Posts tagged ‘HE’

An Introduction to #ocTEL

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It’s been almost a year since I took part in my first MOOC – the First Steps MOOC, but the memory of being initially completely over-whelmed by the experience is still very clear. But I am up for a challenge, and as I am currently in the process of completing an LSIS funded Research and Development Followship project, where I am looking at what and how HE tutors and students can learn from each other about mobile technology, then this seems like as a good a time as any to join my second MOOC.

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RSA: feedback from LSIS grant interview

As I posted recently I am undertaking a practitioner research project where I hope to create a community of practice (CoP) between a small group of HE tutors and their students and look at the impact of taking part in this CoP has on their professional development.

This week I attended an interview for a research development fellowship grant from LSIS, and despite initial reservations about attending this interview, I’ve found talking about the project with the tutors at SUNCETT has already had an impact on my thoughts on the project.

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New Academic Year: RSA

September 16, 2012research,
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As a HE in FE teacher at the college I am very fortunate that I am able to bid for remission hours to undertake Research and Scholarly Activity (RSA). This year I hope to be able to bring HE tutors and students together in an exploration of mobile technology.

Description of the Research

This project aims to investigate how HE in FE teachers and students can develop a community of practice in relation to exploring the use of emerging technologies for their Continual Professional Development (CPD) and Professional Development Planning (PDP).

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VLE – Vast Learning Experience for tutors

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I’ve recently been re-reading the feedback from my CELTA courses and have been struck by the overwhelmingly positive response to the VLE. Other comments on technology (eg Active Inspire, the blog) had mixed responses, but when commented on the VLE was reported to be a valuable resource – whether this was for the 24/7 access, course materials available in one place or ease of submitting assignments. One comment related to the short learning curve they had in order to use the VLE.

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reflections on using the ILT (VLE) in HE

February 18, 2012reflections,

Yesterday was the first of two HE Staff Development sessions aimed at supporting tutors in developing their use of ILT in general, and the VLE specifically, to support their students. It was a really interesting session for me in many ways, firstly I was there in a support capacity rather than leading the training and this is rare for me within the college. Reflecting on the session there are a couple of things I want to implement into my courses:

1. use of the ‘latest news’ forum within the VLE. I have only used this for one year for the CELTA course and gave up because feedback from trainees was that they didn’t know when an update was posted as emails were directed to their college student account which they didn’t use. Since then I have always used the course blog to post updates, and the email aspect of posterous has always been a big winner for me.

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emoderating – Block 4

I think I struggled most with the final block of this course. We had spent previous weeks looking at asynchronous learning tools and this week moved onto synchronous.  We compared four applications:

·         WebEx

·         GoTo Meeting

·         Adobe connect

·         wizIQ

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e-moderating course: online pedegogy


I’m now into the second week of the International House e-moderating course. This week we’re looking at The Online Learner and online pedagogy. I was really pleased to see a (small) section on blended learning reminding us to keep in mind how technology can be used to support f2f learning, not just to replace it.

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