Tuesday, 5 February 2008

E-Learning Conference at the University of Ulster

This is the preamble to the full report which is posted on Blackboard on the site for the PGCertHE

I attended The University of Ulster’s sixth annual all-Ireland e-learning conference which was held held at the Jordanstown campus on Thursday 17th January 2008. The aim of the conference was to raise awareness of the benefits of using on-line technologies in teaching, learning and assessment.

The conference addressed themes associated with the creation, support and development of an e-learning community, with particular emphasis on the impact of e-learning.

This conference was a pleasure to intend. Most of the delegates were from Irish universities and the atmosphere was friendly and the sessions most accessible for the non technically-minded, like me! Speakers were most happy to share ideas and point us towards useful web-links, some of which I am sharing here. I realised that I actually understood virtually all the terminology, even ‘mash-up’, (thanks, Richard!). Also that DMU, unlike quite a few other places, is lucky that it does not bar its staff and students from social-networking sites. Some people reported an arduous process of having to beg access for individual sites; multiply that by goodness knows how many and you get a good idea of how time-consuming a process that must be.

I'll post details of conference slides if and when I have them as they contain some useful links.

Monday, 4 February 2008

E-Learning and assessment

Just a quick post to thank you for your participation and for sharing your Web 2.0 and blogs/wiki experiences in the elearning assessment and evaluation session.

There are some useful links and assessment links on the Wiki. We will add to these over the next couple of days – please add anything that you think might be of interest to others. (this is within the June wiki on the Blackboard site).

It would be great if you could post any comments or reflections here too.