Category: workshops

8East – Access Grid Room

Just re-visited the 8East access grid room with Rachael. The idea is to use this as more informal learning space for workshops.

Infact, the room isn’t that flexible πŸ™‚ It is still being used as an access grid room so the booking swould include time to set up room. The way people use it currently (given access to it is via two access doors, is to all meet up before and walk through together. Then only a few people in the team will need permanent access to the room via library card (need to contact Paul Wheatley about access). Catering will deliver.

We’ll not be able to use the PC in the room, so need to bring own laptops. This means we’ll not be able to use the main projection area. So use fixed projector to another wall. This will mean we’ll have to re-arrange the room.

I’ve ask about who is responsible for purchasing more equipment for the room. I’m thinking, it is not perfect as a learning space, however, we could use this as a means of introducing effective teaching methods. i.e., display boards / interactive whiteboards, voting technology etc., We’ll need to use of tablet pcs as user machines (so lots of grop work :-)).

So I’m keen, I look at it and think, yes, a nice space to run a one day workshop on exe etutorial design for a few people.

I’ll wait to see what Pete says ….

Workshop administration

I’ve consulted verball;y with lots of people, and I think the following is the best way to manage our workshops, lunchtime sessions. Could I suggest that we run with this for 6 months, monitor it and then review. The driver for these changes is the efficient use of time and most effective uses of resource admin support and workshop facilitators.


Responsibilities for Sian (admin support)

  • managing the bookings, i.e., monitoring the ac-dev email, adding them to trent, and complete the procedure once the rosters have been signed.
  • administrating the courses – adding the details on the LTEO web site. Please note, this will be done once based on the information given to her by the e-learning team. If there are any changes, such as typos etc., then the e-learning team will be responsible to make these changes on the LTEO web site.
  • booking rooms and catering – please note catering will not be required for BUCS IT Rooms, as there will be coffee and tea facilities in place. We will arrange the bookings of the workshops in BUCS IT. If the rooms are viewed as particularly difficult to find then admin will supply some generic directions (a4 page, arrow and name of room & event).

Responsibilities for elearning team

  • check trent to … see about cancelling the workshop (x days in advance – need to confirm).
  • print Roster on day of event
  • check if the catering turned up (if appropriate) if not then phone Sian (or Laura) who will chase up
  • hand the signed / completed rosters back to Admin Support
  • pick up print outs of directions from Admin and put up near room. Also remove after the event

reflections on “what is twitter” presentation

The slides have been embedded below – presentation for LTEO Meeting, 3 April, 2008.
Some initial thoughts from myself was that I didn’t actually show it πŸ™‚ So I need to include a screengrab atleast. This would help people understand the followers / following idea, and how messages are displayed.Β  This might help significantly with the two scenarios. I might need to re-think the use of BBC bit … I’m not sure if that actually adds to the presentation, it needs to be better linked, it was suppose to help set the context … ummmmm, need to think about this.

Some questions from the floor prompt further work, displaying the idea that you can follow tags / keywords and not people. And addressing the idea that 140 characters is a positive.

As with everything it takes far longer than it should do … re-visit what I’m actually trying to achieve.

I also need to update the slides to include notes …

Question – what did others think, constructive criticism please πŸ™‚ Where the aims appropriate, would might we need for the presentation to be more effective? what worked, what didn’t? – please use the comments

Thoughts on social bookmarking session

I was wondering when you start to research the social bookmarking session then you might try using Delicious and document what you find. For instance, if I was researching what is social bookmarking and how might it be used in education, thenΒ  I would fire up google and start a web search. However, it would be a really good example of the power of social bookmarking if you started from Delicious. It would be a different search strategy, in that you might look at boroad tags, social bookmarking and various of, then start to focus in on people. Just a thought.