Gareth Frith & Dr Gill Taylor, ALPS


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Gareth Frith & Dr Gill Taylor, ALPS

  1. 1. Engaging with Mobile Technologies for learning and assessment Gareth Frith Dr Jill Taylor
  2. 2. Welcome <ul><li>Purpose of the workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce you to the work of ALPS </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce you to the ideas of mobile technologies for technology assisted learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss how appropriate these are to multiple professions. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is ALPS? <ul><li>A collaborative CETL involving 5 HEIs with proven reputations for excellence in learning and teaching in sixteen health and social care professions. </li></ul><ul><li>The main focus of the project is generic professional skills assessment for communication skills, teamwork and ethics. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Assessment Scenario <ul><li>Tripartate assessment relationship with four players. </li></ul><ul><li>Direct observation by clinical assessor of a student consultation with a service user. </li></ul><ul><li>Supported by University link tutor. </li></ul><ul><li>Typically the assessment scenario is used to: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Capture reflective discussion and /or action planning. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Record competencies: ALPS common competencies </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Our approach <ul><ul><li>Common Competency Mapping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communication skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Team working </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ethical practice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> Common Assessment Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>validity and reliability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting Technologies </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Drivers for using mobile technology <ul><li>Recording assessment in the work place </li></ul><ul><li>Removing paper; direct input in to student portfolio; deliver to Virtual Learning Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Immediacy of observation </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with Teaching and Learning systems e.g. VLE </li></ul><ul><li>Use of reflection within practice placements. (Bloggs, Wikis, MCQs etc) </li></ul>
  7. 7. ALPS IT Architecture University Digital Repository National Digital Repository Mobile Services Platform Assessment Generation University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) “ Profession” e.g. NHS Digital Content University ALPS Skill and Competency Map
  8. 8. Mobile Services Personal Information Security Device Management Assessment Management & delivery Mobile Content E-mail Blogs Calendar Backup Encryption Backup Rendering VLE Access Forms Scripts Authentication Rendering SCORM IMS PDA Windows Mobile Smart Phone TV Game Console Wearable
  9. 9. Progress: ALPS Projects <ul><li>5 Mobile Pilots </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leeds – Radiographers – Assessment form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bradford – PDA with Assessment form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Huddersfield – Smartphone – Tri-partite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leeds Met – Mediaboard blogging – picture and audio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>York St John – blogging </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ALPS Digital objects and Repositories project </li></ul>
  10. 10. Recording experiences <ul><li>Formative assessment in the practice: Moblogging </li></ul>
  11. 11. PebblePad e-Portfolio
  12. 12. Audio Feedback Capturing audio feedback
  13. 13. Mobile Quizzes
  14. 14. Reusable Learning Objects York St John <ul><li>Developed RLOs for demonstrating communication skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primarily for delivery on mobile devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Largely involving video and audio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also for use in VLE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deposit resources into a repository </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: “Rolling onto Side” http:// </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Linking the ALPS VLE to the Leeds repository (Digitool) Single “sign-on” via Shibboleth Using Digital Objects to build assessments
  16. 16. The m-Learning advantage <ul><li>Reduction in paperwork and associated risks </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to record evidence in multi-media formats in real time </li></ul><ul><li>Improved access to web based information and the ability to share this with peers </li></ul><ul><li>Improved communication between peers and tutors </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to form social mobile networks </li></ul><ul><li>Less face to face contact needed more time for whose need is greater </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates IPL </li></ul>
  17. 17. Student Comments I preferred it ..I could adapt it, add to it, change things, and take it along was just so much easier”   … useful for contacting visiting tutor at university whilst on placement  “ I like that it’s neat, that its not your normal scruffy hand writing,  … good for recording data and evaluating and reflecting upon clinical experiences … think the audio thing is really useful for recording reflections ..I think I should have used it more 
  18. 18. Staff Comments   … I can see with more time and commitment I would use this more in the future  … a big cultural change but very interesting and great potential to support students … Great way to access and support students directly when on placement
  19. 19. The m-learning Challenge <ul><li>Usability and acceptability of the devices to students link lecturers and colleagues in practice settings </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting students experiencing technical problems with the set task or the devices </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Training and Support </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul>
  20. 20. Student Comments         ..a bit bulky to carry around whilst in uniform ’s faffy writing with little pens..& the keyboard is so small .. you typed slowly ..sometimes when I was getting shown something on a patient then that would have been useful but you can’t do it  .. explained it to my supervisor but other staff, were all looking at me as if to say “What’s she doing on her mobile phone?”  ..too much in an already hectic schedule   I’m on delivery suite……I should be doing my placement and I’m sat here for half an hour trying to blue tooth” 
  21. 21. Progress 2 <ul><li>Procurement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chose: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>T-Mobile, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MyknowledgeMap, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ecommnet (Nokia Intellisync, Utimarco) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Skill and Competency Maps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication skills complete </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teamwork being reviewed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethical practice – in development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Roll Out </li></ul><ul><ul><li>900 devices currently being rolled out to students. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Final thoughts…… <ul><li>Tools are not neutral- they change the way we think and act </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to improve the practice of learning and assessment </li></ul><ul><li>BUT – need to be acceptable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Building on current best practice but trying new things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimising associated stress to students and staff </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>0113 343 6352 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>ALPS Contact Details
  24. 25. If you are interested.. <ul><li>We have some handheld computers for you to try. </li></ul><ul><li>MDA Vario IIs with Video </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take a picture and send to a wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at a video designed for healthcare students. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MDA Vario with a quiz </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take the diatetics quiz </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collect a coffee and come back and try some devices and m-learning </li></ul>