I’ve had this blog, courtesy of my employer Swansea University, for a number of years, but rarely use it.
Instead, I tend to post most often in my personal blog Fresh and Crispy.
So, at the start of this new year, a time for reflection and resolutions, I find myself asking myself should I keep this blog and start using it more systematically or should I abandon it?
In answering this, I suppose I intended this blog to be a place for reflecting on my teaching and learning and to support my students taking my courses? My other blog was meant to be more personal, but in reality, takes on more of these work-related issues than this blog does.
Should I, therefore, copy the posts over from this blog to my personal blog, and have a single place to reflect?
For an open practitioner (as I hope that I am) Is there an advantage in having separate work and personal blogs?
Are there disadvantages?
What do you think?
Chris Jobling January 6th, 2018
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.
- I have a general understanding of how I can use technologies to enhance my students learning 8 / 10
- I have a good grasp of the language and culture (netiquette) of online communication 9 / 10
- I am aware of the broad range of digital study skills that my learners will need for successful academic study 7 / 10
- I know how to plug in and configure a microphone on my computer 10 / 10
- I know how to plug in and configure a webcam on my computer 10 / 10
- I know how to plug in and configure speakers on my computer 10 / 10
- I can use the microphone, camera and speakers on my mobile devices 10 / 10
- I am confident using a media player on my computer for viewing multimedia 10 / 10
- I am confident that I can make the most effective use of our virtual learning environment (VLE) 9 / 10
- I am aware of all of the tools available within our Virtual Learning Environment 8 / 10
- I know how to set up an electronic submission area in our Virtual Learning Environment for learners to submit assignments electronically 10 / 10
- I am confident about writing good threads for discussion boards to encourage learners to engage in effective collaborative study 7 / 10
- I am confident using Google docs to produce and share presentations and documents 10 / 10
- I understand how to set up a wiki for my learners to work on collaborative writing exercises 9 / 10
- I am aware of how I could use social media to support my learners 7 / 10
- I understand how to access and use a chat room for my learners to access 7 / 10
- I can tell my learners how to find free online courses on the Internet to support their studies 7 / 10
- I can create quizzes or tests online for my learners to test their knowledge and understanding 9 / 10
- I know how to audio or video record my teaching sessions for learners to use later 10 / 10
- I can find and recognise good quality learning material on the Internet to use with my learners 9 / 10
- I can find copyright free or creative commons licenced digital learning materials on the Internet 10 / 10
- I am aware of the range of ways that a mobile device could be used to support learners’ study 8 / 10
- 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.
Chris Jobling November 10th, 2015
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).
Chris Jobling November 5th, 2015
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!
Chris Jobling 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.
Chris Jobling February 11th, 2009
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.
Chris Jobling February 2nd, 2009
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…)
Chris Jobling January 30th, 2009
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