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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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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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ICT in Libraries – Social Media Online Communication and Collaboration Units

Posted by LibeRaCe on March 25, 2013

Check out the interactive poster here - http://bit.ly/ZkQ4R4

Check out the interactive poster here – http://bit.ly/ZkQ4R4

Find out more about the Social Media Units of the Professional Development Award for ICT in Libraries qualification delivered by Coleg Llandrillo Library.

If you previously took part in the ICTL before these units were added, please GET IN TOUCH!

Find out what our previous learners said about the course…. 🙂

 

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Foundation Degree Tweet-up!

Posted by LibeRaCe on February 14, 2013

Grwp Llandrillo Menai and Glyndwr University Love Twitter

Monday 18th February – Set your Twitter accounts to Stun!

Learners on the Library Foundation Degree courses in Grwp Llandrillo Menai and Glyndwr University are linking up for the whole week through Twitter – sharing, advising, supporting and ultimately helping each group explore the possibilities of Social Media for collaboration and professional development.

Using the hashtag #FDLIB Glyndwr learners will be completing their ‘Group Work in a Week’ project to develop a marketing campaign for World Book Night. You can also follow contributions from @LlandrilloLib and @glynlib

This is hopefully the first of many Tweet-ups Library Foundation Degree course learners can take part in to link across the region and work collaboratively to see the benefits of Social Media for study, work and life! We’ll be keeping track of the conversation here and on Storify, so if you can’t access Twitter during work you can still contribute.

Good luck out there!

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FREE Training – Social Media in Libraries @ Grwp Llandrillo Menai

Posted by LibeRaCe on May 3, 2012

*PLEASE SHARE some information about a FREE taster session for the Professional Development Award of ICT in Libraries qualification (ICTL) that Grwp Llandrillo Menai Library staff are running on the 22nd May from 10.00-3.00pm at the Rhos on Sea Campus. Refreshments and lunch will also be provided.

If you’re reading this blog post, you probably already know about tools like Google+, Google Docs, LinkedIn, Twitter or Blogger, right? But do you know someone who thinks these could be a great help but who never had the chance/time/opportunity to try them out? Then this could be their lucky day! This FREE taster session will be a chance to take part in, and complete, a unit of the ICTL qualification called Digital Culture – Online Communication. The unit is designed to give people the chance to learn in bite sized pieces and explore the social media tools mentioned above – all in the context of using them in a library or information service.

Everyone involved will be encouraged to try out these tools to discover their relevance/potential to their Library services and most importantly to share and comment as a group on your experiences. Participants will be encouraged to complete some of the assignments during the session, with further online support and tutor contact after the session to reach the learning outcomes. Your tutor will be there throughout to give context, direction, answer questions and support learners.

 
To book your place on the free taster session of the Online Communication Unit in Grwp Llandrillo Menai, Rhos on Sea campus on 22nd May @10.30, please contact me off list at siona.murray@llandrillo.ac.uk.
  

 
To learn more about the full ICTL programme, the course website is here – http://www.ictl.org.uk/. Level 7 and Level 8 of the ICTL are usually completed by participants during Sept – May. There are limited CyMAL funded placements on the full course for 2012/2013 – please contact LLTS Manager Andrew Eynon for more details at a.eynon@llandrillo.ac.uk .

Diolch,

Síona Murray
Information Officer – Grŵp Llandrillo Menai
(01492) 542342 or @LlandrilloLib #ICTL2012 on Twitter

*icon image above from 'Introducing the Conversation' 

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Llandrillo Library and Intro Connect students win CyMAL Information Literacy Grant

Posted by LibeRaCe on January 20, 2011

 Coleg Llandrillo Library staff with the help of the Intro Connect students have won a share in a recent  CyMAL Information Literacy grant award! While the group didn’t win the separate overall student prize, the resources created were well received and their winning entry will help to support other Intro Connect and ILS groups throughout Wales.

The short screencast entitled ‘Think Before You Click’ was created during tutorial sessions with the students and their tutors while discussing e-safety and web awareness. The students shared their ideas for the slides, gave feedback on the draft presentations and recorded their own voice-overs for the final edit. The screencast is part of a wider bi-lingual resource package with powerpoint slides, handouts and a short quiz. These are now also being used on the Llandrillo E-Safety pages for the college.

Information officer Síona Murray said ” the students were a fantastic group to work with, very enthusiastic and full of ideas. We had a great time recording the audio tracks and deciding on the slides. The class tutors were very supportive of the whole project from the start and very generously set aside class time to enable the students to get involved.”

For more information on the project and general e-safety activities for FE, please contact siona.murray@llandrillo.ac.uk or @Llandrillolib on Twitter!

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Fact from fiction online – aliens, time travel and pasta

Posted by LibeRaCe on January 17, 2011

But I saw it on the [insert media channel here] so it must be true!

How to engage with students when sneakily trying to teach them a bit more about information literacy and challenging perceptions? No easy task, but we thought we’d take a different slant so they didn’t just switch off when shown examples of webpages – it’s hard when you’re 16 to not think you know if all and that the oldie (even when they’re not that old!) at the top of the classroom hasn’t a clue.

So – if the Web is their mass media of today, what about before all that technology was developed? Re-discovering old hoaxes and looking at new ones can be a great way to start students thinking about trust, perception and how the technology of the time can affect the masses. It helps to increase their sceptical superpowers and to highlight things to help them decide if a source is reliable, current and relevant.

So we’ve used Three wise monkeys exercise, aliens, pasta and even time travel to get the message across! Any other ideas for hoaxes to use?

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From telegrams to SMS – teachN yr studnts 2rite

Posted by LibeRaCe on July 26, 2010

The Digital Ethnography group at Kansas State University highlighted the above paragraph from a reflection on teaching in 1898. How things have moved on ….. or have they?

Fast forward over 100 years and instead of telegrams, what about (SMS) text messaging, (IM) instant messaging and Twitter posts – can you harness these everyday technologies to get your students to think about how and what they are writing? Can they write a story synopsis, a one line review, an emergency announcement or an online advertisement?

If you want to know more, contact your library on ext.342 or library@llandrillo.ac.uk to find out more practical uses for Web 2.0 technology in the classroom.

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Share your reading online!

Posted by LibeRaCe on June 11, 2010

If you want to keep a record of what you’ve read, share your thoughts about a book, get recommendations and see what others have in their collections, then there’s a whole online community waiting for you to join them.

Librarything.com – catalogue your reading matter, add tags, see who else has read the same titles, take part in author chats, find book related events locally, share views, reviews and even swop books. Very active online community. You can also see Llandrillo Library new stock as it arrives.

Shelfari.com – one of the largest social book sites, you can add boks to a virtual shelf recording what you’re reading now or what you’d like to read.  See what your friends are reading (find them via hotmail, gmail, yahoo or aol email accounts), find interesting facts about your books and even add a widget to your blog.

Visual Bookshelf on Facebook (Living Social) – adding this app to your Facebook profile means you can keep track of that you’ve read, see who else has read/reviewed the same title, see what you’re friends are reding and get personalised recommendations.

Gurulibrary– organise your music, games and software as well as your books on this site. You can also arrange to borrow items from other members and and add a due date, add items to your wish lists, see who else has your tastes and  join the community discussions.

Bibliophil.org -add, share, review, lend and purchase items from your wish list with this site. Fully supported searching by keywords and you can also record the value and condition of your items.

Llandrillo Moodle Blog off and Read – for Llandrillo students to share, rate, review and discuss what they’re reading now!

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