JISC’s e-fair, a major regional event in promoting use of technology in education, took place in Nottingham on 21 June. This was an annual event, undertaken for the last eight years. For the first time, our college contributed with two sessions: Debs Cairns’s ClickView for Video Collection Development and Lin Armstrong & Ihar Ivanou’s Blogging for Learning.
Debs Cairns, library’s Senior Learning Resources Assistant, gave a short presentation followed by a group discussion on the use of ClickView at NWHC and the innovative ways in which teaching staff are incorporating it into their teaching. For example, Suzanne Sharples asked her Foundation Learners to choose their favourite television commercials which were then uploaded to ClickView; the class viewed the commercials together in the classroom and discussed the relative merits of each one and why they were chosen. This was then taken further to compare and contrast the ClickView lesson with a previous round table discussion without the use of technology – out of which the ClickView lesson was voted most enjoyable. See the presentation slides at http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=221#one, and listen to Deb’s post workshop interview at http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/mod/resource/view.php?id=2045.
Lecturer Lin Armstrong and College Librarian Ihar Ivanou presented their experience of blogging for learning with 2+2 Childhood Studies students. This project started four years ago to develop a collaborative and more participative learning experience. Lin, Ihar and the students tried a number of different tools and finally settled for Blogger – a platform tightly embedded into the Google’s eco-system. Since then, blogging has been an important factor in supporting academic, information and IT skills, improving literacies (digital, traditional, emotional) and building an exciting community of learning. This presentation slides can be seen at http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=222#blogging, and Lin & Ihar’s interview about the project is available to listen to at http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/mod/resource/view.php?id=2021.