Blended Learning Essentials: Embedding Practice
Learning from Experience- Week 1
This course is offered on FutureLearn as MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) from the University of Leeds following on from the Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started course last year. I have learnt a lot from this course and hopefully I can put forward ideas to my bosses to improve our training. If you are interested, the same course is starting again in March 2016. Here is the link if you wish to enrol. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/blended-learning-getting-started/
As I said I completed Getting Started course last year and I kept a weekly notes to reflect and share on my blog what I have learnt, which proved to be really useful thing. I decided I will do the same again with this second part of the course Embedding Practice and share it on my blog for future use. Hopefully others reading my blog in the similar profession as I am will find them useful. May I wish everyone all the best with the rest of the course and looking forward to discussing in the discussion forum.
Here is the link to my previous course Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started blog which has all five weeks’ worth of notes. https://htnsl.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/teaching-for-your-learners-futures-week-5/
This week’s Embedding Practice course has been titled as “Learning from Experience”. The course videos covers exactly that, from both learner’s and educator’s perspectives, sharing their valuable experiences, as well as on how technology has been embedded into their teachings very creatively.
One of the stand out tools for me this week has been the Learning Designer suite to help teachers, trainers, VET practitioners, facilitators or anyone planning lessons to design and share good ideas with others if they wish. I particularly like the export feature to word. There are several examples to browse and adapt or even create completely new from scratch. This tool is by far my favourite and I know it will help us plan an effective lessons albeit the tool may need further development.
We should thank the providers for making this great tool available to us for free and I have no doubt that this will help the teachers plan and organise their lessons effectively and efficiently.
Here are some of the links that I have explored which were provided during the week from the course page:
Strive Training provides young NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) learners the skills for employment and provide help with writing CV and creating portfolio.
The online glossary allows us to create, edit and store our own list for specialised terminology i.e. for Blended Learning technology.
I found this article “Using Learning Analytics in an English School setting” very interesting. I was a primary school teacher before I changed my career to teach computer systems and I appreciated how technology was used here. I have included other useful links below as well.
There were also several other videos and articles on Learning Analytics and Activity Data which I have shared the links below. Although in my job we do analyse data but not quite the way suggested here and I know this is the area worth looking into.
Here is the link from FutureLearn on Social Media Tools and Tips which gives you lots of information and I found this page so useful. This link is from the first course last year. https://about.futurelearn.com/about/faq/social-media-tips/#padlet
Best of luck to you all in whatever you are trying to achieve in your endeavour. Share all your experiences with everyone so that we can all benefit from it.