College for the JISC E-fair

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.

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Students’ Work Published

 The final year students on the 2+2 Early Childhood studies programme have just published their research on ICT and Children. Tutor Lin Armstrong and college librarian Ihar Ivanou conciveved the idea of publishing a book of students’ work as an apt conclusion to the research  project carried out by the students.

Initally the project was to develop the student’s research skills and for many students this was the first experience of researching and writing on topics of acadmic interest. As the resulting research papers were so good it seemed only natural to take the project full circle and publish the papers as an exmple of emergent writing.

The book was produced through self publishing using the platform Lulu.com. It is available for loan from the library and can be purchased from here.

Books by Members of Staff

A number of members of the College staff have written or contributed to books. Here are some of them:

Stephen Johnson, a teacher of sociology, has contributed to Teaching Thinking Skills, now in its second edition.

James Cunliffe, a teacher of photography, has had his series of photographs published in the Alaska photo almanach.

Ihar Ivanou, College Librarian, has published his MA dissertation, Baltic and Slavonic libraries in Britain: their place in developing group identity and the life of emigre communities.

Also Lin Armstrong, a teacher of Early Years, has published her MA dissertation, Dyslexia awareness in a college of further education, last year.

Ian Wynd from our College and his colleague, Steve Dawkins, of Coventry University, have written a textbook Video Production: Putting Theory into Practice. The launch of the book took place in the College library last July.