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Moving beyond Blackboard: The VLE journey at Dundee

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This presentation was given as part of the E-Learning for the Learner: the challenge of providing learner centred education in the Age of the Internet Symposium held at the Association for Medical …

This presentation was given as part of the E-Learning for the Learner: the challenge of providing learner centred education in the Age of the Internet Symposium held at the Association for Medical Education in Europe annual meeting held in Lyon, France, 27-29 August 2012

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  • 1. E-­‐Learning  for  the  Learner:  the  challenge  of  providing   learner  centred  educa6on  in  the  Age  of  the  Internet        Moving  Beyond  Blackboard:          The  VLE  journey  at  Dundee          Natalie  Lafferty               h9p://www.flickr.com/photos/59939034@N02/5476290876/  
  • 2. VLE  -­‐  Gone  full  circle  a  bit  of  a  bumpy  ride  
  • 3. Curriculum  Map   Blackboard  VLE  
  • 4. Loss  of  curriculum  map  
  • 5. Customised  Year  Pages  
  • 6. Student  &  staff  feedback   Increasingly  nega6ve   •  Usability  issues   •  Loss  of  curriculum  map   •  Loss  of  6metable   •  Access  issues   •  Staff  disengagement      http://www.flickr.com/photos/nfsa/4580070895/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  • 7. VLE  -­‐  One  size  does  not  fit  all  
  • 8. Dundee  MBChB  -­‐  Spiral  curriculum  
  • 9. h9p://www.flickr.com/photos/teddy-­‐rised/2814710002/   VLE  primarily  just  suppor6ng   transmission  of  informa6on?  
  • 10. h9p://www.flickr.com/photos/jrhode/4493448377/  
  • 11. http://www.dontbeasalmon.net/med.html
  • 12. •  Commonly  used  as  a  blogging  pla_orm  •  Open  source  with  large  developer   community  •  Used  in  in  higher  educa6on  to  support   online  learning  •  Wide  range  of  plug-­‐ins  support   customisa6on  
  • 13. First  pilots    Blogging  doctors  suppor6ng  learning  
  • 14. Student  Feedback   Useful  links  to  journals,  other  sites,   embedded  video     Informa6on  easy  to  find     Good  revision  aid     78%  wanted  other  teaching  blocks   to  do  something  similar     Lack  of  forma6ve  assessment   opportuni6es      http://www.flickr.com/photos/nfsa/4580070895/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  • 15. Students  liked  &  wanted  more  forma6ve  assessment  
  • 16. Second  phase  pilots  -­‐  WordPress  installed  on  local  server  University  LDAP  login  
  • 17. Delivering  lectures  -­‐  interac6ve  6metable  -­‐    forma6ve  assessment  -­‐  ask  Dundee  Chest  
  • 18. Student  Feedback   85%  preferred  it  to  Blackboard     Blog  format  more  intui6ve  &  easy   to  use  and  explore     Loved  sefng  the  site  to  my   homepage  so  could  easily  check   announcements  &  latest  comments    h9p://www.flickr.com/photos/nfsa/4580070895/sizes/z/in/photostream/  
  • 19. Replica6ng  DundeeChest     approach  in  Blackboard  
  • 20. Student Feedback The  actual  learning  in  Endocrinology   was  almost  always  excellent  and  I   enjoyed  it.  However  I  found  the   Blackboard  experience  very  poor.  (It   was  equally  poor  in  semester  one   and  two  of  first  year).    Having  a   Dundee  Endocrinology  developed   like  Dundee  Chest  would  be   absolutely  excellent  -­‐  going  back  to   using  Blackboard  amer  having   Dundee  Chest  was  very  depressing.  h9p://www.flickr.com/photos/nfsa/4580070895/sizes/z/in/photostream/  
  • 21. Student Feedback The  blog  format  was  leaps   and  bounds  be9er  than   blackboard.  It’s  intui6ve,   easy  to  use,  and  be9er  to   students  to  explore  all  the   resources  available  (much  of   which  I  didnt  even  know   about  simply  because  of  BBs   format).    h9p://www.flickr.com/photos/nfsa/4580070895/sizes/z/in/photostream/  
  • 22. 4th  &  5th  year  study  guides   staff  &  students  
  • 23. Staff  Feedback   Easy to use Ease of access in NHS Speed of accesshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jreed/322057793/
  • 24. Personalisa6on  Reflec6ng  the  personality  and  flavour    of  each  individual  clinical  specialty   http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianinsheffield/5611248212/in/photostream/
  • 25. Flexibility  to  support  teaching   http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheesygarlicboy/2407020068/
  • 26. Increased  staff  engagement  in  the  use  of  educa6onal  technology  focusing  on  what   and  how  they  wanted  to  teach  
  • 27. Implementa6on     Undergraduate  Medical  Educa6on  Commi9ee  decision  to  migrate  Phase  2  teaching  from  Blackboard   to  Dundee  MBChB  learning  portal  for  2011/12  
  • 28. Integra6ng  early  years  teaching  with  clinical  years  teaching  
  • 29. Integra6ng  curriculum  themes  
  • 30. Providing  links  &  pulling  in  informa6on  from  journals  &  social  bookmarks  using  RSS  feeds  
  • 31. TWITTER  
  • 32. Phase  2  Student  Feedback   I  think  medblogs  is  a  great  addi6on   to  the  elearning  environment.     Medblogs  is  a  fantas6c  resource   and  much  more  useful  than   Blackboard  ever  was.     Medblogs  system  was  extremely   useful  and  very  user  friendly      .com/photos/nfsa/4580070895/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  • 33. Phase  2  Student  Feedback   I  think  medblogs  is  a  great  addi6on   to  the  elearning  environment.     Medblogs  is  a  fantas6c  resource   and  much  more  useful  than   Blackboard  ever  was.     Medblogs  system  was  extremely   useful  and  very  user  friendly      .com/photos/nfsa/4580070895/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  • 34. Phase  2  Student  Feedback     Areas  for  improvement   •  Discussion  board   •  Announcement  management   •  Missing  lectures   •  More  forma6ve  assessment   wanted   •  More  interac6ve  elearning   tutorials  wanted  .com/photos/nfsa/4580070895/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  • 35. Implementa6on     Migra6on  of  Phase  3  clinical  teaching  from   Blackboard  to  Dundee  MBChB  learning  portal    for  2012/13  &  integra6on  with  new  6metable  and   learning  repository  
  • 36. VLE  Journey  Stage  1  -­‐  Bespoke   Phase  2  -­‐  Blackboard   Phase  3  -­‐  Wordpress   Teacher   Teacher   Student   centred  –   centred  –   centred  –     informa6on   informa6on   Self-­‐directed   transmission   transmission   learning  &     &  technology   educa6onally   led   led  
  • 37. (Siemens  2005;  Sandars  2009)      
  • 38. Student developed content  
  • 39. Dundee  VLE  Journey   Stage  3   Wordpress     Mul6user     Stage  2   site   Blackboard   Ins6tu6onal  VLE  Stage  1    Bespoke  In-­‐house  VLE  
  • 40. Overall Outcomes•  A community of interest and learning practice is emerging•  Teaching staff becoming more confident in using technology to support their teaching•  Teachers sharing good practice•  Increasing student engagement•  Staff & student advisory groups informing future developments http://www.flickr.com/photos/webwizzard/3931165508/
  • 41.      QuesFons   Natalie  Lafferty   Email:  n.t.lafferty@dundee.ac.uk    Twi9er:  @nlafferty     h9p://www.flickr.com/photos/59939034@N02/5476290876/  

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