SLN eLearning

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SLN eLearning

  1. 1. SLN eLearning – eWP? Nigel Gibson
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>To give an overview of the SLN project </li></ul><ul><li>How the OU participated </li></ul><ul><li>How the eLearning team worked </li></ul><ul><li>How and why we used OpenLearn </li></ul><ul><li>To show you where we are and invite you to come and see what we’ve done </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview of the SLN Project <ul><li>Sussex Learning Network </li></ul><ul><li>Set up in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>The first lifelong learning network (LLN) </li></ul><ul><li>A partnership of all HEIs and FECs in Sussex </li></ul>
  4. 4. Partners <ul><li>Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Chichester </li></ul><ul><li>Sussex </li></ul><ul><li>Brighton </li></ul><ul><li>University College Hastings </li></ul><ul><li>The Open University </li></ul><ul><li>Colleges of FE </li></ul><ul><li>Northbrook College </li></ul><ul><li>City College </li></ul><ul><li>Central Sussex College </li></ul><ul><li>Sussex Downs </li></ul><ul><li>Hastings College of Art and Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Plumpton College </li></ul>
  5. 5. About 70 miles by 30 miles
  6. 6. Structure of the SLN <ul><li>Focus on curriculum areas </li></ul><ul><li>“ Specialist” topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IAG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>eLearning </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. OU Involvement <ul><li>Members of the partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Contributed members to the IAG group </li></ul><ul><li>The eLearning project team </li></ul>
  8. 8. eLearning team <ul><li>Director – Robert Catt (also FELS Staff Tutor) </li></ul><ul><li>Researcher – Jenny Lynden (Social Sciences) </li></ul><ul><li>eLearning consultants – Liz Thackray and Nigel Gibson (both Technology ALs) </li></ul><ul><li>Details of the team are at http://conclave.open.ac.uk/sln-wiki/index.php/About_the_team </li></ul>
  9. 9. Our practice <ul><li>We all have different experiences of using technologies to support learning and we used those perspectives to inform the team’s work </li></ul><ul><li>Our main engagement with other partners was through an Advisory Group – we worked with educators more than learners </li></ul><ul><li>Members of the Advisory Group were invited to attend regular meetings, workshops and conferences </li></ul>
  10. 10. Online presence <ul><li>Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Blog (which didn’t take off at all) </li></ul><ul><li>OpenLearn spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr, Slideshare, YouTube </li></ul>
  11. 11. Our online footprint Wiki Flickr YouTube OpenLearn SLN Zone Forums Slideshare Blog Crowdstatus Twitter
  12. 12. Wiki <ul><li>The wiki documents the progress of the project </li></ul><ul><li>Used for planning and promoting events </li></ul><ul><li>Distributing notes from meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Signposting interesting technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Linking to other wikis used in education </li></ul>
  13. 13. Why OpenLearn? <ul><li>A practical example of eLearning </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibile </li></ul><ul><li>Extendible </li></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul>
  14. 14. How we used it <ul><li>To create a space </li></ul><ul><li>To collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>To share resources </li></ul><ul><li>To distribute resources created by the project </li></ul>
  15. 15. SLN Zone <ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Area where we linked to other things </li></ul><ul><li>Hosts videos and presentations </li></ul><ul><li>http://labspace.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3027 </li></ul>
  16. 17. Chunking resources <ul><li>Identifying OpenLearn resources of interest to specific groups </li></ul>http://labspace.open.ac.uk/mod/resource/view.php?id=212975
  17. 18. Creating resources <ul><li>Workshops supported by the OL team </li></ul><ul><li>Created a number of units </li></ul><ul><li>Also remixed some units to “localize” them </li></ul>
  18. 19. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ainamorato/sets/72157603384352139/ OpenLearn Workshop 4th Dec 2007
  19. 20. http://labspace.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3193 Working online
  20. 21. http://labspace.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3230 Writing skills
  21. 22. http://labspace.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3329 Number skills
  22. 23. Action Research <ul><li>Jenny Lynden led an online action research set using FlashMeeting </li></ul><ul><li>From this a unit was written explaining how to use the tools </li></ul>
  23. 24. Why OpenLearn? <ul><li>It gave us a platform not available in any other way </li></ul><ul><li>It’s something which has practical application immediately - works “out of the box” </li></ul><ul><li>It’s got the OU logo – we mustn’t forget what that means to people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Credible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality assured </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Trusted” </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. Events <ul><li>In order to reach a wider audience we organised “show and tell” events </li></ul>
  25. 26. Conferences <ul><li>A wide range of practitioners were invited to speak at conferences </li></ul>
  26. 27. Events were “hands on” <ul><li>Informal with speakers and chatting and active participation </li></ul><ul><li>And we wrote on the walls! </li></ul>
  27. 28. Please note <ul><li>This is just a quick peek – there is a lot more online </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation will be online by the time you see it </li></ul>
  28. 29. Summary <ul><li>We’ve learnt a lot from this project </li></ul><ul><li>We’ve probably finished up with more questions than answers </li></ul><ul><li>Of the technologies we’ve looked at OpenLearn was certainly a winner </li></ul>
  29. 30. For further details <ul><li>Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>http://conclave.open.ac.uk/sln-wiki/index.php/Main_Page </li></ul><ul><li>OpenLearn SLN Zone </li></ul><ul><li>http://labspace.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3027 </li></ul><ul><li>Nigel Gibson </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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