Empower Confidence Workshop

I attended an interesting demo on training videos today that has lost of potential for creating interactive learning objects. The system presents a video scenario which can have questions or choices embedded within it. These can then be answered/chosen by using a personal response system. At the moment this is designed to work with systems other than the one that we are currently using but the creators are looking to extend the range, so there is hope. Regardless of this most of us at the demo were considering the application of standalone embedded videos within the VLE. Negating the need for a personal response system.

From the perspective of PC3 I can see this being a useful tool for gathering together a group of resources into a single learning object. Where we have several models of different views of a particular concept we can let the student explore the ones they are interested in then return to where the choice originated. Another use, demonstrated at the demo, would be to create coaching objects that show how, for example, client questioning can take the client in different directions. This might be a complex one to set up, but having just gone through coaching training, I learnt much from watching others coach and seeing how the techniques used directed the conversation.

I have gained a trial version J which I will explore over the next month and see what we can do with it. Just combining it with the simple animation process we used at the LO workshop could produce some very effect learning material.

Beginning the search for learning Objects

Having now designed a module structure and roughed out the content we need to a range of learning objects. As the focus of the project is on design not delivery we intend to minimise amount of LO creation that we have to do. Fortunately our world is packed with resources. Leeds Met’s own repository is starting to fill, thanks to the OER Unicycle project. The S4L (skills for learning) department have a very compressive site, full of those basic yet essential skills we all have to refer back to from time to time.

These are the two resources I have been exploring today, creating a map between resources and module content labels. Writing ideas and notes on how these resources could be incorporated. I have found some interesting diagnostic tools which might compliment the ones the PC3 team have recently experienced during our caching course. Aimed at developing an employment plan at the end of a degree, they are open enough in context to be adapted for initial exercises on self-understanding and action planning.

This is just initial forage, something to wet the appetite. I have many more places, such as Leeds Met XStream VLE, lectures private stashes, Jorum, YouTube and many more to explore. I’m also looking forward to the October program meeting where I will get the chance to network with the rest of the Curriculum Design group and also the Curriculum Delivery group, both are bound to have something for we can utilise. I suspect I will end up with more than we can teach, but choice is always better for students.

Running alongside this resource collection process, will be the development of a detailed module structure and plan. Each of the eight module topics now need to be broken down into content, activities and reflection. Identifying clearly where they link into the development coaching support and speculating on the types of outcomes and issues students may engage with. We also need to identify which technology to use and how it will support particular tasks. Although coaching, reflection and the ePortfolio will lie at the heart of the process, the content and activities need to be designed to integrate with this process and naturally spark of reflection and self-development. Any ideas? 🙂

Developing Learning Objects for Coaching

Day one of the learning object workshop started with defining and looking at examples of learning objects. Then we got on to the hands on process of developing PLC’s first learning object.

We chose to focus on one particular element of the modules content, intentional change, and delivering content and activities to develop understanding of one particular model of intentional change. This was a very creative process, part of which we captured on flip, almost an LO in it’s own right. Tam had the initial idea and with Alex doing the writing (an honorary team member), created an image of the model and defined the sort of content that would assist in understanding. We used one of the templates the presenters had brought with them. The resulting LO framework look like this:

An important point came up during out discussions around the development of this LO. There was some confusion over whether we were designing this LO for the student to gain knowledge of the content or knowledge about themselves. We kept sliding from one to the other. Something we need to be clear about as we develop the PLC module, when the topic is learning content and when it is an activity for self development.

Day two brought us to the refinement of ideas and production. We were introduced to a handy little tool called GLOMaker. This provides a step by step process for producing an LO from a pedagogical, learning outcomes approach. This is very different to the other tools I have worked with which have focused on the conversion of current material, PowerPoint and Word docs, to a web based bit size chunks. Using just the kit in our bags which says a lot about the majority of the group 🙂 3 Laptops (2 Macs) Flip camera and mobile phones, and the materials around us, marker pens and flip charts, we produced a prototype learning object, some screen shots shown above.

(Download will be available as soon as our repository goes public, see Repository Blog for updates)

Will need to work on the assessment at the end, only one question at moment, but the ruff and ready look really captured the audience at the demo we did later in the day. Well done to all the Team: Director Janet Finlay, Content and Art designer Tam Mason, Film and Audio Production Habib Lodal, Alexander Prokop Technical Designer and Scribe, Dawn Wood A bit of everything.