Learning & Teaching Conference 2010: Re-thinking the Curriculum Web Delivered e-Presentations Dr Stephen McKinnell Director of e-Learning Dr Peter Dangerfield Director of MBChB Year 1 Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
Drivers Similar content delivered year on year; Similar content delivered to students on different programmes; Congested timetables - students; Workload issues (teaching, research, clinical) – staff; Student centred learning; Reusable Learning Objects; Enabling technologies now available.
Reusable Learning Objects “any digital resource that can be reused to support learning” Wiley (2000) Learning objects have the following key characteristics:
Small units of learning, typically ranging from 2 minutes to 15 minutes.
Are self-contained – each LO can be taken independently
Are reusable – a single LO may be used in multiple contexts for multiple purposes
Can be aggregated – LOs can be grouped into larger collections of content, including traditional course structures
Are tagged with metadata – every learning object has descriptive information allowing it to be easily found.
How? Content Creation (Subject specialist) LO Creation (Subject specialist & e-technologist) LO delivery to students (e-technologist)
Content Creation Normal PowerPoints developed Discrete chunks….multiple small PowerPoints instead of one large one Consideration given to future use and how to lessen future re-recording/re-editing
LO Creation Voice-narrated PowerPoint recording using Camtasia Studio Outputted to “One Video with TOC” – intended for web delivery Output video format .FLV Embedded on html page Recorded at 1024 x 768 but delivered at 960 x 655 resolution
LO Delivery to Students Multiple options Web CD i-Phone VITAL / mapped drive / pcwww Secure delivery Ability to track use Single point of storage, multiple points of delivery
LO Delivery to Students Web page in ‘public.www’ M: drive
Pseudo tagging of Los
Securely delivered to staff only
Mapped drive published to pcwww
Secure / public
URL accessed through VITAL
Utilises all Blackboards features
Conclusions 15 embryology themed and 4 growth and developed themed LOs already developed plus 6 supporting SSMs. Available to multiple years on the MBChB programme (UG and PG entry), BDS programme and the BSc (Hons) Anatomy degree. No analysis of student usage / views yet undertaken. But positive feedback has been received. The approach undertaken and technology used is more than satisfactory. The use of TOCs is a real advantage.
Issues Not all content lends itself to this approach. Additional front-loaded work for staff which may be onset against ‘savings’ later. ‘Team developed’ approach desirable to make appropriate / efficient use of skills (academic and e-learning technologist). Student centre learning – emphasis on the independent learner. Improved the student experience.
References Beck, Robert J. (2009), "What Are Learning Objects?", Learning Objects, Center for International Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/learning_objects.cfm?gid=56 Wiley, David A. (2000), "Connecting Learning Objects to Instructional Design Theory: A Definition, A Metaphor, and A Taxonomy", in Wiley, David A. (DOC), The Instructional Use of Learning Object. http://www.reusability.org/read/