eLearning Unit: can we help you? (ALTC-2013)
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Our presentation and workshop at ALTC-2013 conference on our team development, using metaphors for this reflection. ...

Our presentation and workshop at ALTC-2013 conference on our team development, using metaphors for this reflection.

Presented by Tunde Varga-Atkins and Phil Walker
Credit to all the team who contributed in its design: Dan Roberts, Debbie Prescott, Paul Duvall and Nick Bunyan, eLearning Unit @ University of Liverpool.
Acknowledgements to those in EdDev who helped test-run this session.

See also our use of metaphors in a research project with Sarra Saffron Powell,
Powell, S. S.; Varga-Atkins, T. (2013) „Digital Literacies: A Study of Perspectivesand Practices of Academic Staff‟ : a project report. Written for the SEDA Small Grants Scheme. Liverpool: University of Liverpool. July. Version 1
http://www.academia.edu/4364602/Digital_Literacies_A_study_of_perspectives_and_practices_of_academic_staff_2013_by_Sarra_Saffron_Powell_and_Tunde_Varga-Atkins

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  • So why have we used visual metaphor? - Our aim was to reflect on our team's identity within the University – as Tunde mentioned in reference to the photo diary on flickr. - At first, we found this task quite hard - the team's role is very broad many aspects we couldn't condense into one explanation - Visual Metaphors provided us with an abstract, richer way of thinking and communicating It gave us a starting point to whenever we wanted to think strategically as a team  So as a team we came up with four metaphors that helped us reflect and communicate our role as learning technology. - Our team are like detectives – we spend a lot of time handling queries and having to professionally & carefully work out resolutions. Our team is like the tugboat steering the giant tanker a degree or two – we felt that reflected our influence to the wider institution The bridge builders – As a team, we constantly build bridges between teaching and technical staff Like patient gardeners we nurture our lasting relationships and projects with staff

eLearning Unit: can we help you? (ALTC-2013) eLearning Unit: can we help you? (ALTC-2013) Presentation Transcript

  • “eLearning Unit Debbie Prescott Head of the eLearning Unit Nick Bunyan Phil Walker Dan Roberts Tünde Varga-Atkins …how can we help you?” … Paul Duvall ID399, ALTC-2013
  • Session outcomes • reflect on your own role and practice as a learning technologist in team and institutional contexts using visual metaphors • consider how learning technology teams become change agents for institutional practice ID399, ALTC-2013
  • Our Photo Diary eLULiverpool ID399, ALTC-2013
  • Session outline ?? ? ? 1. Activity 1 – team metaphors 2. Our team story in metaphors 3. Activity 2– your team context 4. Questions ID399, ALTC-2013
  • 1. Detectives 4. The patient gardeners 3. The bridge builders 2. The tugboat and the tanker Why use metaphors to reflect on your team? ID399, ALTC-2013
  • Activity 1: your team context in metaphor 1. Look at the metaphors we found useful. Do any of these metaphors help represent your team context? Discuss in pairs or small groups (5 mins) The detective team The patient gardening team The team as a bridge The tugboat and the tanker ID399, ALTC-2013
  • ID399, ALTC-2013
  • Phone metaphor for our team development 1. Federation 2. Transition – VLE team 3. Central team – eLearning Unit “It’s Tunde. Can I help you?” “VLE team. Can I help you?” “eLearning Unit. How can we help you? ID399, ALTC-2013
  • Stage 1:“Federation” “It’s Tunde. Can I help you?” ID399, ALTC-2013
  • Metaphor:“Federation” ID399, ALTC-2013
  • Stage 2:“Early Transition” –VITAL/VLE Team “VLE team. Can I help you?” ID399, ALTC-2013
  • “Early Transition” –VITAL Team ID399, ALTC-2013
  • Stage 3:“A new Central team”– eLearning Unit “eLearning Unit. Can we help you?” ID399, ALTC-2013
  • “A new Central team” – eLearning Unit professional creating connections insights over the system and its components ID399, ALTC-2013
  • Old habits die hard? Should they?... ID399, ALTC-2013
  • 4.The future… ID399, ALTC-2013
  • Activity 2: What metaphor would represent your team’s current context? Think – Pair – Share on this worksheet or tweet #eluliverpool or add to Flickr stream: eluliverpool ?? ? ? ID399, ALTC-2013
  • ID399, ALTC-2013
  • Flickr: eLULiverpool Blog: http://elearningatliverpool.wordpress.com/ ID399, ALTC-2013 Flickr Group search: ALTC ID399
  • Questions and conclusion • Were metaphors a useful way of reflecting on your own role and practice as a learning technologist in team and institutional contexts ? • Is your team’s story similar/different? • Thank you to ALTC: team identity ID399, ALTC-2013