Converting learning from paper to digital

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Converting learning from paper to digital

Not just rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic:

From guest writer: Judy Bloxham.

I have recently created a set of induction modules for a geographically, distributed company. The material to be covered was written up and delivered face to face as an initial trial which worked well, but the geography prohibited meeting every new employee to do an induction like that. So the decision was taken to use the company’s online learning provider platform for delivery.
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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…]

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…]

When is a eLearning adviser, not an eLearning adviser?

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For several years my role has been known as an eLearning Adviser, or is it e-Learning Adviser? With or without the hyphen it is an unhelpful title as it means different things to different organisations and to coin a phrase initiated by Craig Taylor several years ago – when are they going to take the ‘e’ out of ‘eLearning’ anyway. Well, when are they? [Read more…]

How using social media can make literacy and numeracy lessons more engaging

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As a Skills for Life consultant, I have been holding workshops which promote the use of social media in supporting the development of literacy and numeracy skills.  Most young people live their lives through social media, so introducing tools that they enjoy using and are familiar with makes SFL delivery more engaging and enjoyable.   I frequently hear from trainers and teachers who proudly announce ‘I don’t have a mobile/I have never tweeted/my students don’t have access to a computer – ever!’ and I see a familiarity with my own learning experience, when teachers told me they didn’t own a television set or disparaged my choice of newspaper. I wasn’t impressed. The gap between the teacher and student only widened. [Read more…]

Professional development for FE & Skills Practitioners

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CPD1How would you feel if you went to…

a doctors and, while waiting for your appointment, discovered that the doctor hadn’t had any Professional development 4 practitioner training since they qualified in the 70’s? [Read more…]

FELTAG a directive, an aspiration or just common sense?

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For a while there, I believed that the FELTAG report might be just the kick up the backside so richly deserved by the management of many Learning Providers to engage in the use of current technology.  I still believe that the objective will be achieved, but I fear that it may be later than the original target date.

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Tools to enhance learning resources

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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 significant MOOC running 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, easy to blend into current Teaching and Learning practices and as many as possible be made available online.

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…]

Making learning materials fit to go online

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Many Learning Providers recognise an urgent need to ‘upgrade’ their learning materials so as to make them more engaging, interactive and accessible on-line. Some ‘buy in’ whole packages but few realise that with the vast array of software tools available, even existing  paper based coursework can be adapted by the staff that use it, with very little IT knowledge or training and little or low cost.

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Is Work Based Learning Fit for the 21st Century?

I have been very fortunate to have spent more than a decade dishing out advice, supporting and occasionally nagging, learning providers about the fantastic and often simple technology available to them. But here we are beginning the fifteenth year of the 21st century when I  feel the need to make the following observations which may touch a nerve with some, bewilder others and perhaps, just perhaps, encourage a few to reconsider their organisations methods of delivering Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Post-16 education. Particularly in the FE & Skills sector.
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