Thursday, 6 June 2013

5. Platforms and Technologies

Kolb and Learning

Having read through the three key questions and considered my responses, I totally agree with Sandra's (ocTEL participant) comment.

I too try and include a range of ways of engaging my audience, my personal interaction and selection of technologies varies depending on the topic and the environment of delivery.

I start by recognising how I prefer to learn and the journey I have undertaken learning the subject matter and how I have learned to use the technology. I consider the value in the learner engagement with the technology, development of transferable skills.

In my role I am usually assisting staff to learn a specific technology for their own use in teaching and would use other complementary technologies and resources to assist.

In learning how to use the institutions VLE (Blackboard Learn), staff are exposed to the following technologies and tools, and may use them at ant stage of the learning experience depending on the outcome of the learning activity.

  • Staff account 
  • email 
  • Web Browser 
  • Tools within Blackboard (Bb) 
    • content collections (text, image, video, URL collections) 
    • quizzes 
    • surveys 
    • assignment 
    • discussion 
    • announcement 
  • Third party tools and applications provided through Bb 
    • CampusPack (CP) blogs 
    • CP wikis 
    • CP journals 
    • CP lab reports 
    • Turnitin 
  • Video (VStream (Echo360) and YouTube 
  • Document creation - html (Bb), Word or similar 
  • PDF - Creation and Reading 
  • Presentations - PowerPoint, Prezi, Notable 
  • VPN - Remote access to networked drive 
  • Images - VUW collection, Flickr 
  • Library resources 
    • Hard copy texts 
    • Digitised texts 
    • Dynamic content through the library collections 
    • Digitised database collections (internally hosted) 
    • Digitised database collections (externally hosted) 
    • eTV 
    • bibliography software- endnote, zotero 
  • Social media 
    • Facebook 
    • Twitter 
  • Participant response technologies - installed hand held devices and web devices 
  • OER - what these are and how to find them for NZ 
  • Copyright and Creative Commons NZ 
  • Student submissions during class activities for for assessment, 
    • Text 
    • Audio 
    • Video 
    • Image 
    • Cloud storage solutions 

Teaching space technologies - They would also learn to use the technologies in the teaching spaces, document cameras, white boards, they would also master specialist equipment and technologies of their discipline.

and more ...

Participant response technologies (clicker technologies) have the potential to be very powerful tools. With skilfully crafted questions, engaging activities and skilled facilitators/ moderators to receive 'back channel' questions and conversations, students can experience a rich and rewarding learning experience synchronously, whether face to face or on-line, and asynchronously via facilitated and moderated 'back channel' communications after the event.

Having participated in both mode of delivery and in face to face and on-line environments using web browser clicker technologies I am excited about the opportunities 'clicker technologies' provide learners.

The challenge is to choose the right technology/tool for the learning activity, the  learner and teacher and then use them well.