Boult Top 5 Learning Technologies NZDC

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Boult Top 5 Learning Technologies NZDC

  1. 1. TOP 5 TECHNOLOGY TOOLS My selection of just five technology tools reflects careful consideration of the predominance of F2F (face to face) delivery of instruction in the Defence Force. I have tried to select a suite of complementary elements that would enhance a move towards blended learning. There is a drive within the New Zealand Defence College to grow and develop blended learning, web and mobile platforms for learning solutions. However the reality of learning and instruction within a Defence context is limited by situational factors including unique learning environments, the very temporary nature of communities of practice and the role of instructors who are SME’s (subject matter experts) but often lack formal training in instructional methods. All images retrieved June 2014 from https://www.flickr.com/photos/nzdefenceforce/sets/ What is Social Learning in a NZ Defence Force context? Martin Boult. Task 2.4 261.760 Instructional Design for eLearning.  
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  3. 3. www.flickr.com     Key  benefits/func.onality:   Web  based  photo-­‐sharing  network     Why  is  this  tool  in  the  top  10?   Flickr  has  proven  it  has  longevity  in  terms  of    image  sharing  and  online  image   storage.  Ease  of  access  for  upload/download.     Poten.al  applica.on  within  NZDF:   With  a  predominance  of  F2F  learning,  the  Defence  Force  exploits  every   opportunity  to  establish  realism  in  training  events.  Flickr  makes  for  a  good   companion  in  terms  of  a  suite  of  tools  to  complement  a  learning  management   system.  A  database  of  quality  imagery,  recording  of  events  that  take  place  semi-­‐ regularly,  are  oEen  costly  and  risky  to  stage  would  be  an  asset  to  instructors  and   learners  alike.  
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  5. 5. www.twiFer.com     Key  benefits/func.onality:   Micro-­‐blogging,  real-­‐Hme  connecHvity       for  communiHes  of  pracHce       Why  is  this  tool  in  the  top  10?   This  tool  is  the  proverbial  Jekyll  and  Hyde  of  Web  2.0  applicaHons.  The   negaHvity  of  the  celebrity  self-­‐promoHon/trolling/bullying  elelment  is   countered  by  the  power  of  this  tool  to  instantly  establish  communiHes  of   pracHce.  The  use  of  hyperlinked  ‘hashtag’  (#)  idenHfiers  to  enable  the  viral   spread  of  topics  has  become  a  powerful  tool  across  many  plaSorms.     Poten.al  applica.on  within  NZDF:   The  NZDF  restricts  the  transfer  of  files  from  the  World  Wide  Web  as  part  of   its  security  regime.  However  mobile  phone/smart-­‐phone  use  is  widely   accepted  and  permiFed.  Instructors  could  establish  communiHes  of  pracHce   with  the  use  of  TwiFer  to  enable  blended  learning  opportuniHes  out  of   hours,  off  base  or  through  permiFed  LMS  links.  
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  7. 7. www.edmodo.com     Key  benefits/func.onality:   Safe,  pracHcal  Social  Networking  for  Schools     Why  is  this  tool  in  the  top  10?   While  Edmodo  has  taken  root  in  the  primary  and  secondary  sector,  the   overall  structure  and  visual  familiarity  (FaceBook)  make  this  an  easy   opHon  for  establishing  COPs.     Poten.al  applica.on  within  NZDF:   Edmodo  has  been  trialed  with  one  specialist  school  with  great  success.   The  majority  of  the  NZDF  cohort  are  digital  naHves  and  many  younger   learners  will  be  familiar  with  such  an  interface.  Current  restricHons   regarding  security  of  informaHon  make  such  a  network  problemaHc   however  unclassified  learning  materials  and  coursework  could  well  be   managed  via  Edmodo  or  a  similar  plaSorm,  shiEing  learning  to  a  more   student  centred  model.  
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  9. 9. www.arHculate.com     Key  benefits/func.onality:   A  powerful  and  intuiHve  eLearning  soEware  package  for   instrucHonal  design     Why  is  this  tool  in  the  top  10?   Simplicity  of  interface,  suitability  to  a  range  of  applicaHons  and   levels.  Replaces  the  need  for  HTML/Flash  skills.       Poten.al  applica.on  within  NZDF:   This  programme  is  currently  under  evaluaHon  for  use  in  NZDF.  It   provides  an  appropriate  level  of  interacHvity  and  a  variety  of   eLearning  opportuniHes  that  would  assist  the  Defence  College  in   migraHng  instructors  and  learners  from  F2F  to  Blended  Learning.      
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  11. 11. hFps://moodle.org/     Key  benefits/func.onality:   A  comprehensive  learning  management  system.   Open  source,  ease  of  adaptaHon,  user  friendly  for  both  learners  and  teachers.     Why  is  this  tool  in  the  top  10?   Moodle  has  established  itself  as  the  benchmark  learning  management  system.   I  believe  a  good  LMS  provides  the  foundaHon  for  all  learning  and  teaching   interacHons  including  F2F  and  distance  learning.  Without  an  established  LMS  and   user  support  network  blended  learning  efforts  may  be  disparate  and  professional   development  opportuniHes  lost.     Poten.al  applica.on  within  NZDF:   The  NZDC  LMS  has  a  number  of  elements  in  common  with  Moodle  in  terms  of   storage  and  retrieval  of  content.  Moodle  would  add  greater  funcHonality  to  support   independent  self-­‐paced  learning  and  communiHes  of  pracHce.  

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