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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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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 ūüôā

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Managing Your Digital Footprint – from toddlers to teens

Posted by LibeRaCe on October 23, 2012

This morning Ofcom released their latest report – Children and Adults Media use and attitudes report 2012.
 
Did you know that –¬†
 

Over a third of 3-4 years olds are helped to go online using a desktop PC, laptop or netbook and 6% go online via a tablet computer!

Children who use the internet mostly alone comprise one in seven internet users aged 5-7 (14%), one in four aged 8-11 (24%) and over half of those aged 12-15 (55%)

While most children would tell someone if they encountered something inappropriate, a minority were unsure or would not tell anyone

Lack of confidence in using the internet is an issue for a number of parents, and the risks of grooming, cyber-bullying or access to inappropriate content are not always front-of-mind for many parents. 
 
The ESafety pages on Moodle developed and curated by the Library and Learning Technology team, will help to support tutors and learners with :
 
– Esafety/Digital Footprint Class resources (videos, discussion points, quizzes, handouts and crib sheets)
– Esafety handouts with top tips
РSources to find support 
– Information for parents
– Esafety resources created by learners with disabilities and learning difficulties
– Esafety resources created by referred/excluded learners
– Safer online shopping information
– Spotting fakes and fraud online
– Basic media literacy awareness
 
We also add content regularly to our favourite E-Safety webpages list – http://delicious.com/llandrillo_library/esafety .
 
To arrange departmental staff development training on delivering Esafety, Digital Footprint or Social Media sessions, please contact the LLTS team directly.
 

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Peer e-guide (Digital Literacy) Project

Posted by LibeRaCe on October 11, 2011

 

 

Coleg Llandrillo Library and Learning Technology Service are looking for students who will be offered training and support in the use of the college ICT network, Moodle, e-safety, Web 2.0 tools and searching the internet effectively.

Role of Peer e-guide

Peer e-guides will be offered a range of training and support to raise their awareness and knowledge of Digital Literacy eg accessing e-resources, use of the College ICT network, e-safety, Web 2.0 tools and searching the internet.

  • Peer e-guides will act as a point of contact for other learners on the same course for informal advice on ICT/information skills.
  • Peer e-guides will primarily promote the support available within the College in relation to ICT/information skills eg support and training sessions offered by the Library & Learning Technology Service and learning materials on Moodle.
  • Peer e-guides will NOT be expected to train other students

Training and support will be provided in the following areas:

  • Using the College ICT network
  • Effective use of Moodle
  • Finding and using information
  • Safe use of the internet
  • Educational use of Web 2.0 tools eg blogs, wikis, etc

Peer e-guides will be required to:

  • Attend an introductory briefing session
  • Complete a short ICT skills questionnaire
  • Attend one or more of the core training sessions offered

What’s in it for the e-guides?

  • Looks good on CV
  • Improved ICT skills
  • Possibility of gaining extra qualifications

Call in to the library for further details or email library1@llandrillo.ac.uk

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New E-Safety resources from Llandrillo Library

Posted by LibeRaCe on October 25, 2010

This week we uploaded the new E-Safety resources and guides on to Moodle and delivered the first students and staff sessions. Eye opening for all involved !

You can also access the resources here tell us what you think….

Library staff have been reviewing and collating a wide range of e-safety material available online over the past few months. This has be collected and presented in a new way by breaking the units into 5, 10 and 30 minute sessions. This makes it easier for staff to explore the material themselves in their own time, but also makes it easier to include the training in class time without causing major timetabling problems.

You can also check out the library delicious feed for loads more regularly updated e-safety content. Becoming web-aware, knowing about safer social networking and understanding how to manage your digital footprint are vital life skills that all students (and staff and adults and children) should know about.

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