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10 Excuses not to engage in e-learning

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  • 1. Ten reasons for not engaging with Moodle - and a firm Rebuttal by Henry Keil, e-Learning Unit
  • 2. 1. Moodle doesn’t work !
    • It does now!
    • Provision of a r eliable service – database tables subject to regular ‘health checks’
    • Minimum unscheduled downtime (<.1% over 24/7/365 )
    • Effective backup and restore procedures
  • 3. 2. Students don’t like t he VLE
    • Evidence we collect from independent surveys indicate that students actually DO like it - ask them yourself using anonymous feedback (on Moodle) !
    • Their main criticism though is that academic staff use it inconsistently
    • They find it very useful for revision or for obtaining additional study material to support differential learning
  • 4. 3. There is l ittle point – I’m teaching different modules anyway next year
    • It is important for staff to have ‘ownership’ in their Moodle modules
    • Become a ‘ sharer ’ instead of a ‘ hogger ‘- pass on or ‘part-exchange’ Moodle content with your colleagues
    • Moodle modules can be archived and content can be readily moved to different modules
  • 5. 4. I don’t want other ‘people’ to re-purpose my material
    • You can ‘personalise’ and protect your work (PP-presentations, images) via an ‘ author stamp ’, copyright tag it via © or CC and then ‘freeze it’ by pdf or flash conversion
    • Also remember that a PP-presentation is only a ‘wrapper’ – without accompanying explanations PP have only limited learning value
  • 6. 5. If I put things on Moodle students do not come to my lectures
    • There is little evidence to support this statement
    • L ectures should not be ‘ information-transfer ’ sessions
    • Use f2f sessions for interactive learning opportunities by applyi ng different types of communication tools such as Electronic Voting System or interactive whiteboard
  • 7. 6. I’ve got no time for this!
    • Attendance at both Beginners and Intermediate Moodle training sessions constitutes about 0.01% of your annual staff time
    • Resource uploads do take very little time provided you ask for assistance
    • Make a case at your annual PDR with your Line Manager to have some time allowance for e-learning, and justify it on the grounds of tangible corporate benefits (retention rates, better mark distribution etc.)
  • 8. 7. My teaching material belongs to me only
    • It’s very likely that your contract of employment states that ownership of your teaching resources (print and electronic) is shared with your employer
    • If you’re off sick or on ‘emergence leave’ you can reduce the i nconvenience caused to learners by releasing the lecture notes online , thus minimising the potentially deleterious effect on their learning
  • 9. 8 . I will put myself out of a job
    • No - you will ‘ add value ’ to your teaching of students in the context of ‘blended learning’
    • You will assist your organisation in opening up new markets in work-based and employer engagement and work-based learning – this will ultimately make your job more secure
  • 10. 9 . What’s in for me?
    • Probably nothing in a tangible material sense (promotions on teaching excellence are still rare) but …
    • Indirectly
    • a) better pass and retention rate i.e. fewer resits , less marking
    • b) better student feedback – makes you look good on your PDR
    • c) provides professional satisfaction
    • d) sense of achievement
  • 11. 10. I’m too old for this!
    • Come on - t his is ageism and of course politically incorrect! Even you employer could use this against you
    • Ever heard of life-long learning ? We should practice what we preach! Potential returning students (alumni) could make an important financial contribution in any HE business model