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Looking SWEET with my BigBlueButton


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Presentation delivered by Donald Steele at 'Open for Education' ( on the 20th May, 2011

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Looking SWEET with my BigBlueButton

  1. 1. Looking SWEET with my BigBlueButton<br />Donald Steele<br />SWEET Project Manager, Jewel & Esk College<br />
  2. 2. Synchronous<br />Web-<br />Enabled<br />Employee<br />Training<br />
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  4. 4. Synchronous learning<br />Interactive<br />Collaborative<br />Multi-faceted<br />Disciplined<br />Planned / prepared<br />Responsive<br />Supportive<br />Supported<br />
  5. 5. Project partners<br />Lead institution<br />Jewel & Esk College<br />Employers<br />ELVON(East Lothian Voluntary Organisations Network)<br />Soroba Training CIC – employer<br />Sealife Centre, North Berwick<br />Awarding body<br />REHIS (Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland)<br />
  6. 6. Project overview<br />BBB system <br />setup <br />REHIS course testing & delivery<br />Moodle/BBB integration <br />EVALUATION<br />Course tutor development<br />Course planning / learning resources<br />Workplace support<br />Student cohort<br />Workplace liaison<br />
  7. 7. Pilot course<br />REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene<br />6 hours – short, practical, chunks<br />Legislative requirement for employers<br />Hospitality, leisure travel & tourism sector<br />29% staff turnover (UK)<br />45% elementary education level (12% other sectors)<br />28% access OTJ training (43% all industries)<br />Many in rural locations<br />Assessed<br />
  8. 8. Project objectives<br />Enable remote employers/employees to access legislative training<br />Produce case study<br />Address issues in engaging/supporting students with low learning motivation<br />Produce cost/benefit analysis<br />Test & report integration of BBB with Moodle<br />Disseminate findings & guidance<br />
  9. 9. Challenges<br />Remote learner technical setup<br />Redesign of course delivery<br />Actual/virtual classroom management<br />Realising system potential<br />Working within system limitations<br />Tutor & learner support<br />College restructure<br />
  10. 10. Where have we got to?<br />System setup complete<br />User acceptance testing in progress<br />Tutors discovering a new learning environment<br />Employers / REHIS briefed<br />Evaluation plan redeveloped<br />
  11. 11. What have we learned?<br />System setup straightforward<br />System features straightforward<br />Be selective?<br />Student induction crucial<br />Anticipate what might go wrong – prepare!<br />Additional tutor/learner support needs<br />Role of Learning Assistants<br />Phase test course delivery<br />
  12. 12. What have we learned?<br />Evaluation <br />start early : don’t stop<br />bring in outside experience<br />think through evidence requirement<br />tie evidence gathering to planned objectives <br />formative/summativebalance<br />be creative<br />
  13. 13. What have we learned?<br />Enormous potential for FE<br />Moodle integration<br />Learner engagement<br />Collaborative peer learning<br />Supporting open/online learning<br />Flexible/tailored tutorial support<br />Virtual classrooms<br />Virtual invigilation<br />
  14. 14. Links<br />SWEET Project website<br />JISC - SWEET Project webpage<br />BigBlueButton<br />Jewel & Esk College<br />ELVON<br />REHIS<br />Soroba<br />