Friday, 13 September 2013

Welcome to the #CEL263 class of 2013

Today I am looking forward to the start of our popular module on Learning Technologies, CEL263.

This module forms part of our PostGraduate Diploma in Academic Practice, but can also be taken by academic staff as a stand-alone module. This year is the sixth time that it will be run, and we have an eclectic line-up of participants from across the university. I know it's going to be fun.

The module is run as a series of 7 workshops, each on a different topic. While we explore lots of different technologies, the focus is on how the technologies can be used in a meaningful way to support teaching and learning activities. We always have a great mix of people, from technophobes to technophiles, and we all learn from each other. Our aim is to move each person out of their comfort zone, to try something new in a supported environment.

As well as the face-2-face workshops, the module is supported by a Blackboard course, with resources and activities, as well as recordings of each workshop. I've spent the last few days building up the course area ready for the new group, and the picture above is a screenshot  from a little webcam recording using the Kaltura building block. It's a great way to have a quick, personal message in your Blackboard course, adding a bit of interest for students.

This afternoon's workshop will include introductions (participants and the CELT team), some course information, tea/coffee and biscuits. Then we'll jump into looking at how social media can be used to support teaching and learning in HE. We'll have a guest speaker talking about how she has been using Facebook and LinkedIn with students, and then we'll have some fun with Twitter. We'll be using the hashtag #cel263 throughout the duration of the module (and beyond), so please join in the conversation.

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