Yesterday, we looked at allowing students to see what others have created for their assignment...
What is Learning X?Welcome to a new online, informal, programme we’re calling Learning X. It will look at various topics in learning and teaching, and should give you food for thought, as well as some practical tips. Over time, Learning X will publish “seasons” of blog posts, each running over the course of a week or so. They’ll contain activities focusing on learning and teaching activities (usually, but not exclusively, using technology). We will also have some Learning X - Live sessions - these are face to face.
Why "Learning X"?We tried to find a generic term, that would cover what we want to do, but one that doesn't tie us to too much. "Coffee Course" is already in use at other Universities, (and the UK is historically a nation of Tea drinkers, not coffee); "Digital Snack Time" implied it was all going to be digital - we've already said that we're hoping some of the sessions would look at non-technological based ideas and that we can follow-up with hands-on sessions and meet-ups. The concepts of Learning 2.0, Learning 3.0 etc, exist (though not all agree on what these actually mean!); TEDx is also well known, and so, Learning X - as that could tie us to any generation of Learning. In order to distinguish ourselves from The Learning Exchange who use LearningX in twitter, we'll get you to use #UoDLearnX as a hashtag.
Who are we?The team currently supporting these are staff from within CTIL (the Centre for Technology and Innovation in Learning) and our educational technologists based in specific schools - and anyone else who can add to the mix. If you have an idea that you think you'd like to run a session on or a theme for a season - let us know.
What do you need to do?We'll be encouraging you to participate, to share ideas both in the comments spaces on the daily posts, but also to start to look at how you might develop a portfolio of ideas. If you look in the resources section of this post, you'll find some ideas about some of the tools you might want to think about setting up. We welcome ideas on themes you'd like to see,so either share your ideas on the blog, or contact CTIL with your ideas (or if you would like to volunteer to run a session).
- Innovative Assessments. (Feb 5th - 9th)
- Getting to grips with a VLE
Learning X - LiveThe live sessions, (usually on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon), will cover a range of themes. They may be directly linked to the current blog based Learning X season, or cover aspects of digital learning that works better as a face to face session.
ResourcesWhile you will be able to comment on any of the posts that we create, you may also want to start to look at using tools that will allow you to do more, to start to create your own portfolio (or even a whole Personal Learning Environment).
Blogging.Many people like the flexibility of blogging, so we’ll look at 3 options for creating a blog. If you aren’t familiar with a blog, Edublogs have created a quick video to explain them, and their role in Education. Source: Edublogs, (19 May 2014) What is a blog? [Shared with a CC licence] WordPress via Edublogs WordPress is the software that powers this website – it’s also one of the most used web tools around. There are a number of websites that allow you to set up a WordPress blog, but the one we’d recommend is Edublogs, as it is specifically designed for Educators (and students). Unlike Campus pack, WordPress blogs are visible outside the University by default; though again, as with Campus Pack you can decide who can see your blog / individual posts.
- Getting started with Edublogs (text based instructions)
- Getting started with Edublogs (Video playlist)
MicrobloggingSome services are called “microblogs” – they generally have fewer features than a full blog. Most (though not all) limit the length of posts you can create in some ways.
TumblrTumblr takes a slightly different approach to WordPress, in that community and connections between users are seen as important. It allows longer posts than Twitter, but it’s designed to be as easy to use as Twitter. The sign up process is very straightforward.
Nothing from 21/09/2018 to 20/10/2018.