Let’s talk about eTeaching

5 lipca 2013

Tuż przed rozpoczęciem szkoleń z Obsługi platformy Moodle - eNauczanie, Politechnikę Gdańską odwiedził gość specjalny, Tim Morgan - advisor QMplus platform na Queen Mary University of London.

Tim przygotował specjalnie na tą okazję prezentację na temat funkcjonowania e-learningu na tamtejszej uczelni. Nam udało się go namówić na rozmowę o technicznych i metodycznych aspektach nauczania zdalnego.

You've given a lecture at GUT on how to use Moodle and other apps and you've also taken part in a few workshops for academics from our university on how to use Moodle to deliver online materials to our students. Please, tell us about your first impressions about our platform called eTeaching?

Tim Morgan: I am a big fan of Moodle 2.4 which has some excellent features such as drag and drop and the ability to create multiple pages. I think it is a very good choice for Gdansk University of Technology. I know that there has been some customization which includes a banner and branding at the top of each page. I think the design looks minimal and clear. I like it a lot.

How important is empowering staff to create inspiring resources?

TM: This is critical. If staff don’t create inspiring resources then students will not want to access them. For this reason it is important to find ways of doing which take the least amount of time as possible. It is also important to share resources with colleagues both at the university and where possible nationally. This is to make best use of everybody’s time.

What kind of resources are the most popular with students and most useful for them? Which are the simplest for academics?

TM: I used to work at Barnet College and here the three things that staff loved were: Word clouds www.tagxedo.com, adding labels and audio files to images using Adobe Acrobat Professional and creating e-Books using www.issuu.com. These tools are not really used at Queen Mary. At Queen Mary we are focusing on the use of Moodle rather than other websites. The top three ways that Moodle is being used is:

·         Assignments

·         Books

·         Forums

All of the above are simple for academics to set up.

Have you got any technical problems with the implementation of QMplus at your university?

TM: We have lots of small issues which are submitted to the help desk. The main big one was the integration of Moodle with another piece of software called Turnitin however I know that you are not planning to use this. I think that your version of Moodle (Moodle 2.4) is a much better version than the one that we have been using (Moodle 2.2).

Could you give us some examples of good practice, please?

TM: I think the best examples of good practice can be seen in the videos from my presentation. These are available via YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/QMULElearning/videos

How should we develop e-Teaching?

TM: I think training is critical and I think that Iwona and Eric are doing an excellent job. Keep the groups small and make the content relevant to the academics. Lots of encouragement. If possible create an e-Learning Unit and focus on learning and teaching, rather than all the technical stuff. Have people in each department to act as e-Learning champions or experts that others can go to for help and advice. Find out what students find useful and do more of that and less of what they don’t find useful. Sometimes students need to be encouraged to do things such as participate in a Forum or add entries to a Glossary. You may need to assess them on this and give them feedback or marks towards their final grade. I am a big fan of using lots of web site to create resources, not just using QMplus. This will depend on the course you are teaching. My current favorites can be seen here:

http://www.scoop.it/t/inspired-learning

http://issuu.com/timmorgan02/docs/web_2_handout

I think Mobile is very interesting and I have created a couple of things using http://ibuildapp.com/

An example can be seen here: https://ibuildapp.com/projects.php?action=info&projectid=506881