PPP event in Warrington

background to different virtual learning communities – lewis d and allan b (2005) – virtual learning communities

wenger  e 1998 – communities of practice – learning meaning and identity

what do you expect from the SIG? what do you want from it? how might you assess effectiveness? what could measure success?

some key questions:

what is the purpose of the SIG?
what is the structure of the community?
who are the potential community members?
how will members work and learn togther?
what OCT infrastructure is required?
what adminstrative support is required?
what type of design is required for the virtual learning environment?

questions from lewis and allan.

ACTION – get books, and slides – arrange a survey to advice on the type of community we might want, I.e., a user needs survey. This should be open until the end of July – need to raise awareness through Moodle Group, and special invited people. Sell as part of the review of elearning operational plan.

KEYNOTE: Audio supported enhanced learning

lots of promotion of the emerge community.

project focuses on use of audio with emerging technologies. in particular, use of audio for reflection, assessment (formative and summative) and collaborative learning

outputs … include, curriculum design.

OBSERVATIONS – pitch is a little to overview, about the project, about the methodology … not sure if this is what the audience want 🙂

suggesting that using audio instead of text means that she can really catch / appreciate if the student has got the ideas, I.e., so it’s relying on tone, confidence, further questioning. This can’t be as easily identified through text because the conversion of audio to text acts as a sanitizing or filtering process. I suppose, the question must be asked … is this scaleable?

seemed to use lots of different software to generate … this is good, but what about advice, recommendations, what do we (institutions) need to archive?

ACTION – look at G-Cast for mobile podcast solution. see http://www.gcast.com

Good question about how do we separate the novelty aspect of a new technology, or a technology that is being used “new” to the members of staff, and the actual improvement in the learning experience. In other words, how do shift our analysis of the tool from the subjective to the objective.

QUESTIONS FROM FLOOR – gave text and audio versions of task instructions – some seemed to like it. So e-admin gain for a niche group of students. Is it worth it? Argument that different style ofr dyslexics, multitasking etc.,


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