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Learn About Fair 2009

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Anna Page
19 September 2013

The 2009 award-winning Learn About Fair took place on 21st January 2009 in the Jennie Lee Building and was attended by around 400 OU staff from Walton Hall and the regions. A number of stalls hosted by various 'experts' in some of the most popular Learn About Guides spoke on their subject and demonstrated new technologies and their application to learning and teaching.

List of stalls:

  • Accessibility
  • Blogs
  • Broadcasting
  • Digilab & gaming
  • Discussion Forums in Teaching
  • e-assessment: Formative Assessment
  • eLearning Community
  • Elluminate
  • ePortfolios
  • Learning design
  • Learning in the workplace
  • Music computing
  • Programming for the rest of us
  • Podcasting/iTunesU
  • Second Life campus
  • Social networking
  • Tabletop technologies
  • The Open CETL
  • Twitter
  • Usability
  • Virtual worlds
  • Wikis

List of 10 minute presentations:

  • Social networking
  • Broadcasting
  • OU on iTunesU & YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Learning design
  • Elluminate
  • Second Life campus
  • Learning in the workplace

If you missed the Fair you will be able to view the video podcasts of all the presentations via the OU's podcast site. (2008 video podcasts are posted there.) Subjects include: social networking, broadcasting, learning design, iTunesU, Twitter, Elluminate, learning in the workplace and Second Life.

Powerpoint slides of some of the presentations are attached to the respective Learn About Guide.

A selection of comments recorded on the day are as follows:

Really informative with good sessions.”

Nicely organised – well done!

Good variety of things to find out about and a good opportunity to bump into people with similar interests.”

I enjoyed the presentation room sessions and the throughput was very slick.”

Interesting presentation topics, good arena in which to showcase new technologies – thank you!

The winner of the Apple iPod Touch was Carole Barnett from Social Sciences, and the winner of the Sony PSP was Andre Vock, also from Social Sciences. Congratulations to them!

Answers to the quiz questions are below:

  1. According to Professor Josie Taylor, what will be the single most important development in educational technology in the next 10 years? Ans: 3D printing.
  2. Who said the following with respect to a new DVD-based course: "This is great, absolutely brilliant, I love it." Ans: A student recorded in the IET labs for the purposes of usability testing.
  3. According to Computing's ALs who are giving tutorials via Second Life, what is the greatest benefit to delivering education via a virtual workd? Ans: The socialisation aspects. As one student said: "It felt that I have met my tutor while sitting in my study at home".


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