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10 Excuses not to engage in e-learning


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10 Excuses not to engage in e-learning

  1. 1. Ten reasons for not engaging with Moodle - and a firm Rebuttal by Henry Keil, e-Learning Unit
  2. 2. 1. Moodle doesn’t work ! <ul><li>It does now! </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of a r eliable service – database tables subject to regular ‘health checks’ </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum unscheduled downtime (<.1% over 24/7/365 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Effective backup and restore procedures </li></ul>
  3. 3. 2. Students don’t like t he VLE <ul><li>Evidence we collect from independent surveys indicate that students actually DO like it - ask them yourself using anonymous feedback (on Moodle) ! </li></ul><ul><li>Their main criticism though is that academic staff use it inconsistently </li></ul><ul><li>They find it very useful for revision or for obtaining additional study material to support differential learning </li></ul>
  4. 4. 3. There is l ittle point – I’m teaching different modules anyway next year <ul><li>It is important for staff to have ‘ownership’ in their Moodle modules </li></ul><ul><li>Become a ‘ sharer ’ instead of a ‘ hogger ‘- pass on or ‘part-exchange’ Moodle content with your colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle modules can be archived and content can be readily moved to different modules </li></ul>
  5. 5. 4. I don’t want other ‘people’ to re-purpose my material <ul><li>You can ‘personalise’ and protect your work (PP-presentations, images) via an ‘ author stamp ’, copyright tag it via © or CC and then ‘freeze it’ by pdf or flash conversion </li></ul><ul><li>Also remember that a PP-presentation is only a ‘wrapper’ – without accompanying explanations PP have only limited learning value </li></ul>
  6. 6. 5. If I put things on Moodle students do not come to my lectures <ul><li>There is little evidence to support this statement </li></ul><ul><li>L ectures should not be ‘ information-transfer ’ sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Use f2f sessions for interactive learning opportunities by applyi ng different types of communication tools such as Electronic Voting System or interactive whiteboard </li></ul>
  7. 7. 6. I’ve got no time for this! <ul><li>Attendance at both Beginners and Intermediate Moodle training sessions constitutes about 0.01% of your annual staff time </li></ul><ul><li>Resource uploads do take very little time provided you ask for assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Make a case at your annual PDR with your Line Manager to have some time allowance for e-learning, and justify it on the grounds of tangible corporate benefits (retention rates, better mark distribution etc.) </li></ul>
  8. 8. 7. My teaching material belongs to me only <ul><li>It’s very likely that your contract of employment states that ownership of your teaching resources (print and electronic) is shared with your employer </li></ul><ul><li>If you’re off sick or on ‘emergence leave’ you can reduce the i nconvenience caused to learners by releasing the lecture notes online , thus minimising the potentially deleterious effect on their learning </li></ul>
  9. 9. 8 . I will put myself out of a job <ul><li>No - you will ‘ add value ’ to your teaching of students in the context of ‘blended learning’ </li></ul><ul><li>You will assist your organisation in opening up new markets in work-based and employer engagement and work-based learning – this will ultimately make your job more secure </li></ul>
  10. 10. 9 . What’s in for me? <ul><li>Probably nothing in a tangible material sense (promotions on teaching excellence are still rare) but … </li></ul><ul><li>Indirectly </li></ul><ul><li>a) better pass and retention rate i.e. fewer resits , less marking </li></ul><ul><li>b) better student feedback – makes you look good on your PDR </li></ul><ul><li>c) provides professional satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>d) sense of achievement </li></ul>
  11. 11. 10. I’m too old for this! <ul><li>Come on - t his is ageism and of course politically incorrect! Even you employer could use this against you </li></ul><ul><li>Ever heard of life-long learning ? We should practice what we preach! Potential returning students (alumni) could make an important financial contribution in any HE business model </li></ul>