Building a culture of flexible
online learning
James Little @jimjamyahauk
Kirsten Thompson @_KirstenT
University of Leeds
...
Overview
This session identifies the journey in building a culture of
flexible learning from both a departmental, learner ...
Need for change:
Enhancing accessibility
Better mobile device support (responsive)
Informal learning
Fees
Professiona...
Evaluating Current Platform
Current bespoke platform wasn’t able to meet
needs:
X Compatibility
X Lack of extendibility / ...
Project Aims
• Identify an effective and customisable
technological solution to fulfill pedagogic
requirements, now and in...
How to implement?
Carried out comparison of available platforms:
Images copyright respective holders (linked images used)
How to implement?
Chosen: WordPress
Already some use on campus
Flexibility of use/extendibility (plug-ins)
Support for ...
Implementation
Technical
Network of sites
Plug-ins (Security/Community/Collaboration/Social
Media/Assessment)
Access to co...
Example: Welcome to Leeds
Examples: VLE Training (before)
Examples: VLE Training (before)
Examples: VLE Training
Examples: VLE Training
Examples: Community Site
Examples: Community Site
Future Directions
• 12 Months
– Launch of online CPD as separate from existing
departmental website
– Migration of existin...
Thoughts on journey so far
• Starting small but planning for future aims
• Existing content refreshed
• Department given t...
Thoughts on journey so far
The first steps to enabling a new approach to
delivering online self-directed professional
deve...
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  • ALTC2013 building a culture of flexible online learning James Little and Kirsten Thompson University of Leeds

    1. 1. Building a culture of flexible online learning James Little @jimjamyahauk Kirsten Thompson @_KirstenT University of Leeds Peter Shanks BotheredByBees Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) http://www.flickr.com/photos/botheredbybees/245215927/
    2. 2. Overview This session identifies the journey in building a culture of flexible learning from both a departmental, learner and institutional perspective in order to deliver an enhanced ‘Welcome to the University’ orientation for staff and build capacity for future developments. Moyan Brenn Moyan_Brenn_BACK_FROM_ICELA Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) http://www.flickr.com/photos/aigle_dore/5849712695/
    3. 3. Need for change: Enhancing accessibility Better mobile device support (responsive) Informal learning Fees Professionalisation of HE workforce Redesign of accredited programmes Policies: OER / Social Media) Meeting increasing demand Drivers
    4. 4. Evaluating Current Platform Current bespoke platform wasn’t able to meet needs: X Compatibility X Lack of extendibility / needed features X Usability for content creators
    5. 5. Project Aims • Identify an effective and customisable technological solution to fulfill pedagogic requirements, now and in the future. • Empower educators to create engaging online learning opportunities with minimal support. • Foster a collaborative approach towards the development of online learning provision. • Increase learner engagement with professional development.
    6. 6. How to implement? Carried out comparison of available platforms: Images copyright respective holders (linked images used)
    7. 7. How to implement? Chosen: WordPress Already some use on campus Flexibility of use/extendibility (plug-ins) Support for modern responsive web standards Supported by established global community
    8. 8. Implementation Technical Network of sites Plug-ins (Security/Community/Collaboration/Social Media/Assessment) Access to content creation tools Embedding of third party content Instructional Advice Accessibility Usability Pedagogical Picture from: http://wpmu.org/wordpress-multisite-guide/
    9. 9. Example: Welcome to Leeds
    10. 10. Examples: VLE Training (before)
    11. 11. Examples: VLE Training (before)
    12. 12. Examples: VLE Training
    13. 13. Examples: VLE Training
    14. 14. Examples: Community Site
    15. 15. Examples: Community Site
    16. 16. Future Directions • 12 Months – Launch of online CPD as separate from existing departmental website – Migration of existing content – Collaborative spaces • Long-term – Badges for staff development / accreditation – Links to other institutional systems – Some resources OER’d Image By Nepenthes (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
    17. 17. Thoughts on journey so far • Starting small but planning for future aims • Existing content refreshed • Department given time to familiarise with new platform • Underpinnings enable future options already waiting in wings (BuddyPress) • Testing and selection of plug-ins • Network of sites enables large amount of potential features to be available – but enabled as appropriate for each resource. • Content creators given access to high quality tools both within WordPress and through laptop loaded with tools
    18. 18. Thoughts on journey so far The first steps to enabling a new approach to delivering online self-directed professional development and interaction is possible, which may inspire educators to model best practice in their own work.
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