Elearning and Sabre Toothed Tigers. How to use technology enhanced learning to best compliment our course content and how we learn.

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PRESENTATION

Author(s) Ben Martin, Gareth Davies

Abstract

How can you make use of existing technology enhanced learning tools and practices to enhance the reach, accessibility and quality of your course content? The Academic Success Programme Workshop ‘Learn to Learn’ was designed to help students with more transferable skills such as time management, memory and creativity. The workshop has proved particularly popular, with many students feeding back that they feel they would have benefitted from access to the material earlier. To meet this demand, the decision was made to create a parallel eLearning version of the workshop, which could function as both a standalone resource and a revision aid. This session will outline the process of translating the workshop to an eLearning format, describing not only how material was adapted and the challenges overcome, but how the process subsequently informed and improved the delivery of the workshop and learnings that informed how the process could be repeated for other courses.

Outline

The session will begin with an overview of the Study Hacks workshop series and the purpose behind it – to introduce students to skills and learning techniques that will help them with their productivity in both their studies and beyond in the workplace. There will be a quick demonstration of a simple creativity and memory technique that underpins one of the central principles of the series. The session will then outline the specific problems we set out to resolve, namely that we have limited resources to teach the course and meet student demand, students don’t always find out about the course or aren’t able to attend, and there is a lot of information packed into two hours. Following this, we will describe the process of translating the course into an eLearning format, from the initial observations and video recordings, to the mapping of the course and the decisions made with regards material to cut, keep or adapt, and finally to over 100 hours of development to create the online version. Following a ‘live demo’ of the course, we will describe how we plan to distribute it to students and how we see it sitting in our current programme. We will also outline plans for the development of further eLearning modules in this manner, and present our learnings to help other lecturers who may wish to do the same. Finally, we will discuss how the process came full circle, and how the process of redeveloping the course for an eLearning environment both informed and improved the delivery and format of the taught course and how other teaching staff may use some of the learnings from our process to create their own online resources.

Key Words

ELearning, course development, technology-enhanced learning

Key Messages

The process of making our courses available online not only makes them more accessible to students, but informs teaching practice and can improve the quality of content delivered in the classroom.

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