Dr Christopher Jobling

Senior Lecturer

Engineering

c.p.jobling@swansea.ac.uk

This is the result of the skills audit that I completed as part of Week 2 of #FLble1.

“Thank you for completing the skills audit. Your answers are below. Identify any areas of weakness and make a note of them in your journal.

  1. I have a general understanding of how I can use technologies to enhance my students learning 8 / 10
  2. I have a good grasp of the language and culture (netiquette) of online communication 9 / 10
  3. I am aware of the broad range of digital study skills that my learners will need for successful academic study 7 / 10
  4. I know how to plug in and configure a microphone on my computer 10 / 10
  5. I know how to plug in and configure a webcam on my computer 10 / 10
  6. I know how to plug in and configure speakers on my computer 10 / 10
  7. I can use the microphone, camera and speakers on my mobile devices 10 / 10
  8. I am confident using a media player on my computer for viewing multimedia 10 / 10
  9. I am confident that I can make the most effective use of our virtual learning environment (VLE) 9 / 10
  10. I am aware of all of the tools available within our Virtual Learning Environment 8 / 10
  11. I know how to set up an electronic submission area in our Virtual Learning Environment for learners to submit assignments electronically 10 / 10
  12. I am confident about writing good threads for discussion boards to encourage learners to engage in effective collaborative study 7 / 10
  13. I am confident using Google docs to produce and share presentations and documents 10 / 10
  14. I understand how to set up a wiki for my learners to work on collaborative writing exercises 9 / 10
  15. I am aware of how I could use social media to support my learners 7 / 10
  16. I understand how to access and use a chat room for my learners to access 7 / 10
  17. I can tell my learners how to find free online courses on the Internet to support their studies 7 / 10
  18. I can create quizzes or tests online for my learners to test their knowledge and understanding 9 / 10
  19. I know how to audio or video record my teaching sessions for learners to use later 10 / 10
  20. I can find and recognise good quality learning material on the Internet to use with my learners 9 / 10
  21. I can find copyright free or creative commons licenced digital learning materials on the Internet 10 / 10
  22. I am aware of the range of ways that a mobile device could be used to support learners’ study 8 / 10
  23. I know how to use digital technologies to support learners with special educational needs 6 / 10

If I was honest with my answers (!) it’s pretty clear that I have no problems with technology but I am not as confident with the pedagogy or perhaps more correctly the appropriate selection of technology to support learning.

An interesting and revealing exercise and one which would be useful to adapt to gauge prior knowledge at the start of a module or course.

November 10th, 2015

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Padlet, a digital equivalent of post-it notes on a whiteboard, is a useful resource for gathering student comments and questions which I used a bit on one of my modules last year as a replacement for Blackboard’s discussion lists.

Whether it is still useful for the numbers signed up for the #FLble1 MOOC is less clear.

The brief for exercise 1.9 was either to post a 40 word reflection on some videos about blended learning from the teacher or student point of view or to share a resource with comments. I shared the HEA starter tool page on Blended Learning which I’d found last week when gathering information for a project to run some pilots of blended learning within the College of Engineering.

See if you can spot my contribution in this lot (clue — the newest posts seem to float to the top of the page).

November 5th, 2015

Posted In: #FLble1, blended learning, reflection, sharing

Reflection is really hard. I’ve done the easy bits: set the scene, presented the data and the written student feedback but now I’ve got to review all this material and provide some intelligent analysis that will move my experiments in e-learning forward. I don’t know how to do this, and I’m stuck.

There is one positive thing though. I can certainly now sympathise with students who don’t like reflection and would definately hesitate before attempting any form of assessment of a student’s ability to reflect!

Conclusion, reflection is really hard. Maybe it needs to be done in private. Or maybe it’s just me!

February 24th, 2009

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Last term I posted a Blackboard survey to evaluate the e-learning in my module EG-259 Web Applications Technology. In Part 1 of a short series of articles, I provided an introduction to set the context for the survey, and in Part 2, I presented the results of a Likert Scale survey with my comments. In this third instalment, I present some of the student comments.

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February 11th, 2009

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Last term I posted a Blackboard survey to evaluate the e-learning in my module EG-259 Web Applications Technology. In this second of a planned short series of articles to be published over the next few days, I present the survey results. Part 1 provides an introduction and sets the context for the survey.

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February 2nd, 2009

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Last term I posted a Blackboard survey to evaluate the e-learning in my module EG-259 Web Applications Technology. In this first of a planned short series of articles to be published over the next few days, I introduce the module and the e-learning technologies used.Part 2  (more…)

January 30th, 2009

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