Facilitator Notes

Quotes for creative thinking: eLearning07

Session 1: 2. Passing the buck:

Whose responsibility is it to teach the digital literacy skills of navigating and operating in an online world? Why? (Marg)

  • What is it about the sharing and isolation aspects of these projects that stands out in terms of digital literacy? Such a simple thing but it's referred to consistently across the projects...
  • How do you connect your learning with that of your learners?
  • How do we make our elearning approaches sustainable?

Bega Project
Judith Lamb is one of the outreach (reach out?) staff members on the Bega Project. Judith wanted to:
"encourage some of the more difficult students (including high truancy) to use their mobile phones as part of their learning plan."

'Grave Danger' says there's no doubt "our General Education clientèle is changing"... and has been pushing "a literacy tool - www.mystory.org.au - which is a site designed to publish stories form beginner writers, as well as provide reading materials to those who have had little access to reading, but enjoy reading stories about the everyday. Those stories that happen to all of us."
-- how can the writing process assist with developing digital literacy? What is the link here?

Jenny's thoughts about engaging students through the Learnscope project:
"Students have benefitted by –
· Greater variety in my teaching
· Gaining confidence in using computers, which has increased their skills
· Gaining communication skills through getting connected with literacy students I other areas. They don’t feel so isolated either."
Judi talks about the importance of networking and tapping into our skills and talents in LLN, and making valuable connections (eg. delicious).

Pedagogy for eLearning
Hypothesis was: "that most face-to-face teachers don’t innately possess the (quite different) skill set needed to deliver effectively to online students." -- What did you find?

Bob Thurlow has some reflections via the team's project blog: http://richmondit.com.au/blog/index.php?blog=1

Training Children Service Assessors
How do we make our elearning approaches sustainable?

Session 2: 3. MY spaces:

What issues would need to be considered if using social networking spaces to engage youth? (Marg)

Building Capability in LLN staff
(The prep-room wiki)
"Students are from a variety of backgrounds but all are experiencing LLN barriers to accessing education and training options."
(digital) storytelling - levels of engagement through story?
Annette (in slideshow) asked: "how can I get my hands on this technology?"
Granville ABE - 17/22 votes liked the Student Blog...what might this say? What about the naming post? Tell us more? Says something about group dynamics / working together / modelling / aspirations / identity of the students / etc...

Oodles of Moodle
- social web integration
- how does an action learning approach help?

- Caecillia says: "In the end, we need to just jump in & try them to really see what they are like as people on both sides of the page - both front & back end, as trainers developing learning strategies, and as students engaging with them to enhance our learning."
- how do you judge the "pay offs"?
- Sandra and the SCRAP shop team: growing the team and growing the business...creating a space of their own?
- Anne, Scott and the team - how did the concept of creating the 'online spaces' come together for you? What of the students' input?

- rethinking student spaces...
- "We reckon" - youth with a voice - how do you make something like this grow into a life of its own? [Regan Hardy, Byron Community Campus]
[recall - http://nswlearnscope.wikispaces.com/bys06]
- Advanced English wiki [Judy] - engaging and sustaining?

Connecting GenY
- what do we mean when we say learning should be fun? [Walter]
- talk less and listen more [Kaye Lee on reading "Please F* off its our turn now" by Ryan Heath] - Kaye also talks about an "enjoyable learning curve" too!
- connecting to tools, know-how, each other, etc - what is the key?

Session 3: 5. A privileged few?

Who is disadvantaged in the contemporary global networked world and how could this disadvantage be addressed? (Marg)

Session 4: 8. That’s deep!

Can we achieve deep critical thinking in a torrid online landscape of bite sized and momentary interactions with others? (Marg)

pro·pri·o·cep·tion (prō'prē-ō-sĕp'shən)

n. The unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself.

Session 5: 9. Small is beautiful:

The rise of user-generated content and self maintained online spaces has resulted in some fundamental changes for VET. What issues and considerations must now be considered as a consequence of this shift? (Marg)