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Building a culture of flexible
online learning
James Little @jimjamyahauk
University of Leeds
Peter Shanks BotheredByBees ...
Overview – Last Year
The 2013 session identified the journey in building a
culture of flexible learning from both a depart...
Overview – this
session
By returning to this project after a year the journey of learning to ride
and make use of new tech...
Need for change:
Enhancing accessibility
Better mobile device support (responsive)
Informal learning
Fees
Professiona...
• Drivers still the same but now demand and
quality can be met.
• High production values of MOOC provision
have raised the...
Evaluating Current Platform
Current bespoke platform wasn’t able to meet
needs:
X Compatibility
X Lack of extendibility / ...
Evaluating
Current Platform
Platform (a bespoke website system) being
retired/replaced and online resources
migrated away...
Project Aims
• Identify an effective and customisable
technological solution to fulfill pedagogic
requirements, now and in...
Project Aims
Identify an effective and customisable
technological solution to fulfill pedagogic
requirements, now and in ...
How to implement?
Carried out comparison of available platforms:
Images copyright respective holders (linked images used)
How to implement?
Chosen: WordPress
Already some use on campus
Flexibility of use/extendibility (plug-ins)
Support for ...
Implementation
Technical
Network of sites
Plug-ins (Security/Community/Collaboration/Social
Media/Assessment)
Access to co...
Implementation Complete
Technical
 Network of sites
 Plug-ins (Security/Community/Collaboration/Social
Media/Assessment)...
Example: Welcome to Leeds
Examples: VLE Training (before)
Examples: VLE Training (before)
Examples: VLE Training
Examples: VLE Training
Examples: Community Site
Examples: Community Site
Future Directions
• 12 Months
– Launch of online CPD as separate from existing
departmental website
– Migration of existin...
Future Directions
• 12 Months
Launch of online CPD as separate from existing
departmental website
Migration of existing ...
Thoughts on journey so far
 Starting small but planning for future aims
 Existing content refreshed
 Department given t...
Thoughts on
journey so far
 Starting small but planning for future aims
 Existing content refreshed
 Department given t...
Thoughts on journey so far
The first steps to enabling a new approach to
delivering online self-directed professional
deve...
Thoughts on journey so far
https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/
Attribution-NonCommercial...
Thoughts on journey so far
1. Definitions/Workflow - two creation options:
1. Template (self directed/standard set of feat...
Thoughts on journey so far
https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/
Attribution-NonCommercial...
Thoughts on journey so far
https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/
Attribution-NonCommercial...
Thoughts on journey so far
https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/
Attribution-NonCommercial...
Thoughts on journey so far
Produced after consultation of staff
needs by survey and meetings:
The resource template so far...
Thoughts on journey so far
https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/
Attribution-NonCommercial...
Thoughts on journey so far
Guidance:
1. How to use the online template and included
suite of tools
2. Good practice in rel...
Thoughts on journey so far
https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/
Attribution-NonCommercial...
Thoughts on journey so far
https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/
Attribution-NonCommercial...
Thoughts on journey so far
https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/
Attribution-NonCommercial...
Thoughts on journey so far
https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/
Attribution-NonCommercial...
Thoughts on journey so far
Progress slower than anticipated but this has enabled time
for:
• Existing resources to be eval...
Thoughts on journey so far
• Initial feedback from staff using the resources
is positive in terms of access, content, abil...
What do you think / Playtime!
Ideas / Thoughts / Feedback
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  1. 1. Building a culture of flexible online learning James Little @jimjamyahauk University of Leeds Peter Shanks BotheredByBees Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) http://www.flickr.com/photos/botheredbybees/245215927/
  2. 2. Overview – Last Year The 2013 session identified the journey in building a culture of flexible learning from both a departmental, learner and institutional perspective in order to deliver an enhanced ‘Welcome to the University’ orientation for staff and build capacity for future developments. Moyan Brenn Moyan_Brenn_BACK_FROM_ICELA Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) http://www.flickr.com/photos/aigle_dore/5849712695/
  3. 3. Overview – this session By returning to this project after a year the journey of learning to ride and make use of new technologies in a specific context can be shared. Often projects are often presented as a one-off - revisiting and development of the project enables ideas and understanding to be more fully shared. 1. What has now actually happened from a year ago? 2. What is the experience like? 3. Shows genuine iteration of process. 4. Review and Hands-On Time Moyan Brenn Moyan_Brenn_BACK_FROM_ICELA Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) http://www.flickr.com/photos/aigle_dore/5849712695/
  4. 4. Need for change: Enhancing accessibility Better mobile device support (responsive) Informal learning Fees Professionalisation of HE workforce Redesign of accredited programmes Policies: OER / Social Media Meeting increasing demand Drivers
  5. 5. • Drivers still the same but now demand and quality can be met. • High production values of MOOC provision have raised the bar for online resources at the University. Drivers
  6. 6. Evaluating Current Platform Current bespoke platform wasn’t able to meet needs: X Compatibility X Lack of extendibility / needed features X Usability for content creators
  7. 7. Evaluating Current Platform Platform (a bespoke website system) being retired/replaced and online resources migrated away. Definitions provided to split content from corporate website to SDDU Online.
  8. 8. Project Aims • Identify an effective and customisable technological solution to fulfill pedagogic requirements, now and in the future. • Empower educators to create engaging online learning opportunities with minimal support. • Foster a collaborative approach towards the development of online learning provision. • Increase learner engagement with professional development.
  9. 9. Project Aims Identify an effective and customisable technological solution to fulfill pedagogic requirements, now and in the future. Empower educators to create engaging online learning opportunities with minimal support. Foster a collaborative approach towards the development of online learning provision. - Ongoing: Increase learner engagement with professional development.
  10. 10. How to implement? Carried out comparison of available platforms: Images copyright respective holders (linked images used)
  11. 11. How to implement? Chosen: WordPress Already some use on campus Flexibility of use/extendibility (plug-ins) Support for modern responsive web standards Supported by established global community
  12. 12. Implementation Technical Network of sites Plug-ins (Security/Community/Collaboration/Social Media/Assessment) Access to content creation tools Embedding of third party content Instructional Advice Accessibility Usability Pedagogical Picture from: http://wpmu.org/wordpress-multisite-guide/
  13. 13. Implementation Complete Technical  Network of sites  Plug-ins (Security/Community/Collaboration/Social Media/Assessment)  Access to content creation tools Embedding of third party content Instructional Advice  Accessibility  Usability  Pedagogical Picture from: http://wpmu.org/wordpress-multisite-guide/
  14. 14. Example: Welcome to Leeds
  15. 15. Examples: VLE Training (before)
  16. 16. Examples: VLE Training (before)
  17. 17. Examples: VLE Training
  18. 18. Examples: VLE Training
  19. 19. Examples: Community Site
  20. 20. Examples: Community Site
  21. 21. Future Directions • 12 Months – Launch of online CPD as separate from existing departmental website – Migration of existing content – Collaborative spaces • Long-term – Badges for staff development / accreditation – Links to other institutional systems – Some resources OER’d Image By Nepenthes (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
  22. 22. Future Directions • 12 Months Launch of online CPD as separate from existing departmental website Migration of existing content Collaborative spaces • Long-term – Badges for staff development / accreditation Links to other institutional systems (AD sign in) Some resources OER’d Image By Nepenthes (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
  23. 23. Thoughts on journey so far  Starting small but planning for future aims  Existing content refreshed  Department given time to familiarise with new platform  Underpinnings enable future options already waiting in wings (BuddyPress)  Testing and selection of plug-ins  Network of sites enables large amount of potential features to be available – but enabled as appropriate for each resource.  Content creators given access to high quality tools both within WordPress and through laptop loaded with tools
  24. 24. Thoughts on journey so far  Starting small but planning for future aims  Existing content refreshed  Department given time to familiarise with new platform  Underpinnings enable future options already waiting in wings (BuddyPress)  Testing and selection of plug-ins  Network of sites enables large amount of potential features to be available – but enabled as appropriate for each resource.  Content creators given access to high quality tools both within WordPress and through laptop loaded with tools
  25. 25. Thoughts on journey so far The first steps to enabling a new approach to delivering online self-directed professional development and interaction is possible, which may inspire educators to model best practice in their own work.
  26. 26. Thoughts on journey so far https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) What happened next?
  27. 27. Thoughts on journey so far 1. Definitions/Workflow - two creation options: 1. Template (self directed/standard set of features): www.sdduonline.leeds.ac.uk/template/ 2. Bespoke Project 2. Support Site: www.sdduonline.leeds.ac.uk/getting- started/ 1. How to use the online template 2. Good practice in relation to online learning, accessibility, mobile experience, copyright and other related issues. 3. Structure of the SDDU Online Homepage 4. 27 resources createdhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) What happened next?
  28. 28. Thoughts on journey so far https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Workflow - Definitions
  29. 29. Thoughts on journey so far https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Workflow - Definitions
  30. 30. Thoughts on journey so far https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Workflow - Template
  31. 31. Thoughts on journey so far Produced after consultation of staff needs by survey and meetings: The resource template so far comes with the ability to: • Create pages of content with an easy-to-use editor • Accordions and Tabs for content layout • Organise pages and create subpages forming a hierarchy of content • A menu which automatically includes pages as they are created • Ability to embed and/or upload video, audio and Articulate Presentations • Add links to social media services such as Twitter accounts • Homepage with option for images to introduce the resource • Analytics of accesses to resource and visitors • Active-Directory Log-in • Enable you to overall create a blog or a mini-website • Based upon quiz • Quiz https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Workflow - Template Options
  32. 32. Thoughts on journey so far https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Support Site
  33. 33. Thoughts on journey so far Guidance: 1. How to use the online template and included suite of tools 2. Good practice in relation to online learning 3. Types of online resources/courses you could develop 4. Mobile experience 5. Web Accessibility 6. Other legal Checklist to sign-off readiness to publish on SDDU online https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Support Site
  34. 34. Thoughts on journey so far https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Structure – Homepage
  35. 35. Thoughts on journey so far https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Structure – Homepage
  36. 36. Thoughts on journey so far https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Structure – Homepage Option (via BuddyPress) to record your access to areas and buld up a portfolio of learning.
  37. 37. Thoughts on journey so far https://www.flickr.com/photos/26498881@N06/4022897085/in/photostream/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) 27 Resources Created Each time a resource is created it gets added to your personalised list.
  38. 38. Thoughts on journey so far Progress slower than anticipated but this has enabled time for: • Existing resources to be evaluated and updated (October 2014 deadline) • Robust support and options for the creation of resources • Higher quality provision produced • Satisfaction in staff getting to grips with the content creation process – time for seminars and buy-in from senior management • New future options: Courseware / Blogs,wikis / Collaborative writing / Reflections/notes during resource
  39. 39. Thoughts on journey so far • Initial feedback from staff using the resources is positive in terms of access, content, ability to access from personal mobile devices. – Will assess with a survey and and interviews • Each resource has analytics enabled – currently collecting quantative data
  40. 40. What do you think / Playtime! Ideas / Thoughts / Feedback Template: www.sdduonline.leeds.ac.uk/altc2014/wp-admin/ Username: sddut1 or sddut2 or sddut3 or sddut4 or sddut5 Password: altc2014

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