Thursday, December 07, 2006

Who's learning about e-learning from whom? (ASCILITE 2006 paper)

Originally uploaded by margoc.
As promised, our short presentation on DELTA. View this Flickr set as a slideshow. I've also included notes in the description of each slide, to give it context. You can access our paper online from the ASCILITE website. Other papers are here.


Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Reflection on ASCILITE conference themes (DAY 2)

Gabcast! On the Move #3

- How do we define our educational design and taxonomies within educational design?
- Why are we not challenging what e-learning actually means and the e-learning created currently? Are we critiquing the work we do and the work of our colleagues sufficiently?
- Where are the students and the student 'voice'?

Listen to hear more of my reflections so far from ASCILITE 2006 in Sydney. Add your comments and questions too if you like...!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

ASCILITE 2006 delta team reunited!

ASCILITE 2006 delta team reunited!
Originally uploaded by margoc.
End of day one saw the DELTA (Designing Electronic Learning and Teaching Approaches) team reunited in a short presentation about the professional development experiences the DELTA development and evaluation supported.

It was a great experience to present with most of the team once again, and we ran the presentation as we might have one of our development meetings, where we could model the consensus approach we used to inform our decision making process and continue the development of DELTA. We presented in a 'round-robyn' format, highlighting key points from participatory action research that framed our process and also informed our evaluation module where we collected our own reflections about DELTA and aspects of its development. We used our reflections alongside the data collected from other sources.

More about the paper and presentation via the ASCILITE site, but I'll also upload the slides for viewing here shortly.

Thanks to Robyn, Gayani, Charlotte and Sintie for their work on the presentation (Sintie for taking some photos!) and for sharing their reflections as part of the presentation. It was a good chance to look back on the experience, given it is the 1st anniversary after our disbanding as a team from CeLTS (closed end of 2005).

If you are interested to know more about DELTA, it has been re-launched from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University and you can contact either Robyn or Charlotte for more details there.

More on day two shortly!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Uni of Sydney preASCILITE 2006

Uni of Sydney preASCILITE 2006
Originally uploaded by margoc.
Photo taken on Sunday, pre-ASCILITE conference at the beautiful grounds of Uni of Sydney, Camperdown.

Wonderful to meet up with colleagues from around Australia and New Zealand, to share work tips and news from 2006! It's a buzz so far and we're barely into day 1!

So far, the first session of papers has looked at the use of role plays face-to-face and some uses of modularised learning objects developed with open source intentions, reusability and customisation.

Our presentation is on this afternoon, we're presenting collaboratively to highlight the participatory conversational process we engaged in (at Monash Uni) when developing an e-learning resource to showcase electronic learning and teaching approaches from across the uni.

Some neat features on trial: sms voting for the posters, and a "Dob in the Yobbo" (if you're familair with the cricket set up for this season, where crowd members at the cricket can do just that, if they feel a person is not behaving in the crowd!), for papers that may not have the best 'theoretical underpinning' or the delivery is not focussed enough! All light-hearted intentions of course!

There is also an ASCILITE blog, so far managed by Margaret Maag and a podcasting site using edublogs. Get in and have a look - you'll hear from some of the presenters themselves, plus delegates feedback during the conference and reflections about the presentations and all to do with the theme, "who's learning? Whose technology?"

Ciao for now!