Monday, 23 May 2011

Feedback on E-Learning materials

I made some E-Learning materials back in Feb - Dec last year and they've been trialled by Weston College. we had a meeting this year to discuss how they need to be improved before they can be considered workable.

I sent a feedback form to the guy who reviewed them (don't have permission to include his name here, so I think perhaps I'd better not) and got it back last Friday.

Here's an insight into my personality for you. As soon as I got it, I printed it off, stapled it and refused to even look at it until this morning (don't staple with your eyes closed kids!) because I was terrified that it might be bad. Terrified.

I invested so much time and effort and learned so much about teaching and building materials specifically for learning and passing over vast quantities of information that I was worried about if it would be successful. I can see how I have improved and how it altered at the various stages. I can see where I was confident and where I wasn't. I feel insecure about how the world will see it.

However, the feedback was good.

Obviously it wasn't perfect, but my expectation of myself and my work was, once again, significantly higher than the rest of the world. It's a great feeling to be told that although I am not perfect I am certainly good enough.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

My first meeting.

A few weeks ago we purchased (rented?) a Functional Skills Levels 1 & 2 SCORM package on an annual basis.

I set it up within Moodle and demo'd it to the lady who was in charge in my department and she was happy with it. She mentioned it in passing to the functional skills group within the college who expressed an interest and we had a brief meeting today.

Prior to going in I had a bit of a gossip with an unrelated member of staff (I burn stress by chatting) and they "reassured" me by telling me that Functional Skills in the college does not typically use tech and so I would find  myself head and shoulders above them and more tech confident. It didn't have the effect they hoped as I (obviously) wanted them to be technically comptetent at least and confident as a preference and that description or comparison was not ... what I wanted to hear.

Fortunately, I was open minded and they were very receptive. After a lovely discussion they seemed to think Moodle - and the SCORM package - were valuable to both them and the college.

I think that means I have a few potential early adopters if not enthusiasts.

And I have another meeting this afternoon, which I've just discovered I need to prepare a speech and documentation for, so here endeth the lunch break.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

All change

Although the primary reason for the blog software change was because I *really* want comments, there's also a more fundamental shift in the function or purpose of this blog that I feel is reflected by the new system.

To date my role has been in creating e-Learning materials; reasearching and developing (with the aid of specialists) the course materials before structuring them in a format that doesn't require students to visit campus.

My new role, although I have no formal confirmation of this, will be as a Moodle pusher within the college; rolling out e-Learning within the college for the on site courses.

Honestly, I'm scared. Andrenalin-charged excited scared, but scared nontheless.

Over the last few months I've been trying to develop a support network of people who have either been there, are there, or have related experience that they are willing to share. And here's the thing the experiences I've had developing my PLN have already altered the way I learn, grow and think about many processes and my intention over the next few months is to be continously open to this learning process.

This blog will now cover
  1. as much of the experience of rolling out Moodle as I can
  2. as much of my own learning development as I have time for.
A few months ago I would have assumed item two was less valuable to anyone except myself. Now I think it's deeply important and worth sharing.

And if you're reading this, the chances are that you taught me that. Thanks. :)

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

New blog!

I have transferred to blogger as my new blogging medium and so far I like it.

However, I am anticipating teething problems. Not least because of the sudden number of complaints about problems posting to other people's blogs appearing in Twitter. Hopefully that won't manifest itself, or will be resolved before anyone wants to post a comment here.

Fortunately, my old blog didn't run for very long, so I anticipate being able to archive my meagre amount of materials here without too much trouble.