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Presentation given by RSC Wales at an Escalate E-learning day at Swansea Metropolitan University 2/6/08

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  • Realised after giving Anne this title that it might sound rather flippant – not meant to be! It is important that we continually examine critically where technology best supports learning – what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. There is a lot of emphasis – rightly so – on the learners’ perceptions of the benefits to them – websites and publications about e-learning often include images like this one But we need to ensure that the implementation of technology works for all involved – and that includes teachers
  • Escalate 020608

    1. 1. <ul><li>E-learning – Why bother? </li></ul><ul><li>A view from RSC Wales </li></ul>
    2. 2. “ Donkeys with computers in Greece” by davesag available on Flickr under Creative Commons
    3. 3. <ul><li>e-Learning is ‘learning facilitated and supported through the use of information and communications technology’ </li></ul><ul><li>e-Learning is fundamentally about learning and not about technology </li></ul><ul><li>“ A powerful addition to a person’s stock of mental tools. Nothing is given up in return”. (Seymour Papert, Mindstorms, 2 nd ed. 1993) </li></ul>
    4. 4. RSC Wales HE activities <ul><li>Work with key staff on e-learning development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FE, smaller HE, HE-in-FE, ACL, WBL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice on e-learning, e-resources, technical issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advise on, and broker, staff development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Events open to all </li></ul><ul><li>Online forums open to all </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Website (blogs are coming…) </li></ul><ul><li>Signpost resources: eg. memory stick </li></ul><ul><li>Work in partnership with JISC, the Academy and other organisations to share good practice </li></ul>
    5. 5. LLUK minimum core requirements for ICT (June 2007) Minimum core document
    6. 6. “… . Learners and teachers make very good and innovative use of virtual learning environment materials…” A recent (2006) Inspection Report for a Welsh FE College commented…
    7. 7. <ul><li>HEFCW Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Technology (2008) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Our vision is that enhancing learning and teaching through the use of technology should be considered a normal part of mainstream provision, processes and practices.” </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Increasing numbers Flexibility of time and place Recruitment and retention of Generation Y Recording achievement and reflection Skills and employability Institutional strategy Quality Continuity if staff change Common drivers
    9. 9. <ul><li>In their own words: learner voices </li></ul><ul><li>Findings: </li></ul><ul><li>students use technologies to personalise and manage their learning </li></ul><ul><li>Often do not register the “e” – in “e-learning ” </li></ul><ul><li>Still need their tutors </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Exploring tangible benefits of E-learning </li></ul><ul><li>37 case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Explores diversity of e-learning in HE </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies where benefits are being found </li></ul>
    11. 11. Cost savings Flexibility of time and place Recruitment and retention of Generation Y Achievement Skills and employability Staff development Quality Inclusion Making Higher Education visible Research communities Improved pedagogy Tangible benefits
    12. 12. <ul><li>VLEs – V irtual L earning E nvironments </li></ul><ul><li>Online ‘store’ and much more </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing emphasis on communication tools and integration with other systems </li></ul>
    13. 13. Students can take more control of their own learning… … with good quality learning resources First World War Poetry Archive Mind maps
    14. 14. Interactivity… … engagement Above image: Copyright HEFCE 2005
    15. 15. Web 2.0 <ul><li>youTube ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Instant messaging </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul>
    16. 16.
    17. 17. mobile technology helps learning in many scenarios Above image Copyright HEFCE 2005
    18. 18. Accessibility and inclusion
    19. 19. e-Portfolios <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>A way of gathering a range of different types learning evidence including text, spreadsheet, video, audio, blog
    20. 20. Assessment and managing plagiarism
    21. 21. “ Samba in style” by Carf, available on Flickr under Creative Commons
    22. 22. <ul><li>Building a Community of Practice – example: Swansea University’s Learning Lab </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Wiki-based web space Personal support Bite-sized staff development tailored to needs Social dimension
    23. 23. <ul><li>Some more JISC-funded advisory services and resources : </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Techdis (Accessibility) </li></ul><ul><li>TASI : Images (& Moving Images and Sound) </li></ul><ul><li>JISC Legal </li></ul><ul><li>JISC IPAS - Internet Plagiarism Advisory Service </li></ul><ul><li>JISC Collections – subscription and free resources </li></ul><ul><li>Intute and Virtual Training Suite </li></ul>
    24. 24. <ul><li>Effective Practice with e-Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on “Design for Learning” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Designing in” the technology where appropriate </li></ul></ul>JISC projects produce useful publications (including video case studies) at /publications ” True computer literacy is not just knowing how to make use of computers… it is knowing when it is appropriate to do so.” Seymour Papert
    25. 25. <ul><li>Active, enjoyable learning that raises motivation </li></ul>Voting Systems (aka personal response system or ‘clickers’) Video clip:
    26. 26.
    27. 27. What technology can I use to…articulate and communicate knowledge / understanding?
    28. 28. Download full Phoebe report at
    29. 29. <ul><li>No need to go it alone… </li></ul><ul><li>Keep talking to your Subject Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Contact your local RSC </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to the e-learning person in your institution </li></ul><ul><li>Enlist help from your staff development unit </li></ul><ul><li>Make friends with your librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Look out for project opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate </li></ul>Next steps?
    30. 30. <ul><li>Some forthcoming events </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops 10-11 June </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Change management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managing Multiple Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Promoting Innovation through Virtual Learning - Merthyr Tydfil College conference 1 July </li></ul><ul><li>Wales Moodle Moot 2 July </li></ul><ul><li>Swansea University and other Swansea staff - E-Learning and Beer social - 12 June – The Wig </li></ul><ul><li>More details available from RSC Wales </li></ul>
    31. 31. <ul><li>Lis Parcell </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>01792 513261 </li></ul><ul><li>Christine Davies </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>01792 602511 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>(videos, and pictures of people and places, in this presentation were obtained from JISC Case Studies, © 2004/5 HEFCE)
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