Embedding e-learning: Engaging teachers

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Holmesglen e-learning grant presentation at Converge08. This presentation discusses the outcomes of the two projects undertaken at Holmesglen to encourage teachers to engage with e-learning.

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Embedding e-learning: Engaging teachers

  1. 1. Embedding e-learning: Engaging teachers Alexandra Mannell Project Manager Holmesglen Training and Development © Holmesglen
  2. 2. E-Learning Grant 2008 <ul><li>Holmesglen submitted two projects under the 2008 e-Learning Grant: </li></ul><ul><li>Project 1 – Online resource development </li></ul><ul><li>Project 2 – ‘Teachers embedding e-learning solutions (TEES)’. </li></ul><ul><li>Both projects focused on embedding e-learning with teachers at the local level. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Online resource development <ul><li>Aim: To develop blended learning resources within priority areas for use via the TAFE VC </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology: Teachers contracted as content experts to develop learning resources featuring online activities </li></ul>
  4. 4. Online resources developed <ul><li>LMFFT4003A Organise production processes </li></ul><ul><li>LMFFT4010A Identify and calculate production costs </li></ul><ul><li>BSBHRM502A Manage human resources management information systems </li></ul><ul><li>FNSICIND401B Apply principles of professional practice to financial services industry </li></ul><ul><li>RYMT Plan an integrated lesson using communicative language teaching methodology </li></ul><ul><li>HLTAP401A Confirm physical health status </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sample online resource <ul><li>elective unit in Certificate IV in Furnishing Technology </li></ul><ul><li>ta rget cohort is qualified tradespeople seeking to upgrade skills and knowledge to become production supervisors </li></ul><ul><li>draws heavily on learner’s workplace. </li></ul>LMFFT4003A Organise production processes:
  6. 6. Blended format <ul><li>Section created on TAFE VC </li></ul><ul><li>Learning resource available as download. Resource advises learners when to access online activities </li></ul><ul><li>Online activities available </li></ul><ul><li>Production related documentation (eg plans, blank workplace templates) available as downloads to be completed and submitted </li></ul>
  7. 7. Project findings <ul><li>Most teachers had not previously developed resources or been exposed to blended learning – significant instructional design support was required. </li></ul><ul><li>Several teachers were unfamiliar with the TAFE VC and tools available. </li></ul><ul><li>All units were AQF4 or higher. Discussion focused on developing online activities at an appropriate cognitive level . </li></ul>
  8. 8. Successes <ul><li>Nine local teachers exposed to resource development and blended learning concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Six teaching centres will have access to an online learning resource </li></ul><ul><li>Several resources are cross-qualification. Good levels of student enrolment could result in 2009 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Challenges <ul><li>Encouraging teaching staff to embrace online learning in a meaningful way </li></ul><ul><li>Developing educationally sound online activities for higher AQF units </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging teachers to use e-learning resources within their normal delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring resources meet unit requirements </li></ul>
  10. 10. Teachers embedding e-learning solutions (TEES) <ul><li>Aim: To develop the e-learning capability of teachers at the local level </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology: Snowball model of information flow between e-learning ‘champions’ or TEES and other teachers in their teaching centres </li></ul>
  11. 11. TEES at work <ul><li>Ten TEES from ten teaching centres, three with no previous e-learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>Departments received backfill support to allow TEES to meet regularly over two semesters and work with others </li></ul><ul><li>TEES completed training program ‘Supporting Learning With Online Tools’ (SWOLT) </li></ul>
  12. 12. TEES at work <ul><li>TEES trained five teachers in own departments in the SWOLT program </li></ul><ul><li>Each TEES developed an exemplar TAFE VC course to demonstrate </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers then developed their own TAFE VC courses and used them in class delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers were paid $300 for courses that met the project requirements </li></ul>
  13. 13. Successes <ul><li>Three teachers exposed to e-learning facilitation for the first time; two extremely successfully </li></ul><ul><li>TEES joined forces to deliver the SWOLT program to cross-disciplinary teachers, creating good networking opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Twenty-five teachers developed and delivered own TAFE VC course; forty-three additional teachers granted access </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1500 students enrolled in the new courses </li></ul>
  14. 14. Challenges <ul><li>Meeting project outcomes – ten TEES commenced but only seven completed </li></ul><ul><li>One TEES from Building and Construction was unable to garner colleague support and withdrew </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of the TEES facilitator/mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging teachers to continue to develop and deliver online learning </li></ul>
  15. 15. E-Learning Grant 2009 <ul><li>Aim: Holmesglen proposes to adopt an Institute wide facilitory approach to online learning </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology: To work more directly with teaching centres to specifically assist teachers deliver training using online tools, particularly utilising existing e-learning resources </li></ul>

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