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Poster describing a course to help adult learners improve their communication skills using new media.

Poster describing a course to help adult learners improve their communication skills using new media.



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  • 1. The ODL digital divide: too busy to learn?
    Cranky IT systems, no time to train, and what is this cloud stuff?
    Web 2.0
    Yet our Gen Y students are digital natives
    Cuts – less staff – more work – more students
    We need more repetitions to learn
    And now you want me to offer flexible, open learning???
    And a virtuous cycle of innovative communication???
    We have mixed ability: so the techies must help the non-techies
    Adult education is different…
    Work with my motivation or I won’t find time for class next week…
    We designed a short course about saving time to make time, teaching basic communications theory through productive Web 2.0 tools, constantly adjusting the content to motivate learners… Communications Skills for the New Media Age
    We prefer a problem-centered, practical approach
    What worked:
    Enrolment survey on technology use
    Weekly handouts of news items
    Jingfor recording walkthroughs
    Dropboxfor accessing files from anywhere
    Delicious for keeping track of interesting web resources
    Skypefor basic distance meetings
    Webtextfor organising groups/classes via SMS
    Moodlefor peer support between classes
    Filming each other on mobile phones
    Online surveys to monitor progress
    Feedback from learners
    17 of 20 learners rated the course “very good” or “excellent”.
    “It did exactly what it said on the tin.”
    “I received a really broad view of what's out there! Made me get on line and get involved with several applications. Moodle, Dropbox were really useful."
    “Delicious has changed the way I use the internet at work, far more efficient.”
    What didn’t:
    Technical problems: physical space in lab, speed of network, and sound
    Homework game to encourage participation: scoring got too complex.
    Finding time to upload the materials to an Open Educational Resource (OER) – we now use the OU’sProjectspace.
    Group teaching took a lot of time for planning, reviewing sessions and brainstorming the future
    No access to Moodleuntil 3rd week
    Not enough material designed for sequential learners
    Reference: “Older learners and IT: strategies and case studies”. Research and Learning Innovation Unit, Adult Multicultural Education Services, Department of Education, Science and Training, Australia..
    Reference: Merriam, S.B. (2001). Andragogy and self-directed learning: Pillars of adult learning theory. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education v. 89, p. 3–14.
    NB: Views expressed in this poster are those of ImogenBertin
    How can a course like this get NFQ certification when by definition, the content must be constantly updated and varied to suit new tools, mixed abilities, backgrounds and objectives? If you have thoughts, please contact
    Course tutors Catherine O’Mahony, ImogenBertin and Carolyn Daly, UCC and Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan, CIT Thanks to the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, IonadBairre and our voluntary course mentors