This is the final post of three about the JISC Innovating eLearning conference. The first post is on the practicalities of attending an online conference. The second post is on the sessions I attended in the pre-conference activity week.
This post is going to be formed mainly from images of my notes from each of the sessions I attended. I’ve recently invested in a stylus (the Bamboo from Wacom, if you’re interested) for my iPad and I’ve been using UPad for my note taking. I find it a much better way to write notes than typing as it allows a more fluid approach.
So, everything started with Dr Sue Black’s keynote, “Innovation, Innovation, Innovation”. It set the conference up well, through a narrative of her own experience with technology and education. The element of the talk that sticks in my mind most is the concept of failing fast. I am very aware that personally I need to get over the fear of failure and embrace it as a learning process.
Next up was Mark Stubbs from Manchester Metropolitan University on “Organisational transformation and curriculum change”. For me this was probably the most thought provoking session. It got me thinking about organisational culture and reminded me of all the work on change management that I did as part of the Warwick Administrative Management Programme.
The mid-week keynote came from James Clay. I wrote a guest post early in the conference week on James’ Letters from the Edge blog, in this I talked about the number of questions I had whirling round in my head. James’s keynote only added to this number. Most interesting of all was the question around whether we need to publish research in the field of educational technology, if most of us will try things again and tweak them to meet the needs of our own institutions, even if they’ve failed elsewhere.
The final session I attended was presented by Marion Manton, Alison Felce and Emma Purnell on “Lifelong learning in a digital age”. And in this there were yet more questions posed, but thankfully through looking at what each of their institutions had done we also got closer to some answers. Of particular interest to me, as someone who runs digital literacy programmes was how we make them successful and sustainable.
This is the second of three posts about the JISC Innovating eLearning conference. The first post is on the practicalities of attending an online conference. The final post is on the sessions I attended in the main conference week.
Rob Englebright’s session “The history of learning technology in 100 objects” was a great way to kick things off. It provided a good background for the learning technology novice. There is a collaborative timeline, where you can find out more about some featured objects, and add your own. I think TimelineJS, the tool used to make the timeline itself should be an addition. I can’t wait for an excuse to try it out.
Next up for me was “Desperately seeking students”, a session on JISC’s Course Data programme. I like the concept of this programme, even if the technology does go over my head. The aim is to produce a common format (XCRI-CAP) for course data which will feed into products that allows prospective students to easily identify and compare online courses.
The last session I attended in activity week, “Digital Bloom”, was out of sheer curiosity. It was about the Digital Futures in Teacher Education project which is working on two big areas of interest for me: digital literacies and open educational resources. What really grabbed my attention though were the two project outputs, an open textbook and the Digital Bloom installation. The installation itself is a really good narrative for the project. Each flower in the meadow tells a different story. We created a meadow ourselves in the session and they have been used in some of the project case studies, for example with Mundella Primary School.
This is the first of three posts about the JISC Innovating eLearning conference. The second post is on the sessions I attended in the activity week. The final post is on the sessions I attended in the main conference week.
Last month I attended JISC’s online conference, Innovating eLearning: Shaping the Future. Now that the end of term is here and things have slowed down a bit I’ve had some time to reflect on the experience. The following posts will go into more detail about the sessions I attended in the activity and conference weeks, but first up, here’s a note on the practicalities of attending an online conference.
All of the conference sessions were delivered through Blackboard Collaborate. It’s easy to use and if you’re familiar with any other online conferencing software you’ll recognise many features. I had a few issues with Java on my work computer to begin with, but once these were sorted it was all plain sailing. Out of interested I joined a couple of sessions using the Collaborate app on my iPad. Again this was so simple to use and looked stylish, but lacked a little of the functionality, e.g. whiteboard features.
In addition to the live sessions, the conference was supported by a Moodle site. This provided a place for blogs, discussion forums and all the information you could possibly want to know about the conference and how it worked. And of course all sessions were recorded and were posted on the site almost immediately after the session ended.