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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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Welsh Information Literacy Project – Spreading the word one buffet at a time …..

Posted by LibeRaCe on June 8, 2012

A bit of an international feel to the project teams recent conference and advocacy activties, with visits to Cardiff, England and Denmark!

Project Manager Andrew Eynon attended the ‘Information Literacy: A way of life’ conference in Nyborg, Denmark on the 10th– 11th May. Many questions were asked about the Welsh project and attendees were very impressed with the advances made already with regards to embedding information literacy across different sectors in Wales. It was interesting to see the similarities faced in both Wales and Denmark with regards to raising awareness of information literacy issues outside a library audience. Drew Whitworths keynote address can be found here.

Project Officers Pat and Gina attended the CILIP in Wales conference on 18th May in Cardiff – Alyson Tyler also blogged about the conference here . One of the sessions our project officers attended was Caroline Roche’s “Speaking from the Heart – a voice to school librarians” in which she gave an enlightening insight into the situation of school libraries and librarians within England. Caroline also demonstrated a blog that she had created called “Speaking from the Heart” which sets out to show the professional work that school librarians carry out and showcase best practice. Pat also attended a very useful session delivered by Lori Harvard in which she described the Love Your Library Day at Swansea University. The event was used as a way to gather  feedback from customers about their library service in a way which was fun and engaging. Text and tweet walls (and cakes!) were used to gather feedback as well as the more traditional methods that libraries regularly use.

Project Officer Síona attended the RSC North West training day on Independent learning in Stockport. A great, collaborative day sharing insights and challenges with an enthusiastic group of librarians, learner support staff and tutors. It gave us LOTS to think about and there’s more detail here.

More dates lined up over the next few months, with project visits to the Gregynog Colloquium (Mon & Tues for all you poster junkies), CILIP in Scotland and the CILIP IL Executive briefing due before August. We’ll keep you posted and hands off the hors d’oeuvres – the mini pizzas are ours!

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Welsh Information Literacy project – Reflections on the Hwb

Posted by LibeRaCe on April 17, 2012

screen shot image of the front page of the find it make it use it share it report from welsh assembly

The 29th of March was a very significant day for the Welsh Information Literacy project –  being mentioned specifically in the Digital Classroom task and finish group report , as one of the core features of success for supporting the recommendations of change to drive forward the digital learning agenda in Wales. It is testimony to the success of the project team in Phase I and II to have the Information Literacy framework highlighted again in such a defining report, but it also has the new project team thinking about how we can positively contribute to this process. This blog post is very much a reflective piece concerning this question.

The scale of change as detailed in the Digital Classroom report is extensive – for those of you who haven’t had the chance to read it yet, the review sought to answer the question posed by Leighton Andrews in 2011 – ‘Which digital classroom delivery aspects should be adopted to transform learning and teaching for those aged 3-19’? The report concentrates on two main themes – that of supporting the learners and teachers in developing skills/sharing knowledge and also of creating a dynamic virtual learning cooperative of best practice learning and teaching resources. These themes would be supported and guided by a new public body called ‘Hwb’ and a network of e-coordinators, Learning Technologists and teacher champions. Learners and teachers would have access to a life long learning portfolio and resource dashboard that would grow and adapt through their learning journey.  The online resource space suggested gives the impression of an amalgam of current activities in the JISC Regional Support Centres, National Grid for Learning Cymru, National Library public collections and local VLE systems – but utilising the best features of them all.

The WILP project team can contribute to these goals in a number of ways – not only through advocacy activities to introduce and promote the importance of IL in schools, but also by contributing to the learning resources needed to help teachers embed IL within the curriculum. Providing practical support at PGCE and training level will also be vital to the successful adoption of new digital learning strategies. We hope that the professional experience of the Phase III team in providing support to teacher trainers in their alternate roles within Grwp Llandrillo Menai means we are well placed to support this outcome.

This striving to improve practitioner skills also has resonance with the Welsh Public Library standards, as highlighted by Libraries Inspire Framework.  Here too the Welsh Information Literacy project is specifically mentioned (section 4b!) as being crucial to public libraries being able to support their users. Sections 1e (health & wellbeing), 2h (staff toolkits), 3b (improve use of technology) and 4d (adult, community and multigenerational learning) can also all be positively influenced by the project aims. It is section 5 – Investing in people where the objectives of the WILP, specifically the Agored Cyrmu unit development, is complimented by the practical experience of the Phase III team. This is most notable through direct staff involvement in the delivery of Library qualifications such as the ICTL and Foundation degree. Having several years experience of supporting public librarians and front line information professionals throughout Wales gives the project team a unique insight into current developments of libraries in Wales and the motivations, concerns and aspirations of it’s staff. The project officers involvement in the creation and delivery of course content in relation to digital technologies to support learning and collaboration also underpins the team’s understanding of the ‘digital competencies’ highlighted in the Digital Classroom review. It also gives us the opportunity to reflect on many of the cross cutting themes highlighted in the Delivering a Digital Wales framework. Likewise, the involvement of project team members in JISC and CyMAL activities to facilitate the development of communities of practice and peer support networks within HE, FE and Public Library groups brings an awareness of the importance of collaboration and professional networks in supporting planning, advocacy and new skill development.

It is very important for us that the aims and objectives of project Phase III are informed by these cross-sectoral strategic development plans in Wales and that delivered project outcomes provide practical support to the Information Literacy agenda. This approach, in addition to the guidance provided by the established project steering group and the professional experience of the team members, will give us the best possible start to Phase III. Project team members will be contacting stakeholders across Local Authorities – schools and public libraries – to develop the central themes as highlighted in our first Welcome post.

If you would like to get involved or get in touch with the project team, please contact or follow us on Twitter @welsh_info_lit !

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