Dr Matthew Olczack explains how he used, and subsequently researched web based resources to enhance traditional teaching and learning methods. The research is of particular interest as Dr Olczack investigates aspects of self selection bias. The overall results were very favourable, both in terms of the postive impact upon students learning, and their overall achievements.
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I attended the inspiring talk by Professor Phillip Long this week, so I thought I’d share a few of the many nuggets of information he discussed. As his talk suggested, Phillip concentrated on the way that Web 2.0 tools and communication/collaborative working is being enhanced by a plethora of technologies that are making sharing and collaborating much easier, and indeed pushing us into a 21st C way of being. His talk resonates with the published work surrounding the connectivisim pedagogy – whereby we are learning in a networked world from peers and from the terabytes of information at our networked fingertips. Of course, this means we still need to filter and evaluate, but that’s a whole other story. Phillip argued that the rise in social media (facebook, mysapce, bebo, etc) is a transformative revolution, set to mould our way of living and connecting with others. BTW, the video link above is a similar take to the very good Shift_happens vid created recently.
Phillip also made a very valid comment about the vast quantities of information on the interweb. “We are struggling with semantics and taxonomies of aggregating data, which at present feels chaotic.” How true, and I for one am trying to cope with ways of filtering blogs, wikis, tweets, emails, RSS feeds, etc… And read from paper – in an efficient manner. RSS feeds can help – more of that later.
Back to the meat of the links. Phillip covered so much; all I can do is pass on the links I took down so you can try some out for yourself.
- http://timkastelle.org/blog/ – is developing the aggregate, filter, connect model with Phillip Long.
- Deloitte Centre for the edge – tracking shifts in use of media
- Google Labs RSS visualizer?
- The new Microsoft Office on the Web – Like google docs
- Always use Delicious or diigo to store and share web links – it makes sense
- Shorten your long ULRs with http://bit.ly – also has stats counters
- Filter tweets with Tweetdeck , tweetalarm or Twitterfall
- Use RSS feeds to push the web to you , by using Yahoo pipes, rightload, or use RSS feeds to create a newspaper or magazine on the fly with your selected web articles.
- Read it later – save web pages to read later!
- Connotea – an alternative to Endnote
- http://vue.tufts.edu/ – The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is an Open Source project based at Tufts University
Phillip was keen on sharing educational (Open Access) content, here’s his list of repositories of Open Educational Resources;
- www.doaj.org – The Directory of Open Access Journals
- http://www.oclc.org/oaister/ - Millions of digital resources
- http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm – MIT OpenCourseware
- http://cnx.org/ – Connexions is a place to view and share educational material
- http://openwetware.org/wiki/Main_Page - Sharing research information
- http://www.labspaces.net/ – sharing research
- http://igen.org/ – collaborating on genetics research
The next CLIPP seminar on May 11th will provide an insight into the effective use of e-portfolios to enhance the student learning experience. Julie Hughes, Principle Lecturer, and Emma Purnell, Blended Learning Advisor, from the University of Wolverhampton will demonstrate their experience, use of, and engagement with, e-portfolios over a number of years. They will also consider possible strategies on easy and effective development and the use of e-portfolios in learning and teaching.
All are welcome to the seminar in SW309 from 1:00 – 2:00 but please email Lyn Cottrell (l.cottrell) if you want to participate in the hands-on workshop from 2:30 to 3:45 in SW308 as numbers may be limited.
Learner Response Systems: effective use in HE
Thursday 19th March 2009 – SW309/308
Learner Response Systems (LRS) are now commonly used in school classrooms throughout the country and are therefore already familiar to many of our student intake. The Learning Technologies team within The Midlands Leadership Centre provides a blend of bespoke practical training, CPD courses in ICT, as well as strategic advice for schools, local authorities and other educational groups. This team led the REVEAL Project, a national project looking at the effective use and implementation of LRS in schools and FE, which they have recently expanded to include HE and will be sharing the results of their research at the next CLIPP seminar to be held on Thursday 19th March.
The seminar will be followed by a workshop offering some hands on training and an opportunity to look at the practical application of LRS. Participants can then make use of the Opivote system, catering for up to 220 students, which is now available as a bookable resource through Media and Learning Technologies (further details plus video tutorials are available in the Learning Technologies module on Blackboard).
Both sessions are open to all staff – please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend.
- Seminar 1:00pm – 1:45pm in SW309
- Workshop 2:00pm – 3:30pm in SW308
In addition to the recently announced CDIO seminar, CLIPP are hosting other seminars over the coming weeks. The programme is as follows
Thursday 19th March @ 1300
Midlands Leadership – Learner response systems and their effective use in HE.
(Seminar and workshop) More Information
Monday 11th May @ 1300
Effective use of e-portfolios
Julie Hughes/Emma Purnell
(seminar and workshop)
Tuesday 2nd June @ 1300
Reflective practice workshop
Friday 12th June – all day
L&T seminar day
(presentations on the CLIPP funded projects)
Monday 9th March 2009
1300-1400 in SW309
The CDIO Initiative is an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers. It provides students with an education, stressing engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving — Designing — Implementing — Operating real-world systems and products.
The CDIO Initiative was developed with input from academics, industry, engineers and students. It is universally adaptable for all engineering schools. CDIO Initiative collaborators throughout the world have adopted CDIO as the framework of their curricular planning and outcome–based assessment.
The approach, although being discussed in the engineering context, may well be of interest to colleagues from other disciplines if considering or interested in new approaches to learning and teaching practice.
MacLaren Memorial Lecture on Management
Date: Wednesday 11 March 2008
Start time: 7pm prompt with teas/coffees and cakes/pastries available in Aston Business School Conference Centre from 6.00pm
Venue: The Great Hall, Main Building, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET
David Smith of Jaguar Land Rover – Investing in Our Future
David Smith became Chief Executive of Jaguar Land Rover in June 2008 on the sale to Tata, after twenty five years in the automotive industry with Ford. He has also been a Board member of Advantage West Midlands for the last five years.
David has had a roller coaster ride during 2008, dealing with complex transition issues for the newly independent company, putting the long term strategy for the business in place and trying to manage through the fallout from the worst global financial crisis for generations.
In this lecture, David will outline how he sees the future and the opportunity to develop Jaguar Land Rover into one of tomorrow’s industrial companies during a period of such uncertainty.
This Lecture is free and open to all.
Media and Learning Technologies will be recording this event. The video will be available on the past events section of the Aston University web site within a day or two of the event.