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Tom Bowie's Introduction (1)

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I have transferred what I put in Blackboard in the Individual Blogs. I find this a difficult website to navigate. In my previous module eDesign there was reference to the fact that website access should not exceed 4 clicks. I have lost count of how many clicks to get here.

This is my third module in the Graduate Certificate, have found everything have done so far most interesting. Have been teaching for a while, always keen to learn something new.

I am in the Faculty of Business, lecturing in Communications. My office is along the corridor from Oriel Kelly and her team.

Having been a teacher for over 50 years, evaluation is a necessary component of the teaching process. Thirty of those years have been in the primary service and the last 20 have been at MIT. When I see Tom Reeves' Six Facets I realise I have been doing these for all that time. Hopefully this course will revitalise these skills and add to what I am doing. As I said earlier, I am always looking to learn something new.

As I said in the virtual classroom yesterday, I will see how things go over the next 2-3 weeks, consult with Oriel and see what project I could do.


Here I am, if anyone will read this.

Tom Bowie

July 2010 - new course Introductions (1)

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Okay am I first in? Never used WikiEducator before so finding my way. Won't do a proper introduction until I have done some more navigating but nice to see lots of familiar names

Kind regards Katie

hello Katie you are unfortunately in the wrong part of the course wiki. Go to: http://wikieducator.org/Evaluation_of_eLearning_for_Effective_Practice_Guidebook

If you read the instructions on the Home Page - this will set you right. Introduce yourself on the Discussion page on there.

Just found the thread underneath - so different to 'Blackboard' will follow that thread Katie

Introductions - July 2010 (1)

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who you are, your work, your interest in evaluation and what you know already, what you hope to get out of this course, ideas you have for an evaluation project if any.

hello Rachel you are unfortunately in the wrong part of the course wiki. Go to: http://wikieducator.org/Evaluation_of_eLearning_for_Effective_Practice_Guidebook

If you read the instructions on the Home Page - this will set you right. Introduce yourself on the Discussion page on there.--Bronwynh 06:01, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

Week two: Quality and evaluation (1)

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Hi Guys, I have just created another account for my wikiEducator, forgot the username/password for the first one i created :).

Feel free to put comments on my Blog for the week 2 points - [1]

Krishan --Krishan 21:55, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

Hi from Catherine (1)

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Hi everyone, I am a rather late 'new' enrolment and I think I definately have alot of catch up to do!

Will catch the conference tonight all going to plan :)

Great to see you all found the wiki discussion (1)

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lots of introductions here. Yes there were a few places. It will be interesting to hear which platform people preferred for making their introductions.--bron 09:24, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Kia Ora (1)

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Hello everyone

I am Krishan Mani - I am in Auckland, working for MIT as a Facilitator. I have taken two papers this semester, so this will keep me busy :) I would like to wish you all good luck for Evaluation of eLearning for Best Practice.

All the best for an exciting 2009.

Cheers Krishan --Krish m 01:31, 25 February 2009 (UTC)

Oops! my info should be put here :-) Well, just copy it here again Hi mate, nice to see your name here :-) It's wonderful for us to do this paper together *_^

Hello from Joy (1)

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Hi, this is Joy. Looking forward to working through the course with all of you :-)

Hi Joy..

How are you?

Regards Krishan

Hi mate, nice to see your name here :-) It's wonderful for us to do this paper together *_^

Minhaaj From Pakistan (1)

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Looking forward to join the course.

Hi Minhaaj, glad to know you are in this course ^_^

Hi from Adrienne (1)

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Hi everybody, I feel like I have introduced myself so many times now - by email, by blog, and now in the discussion group. I hope that is right. I look forward to working with you all.

Hi from Iain (1)

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Hi everyone. My name is Iain and I'm a tutor at a PTE based in Wanganui. This is my first foray into the world of e-learning, and I'm looking forward to gaining some new skills and making a few contacts online.

Hello from Debra (1)

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from UCOL Palmerston North Just playing around at the moment.....is this working?

Hello from Hervé (1)

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Getting used to the interface...

Hello from Sam (1)

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Hi everyone Found my way into this as well.....YAY!!

Sam

Assessment Question (1)

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Hi Bronwyn

I've been looking at some of the assessment details and came across this note:

"Be careful not to use real names for courses, people or organisations in your summary or in the draft or final results".

I appreciate the 'people' and 'organisations' need to be made anonymous but wonder about the 'names for courses' as the ones I am looking at are standardised across the whole country - and are therefore not specific to this college. Is it ok to include them or should I refer to course X and Y?

Thanks Yvonne --Yvonne 14:01, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Hi Yvonne,

Many thanks for pointing this out as I had not noticed that note.

-Sue

Helga - How to motivate participants to fill out the survey (or happy sheet) (1)

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*This is a post from Helga and has been moved from the main WikiEducator discussion page to the course discussion page.

I tried to raise this issue before during a web conference but as I did not really get the answer I was after I will give it another go and try to revive the discussion page!

My point is: it is not hard to force participants to fill out the good old questionnaire at the end of a face to face course as it is the last thing you do in the course. But with no direct contact, how can you motivate the participant to fill out the form.

First of all, how should you make it available. Do you send an email with the link to the questionnair? Does it automatically appear in the list of course you have enrolled in when you have an LMS?

And then, how do you motivate them to complete it. Is the course only complete when the questionnair is sent back?

Do you send a chocolate fish by post?

I am really keen to find out what your ideas are, because I think we all deal with this issue to some extend.

Helga

Sue's changed her Blog address (1)

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Hi All,

Just to let you know I've changed my blog address to: http://sueh-blog4elearning.blogspot.com/ ('hugi1' just wasn't doing it for me)

Bronwyn - could you change this link on the Course Blog, please? :)

I still feel as if I'm behind - have been reading but have not had much time to post.

Hope it's all going well for you lot :)

Sue

Elluminate Session (1)

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My apologies for not making the session today. It was an early start for me here and I got a tad confused with the time difference as the clock's went forward here for Spring! Rubbish, I know - sorry! Hope to catch up on the recording later. (I'll check the World Clock before the next session - the clock's go back in New Zealand this weekend don't they?).

I'm off on a short holiday next week but hopefully will keep up. Cheers --Yvonne 18:48, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

Hello from Kirsten (1)

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Hi everyone, Sorry for the very late introduction. My name is Kirsten and I teach in the IT department at Manukau Institute of Technology. I teach a range of courses, ranging from Information Systems, Multimedia and Web Design.

I am currently teaching full time and also have a night course. This is my first semester doing this Certificate and I eagerly enrolled into two papers; this one and the eDesign course. I also work in what's called the 'Enterprise Unit' within our department. It consists of about 6 lecturers who provide IT solutions for industry. Our department started this unit to ensure that our lecturers stay current and maintain our skills in industry. As I'm writing this, I've realised that I may have taken on a bit much this semester! But I have a passion for teaching and I hope that will help keep me motivated throughout this course.


I was unable to participate in the teleconference as I was teaching at the time. Hopefully I'll be able to take part in some in the future.

It was interesting reading all your posts. There seems to be a wide range of backgrounds and it will be great to learn from each other's different experiences.

Regards, Kirsten

hello kirsten great to see your intro. You will be busy this semester by the sounds of it. we are lucky to have someone with your information technology, multimedia and web design background in the course. I am wondering about your previous experience in usability and other types of elearning evaluation - anything associated with web design? Talk more soon - on your blog. Bronwyn

Google Docs (1)

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Hi All,

I have just discovered a useful feature for those that want to publish a file on their blogs.

I created a table to try to better understand/assimilate the Educational Paradigms article and wanted to publish it to my blog, but tables do not seem to work on blogs, when I tried to cut and paste it, so I needed to find a way to link the document to my blog.

The help files were helpful and I ended up at a thread which asked how to add file, which led me to Google Docs (scroll down to "Adding Pages, MS Word Documents, Spreadsheets"). This is just a way to store your documents on line, such that they have a URL that your blog can link to.

Simple to use and saved me typing and reformatting the info.

Probably sucking eggs for some, but I liked it.

Gordon

P.S. Here is the link to the table if you want it.

Hi Gordon

Certainly not 'sucking eggs" for me!! Thank you for sharing this information with us.

Cheers

Hilary

Just one amendment to the above that Yvonne and I have uncovered - be sure to "publish" your document, otherwise it is only visible to yourself and others who you specifically nominate.

Hi Everyone - This is Anupam (1)

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I teach (part time) at the School of Applied Management, Otago Polytechnic. Currently I teach Catering Management. I am originally from India and moved to Dunedin in 96. My main work experience has been in import/export with the last few years (before I moved to NZ) as a commodity trader based in Taiwan in charge of the SE Asian markets. With such a high flying job I was hoping to retire by 35, but alas, all I got was hair raising experiences of roller coaster market movements and high blood pressure. In Dunedin I ran a restaurant for 7 years before moving to teaching. I have a wife who teaches at the Polytechnic's school of fashion and a 7 year old daughter who is getting more expensive by the day! my blog

Arrived at last - Jennifer (1)

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Hi Everyone, been going round in circles trying to enter my blog address here!! How do you personalise the link?

Finally found some time to spend here - I feel so inadequate - as every time I tested the blog link it certainly took me to my blog - but also expired this page and I had to go through the entire process again by logging on. Well one of the reasons I am doing this qual is to keep up with the technoloy. Can certainly empathise with my students.

I've been teaching at MIT for the past seven years. Now in the Faculty of Business (we're in the process of being re-strutured). I teach business computing at mainly Level 4 using NZQA Unit Standards. Payroll, MYOB, some advanced WP,management and administration. I also do online marking for the Community Classrooms in Publisher. So I spend a lot of time in front of a computer.

This is my forth paper in the qual. Main reason for doing this is a)really want to become more savvy with computing. b) interested in education and see this as a way of honing my skills - especially on the theoretical side c) know that elearning is the way of the future and hopefully can still earn a living (after all the NZ super scheme going down the gurgler) from my wheel-chair (if the marbles are still intact).

I am originally from Yorkshire, and married a Kiwi - have lived here longer now than in UK. My background prior to teaching was in Finance and Banking. Was a foreign exchange dealer and then money market trader.

Hopefully this week will be less eventful that last - I have finshed teaching evening classes for a few weeks, so anticipate having more time to spend on this course.

Great to meet you all and here is my blog.

Cheers Jennifer

good to meet you on the intros Jennifer. I have personalised your blog link. If yoo click edit under your post, you will see what I did. I added "my blog" at the end of your blog address - my blog.

when adding a web address click the earth ball in the menu (external link) and you will get: link title- replace the words - link title - with the name to which you want to add a hyperlink (website).

Now you have tackled the wiki and got your blog up and running, you deserve a big box of chocs. And you can focus on the content of the course. I admire your perseverance; one person has given up as she did not have the time to grapple with new ways of learning. More and more people are using blogs and wikis to teach now, so you are in the forefront which will give you lots of cred with your students....and keep the debtors from the door when in "retirement". :)

Here's the thing. I will be summarizing and linking to others' blog posts on the course blog so use that as a guide if you feel overwhelmed - until you get in the swing of checking others' blogs. all participants' blogs are linked from the course blog. Bronwyn

A very late 'Hello All' from Sue (1)

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Hello All,

Am I the last to join?

Hopefully I haven't missed too much...

My name is Sue Hugill and this is my fifth paper in the Grad Cert in E-Learning. My goal is to complete the Certificate this year. In a past life I was a hairdresser, but I've been teaching hairdressing at the School of Hair and Beauty at Manukau Institute of Technology for the last 13 years. I love teaching and thoroughly enjoy everything the digital age has brought to my fingertips. My vision is to create an engaging online environment for my 'digitally native' students - I'm slowly getting there :)

I've just done a quick skim read and it's great to see some familiar names, as well a few peeps I've not met before ...so HI ALL :)

Right. It seems I need to get a Blog going so I best be off to get that organised. No doubt I'll get a chance to interact with you all later,

Sue

OK Blog setup @ http://hugi1.blogspot.com/ (still needs a bit of tweaking but hopefully you can access it...:) )

your blog is great. I now have you linked to the course blog as well. I am very interested to hear more about your initiatives with hairdressing students. Bron

Hello from Donna (1)

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Hello everyone

This is my second paper in the course and I am enjoying it very much. I am the IT and Electronic Services person in the UCOL library in Palmerston North. I am the Moodle administrator at UCOL and this course will help me to answer the questions that I don't know the answer to yet!!

Originally from Scotland I have lived in NZ for 13 years ... all of which have been in Palmerston North. I live here with my two children and dog. I hope to move to Europe when the children are older. Italy is at the top of the list.

I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and reading your intros.

Blog address http://donna--online.blogspot.com/


Cheers

Donna

great stuff Donna. I have now linked your blog to the course blog. Bronwyn

Hi Donna, lovely photo on the blog! I am struggling a bit with the technicalities here - but like your famous Scot with the spider I hope to get there in the end. Is it these courses that attract so many originally from overseas? Look forward to more discussions in the future. What's a moodle (showing my e-ignorance here)? Cheers Jennifer

Hi Jennifer, the aspect of this course that I struggle with the most is putting my thoughts 'out there' on a blog. Its not a natural thing for me. There are many Brits on this course, I am not sure why this is. How many years have you been here now? Moodle is an open source learning management system. Like Blackboard ... but (in my opinion) better :-) Donna

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Hi Donna,

Good to see a fellow Scot here - feel slightly outnumbered at work (where they all take the mickey mercilessly!). Where are you from? I'm from Cults, just outside Aberdeen. Italy sounds good - we lived in France for 12 years but loving the lack of bureaucracy in NZ (although have just started dealing with the NZQA...) Look forward to working online with you.

Slainte!

Lesley

Hi Lesley

I can understand the merciless teasing :-) I am also from Aberdeen and my family still live there in the Newburgh/Ellon area. I spend 6 years in Gairloch on the west coast when I was working as a chef. This is where I met the kiwi boy who got me to move here!!!!

Donna

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Hello Donna very nice to meet you and see we have another Scot to keep Yvonne company though she is closer to Scotland at the moment being located at Bristol. This course will certainly give you food for thought in your area and there is a project waiting to happen I can see. Bronwyn

Lovely to see lots of Brits - but must just say I'm English and Bristol is in the South West of England. I'm orginally from Gateshead which is a lot closer to Scotland and often, when I lived in NZ, my accent would be taken for Scottish! Hoping to get to the Borders on holiday at Easter as we explore northwards up the Northumbrian coast :)

Cheers

Yvonne

Hello from Barbara (2)

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Hello everyone. I am pleased there isn't anyone hear right now to hear me!!! I have just written a nice long introduction, and managed to lose the lot - went to preview it, then hit the wrong button, and it was gone. Seem to be doing a bit of that today. Oh well.

Anyway - a bit about myself. I am the Learning & Development Advisor - Technologies at Manukau City Council, and have been there for four years.

This is my second paper, and although I enjoy the learning, have to be very disciplined to spend the time required, but the knowledge gained is worth it.

I live with my husband Jeff in Mahia Park - in Manurewa Auckland - along with our two dogs Flossy and Hippo two Shar Pei - mother and daughter. We moved here nearly a year ago from a lifestyle block and are enjoying not have a large garden to look after, and being able to look at our sea view instead. [1] Between use we have several children and step-children, and five grandchildren. I have a son and daughter - the rest he is responsible for - haha.

It is interesting that we have a member who is living in Bristol. My daughter and her partner are leaving NZ in April to live in Bristol - doing their OE a bit later than normal. She is finally graduating her Bachelor of Business and Graduate Diploma of Business at AUT this month. Took her a long while to do that final paper - but I will be very proud indeed.

I look forward to "meeting" you all as we move through this course, and learn from each other.

My blog: http://barbaraelearning.blogspot.com/

Hi Barbara

My email is ylm30AThotmailDOTcoDOTuk if your daughter and partner need any info about Bristol - before or after they arrive!

Cheers Yvonne

yvonne and all can I suggest you use an AT instead of @ in an email and DOT instead of . That way the spammers wont pick up your email. Bron

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Hi Barbara, I know how you feel - kept losing my messages every time I checked the link through to my blog (which I also kept losing). One other issue is remembering all the passwords I seem to need to navigate between the different pages. Nice to talk with you last week in the conference call - that was a walk in the park in comparison.

Cheers Jennifer

A Question on the Case Study (1)

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Hi all,

I have just been reading the case study and had the following thought:

I was surprised that the students preferred the audio only format. Good to see that this was confirmed via the focus groups, who backed up the evidence of the download data, but it got me wondering why that would have been preferred over full video, or even the sound synched with PowerPoint.

I concluded that it was possibly for two reasons, neither pedagogical:

1. This suited the types of devices that were most prevalent, e.g. iPod; and

2. It was the most convenient format, allowing a review of the material whilst running, at the gym, commuting etc. and not requiring a computer.

If I think back to my own lectures at uni, I am not convinced that audio alone would have been enough to gain a full understanding of the topics, particularly if I hadn't attended in the first place! And what if you are not an auditory learner.... The other two methods cater for other learning styles.

Interested in any thoughts.

Cheers

Gordon

Gordon - Checking in (1)

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Hi everyone,

Good to see some familiar faces, and some new ones.

Firstly an apology. I have been away all of last week in Australia and will be away all of next week as well so will be a bit late starting up.

By way of an introduction, for those who don't know me, I am an Education Officer in the NZ Navy. This is my fifth paper and the reason for my participation is that the Defence Force is about to acquire a Learning Management System and, as well as being on the LMS project team, my role as the Training Development Coordinator means that I also have the responsibility for acquiring the e-learning content for the LMS. I have a team of developers who currently produce material for F2F courses and I also have a team of CBT developers, who produce some really clever stuff. I need to have a good overview of all aspects of e-learning in order to provide the leadership for the transition to blended courses.

My interest in evaluation is primarily to ensure that the e-learning content that we do use is effective and meets the needs of the fleet. It may be that we spend money to acquire some COTS, or we employ external developers to produce some material for us, in which case I need to ensure that the public's money is being well spent. If my own team are developing then I need to ensure that it is an efficient use of manpower resources.

What I know already is that our evaluation currently consists of smile sheets, assessments and some workplace feedback, i.e. Kirkpatricks levels 1,2 and 3. However no critical analysis of exactly what is, or should be, evaluated takes place and the possible evaluation methods that could be used. I hope to gain a better appreciation of the whole concept of evaluation, and a range of tools to assist.

I hope to use one of the CBT packages developed in-house as a project. In this way it should be possible to modify and improve the course as a direct result of doing this paper.

I have started a blog but there isn't anything on it yet, so don't bother visiting just now.

Looking forward to working with you all.

Cheers

Gordon

Hi Gordon, Jennifer your ex-blog partner here! Sorry if you're in mourning about the cricket.... Cheers Jennifer

Hi Jennifer, good to hear from you. I am definitely in mourning and will be in Wellington on Thurs and Fri to ensure a bigger effort from the team!

Hello from Maryanne (1)

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Hi there, I have tried all sorts of ways and finally have succeeded. I have been in Adult Bridging Education for 21 years and am based in MIT Auckland. I am married with two children, one dog and a cat. My 'children' are young adults now. I have been in other courses and am hoping to finish this year.

Hello Maryanne,

I empathise with you - I've been round and round in circles getting to grips with this blog/discussion etc. I am at MIT as well - we've just been popped into the Faculty of Business - was with the Department of Business Administration (no longer). One dog (he hates cats like all Jack Russells) have two sons, 27 and 23, one husband (age immaterial but not a toyboy) love gardening, cooking, swimming and cricket. Am dyslexic - so you will see some interesting spelling in my posts (can't find a spellcheck here).

Cheers Jennifer

hello jennifer there is a spell check - try right clicking on your mouse over a word - a red line should show up under words the computer thinks is not spelt correctly. I am glad to see you got on the wiki okay. Next step your blog - once you get going it will be fine. Do check in with the class if you need assistance and you can email me (the words replace the usual symbols to prevent spammers) so just add them in an email message to: bronwynDOThegartyATgmailDOTcom Bronwyn

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[ http://maryanneselearning.blogspot.com/ is my blog]

hello Maryanne You will know a lot of people already in the course. It must be very satisfying working with adults to assist them to move into tertiary education. I am looking forward to hearing your ideas about eLearning and evaluation. Bronwyn

Hello Finally (1)

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Finally! I made it! And my one year old just picked and tried to eat a nice red chillie from my vege garden!!! Ouch! Doesn't seem to have had any effect....YET - bodes well for future non fussy eating one would think! - but will make this quick just in case!

I live in Papamoa with my husband Olaf and son (chillie eater) Finn.

I'm self employed and as a contractor completing a huge variety of education related type work. My background is in marine and environmental education and i spent ten years working at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic teaching applied sciences - mainly Marine Studies. I'm currently an almost full time mum and work semi part time... at least one day a week - but sometimes more.

This is only my second e-learning course. I really enjoyed the last one - although it was a bit full on at times as i was juggling a new baby at the time! - Am really looking forward to this one!

Look forward to meeting you all - and was sorry i couldn't hook up for the meeting times last week!

Talk to you all soon :]

Hi Rika, you have me intrigued - what Marine Sciences do you teach? Is is biological or shipping?

Nice to meet you - how's the post-chilli son?

Cheers Jennifer

Hello Rika Chillis oh no! Great to see you are up and running.It is good to see a fellow scientist - I spent many years studying biology and zoology and used it for a number of years teaching bioscience in nursing and midwifery at Otago Polytechnic. Now I am a Jill of all in educational development. The science still keeps popping up! Love it. I look forward to hearing your ideas about evaluation. Bronwyn

Help with RSS - Google reader and iGoogle (1)

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Hi All

I thought these might be useful for people - following our discussion earlier on Elluminate.

Google Reader video - YouTube video about 10 minutes

iGoogle video - a short cartoon that explains iGoogle

Use RSS to store and retrieve information - A wiki page that has links relating to RSS from Computer Literacy Resources Wiki

Hope these are helpful.

--Yvonne 09:23, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

Hi Yvonne,

wow! you sound very technosavvy! Thanks for the links - I need people like you.

Cheers

Jennifer

Rikas Blog address (1)

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Hi there - here is my blog address: http://rikamilne.blogspot.com/

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Forgot my name (1)

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Woops - forgot to say - my name is Rika :]

Hello from Hilary (1)

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Hi Everyone

Having mastered the technicalities of 'The Blog', I have now progressed to this page and can I just say how useful I found the teleconferencing to be yesterday. Somehow, everything became clear as if a light had shone down the tunnel and allowed me to 'get on with business' so I look forward to the next one and many others of course.

This is my 5th paper in the course so I feel that I am nearing the end. I have mixed feelings about that. I think you are always pleased to complete a course of study but if you are anything like me, this is only temporary euphoria before looking to see what else is around. Anyway that aside, I have enjoyed the papers so far and look forward to working with everyone on this one. My knowledge of on-line learning and developing tools and processes necessary to produce such material was non-existent before I started this course and I still feel there is a lot to learn. The subject feels almost boundless.

I work for Manukau Institute of Technology where I have been for over 5 years , delivering various levels of IT within the Community Learning programme. Teaching resources used are currently a mixture of course-books and on-line learning dependent on the level of learning.

I have lived in New Zealand now for 6 years, having moved from the U.K. due to its poor climate, stressful lifestyle and increasing crime and I love living here. I reside in the Auckland/Manukau region of Howick with my husband and 20 year old daughter who between moments of having a good time and sleeping, purports to being a student. I also have a Chinese girl who lodges with us and, despite her ethnicity and supposed cultural leaning towards study and learning, also seems to enjoy a hedonistic lifestyle!

I have been looking forward to studying this paper for some time as I feel this is often a weak area. As evaluation and quality go hand-in-hand, I am interested in identifying potential areas of weakness and appropriate evaluation tools to accomplish this.

I look forward to working with you all.

Bye for now

Hilary

My blog http://hilaryelearning.blogspot.com

hello Hilary great to see you have yur blog link here and are all ready to zoom. Yes explanations by voice can be so much easier and the chance to ask questions. If people are keen, I am very keen to run regular synchronous sessions. Something on computer conferencing appears to be preferred according to the poll, and if everyone has working microphones, we will still be able to hear voices.

I also have a 20 yr old daughter who is a student and is having a wonderful time flatting and being one of the "girls who just wanna have fun."

Yes this course will help bring things such as quality to the fore and I look forward to working with you and everyone to make evaluation fun and approachable - sometimes it gets put in the too hard basket. bronwyn

Intro Gerard (1)

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Hello, my name is Gerard, I am a secondary school teacher at Papatoetoe High School in Auckland. Don't diss the place, I am originally from Invercargill.

I have been teaching at Papatoetoe High School now for six years and decided to get into some studies as I would like to continue teaching at a career. I am seeing the changing of the guard from the old typing skills teachers through to the technologists that the new NZ Curriculum wants us to become in the way we teach the students and how they learn from others. In the next couple of years computers will move away from the labs and into the classrooms and the homes of our students. Students will be more social online and have an array of tools that they can use to communicate with each other, I hope that they still will use the spoken word.

I am doing this course as I would like to upskill myself as I believe that eLearning will become a part of teh students learning as well as my own learning in the future.

I have just set up the blog at [1]

hello gerard Good to meet you online. I have left a response on your blog so wont go on too much here. Good to see there are plans to integrate students' online-ness with their everyday activities. lets hope "the pipes" get better quickly so their access to the Internet is as good as possible. Bronwyn

Intro from Tim (1)

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Hi Bronwyn and folks

I hope I'm doing this in the right place...

...I'm sure Bronwyn will move me on if I'm not.

Anyway, this is my fifth course in the Cert, so I'm hoping to be finishing this year, with only the Project to go after this one.

I teach at Manukau Institute of Technology's School of Foundation Studies, which is a bridging education programme for people who wish to pursue tertiary qualifications, but lack the entry criteria. They come to us first, for between one to three semesters, before embarking on the career of their personal choice. I teach communications (which is a fancier way of saying English without the poetry), maths (from time to time), computing (but, only to those to know less than me), and also a course for students who wish to prepare themselves for the Police Entry Test battery.

Enough about me...let's talk about me! I live in the wee town of Papakura (which is looking more like a hotchpotch collection of greater Auckland suburbs every day). I am married to Lisa and have a 13 year old daughter, Jacqui, with another one due in May (I know, it's a big gap, but now Jacqui will be instant baby-sitting material and handy nappy changer - this pleases me). I'm pretty keen on my sport, from the armchair perspective, and the biggest difficulty I face in life is not having Sky TV.


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To answer Bronwyn's question about what interests me about evaluation, what I already know and what I want to learn, I think is that, as we are all users of websites and online tools of various types, we are all evaluaters. We stick with the ones that work for us and ditch those that don't. So, my interest in this course is basically about trying to make sure whatever I may create is high quality, and also creates interest and enjoyment to facilitate repeated use. I look forward to learning more.

At this stage, and after an 'interesting' day that had all the qualities of a Shortland Street script, I have no idea of a project for evaluation, as yet.

Thanks

Tim

Hi Tim, Bronwyn and others,

This is also my fifth paper in the Certificate but I'm now sitting at a computer in Bristol in the UK instead of lovely Pukekohe, south of Auckland. Having returned to Bristol in December (just as the weather was getting nice in NZ!) I'm currently doing supply teaching (relief) with 16-18 year olds studying A levels (equivalent to NCEA Level 2/3) while I search for a new job - hopefully something with an elearning component.

I've always enjoyed using technology as a means of supporting teaching/learning and this course has helped to develop a more thoughtful approach to it. I was taught early in my teacher training to reflect on teaching/learning experiences so that mistakes could be rectified, strengths identified and focussed on. I see this part of the course as a means to being a reflective elearning practitioner. Life long learning in practice!

I live with my husband, Paddy. We're currently in the process of selling a house and buying a new one. After our time living in NZ it feels a bit like setting up from scratch which is a bit odd but it's nice to be closer to friends and family. Missing our kiwi friends but keeping in touch through email.

Until we get settled in our new home I'm using my mum-in-law's computer - so expect some dodgy moments as it's a bit old/slow. Also, I may struggle with synchronous meetings due to the time difference - but will try where possible to be there.

Thought I'd copy Tim and include a link - it's a YouTube funny - Funny Cat Cartoon

This is my blog link.

Cheers

Yvonne

Hi Yvonne

It's nice to hear from you again especially as I feel that I must have been the last person to know that you had returned to the U.K.! Just call me "didn't you know? Hilary". I have sent you an email.

Bye for now

Hilary

Hi Tim, Yvonne, Bronwyn and everyone else on the course,

This is my first paper on the certificate (was meant to start last July but it's a long story...). Have just arrived at work with a very strong coffee, first of the day. I sit in front of a computer all day long so technology doesn't faze me but does sometimes flummox me! I did my first blog yesterday for this course [1]but am pretty sure it's not just supposed to sit there in isolation... any hints welcome.

I work in Christchurch, near the city centre but live in South Brighton right on the beach. I'm originally from the NE of Scotland and have lived in NZ for nearly 7 years - and love it.

Anyway, just wanted to say hello and that I look forward to "meeting" you all very soon.

All the best

Lesley

Hello Lesley I have really enjoyed reading your blog - great work getting it up so quickly - hopefully you have got your settings so you get an alert when comments are left. We have a Brighton here in Dunedin also by a beach and what a wonderful summer we are having. The last trip to a beach I took the dogs on ended in hilarity after they drank too much sea water chasing a ball. Luckily the accidents happened before we got in the car but not so good for the observers on the beach.

You are right- the idea of the blogs is that they will become another medium for communication - and not sit in isolation. The primary communication mode I am hoping as people start reading them and leaving comments.

All the participant blogs are going to be linked on the course blog so people have ready access and if I can figure it out I will add an RSS feed so whenever people make a new post it will feed into the course blog and alert us. You can of course set up your own RSS feed to blogs on bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/)- if you want.

Good to have a geographic mix - Papakura, Auckland; Christchurch and Bristol, UK - not that it makes any difference. But we already have a global element to our class interactions.

I was interested to read about some of your thoughts about evaluation on your blog. Bronwyn

←In reply to Intro from Tim (2) by Moor267, above:

Hello Yvonne great to meet you again. It looks like you and Tim will be graduating together. Yes the weather here has been hot this summer and dry down south - you would have loved cycling in it. ah the time difference - I will have to bear that in mind next time - I can't see 4pm (3am UK) suiting you and the 1215 (1115pm UK) one might be stretching it too. I am impressed at your perseverance in studying the course using a borrowed computer.

I just love the cat cartoon - reminds me so much of my youngest kitty, adopted from our daughter who moved flats and wasn't allowed pets - she brought her up to expect masses of cuddling. My solution - cuddles before lights out and then she gets to sleep in her own bed or go on night time adventures. Otherwise my husband and I would end up with claws hanging off us - she loves to play.

We might have to be creative finding an evaluation project if you are between jobs - perhaps an investigation of the need for innovative eLearning approaches in schools at A level - this would require a look at what is currently happening and the issues? Great to see your blog is restarted. Bronwyn

←In reply to Intro from Tim (1) by TC, above:

Hello Tim Yes it is exactly the right place. Good on you for starting us off. At the moment I am sitting here trying to compose a message surrounded by chickens screeching outside the office window and under the house - so many eggs to lay! I like the sound of your interest in quality - that is what we are about here.

It sounds like you wont have much time for lounging watching sport soon, but hey, bubbies love to be cuddled so I guess you might have to jostle your 13 yr old for the couch and the baby so you can pretend to watch sport on Sky. Great illustration using the animation. I recall being a 13 yr old sister to a new sister and cannot remember doing much nappy changing. :-) However when I was 15 yrs old I got very adept at bribing my baby sister to keep quiet about my boyfriend helping babysit....she was not good at secrets! :(

Lots of opportunities for evaluation in a Foundation studies course - I would be interested to find out what sort of approaches you are taking - blended, online, technologies? Are you planning to introduce any new strategies this semester or learning objects? You may be interested in an online module on essay writing at: http://oil.otago.ac.nz - it can be modified to suit your purposes - details are on the website. One of the courses at Otago Polytechnic is using it in a Foundation course on academic communication. Looking forward to the lightbulbs going off. Bronwyn

Finally I arrived! (1)

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Well, it took me a while to contribute. Internet Explorer was not able to display the cryptic text, so I was not able to create an account. But firefox was so kind to display it.

First of all, if you haven't already noticed you soon will, English is not my first language. So to deal with this once and for all I apologise for all the misspelling, misinterpretations, etc etc. that I most likely will make. And, being typically Dutch, I apologise for probably being too blunt and direct every now and then. I appreciate corrections by the way, that is the only way I find out about my mistakes.

So having dealt with that, let's introduce myself.

I am a 34 year old Dutchy, working for the Department of Conservation. I am responsible for setting up a training programme for new staff for computer training. That involves 'skill checks', demos on how things work at DOC and web based training for systems and databases specific to DOC. I develop all those things myself. We are only starting to touch the online world for training, so all is still very new (6 months ago I did not know the beauty of Adobe Captivate). Only participating in this online course is a great experience in itself for me. A steep learning curve and this course will probably contribute to that.

I have studied Physical Geography but have also a teaching background. Was a high school teacher Geography for a couple of years in the Netherlands, and have developed training material but that was all f2f based.

I have lived in NZ for almost three years now, and have enjoyed every minute of it. I live with my husband in Khandallah, Wellington in a house with view and 911 m2 section, 7km (cycling distance, although a massive hill to tackle on our way home), something that we never could have afford in the Netherlands.

“CU” Helga

Replying to my own contribution....

Here is the link to my blog: http://bloggerhelga.blogspot.com/

Ta Helga

Hello from Jan (1)

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Hello Bronwyn, Tim, Yvonne and Lesley (hope I have not missed anyone out.)

After a bit of a struggle to register with the WikiEducator and some email assistance from Bronwyn I am finally here. It is 5.30pm, and the place is relatively quiet with classes finished for the day but a Council meeting still in progress on the floor above me. I work at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in sunny Tauranga with a work role as Academic Manager. This means I have a responsibility for policy development, programme approval, review, and evaluation systems including internal audit. All the quality systems stuff, so no wonder I am interested in evaluation. I'll go into that a liittle more once I get into the blog - all new learning for me.

This is my second course in the Grad Cert. On a personal level, I'm married to Graham and play outdoor bowls. I have a son who lives in Brussels and two gorgeous grandaughters - Caitlin 2 years 5 months and Lauren 13 months.

Regards Jan H 26/2/08

Bronwyn's intro (1)

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dear all I have posted some background on my blog about how I got into evaluation. For this course I thought I would share a project I am currently leading: a research evaluation into a Designing for Flexible Learning Practice (DFLP) course. Some of the stuff about the project is on WikiEducator: The power of design on flexible learning and digital network literacy.

Data collection: At the moment we are collecting data through an online survey and also through focus groups. The DFLP course is a compulsory course in the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary learning and Teaching (GCTLT) and has been run twice so far. As you will see on the project site, we are evaluating against three eLearning Guidelines, one of which we wrote ourselves and I think it has been added to the site. This is the beauty of the site, you can write your own stuff and/or modify what is already there.

For fun when not teaching or helping people design and develop flexible courses or doing research, I love to go for long walks with my husband and the dogs. Watch tv series and films on DVD, go to the movies and theatre and concerts. The highlight for us in March is going to be the Wellington Arts festival - Black Watch, Book of Longing and the Dentist's chair - and we get to go with our son who lives there. Then we are off to Womad in New Plymouth. The rest of the year I will be esconsed at home (right spelling?) and finishing my Doctorate.

I look forward to meeting more of you on here and on your blogs. Bronwyn

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