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Title: Effective learning


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Effective learning teaching using the VLE
  • Janet Macdonald, OU in Scotland
  • OU in Ireland Staff Development Conference 8-9
    May 2009

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Agenda...
  • Learning with technologies past and present
  • Learning in a tutor group
  • Using VLE tools to support tutor group
  • Learning in wider communities
  • Tutor communities

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1985
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Access issues in 1985
  • The telephone I used was in a shop
  • belonging to a friend and in addition to
  • poor connexions I was constantly
  • interrupted by customers shouting their
  • orders.
  • I dont use telephone tuition I
  • dont think one can learn a great
  • deal in a cold draughty phone box on
  • a wet night

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2000
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2003
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Text messages
  • Text messaging from mobile phones was invented
    about
  • 1995 and has become extremely popular in some
    circles
  • because it is cheap, unobtrusive and private.
  • Users enter messages pressing 2 once for A,
    twice for
  • B, three times for C and so on. Not all of
    us are
  • comfortable with the medium
  • 2003

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2007 User created content Social
networking Mobile phones Virtual worlds New
scholarship Multiplayer educational games
2008 Grassroots Video Collaboration Webs Mobile
Broadband Data Mashups Collective Intelligence
Social Operating Systems
2009 Mobiles Cloud computing Geo-everything The
personal web Semantic aware apps Smart objects
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We build on our strengths!
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Thinking about intentions
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2. Learning in a tutor group
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Types of interaction
Tutor with individual Tutor with group
Formal Assignment feedback Tutorials
Informal Individual needs Keeping in touch
Macdonald, 2006
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Individual support assignments
  • In my feedback I wanted
  • to raise her confidence in
  • her own ability and point
  • her in the direction of
  • improving particularly
  • with analysis of the course
  • materials. 

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Individual support pastoral
  • ...Peter was asking me to be
  • flexible about his TMA
  • submissions since hes been
  • posted to Afghanistan
  • obviously Ive said that I will be
  • flexible but if he could try and
  • let me know if any are going to
  • be really late.

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Group support participation engagement
  • Saturday's tutorial was attended
  • by 7 students, 2 of them
  • first-timers. Now emailing
  • handouts to non-attendees. I
  • feel guilty if I don't do this and
  • rather resentful having to
  • do it at all. Whether my efforts
  • are as beneficial as I fondly
  • imagine is hard to tell and takes
  • us back to the question of what
  • factors influence student
  • learning.

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Tutoring individuals and groups
  • Individuals
  • Assignment feedback yes, butpastoral support
    also a
  • significant part of tutoring
  • Groups
  • Yes in theory butparticipation and engagement
    is
  • problematic
  • Which students are we supporting?
  • What are we trying to achieve in tutorials?
  • Is there a case for better integration with
    course design?
  • Do online tools help?

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3. Using VLE tools to support the tutor group
For more go tohttp//learn.open.ac.uk/site/vle-
choices
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Types of interaction
Tutor with individual Tutor(s) with group CT/other unit designed activity Student with student
Formal Assignment feedback Learning activities Collaborative projects peer assmnt
Informal Individual needs Keeping in touch Course wide groups Peer support social networking
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Keeping in touch (blog)
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4. Learning in wider communities
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A running commentary (course forum)
  • Sunday 38 messages / 9 threads
  • Three separate messages saying they wished they
    had found
  • this site before!... Of course there are two
    elements people
  • surely need the help but could we cope if
    everybody actually
  • came on?
  • Monday 41 messages / 6 threads
  • I note that two of the threads are the same in
    fact the same
  • questions have been asked and answered already
    many
  • timesthat prompted me to set up a FAQ
  • (Jo Haycock, Diary of a moderator, PILS)

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Revision and exam prep
  • http//kzx100studysupportrevising.pbwiki.com/?pwd
    Dd8JrWBf7g

F Harkes, TOP
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Model answers (forum or wiki)

(Macdonald, 2001)
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Peer mentoring (forum)
  • The fact that the mentors had been on the course
  • recently was invaluable as was the fact that it
    was a
  • Scottish group and I scheduled a date in my diary
    to log
  • on and check it out as a way of easing myself
    into the
  • first few weeks of study

Scottish Peer Support DD100 K101 (2007 and
2008)
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5. Tutor communities..
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Online tutor communities keep you sane..
  • a great way to get in touch with other
    tutors, to keep
  • in touch with the course team about things that
    we need
  • advice about, or for us to give our own views and
  • feedback. Its also a great way to share a smile
    and a
  • joke occasionally many of us work in far flung
  • placesso its good to feel part of a body of
    people from
  • time to time.
    (Macdonald Hewling, 2008)

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Use of blogging for tutor reflection in PET
project
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  • Learning Development Team
  • OU in Scotland
  • http//www.open.ac.uk/blogs/LearnDevDist/
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