Objectives <ul><li>to develop a successful e-learning support model, building on an existing e-delivery partnership betwee...
The Support Model Study  Circle - - - - - - - - - - - - - Online Course Interface including  Support & Assessment Course M...
Why E-Learning? <ul><li>Reasons people may choose or prefer this method of learning include: </li></ul><ul><li>Personal ci...
E-Learning Potential Disadvantages <ul><li>Can be Solitary </li></ul><ul><li>No collegiality and, consequently, lack of mo...
What are Study Circles?  <ul><li>A group of people meeting, comfortably seated in a circle with a facilitator. </li></ul><...
What Happens in a Study Circle? <ul><li>Provide opportunities to reflect  upon  how we learn  and what the  learning invol...
Who are they for? <ul><li>Anyone undertaking or interested in learning (distance, online or otherwise). Doesn’t have to be...
Outcomes for Individuals <ul><li>Unemployed over 45’s and single parents.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self awareness and confid...
Outcomes for Communities <ul><li>For eight Communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New job skills, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Av...
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Tasmanian Communities Online (TCO) presentation from ALA, Nov'05.

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John Tucker spoke to this presentation at the Adult Learning Australia Conference, November '05. The TCO project used a "Study Circle" model to engage with their learners, in multiple spaces including EdNA Groups and WebCT.

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  • We have two primary objectives for our project. The first is to develop a really strong model to support e-learning in rural and/or disadvantaged communities. Prior to this project we already had an existing partnership with TAFE Tasmania involving the delivery of elearning. This project builds upon that partnership The second objective is to enhance the future learning capacity and job opportunities for identified disadvantaged groups in rural Tasmanian communities specifically single parents and unemployed over 45s.
  • Tasmanian Communities Online (TCO) presentation from ALA, Nov'05.

    1. 1. Objectives <ul><li>to develop a successful e-learning support model, building on an existing e-delivery partnership between the Tasmanian Communities Online network of Online Access Centres and TAFE Tasmania. </li></ul><ul><li>to enhance the future learning capacity and job opportunities for identified disadvantaged groups in rural Tasmanian communities. </li></ul>Online Access Centres
    2. 2. The Support Model Study Circle - - - - - - - - - - - - - Online Course Interface including Support & Assessment Course Materials Communications - EdNA Group - Teleconferencing - Face to Face TAFE Enrolments, Communications, Use of facilities Mentoring, Coaching, Assessment Professional Development Centre Support Unit E-learning course or skills set Certificate 2 in Business Coordination Oversight Payment Local Support
    3. 3. Why E-Learning? <ul><li>Reasons people may choose or prefer this method of learning include: </li></ul><ul><li>Personal circumstances (work, family & personal commitments, disability, financial considerations) </li></ul><ul><li>Long distance to a campus </li></ul><ul><li>Self-paced style </li></ul><ul><li>Past unsatisfactory experience in institutions (schools) </li></ul><ul><li>An alternative to the traditional classroom experience </li></ul><ul><li>As a way back into formal education for adults. </li></ul>
    4. 4. E-Learning Potential Disadvantages <ul><li>Can be Solitary </li></ul><ul><li>No collegiality and, consequently, lack of motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to contact remote help from institution </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of immediate feedback from teacher/assessor </li></ul><ul><li>Impersonal – lack of human element in teaching </li></ul>
    5. 5. What are Study Circles? <ul><li>A group of people meeting, comfortably seated in a circle with a facilitator. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A collaborative, supportive environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A surrogate classroom of peers. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A facilitator establishes and initially guides the study circle </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the aim is for circles to develop the capacity to be self-directed – Facilitator takes an increasingly back seat role . </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. What Happens in a Study Circle? <ul><li>Provide opportunities to reflect upon how we learn and what the learning involves. </li></ul><ul><li>It teaches about goal setting and skills for being better learners and problem solvers. </li></ul><ul><li>Pose questions/challenges, research, solve problems </li></ul><ul><li>Course work </li></ul>
    7. 7. Who are they for? <ul><li>Anyone undertaking or interested in learning (distance, online or otherwise). Doesn’t have to be eLearning and doesn’t have to be accredited. </li></ul><ul><li>Because Study Circles aim to be self-managing and it is local people involved in it, this encourages others to participate who perhaps previously were hesitant to be involved in education. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Outcomes for Individuals <ul><li>Unemployed over 45’s and single parents. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self awareness and confidence as a learner; study skills. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>skills for e-Learning and business. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Study Circle Leaders – Online Access Centre coordinators. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased self awareness and skills as a lifelong learner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills in e-Learning, training and assessment, coaching, mentoring and facilitating Study Circles. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Outcomes for Communities <ul><li>For eight Communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New job skills, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avenue to further education, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forum for community issues, particularly in relation to adult education, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership, facilitation and meeting skills. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For all Communities – A model to build educational capacity and citizenship. </li></ul>

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