with the learning room
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  • Imagine you’re a student for a moment. You’ll go into this course’s learning room and have a look at the 10 Tips from today’s course from the student’s perspective.We’ll then look at how you create each of them.Go into the learning room for 10 Ways to spice up your learning room
  • Log in to Sandbox
  • Show slide as you introduce the tip, then go into NOW and show how to do it.
  • Learning rooms are based on a standard template, which you cannot edit.In order to edit the layout, you need to create a new template, which is then editable.
  • Have you heard of creative commons?Allows the owner of a work to choose the license that will govern the use of their work.
  • We’ll be searching Google Images and Flickr to find resources we are able to use, that aren’t fully copyright protected.What is FlickrWhat is Google?
  • Show slide as you introduce the tip, then go into NOW and show how to do it.
  • Show slide as you introduce the tip, then go into NOW and show how to do it.Updates from the website of your choice are fed into NOW automaticallyFeed code builder URL in NAB
  • Stages to create the twitter feed in NOW
  • Show slide as you introduce the tip, then go into NOW and show how to do it.
  • Show slide as you introduce the tip, then go into NOW and show how to do it.
  • What is Twitter and why use it?Some of the things you might mention to introduce Twitter are:The concept is that you can keep up to date with what is happening by posting and reading concise updates from a person organisation or topicPost and read messages called tweetsTweet = text-based message of up to 140 characters, therefore short and conciseTweets can be posted through the Twitter website, through mobile phones and through other websitesCompanies promote themselves and communicate with their client base in this way. They also respond to customer complaints and queries this way, meaning replies are visible to everyoneMany educators tweet about what they are doing and new and interesting articles they have foundSome well-known Tweeters are: Stephen Fry, 10 Downing Street, The Guardian, NTU, Penguin Books
  • Search tip: Use from: immediately before a username to find tweets from that user. Example: from:alexiskold will find tweets sent from the user &quot;alexiskold&quot;.
  • What is Twitter and why use it?Some of the things you might mention to introduce Twitter are:The concept is that you can keep up to date with what is happening by posting and reading concise updates from a person organisation or topicPost and read messages called tweetsTweet = text-based message of up to 140 characters, therefore short and conciseTweets can be posted through the Twitter website, through mobile phones and through other websitesCompanies promote themselves and communicate with their client base in this way. They also respond to customer complaints and queries this way, meaning replies are visible to everyoneMany educators tweet about what they are doing and new and interesting articles they have foundSome well-known Tweeters are: Stephen Fry, 10 Downing Street, The Guardian, NTU, Penguin Books
  • Stages to create the twitter feed in NOW
  • Show slide as you introduce the tip, then go into NOW and show how to do it.
  • Show slide as you introduce the tip, then go into NOW and show how to do it.
  • Top three tips and which will you use in your real learning rooms?
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    1. 1. Ten ways to spice up your NOW learning room<br />Anna ArmstrongCentre for Professional Learning & Development<br />
    2. 2.
    3. 3. Logistics<br />Toilets<br />Drinks and Refreshments<br />Fire Alarms<br />Questioning Policy<br />24 August 2011<br />3<br />
    4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonytoo/4692186465/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/major_clanger/382513/<br />
    5. 5. By the end of the course you should be able to:<br /><ul><li>Make your NOW learning room a hub for all information and resources for your module
    6. 6. Enhance your face-to-face sessions with videos, topical subjects and competitions, dates, definitions and events
    7. 7. Have your learning room automatically updated by linking to live feeds from the internet
    8. 8. Provide a rich source of new information, wider reading, activities and learning resources</li></ul>24 August 2011<br />5<br />
    9. 9. 24 August 2011<br />6<br />
    10. 10. Imagine…<br />
    11. 11. 10 Ways to Spice up your NOW Learning Room<br />24 August 2011<br />8<br />
    12. 12. Discover the Ten Tips…<br /><ul><li>In groups of two or three look at the learning room page Ten Ways to Spice up your NOW Learning Room (under your Student tab).
    13. 13. What do you like/dislike about the learning room, from a student perspective?
    14. 14. How many new ideas can you find?</li></ul>24 August 2011<br />9<br />
    15. 15. Practise in your Sandbox Module<br />24 August 2011<br />10<br />
    16. 16. 1<br />Colour code your learning room<br />Why?<br /><ul><li>Give your learning room a distinctive appearance
    17. 17. Have an agreed house style with other related modules
    18. 18. Highlight important information</li></ul>How?<br /><ul><li>Edit the homepage layout
    19. 19. Change the colours of the widget headings / titles</li></ul>24 August 2011<br />11<br />
    20. 20. 1<br />Colour code your learning room<br />Learning room layout<br /><ul><li>Widget layout is based on standard template (uneditable)
    21. 21. Create a new template (editable)</li></ul>25 August 2011<br />12<br />
    22. 22. https://my.syncplicity.com/share/kx92ie0gd8/Creative_Commons_Infographic.png<br />24 August 2011<br />13<br />
    23. 23. Find copyright-free images<br />25 August 2011<br />14<br />
    24. 24. 2<br />5<br />3<br />4<br />Pose a question/competition/incentive<br />Why?<br /><ul><li>Question of the week
    25. 25. Create interest
    26. 26. Brighten up learning room
    27. 27. Raise awareness
    28. 28. Increase engagement with the learning room
    29. 29. Link to more information
    30. 30. Teaser before lecture
    31. 31. Share your photos
    32. 32. Answer revealed in lecture
    33. 33. Test knowledge
    34. 34. Spark discussion
    35. 35. Revision of difficult concept</li></ul>How?<br /><ul><li>Create NOW widget
    36. 36. Add an image, text or link to it
    37. 37. Add widget to your learning room page</li></ul>24 August 2011<br />15<br />
    38. 38. 6<br />Provide live topical news updates<br />Why?<br /><ul><li>Provide topical content automatically updated
    39. 39. Wider reading
    40. 40. Create interest in the topic</li></ul>How?<br /><ul><li>Get an RSS feed from website of your choice
    41. 41. Convert to code suitable for NOW
    42. 42. Add to a new widget in NOW</li></ul>24 August 2011<br />16<br />
    43. 43. 24 August 2011<br />17<br />
    44. 44. 24 August 2011<br />18<br />
    45. 45. 24 August 2011<br />19<br />Open new tabs and go to <br /><ul><li>tinyurl.com/makecode
    46. 46. www.guardian.co.uk</li></li></ul><li>7<br />Definitions/Glossary<br />Why?<br /><ul><li>Revision
    47. 47. Explain commonly misunderstood terms
    48. 48. Exam rubric terminology</li></ul>How?<br /><ul><li>Use NOW’s Glossary tool</li></ul>24 August 2011<br />20<br />
    49. 49. Provide automatically updated links to current and topical reading<br />8<br />Why?<br /><ul><li>New material on each visit
    50. 50. Topical content
    51. 51. Wider reading
    52. 52. Create interest in the subject area
    53. 53. You don’t have to provide the information</li></ul>How?<br /><ul><li>Get a feed from Twitter
    54. 54. Create a new widget in NOW
    55. 55. Add Twitter feed into widget</li></ul>21<br />24 August 2011<br />
    56. 56. 8<br />Twitter in Education<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tT6N_8wcn4&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL<br />25 August 2011<br />22<br />
    57. 57. 8<br />Automatically updated links and reading<br />www.twitter.com<br />24 August 2011<br />23<br />
    58. 58. 8<br />Find a good quality source of information<br />Using Twitter, find an individual or organisation who regularly tweets on your subject of interest<br />Reflect on the quality and relevance of their contributions, for your learners<br />Look at the people they follow, and find another quality source of information<br />Identify a person/organisation you found which could be useful for your learners, and share this with the group<br />25 August 2011<br />24<br />
    59. 59. 24 August 2011<br />25<br />
    60. 60. 9<br />Welcome to the Module or Programme<br />Why?<br /><ul><li>Orientate students with the learning room
    61. 61. Explain how you will be using NOW
    62. 62. Highlight documents in the Content area</li></ul>How?<br /><ul><li>Use News to create a welcome message
    63. 63. Add a picture and a link to module handbook/other content</li></ul>Or<br /><ul><li>Create a video welcome message</li></li></ul><li>10<br />Publicise forthcoming events/dates<br />Why?<br /><ul><li>Information
    64. 64. Keep students up to date
    65. 65. Reminders
    66. 66. Guest lectures
    67. 67. Coursework deadlines
    68. 68. Highlight relevant events
    69. 69. Exam board dates
    70. 70. Engagement with learning room
    71. 71. Provide interest and links to further information</li></ul>How?<br /><ul><li>Use NOW’s Events widget</li></li></ul><li>?<br />Which are your threefavourite tips?<br />http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/NzI1NDY0Njk5<br />24 August 2011<br />28<br />Photo by fauxto_digital http://www.flickr.com/photos/fauxto_dkp/4822742072/<br />
    72. 72. Further Support and Guidance<br /><ul><li>Self help resources: NOW Community learning room
    73. 73. Help desk support for immediate issues: elearninghelp@ntu.ac.uk, ext 86030
    74. 74. Staff development: CPLDenquiries@ntu.ac.uk
    75. 75. Curriculum development: Centre for Academic Development and Quality</li></ul>24 August 2011<br />29<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-tal/116220689/<br />
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