3 Practical Innovations: Webinars, Digital History, & iTunes U


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I presented this to a delegation from the Open University of China on 7 June 2013 at University of Leicester. The OU China has access to most of the innovations we discussed, but delegates needed practical ideas to use them.

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  • Free, Mac and Windows & handheldsOver 800 universities plus schools, plus beyond campusFeatured
  • Free, Mac and Windows & handheldsOver 800 universities plus schools, plus beyond campusFeatured
  • Like an alternative browser, and an organiserTop left LIBRARY is what you have downloaded to your computerMid left STORE is the iTunes store
  • 3 Practical Innovations: Webinars, Digital History, & iTunes U

    1. 1. www.le.ac.ukThree practical innovations:Webinars, Digital History, and iTunes UOpen University ChinaLeicester Workshop6 June 2013Terese BirdInstitute of Learning Innovation
    2. 2. What will we talk about?• Webinars and innovative uses• Creating and remixing OERs in the DigitalHumanities: the Manufacturing Pasts project• How Leicester is using iTunes U
    3. 3. I. Webinars
    4. 4. What is a webinar?• Internet-facilitated browser meeting, possiblycomprising voice, video, and computer-baseddemonstration• Cross between Skype and the old video-conferencing• AND IT RECORDS!• Software:– Adobe Connect, Blackboard Collaborate, Go-To-Meeting, Webex– Free versions: BigBlueButton, Google Hangouts
    5. 5. https://connect.le.ac.uk/p4szc71ziie/
    6. 6. Tech• Computer with internet connection – wiredconnection is best• Microphone• Headphones – absolute must• Webcam optional• Always do Audio Setup Wizard(under Meeting)
    7. 7. We use Adobe Connect• Windows, Macs, but not Linux• iOS devices need app• Not perfect• Many tools
    8. 8. Lectures• Slides probably more important than webcam• Recorded – students can revise• https://vimeo.com/64883732
    9. 9. Case study of Maths Assessment• Students presented their work to overseascompanies• Everything was recorded for review and grading
    10. 10. Meetings• Webcam is important• Everyone will need a microphone• Leave time at the beginning for fiddling withmicrophone• Only one speaker at a time• Try the whiteboard!
    11. 11. Focus Groups• Everyone will need a microphone• Leave time at the beginning for fiddling withmicrophone• Only one speaker at a time• May want to aim the webcam at something else
    12. 12. 3 International Online Conferences• 200+ delegates• 25 countries• Every continent butAntarctica• Save travel costs• Easier to communicatewith every otherdelegate• Great for networkingand meeting overseasfriends
    13. 13. www.le.ac.ukII. Manufacturing Pasts: learning aboutindustrial change in twentieth centuryBritainDigital History, Digital Humanities
    14. 14. What we did …• Took Leicester as an example of the changing Britishindustrial city• Digitised selected photographs, company records,factory plans, newspaper articles, maps, oral historyinterviews from University and Record Officecollections and put them online• Created learning resources based on them• Created ‘toolkit’ on how to use the resources
    15. 15. http://tinyurl.com/d4u3oc9Making the history accessible
    16. 16. Making the history accessible - how• Created a website ontop of the database• Used social media• Mobile devices• iTunes U
    17. 17. Manufacturing Pasts on iTunes U
    18. 18. Making the history accessible –to whom• Researchers• Urban Historystudents• College students –extended project• Local community• Local historians• Digital humanitiesscholars
    19. 19. Addressing needs of digital humanities researchersToolkit for researchers:• Using visual sources inhistorical research• Using oral testimony inhistorical research• Provenance, judgmentTools for students &teachers:• Glossary, reference• How to make your own
    20. 20. Powerful examples• Sound clip – ‘It was silent’• Virtual tour: Historic and Industrial Leicester
    21. 21. III. iTunes U:Learning and Research Channel forStudents, Showcase to the World
    22. 22. www.le.ac.ukSPIDER Project www.le.ac.uk/spideriTunes U Reach Project
    23. 23. iTunes U: free learning since 2007
    24. 24. iTunes U: free learning since 2007
    25. 25. iTunes U how to
    26. 26. iTunes U v YouTubeYouTube iTunes UEase to publish Easy Easy, must apply toAppleEase to grab Easy-ish EasyEase to adapt Not so easy Not so easyCC Catered but hidden Catered but hidden (?)Formats Video Audio, video, epub, pdfAcademic quality Mixed, diluted Very Good to ExcellentInternet connection Required at the time Not required at the timeSoftware Any browser Free iTunes softwareTime limit 10 – 15 minutes* NoneRestrictions Some countries cannotaccessNoneRestrictions in UK Schools don’t like Some unis don’t likeMobile-ready Smartphones, tablets All including non-smartiPods, best on Apple
    27. 27. How did Leicester launch?ILIinterested-OER(2010)Marketinginterested(2011)Academicswanted toshareApple made iteasy (2012)Launch March2013
    28. 28. iTunes U Group at LeicesterMarketingILIAcademics“Just showyouruniversity’sstrengths”
    29. 29. What gets passed?• Each piece must have engaging learning content onits own• Video– Professional– If unprofessional: short “talking head”, slides ordemonstration with narrator• Audio– Recorded lectures or talks– Shorter pedagogical podcasts– Research descriptions (10 minutes)
    30. 30. www.le.ac.ukExamplesFor the future: incorporate into distance learningGreater use in Medicine and other iPad courses