Reflections: Making Open Educational Resources happen (ALT-C 2011)

This is the first of a series of blog posts covering my reaction to the ALT-C 2011 conference sessions.

Planning a resource-based learning website for students

Video

This video is a presentation of how a Social Work Service User Participation website was planned. The site aim is to enable service users and students to interact and to provide a repository of information for students. It was developed by Pat Walton and Sue Lansley of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York with my advice in planning for the student learning experience.

Reflections on parallel sessions: Ensuring learning design (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

This post is a reaction to one of the parallel sessions at the 2011 Durham Blackboard Users Conference. As Learning Technologists (LT), we often run the risk of being stuck between ensuring sound pedagogical practice and accommodating the wants of senior managers. None more so when distance learning is presented as a solution to addressing problems of over-crowding, over-working, and over-expenditure.

Reflections on parallel sessions: Approaches to engaging staff through case studies (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

This post presents a short overview of a parallel session from the 2011 Durham Blackboard Users Conference.This session was mainly about pedagogical templates used to both describe and design models of learning from face-to-face through to wholly distance. It also included descriptions on how case-studies and questionnaires have been implemented as a way to engage staff.

Reflections on parallel sessions: Student-centred induction (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

This post presents a short overview of a parallel session from the Durham Blackboard Users Conference. This session outlined an approach to student induction and preparation for online study on a distance learning course.

Session: ‘Three steps to success’ by Nichola Hayes, University of Leicester.

Reflections on parallel sessions: The state of elearning in FE/HE (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

This post is a selective summary and thoughts raised by one of the parallel sessions at the 2011 Durham Blackboard Users Conference. This session presented a review of findings from an institution-wide survey on the use of elearning technologies.

Reflections on parallel sessions: Video feedback to students (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

This post is a summary of one of the parallel sessions at the 2011 Durham Blackboard Users Conference. It focuses on providing assignment feedback via short videos recorded by academic tutors.

Reflections: Concepts of Location, Mobility and Mobile Learning – Second Keynote (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

In this second keynote lecture of the Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011, Professor John Traxler began by challenging the notion that elearning allows learning ‘anywhere, anytime’, and that it is infact not wholly true. There remains unresolved considerations, including sociological issues, to implementing mobile learning. I present here some of his key messages interwoven with my own interpretations.