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Steve m &_peter_d_conf_10

  1. 1. Learning &Teaching Conference 2010: Re-thinking the Curriculum Dr Stephen McKinnell Director of e-Learning Dr Peter Dangerfield Director of MBChBYear 1 Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
  2. 2.  Similar content delivered year on year;  Similar content delivered to students on different programmes;  Congested timetables - students;  Workload issues (teaching, research, clinical) – staff;  Student centred learning;  Reusable Learning Objects;  Enabling technologies now available.
  3. 3. “any digital resource that can be reused to support learning” Wiley (2000) Learning objects have the following key characteristics: • Small units of learning, typically ranging from 2 minutes to 15 minutes. • Are self-contained – each LO can be taken independently • Are reusable – a single LO may be used in multiple contexts for multiple purposes • Can be aggregated – LOs can be grouped into larger collections of content, including traditional course structures • Are tagged with metadata – every learning object has descriptive information allowing it to be easily found. Beck (2009)
  4. 4. Content Creation (Subject specialist) LO Creation (Subject specialist & e-technologist) LO delivery to students (e-technologist)
  5. 5.  Normal PowerPoints developed  Discrete chunks….multiple small PowerPoints instead of one large one  Consideration given to future use and how to lessen future re- recording/re-editing
  6. 6.  Voice-narrated PowerPoint recording using Camtasia Studio  Outputted to “OneVideo withTOC” – intended for web delivery  Output video format .FLV  Embedded on html page  Recorded at 1024 x 768 but delivered at 960 x 655 resolution
  7. 7.  Multiple options  Web  CD  i-Phone  VITAL / mapped drive / pcwww  Secure delivery  Ability to track use  Single point of storage, multiple points of delivery
  8. 8. Web page in ‘public.www’ M: drive •Pseudo tagging of Los •Securely delivered to staff only Mapped drive published to pcwww •Secure / public •Single instance URL accessed throughVITAL •Secure •Multiple instances •Utilises all Blackboards features
  9. 9.  15 embryology themed and 4 growth and developed themed LOs already developed plus 6 supporting SSMs.  Available to multiple years on the MBChB programme (UG and PG entry), BDS programme and the BSc (Hons)Anatomy degree.  No analysis of student usage / views yet undertaken. But positive feedback has been received.  The approach undertaken and technology used is more than satisfactory.  The use ofTOCs is a real advantage.
  10. 10.  Not all content lends itself to this approach.  Additional front-loaded work for staff which may be onset against ‘savings’ later.  ‘Team developed’ approach desirable to make appropriate / efficient use of skills (academic and e-learning technologist).  Student centre learning – emphasis on the independent learner.  Improved the student experience.
  11. 11.  Beck, Robert J. (2009), "What Are Learning Objects?", Learning Objects, Center for International Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/learning_objects.cfm?gid=56  Wiley, DavidA. (2000), "Connecting Learning Objects to Instructional DesignTheory: A Definition, A Metaphor, and A Taxonomy", inWiley, David A. (DOC),The Instructional Use of Learning Object. http://www.reusability.org/read/

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