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eLearning Community: Work in progress

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Graham Healing
9 December 2010

Where: Walton Hall, The OU's Milton Keynes campus (Library Seminar Rooms 1 & 2)

Time: 10.00-12.30, 18th January 2011

This event was recorded and is available to members of staff at the Open University via Stadium.

This 'Work in progress' event was on the theme of ‘spaces for learning’ and featured:

The eLC programme for 2011

SocialLearn preview – and an invitation - Rebecca Ferguson (KMI)

SocialLearn is an online learning toolkit, developed by the OU, which you can take with you wherever you go on the web. Its role is to help learners make sense of the wealth of content and media available on the Internet.

Since the 2009 trial of SocialLearn, which included many members of the eLC, the OU has shifted the focus of SL – concentrating initially on its possibilities for OU staff, and emphasising personalisation, connections and recommendations.

This session will provide a preview of SocialLearn from Rebecca Ferguson, research lead on the project team. Participants in an initial, small-scale pilot in December will report on their experience of using SocialLearn – and there will be an open invitation to members of the eLC to take part in the next pilot, which runs from January until March.

Vital - CPD for teachers - Pete Bradshaw (FELS)

Vital is a professional development programme which aims to help teachers to use ICT. This session will look at the ways in which the project has built a collaborative space using a bespoke version of OU tools. It will discuss how we met the challenge of publishing over 30 short courses in less than a year and the tensions between 'course' and 'collaboration', between 'published website' and 'participative space'.

Delivered by the Open University (FELS) and funded by DfE, Vital provides:

  • flexible courses hosted in a bespoke version of the OU VLE
  • collaborative spaces - allowing members and partners to upload their own courses
  • guides to key technologies and ideas on how to use them in the classroom
  • interviews with leading practitioners - both synchronous and asynchronous

Shareville - Alan Staley and colleagues (Birmingham City University)

Shareville: Alan Staley, Mark Hetherington, and Dario Faniglione, from Birmingham City University will talk about their plans to further develop their virtual town, ‘designed to help students prepare for learning in the workplace’ and ‘engage with a variety of real scenarios situated in real world contexts’ including a virtual solicitor’s office, a hospital, and a school.

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