Design Project Activity

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Outline of Learning Activity
Learning Objective of community:
• Participate in informal learning which supports the exchange of high quality information and dialogue and promotes the application of technology to enhance teaching and learning.
• Develop digital literacy skills through the use of Web 2.0 technology
Teaching activity
Group Name: NLC Technology Enhanced Learning
Group Type: Professional Group
Summary: NLC Technology Enhanced Learning is a collaborative platform to engage staff in critical discussion on the use of technology in learning.
Description: This group is intended to share knowledge, ideas and reflection on the use of technology in teaching and learning. Members of this group are education leaders at NLC, teaching and support staff.
Access: Users must request to join this group and be approved. Request to join cannot be approved on domain name as this would allow access to learners. Discussions in groups will be restricted to members only.

Stage 1 Participation
Recruit and encourage participation, through the use of college email and links to LinkedIn online community. Create an online identity, links to colleagues past and present to develop socialisation. Sustain the online community through triggers of debate. Encourage staff to pose questions, ideas and resources through the use of email to create an avalanche effect in staff participation.

Stage 2 Information exchange
Posting links to book reviews, journal articles, video, blogs, FB, Twitter, websites on e-moderating and learning in a digital age. Effective use of questioning to develop knowledge and understanding of current developments in e-learning.

Postings 7-10 days on aspects of e-learning which would include but not be limited to.

(1) Political educational policy on e-learning
(2) Digital Literacy
(3) Theory of e-learning
(4) Use of web 2.0 in learning
(5) Learning blogs
(6) MOOC’s
(7) VLE’s
(8) Games in education
(9) Repositories
(10) E-portfolios
(11) Mobile learning
(12) Assessment of learning

Stage 3

Application to practice Develop technical skills confidence, competence. To embed constructed e-tivities informally and on an adhoc basis over 3-4 month period into group postings, to support application of tools and techniques in teaching and learning.

Technical skills
(1) Introduction to ‘e-moderator competencies’ (Salmon G. , 2011, pp. 106-107) possible self-assessment not shared.
(2) Use of web 2.0 LinkedIn, Twitter, FB for self-development using learning groups.
(3) Creating a learning blog e.g.
(4) MOOC’s – explore MOOC’S available for your area of curriculum
(5) Critically evaluate use of Moodle and compare experience to other VLE’s
(6) Describe a game used in teaching
(7) Construct sharing of e-learning resources using repositories e.g. Evernote, Onenote
(8) Evaluate the use of e-portfolios in education
(9) BOYD Mobile Learning – Share ways of using devices in teaching
(10) Opportunities that exist with current e-resources for improvement assessment of learning

Stage 4 Reflection
Reflection and critical thinking through the use of questioning in group postings to encourage reflection.

Stage 5 Evaluation of Design Project
Effectiveness of postings will be evaluated through the use of online survey software.

Salmon, G. (2011). e moderating: The Key to Teaching and Learning Online. New York: Routledge.


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