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We tweet therefore we are…..

Posted by LibeRaCe on January 12, 2017

At the moment it’s easier for us to share our interests, news and relevant information with you on Twitter and Scoopit.

You can find and contact the library @LlandrilloLib on Twitter.

You can find, comment and share library, esafety and digital footprint headlines at http://www.scoop.it/t/esafety-and-digital-citizenship 

Our new online catalogue is now here  but you can only include all the Grwp Llandrillo Menai campuses in your searches at the moment.

If you need us for anything we also have real live people at the end of the phone on

(01492) 542342.

Diolch!

 

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Blended Learning Weeks 4 & 5

Posted by LibeRaCe on December 11, 2015

Where to start? Well, with a planning hat on. Key message is to use technology solution in the area that you want most improvement, not just shoe horn it in for the sake of it….

Week 4

Curriculum planning, learner needs, teacher pedagogy (need to get myself one of those), assessment and feedback. What is the best fit and where will I use technology to its best advantage? Who are my learners and what are the learning outcomes I need/want them to achieve? These are questions I need to ask, even if I am just doing a parachute session for study skills! I had never heard of the ADDIE or DADDIE framework for creating courses and had been using OTARA without realising (as part of the scheme of learning we need to use to map our teaching sessions) In some ways I know more than I think and in other far less! Or maybe it’s just terminology? I did feel that I am putting a  lot of the tips into action already with using Twitter, Linkedin and other platforms in my teaching sessions but I am sometimes unclear as to the how and why I do it – other than I know that it works 🙂

Week 5 – and the last

The main message that has stayed with me from this week has been enabling learners to have a “belief in their own capacity to achieve”. They should be at the heart of everything we do and that blended learning can give the flexibility to enable those most at risk of exclusion to participate. It takes a department-wide agreed change to embed a blended learning approach – but there are small steps you can take for your individual courses and to suit your learners. Managing your own time as a tutor is just as important and must be included in your planning – how and when do you expect to be contacted and by what time must you reply?

This course really helped to me to see that the steps we have taken here towards blended learning have definitely been in the right direction. The ideas and questions posted by participants have been very helpful in vocalising the issues we have had, as well as highlighting things we never considered. The sharing of teaching ideas and resources has been excellent and we have kept a list open on shared Google Doc for staff here all doing the course to share and amend.

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Week 2-3

Posted by LibeRaCe on November 30, 2015

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“Digital betacam tape (6498599453)” by DRs Kulturarvsprojekt from Copenhagen, Danmark

 

A double up of our MOOC after a very busy couple of weeks where we are also helping out with blended learning case studies because of this course.

Week 2

What I was waiting for really – real time examples of blended learning and technology in actions. A relief that actually the things we had been trying with VLE’s , video conferencing, forums, social media and collaborative documents are all on the right track. But also a realisation that for some learners, espeically WBL, a VLE might not be the main solution. The use of apps like iObserve and Coach my video have given us great ideas and we have also started to support a QIF bid using screen capture to support off site learners and support others to create case studies based on this. Real like and online life collide!

 

Week 3

No so unfamiliar this one, with us using Moodle extensively with our learners of all levels. The tools we use within it now are great for supporting self reflection, collaboration, independent learning as highlighted in the week 3 video. Thinking about the content though has made me realise that apart from forums and and wiki’s we need more student generated content to support learning. First idea is annotated diagrams created by a group of learners and then compare this to the pre-designed version I prepared for class. I also think audio feedback would be another element to include – either for us as tutors or learners in their reflective practice. I might also start to take time at the end of a teaching session to record a 1 minute summary as one of the case studies mentioned in their video.

 

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Blended Learning – Week 2 – Skills, context and embedding

Posted by LibeRaCe on November 12, 2015

Understanding the context that your blended learning approach will take place and also understanding what tools will suit the context were two of the main action points I took from this weeks course.

The most useful part of the first section for me was the explanation of teaching pedagogy theories – constructivism, social constructivism and problem based learning. It made total sense and the approaches were clarified further with an example of a suitable digital tool for each theory in case study examples. I am not from a teaching background and despite trying to read up on the subject, this was the first time I really understood it.

As highlighted in the course, the use of digital technologies to support education is increasingly an expectation (and maybe one where some areas are lacking?). I thought the use of digital tools to introduce a topic and then use more traditional methods to solidify that learning was an achievable approach. The digital tools can then also be used to assess learning and progression.

My one misgiving is that many of the technological approaches used, especially the nearpod and google classroom examples are exactly what can be achieved using existing technology like Moodle. This is a VLE well established in the College but underused – however, nearly every example of managing the learners progression by using digital tools can be curated and structured on Moodle. You don’t always need a shiny new app when the platform is already there to be utilised. Moodle has it’s own app too and can be used on multiple platforms. Maybe the design of it is more what puts people off?

The digital literacy skills audit section was a useful exercise and one that we could do with learners at the start of course – in conjunction with their literacy and numeracy skills audits. It is very similar to the audit that JISC are developing to enable better DL support and practice in FE colleges. There were also great links to training materials – the JISC series are an invaluable tool for FE and the educator guide to social media is very useful in the planning phase of any digital tool use. i found that I was confident in most areas, but I do need more help to understand how to best support learners with additional educational needs.

This was a more practical week and I’ve really benefited from seeing the learning tools in practice.

I also took the time to find out who else in the College is taking this course and hope to set up a community of practice where we can share developments and ideas.

Onwards to week 3!

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Blended Learning Essentials Blog 1

Posted by LibeRaCe on November 5, 2015

Here at Llandrillo Library we are always trying to keep up to date with new teaching technologies and resources to support our learners and tutors. Some of the librarians are tutors too, so we are always updating our own pedagogies and skills. As part of this we are taking part in the Blended Learning Essentials MOOC with Future Learn and the University of Leeds. For this we also need to create a learning journal and we’ll host it here – to share ideas, content and future plans we’ll have as we work through the course. This will be especially relevant to the online delivery guidelines that will be implemented in FE from next year in Wales and the digital practitioners building their skills in the college now. You’ll also learn a lot more about what we can support you with in the library and see how we can best work together to support the college aim of inspiring success by proving excellent education and training.

For our first week on the MOOC we’re

  • meeting the other participants on the course (over 700 I think!)
  • taking a look at the changes that going digital is making to teaching and learning
  • working through what blended learning actually means
  • making a record of Really Good Ideas (RGI’s!)
  • Reflecting on what it means for us, our teaching and the support we provide.

This was a great blog post by JISC that was shared in week 1 talking about why it’s so important for teaching staff to go digital. But the discussion forums also stressed that there is no point in just talking about digital resources in a classroom – you must use them, embed them and collaborate with learners to make the most of the learning experience.

The discussion also related very much to other work we are doing in the library to support the HEA Distinctive Graduate stream with our Digital Footprint for employability seminars and workshops. Going digital supports learners to develop transferable skills that employers need, as well as engage more with their course work and stay motivated. It also links in well with the teaching practice that already exists in the Library FDa programme which is delivered online and via video conference. We talked about how we use social media and online resources to support sharing info, current awareness, reflective practice, group work. It also means there is flexible access to content and also out of hours contact with tutors.

We used Typeform to give suggestions on blending learning activities and thought of practical examples – like asking learners to choose audio visual resources to support the class. This helped me to reflect on the value of using blended learning in a classroom to help with embedding concepts, increased preparedness and progression. The section on social learning was a point that really stood out – independent study is hard work! You need support and interaction to help and blended learning provides that.

This week was all about reflecting on the value of blended learning for tutors and learners. One thing I felt that wasn’t mentioned was the benefit to learners of peer support and creating a motivating learning community. This type of peer support increases learners confidence and encourages people to contribute to their best ability – not just providing something that’s ‘good enough’.

Next week will be about evaluating and delivery – which I’ll be thinking about now having watched the video in advance! #flippedclassroom 🙂

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Digital Library (on paper)

Posted by LibeRaCe on July 9, 2013

Digital Library (on paper)

That’s the summer reading sorted! Watch out Library Foundation Degree and ICT in Libraries classes of 2013 🙂

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Password Protection or why it can pay to be paranoid!

Posted by LibeRaCe on May 24, 2013

This is the first (of many hopefully!) blog contributions from our Library and Learning Technology Service extended family tree in Grwp Llandrillo Menai. This week Dan, based at Rhos site, wants to tell you a story ….are you sitting comfortably? Now let’s begin…..

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Password security is something that I take very seriously. All of my passwords are undecipherable gibberish and at least 20 characters long, and I don’t use the same password for any two services. Some of you may think I go too far, that I’m paranoid and I’m tempted to agree. It wasn’t always like this though. I’ve been happily reliant on the same 4 (admittedly quite strong) passwords since I first got to log on to a computer. That all changed in April of 2011.

I’d finished work, met up with some friends and we’d headed back to mine to have a quick gaming session before heading to the pub. I got home, switched on the PS3 and started signing in to my account. After an unusually long wait I was shown this message –

Play station message screen shot

Odd. Never mind though, a few offline games and off out we went. Next day I tried again, only to be met with the same message. Now I was a little concerned and I turned to the Internet for help. Very quickly I found out that it wasn’t just me. Sony’s entire online network seemed to be down and they were keeping incredibly quiet as to why. The days turned to weeks and the network stayed down. As more and more details were revealed the extent of the problem came to light and it horrified me.

Sony announced that the personal data of every single one of its 77 million users had been stolen in a huge breach. The hackers had my name, location, email address, gaming preferences and worst of all, my PlayStation username and password; one of the four passwords I ran my entire online life with.

The scariest part of this entire breach was the lack of security surrounding the storage of these passwords. Once the simple encryption was broken, the hackers had a list of usernames and passwords stored as simple readable text. That’s when I started looking at passwords differently. Before the entire Sony fiasco I was confident with my four strong passwords. Nobody could guess them so my accounts were safe. After this I realised that I could be using the strongest password known to man and it wouldn’t matter at all if these sites got breached. If a technology giant like Sony were storing my password in a text file behind a simple, easily breakable encryption, why do I trust that the hundreds of other services I use are storing it more securely?

These kinds of breaches are not unique to Sony. They received huge amounts of publicity due to the scale of the whole incident, but big companies are constantly being breached and a lot of it goes unreported – 96,000 Spotify usernames and passwords were posted online on the 20th March; Living Social announced a breach affecting 50 Million Users in April and back in February, quarter of a million Twitter User’s details appeared online. It’s happening all of the time and, unless you are actively looking for it, you may not even know that you’ve been compromised.  That’s why sites such as www.shouldichangemypassword.com exist.

image of Twitter message from www.shouldichangemypasword.com

Screenshot of tweet from @sicmyp

This is the reason I now take an active interest in my password security.  I am glad to say that nothing happened to my account after the Sony incident. My bank details were swiftly removed and my passwords changed everywhere. Now I try to keep on top of the latest advances in password security and while I don’t consider myself to be a technical whizz, I think I read enough on the subject to offer some sound advice as to how to create some strong and unique passwords to make sure that they are safe from all but the most resourceful of hacks.

This is why I have created the following Password Mastery hand out. Creating strong passwords ensures that they will be difficult to break. Creating unique passwords ensures that should one website get hacked into, you can at least be reassured that the rest of your online life is safe. Most people only start worrying about the security of their passwords when it’s already too late. Be proactive and ensure it doesn’t happen to you.

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Image from deltamike via Flickr creative commons

Passwords are like underwear.

You should change them often, you shouldn’t leave them lying around and it’s not a good idea to share them with other people.

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