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
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.
“any digital resource that can be reused to support learning”
Learning objects have the following key characteristics:
• Small units of learning, typically ranging from 2 minutes to
• 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.
(Subject specialist &
LO delivery to students
Normal PowerPoints developed
Discrete chunks….multiple small PowerPoints instead of one
Consideration given to future use and how to lessen future re-
Voice-narrated PowerPoint recording using Camtasia Studio
Outputted to “OneVideo withTOC” – intended for web
Output video format .FLV
Embedded on html page
Recorded at 1024 x 768 but delivered at 960 x 655 resolution
VITAL / mapped drive / pcwww
Ability to track use
Single point of storage, multiple points of delivery
Web page in ‘public.www’ M: drive
•Pseudo tagging of Los
•Securely delivered to staff only
Mapped drive published to pcwww
•Secure / public
URL accessed throughVITAL
•Utilises all Blackboards features
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
No analysis of student usage / views yet undertaken. But
positive feedback has been received.
The approach undertaken and technology used is more than
The use ofTOCs is a real advantage.
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
Improved the student experience.
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