Archives of sessions/workshops resources

Learning activities Using QR codes
QR codes are tailor-made for quickly and easily linking to content from smartphones or tablets without the use of keyboards. They are two dimensional so store far more information than a conventional bar code and can deliver SMS messages, text, voice, URL’s and more. They are cheap, quick and easy to create and can form the basis of many keyboard free and non-classroom based learning activities.

Resources:

  1. www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3lrcOhmp9g&feature=youtu.be
  2. www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3lrcOhmp9g&feature=youtu.be
  3. www.socialqrcode.com/features.php|www.socialqrcode.com/features.php
  4. http://cloudrecruiting.net/qr-codes-twitter-viral-marketing-a-lesson-in-mobile-innovation/|://cloudrecruiting.net/qr-codes-twitter-viral-marketing-a-lesson-in-mobile-innovation
  5. http://www.sicet.org/journals/jetde/jetde10/7-So.pdf
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWNR64G72tU

Free web 2.0 code generators

  1. http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
  2. http://www.qrstuff.com/
  3. http://qrdroid.com/generate

Deconstructing” Moodle for better learning design
Developing learning designs for Moodle courses can be problematic because there is always a tension between balancing the use of Moodle’s inbuilt activities, incorporating Web 2.0 tools and working with the “flat” structure of the Moodle learning environment which can be seriously constraining. This workshop considered how to break free from structures imposed by Moodle and other LMS/OLE and move towards more collaborative, networked and knowledge sharing learning designs within them.

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e-Explorers - E-learning Basics
A highly interactive half day workshop exploring e-learning and its benefits and encountering some of the information and communication technologies that are fundamental to e-learning.

This included: wiki, dropbox, image manipulation, Flickr, eclipse crosswords, ARED, Quizmaster, Voicethread, Diigo, twitter, Moodle.

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visit e-Explorers Wiki page

Creating and reusing web based learning resources
The topic of teaching with national collections, open educational resources and user generated content were explored in this online session starting with an introduction to Australia’s National repository of free resources for the TAFE sector: The Toolbox Learning Object Repository and reuse and customisation opportunities for these resources.

The workshop also introduced other sources and explored the role of user generated content (from students) as a learning resource.

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  1. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/act2012feedback - easy to use web authoring tool to create websites without the knowledge of HTML or use of Dreamweaver
  2. http://toolboxes.flexiblelearning.net.au/repository/index.htm - Toolboxes repository
  3. http://tle.tafevc.com.au/toolbox/access/searching.do - search for Toolboxes
  4. http://www.equella.com/content-without-borders.php - build your repository with free global content – Content Without Borders
  5. http://www.tomw.net.au/ict_sustainability/ - ICT Sustainability: Assessment and Strategies for low carbon future – eBook by Tom Worthington
  6. http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/content/c-learning-objects-create-reuse-deploy-better-teaching-and-learning-online-11-may-2011 - recording of Helen’s e-Gems session on Learning Objects in 2011
  7. http://e-standards.flexiblelearning.net.au/implementation/tools.php#reload – link to download VET Reload Tool V2.6.1
  8. http://www.employability.org.uk/ - e-evolve repository free online service for UK Higher Education
  9. http://pre2009.flexiblelearning.net.au/flx/go/home/projects/2006/newpractices2006/pid/369 - download ARED v2.1 (application for Rapid E-learning Development)

Mini course designs for mobile devices
Can we really design learning experiences that are only accessible via mobile devices and use only the tools that such devices have to offer? Perhaps the answer lies in separating learning content from learning tasks and from learning supports. Is this really possible? Under what circumstances, with what students, in what discipline or subject areas?

This online session explored contemporary designs based centred around mobile devices.

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  1. http://www.tomw.net.au/nt/tt97.html - To the USS Blue Ridge by Helicopter - by Tom Worthington
  2. http://ro.uow.edu.au/ - University of Wollongong online research site
  3. http://www.tomw.net.au/technology/it/green_mlearning/index.shtml - Mobile learning for green IT - by Tom Worthington
  4. http://app.qstream.com/info/howitworks - QSTREAM real-time learning for the mobile generation
  5. http://scholar.google.com.au/ - Google Scholar search engine for publications
  6. http://validator.w3.org/mobile/ - W3C mobileOK checker
  7. http://www.mobilearn.org/ - Mike Sharples, University of Birmingham, UK - Mobilearn project site - recommended by one of the participants

From classroom to online
During this workshop participants discussed, discovered and investigated effective strategies to implement face-to-face classroom material into online environment. It was a fun and engaging evening!

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Series 14 Toolbox Launch:
Series 14 supports the implementation of the nationally endorsed training packages in a range of industry areas:
  • Building and Construction (and Language, Literacy and Numeracy) - Numbers (14.01)
  • Building and Construction - Build Green (14.02)
  • Community Services - Language Links (14.03)
  • Forestry - Timber ‘Plus’ (14.04)
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy - English at Work (14.05)
  • Training and Education – TAE10 (14.06)
At the launch there were opportunities to:
  • discover what other training packages Toolboxes support
  • see demonstrations of the latest Toolboxes in community services, building, foundation skills and forestry
  • find out about e-learning professional development opportunities across the country.

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Creating “easy to access” resources: What formats work best for your students
E-standards make creation and delivery of e-learning easier by helping to ensure that resources you use or create operate consistently and are accessible to the widest possible audience of learners. E-standards offer guidance as to what formats, software and hardware are most easily or commonly used by your learners so you can make what you create assessable to them.

This online session introduced and demystified "Standards” for teachers and trainers.

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  1. http://e-standards.flexiblelearning.net.au/index.php - e-Standards for Training
  2. http://e-standards.flexiblelearning.net.au/implementation/vet_teacher_e-learning_toolkit/index.php - VET Teacher Toolkit
  3. http://e-standards.flexiblelearning.net.au/technical_standards/accessibility.php - customise web accessibility standards
  4. http://colororacle.cartography.ch/- free color blindness simulator for Window, Mac and Linux


E-rated Networking Night

An 'E' rated networking night was held showcasing some good examples of how practitioners with little technical knowledge are using some of the latest tools to engage learners online.
  • Annie Gregg and Graeme Steadman from Academy of Real Estate discussed their 'Dos and Don'ts, Challenges, Support and Lessons Learnt in implementing e-learning including customising Moodle platform.
  • Nina Allen showed how she uses some of the web 2.0 tools in her classroom to engage learners of all age. In particular Nina showed how moblogging can get her marketing students taking pictures out on a Saturday night and relating it to their study!
  • Margaret Robson explained 'flipped classroom' concept where learners work through their lessons before attending the class and the classroom time is used for robust discussions and practical exercises.
  • Helen Lynch and Jyothi Jayaram looked at augmented reality applications, what is it and how can we use it in educational context, in particular interactive print based publications.

To read a more comprehensive summary of the E-rated night visit Tom Worthington's blog post!

For more information contact:

Jyothi Jayaram
National VET E-learning Strategy 2012-2015
GPO Box 826, Canberra 2601
E: jyothi.jayaram@cit.edu.au
T: (02) 6207 4832