Tail Wags Dog?

Having been away from ‘the front line’ of the sector until recently, I was pleased to attend an event put on by a learning provider to share with other providers, their experience in developing a range of dynamic learning materials in a major project. During the course of the day the guest providers were also invited to share their own progress for introducing technology into the mainstream of teaching and learning. I was a little surprised with the answers.

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Embrace eLearning and all its benefits

From guest writer, John Dalziel:

I wrote the notes, on which this post is based, just over a year ago with the view to add to my podcasts. It didn’t happen, for lots of reasons but, having found my notes again, thought I’d share it with you.

With or without the suggestions from FELTAG, does your organisation have a huge bank of courses to be developed and rolled-out to learners?

Are you, like so many other learning providers, unsure of how to approach this daunting task? [Read more…]

Magic Wands still don’t exist!

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From guest writer John Dalziel.

Just over 2 years ago, in one of my podcasts, I asked this question…

“What has a Mallard got in common with, using New and Emerging Technologies?”

At that time, before I retired, feedback from workshops, face-2-face and online sessions told me that most delegates had engaged with the amazing concepts and/or inspiring messages I’d tried to deliver. [Read more…]

A VLE fit for purpose – define purpose

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Creating teaching materials that are more engaging is at last being recognised by the majority of teaching staff as the right thing to do and to most of us its equally essential to make the resulting courses accessible to students and learners inside and out of a classroom on demand and available on the learners choice of devices. It’s just good practice, common sense, blindingly obvious to some but seemingly not to others. [Read more…]

Technology and Blended Learning

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There appears to be an upsurge of interest in the use of technology in blended learning, even I am engaged in a MOOC at this time and whilst it may not be high on the list of staff development for many, I thought it appropriate to refresh my page of ‘tools’  to see if former favourites remain so and I am pleased to say, they are.

These are just a few of the dozens of examples of software tools which meet my essential criteria to stand a chance of being used. They must be free or low cost, need little or no ICT skills to create content and appropriate to use alongside current Teaching and Learning practices. Including the essential ‘board and chalk’.

Please note: The list is by no means comprehensive and  this selection is simply to raise awareness and for readers to ‘try out’ and as always I suggest that they should be used within the framework of a Staff Development Programme or strategy. [Read more…]