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Engaging learners: From tradition to technology : Professor Lorraine Stefani - University of Auckland
Twitter to Teach : Noeline Wright
Using Google Docs and Sites in Moodle : Lucy Campbell
Innovations online: Cross discipline studies of new approaches to eLearning : Dr E. Marcia Johnson, Dr Willem de Lange, Dr Garry Falloon, Dr Craig Hight, Ms Patricia Strang
QR Codes in Education: An Overview : Dr John Clayton - Wintec & Takumi Nakano - Toyota National College of Technology
concept/media/assemblage: The audio-visual essay : Bevin Yeatman
Virtually Everywhere: Library services for online learners : Anne Ferrier-Watson
Social Presence and Teacher Presence: Ideas for fostering a learning community : Stephen Bright - Bethlehem Tertiary Institute
Integrating On-campus and Distance Learning Students : Anne Zahra
Peer Assessment and Feedback : Louise Milne & Mike Forret
mLearning Opportunities: What are they? : John Eyles - Telecom
The Student Podcasting Pilot: Student Voice and Choice : Dianne Forbes
Web 2.0 Potluck: Exploring Web 2.0 on a shoestring! : Kay Young
Current Developments in Learning Technologies at UoW : Waikato Centre for eLearning

WCELfest Intro on Prezi

Keynote - Professor Lorraine Stefani, Engaging Learners: From tradition to technology

Professor Stefani is currently Director of the Centre for Academic Development at the University of Auckland. She publishes extensively, and her current interests include student engagement, improving learning outcomes, eLearning, and ePortfolios.

Lorraine is pragmatic about applying theory to practice and what teachers can do to make a difference for student learning. An engaging and sometimes provocative speaker, her keynote will explore moving from 'tradition' to 'technology' and how this move can impact learner engagement and improving outcomes. Lorraine will encourage you to reflect on your practice and consider how we can ensure the best education and experience for our learners.

Panopto recording (Streaming video - new window)

Audio podcast - (62 Mb download)


Presentations

Twitter to Teach - Noeline Wright
This session reviews a project conducted in 2009 with a small group of graduates enrolled in the diploma of secondary teaching programme. Twitter was used a tool to help these students evaluate their own learning while on practicum. Tweets were made via mobile phone or computer, answering questions like "What am I learning right now?" or "What are my students learning now?" This microblogging tool supported these students to reflect on their practices, share their experiences, and develop better ways to 'see' how learning was happening.

Slides - online | Slides - pdf


Using Google Docs and Sites in Moodle - Lucy Campbell
This presentation will overview how Google Docs and Google Sites were used in an undergraduate and post-graduate programme, and will detail lecturer and student perceptions on their effectiveness for learning, the problems encountered and lessons learnt from the experience.

Slides - online | Slides - pdf


Innovations online: Cross discipline studies of new approaches to eLearning - Dr E. Marcia Johnson, Dr Willem de Lange, Dr Garry Falloon, Dr Craig Hight, Ms Patricia Strang
This two-year Teaching & Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) project is exploring ICT/ eLearning practices across several disciplines and with students from diverse backgrounds at tertiary level in New Zealand. Of note is that it brings together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, practitioners, and students from different Schools within the university to investigate and enhance pedagogical practices within blended and virtual learning environments.

During the first year (2009) four case studies were conducted, three of which used a blended learning approach (Earth Sciences, Screen and Media Studies, and Certificate of University Preparation (CUP)), while the fourth (Education) was fully online. Software tools that were used include Google Earth (Earth Sciences), GNU Image Manipulation Program (Screen & Media), Adobe Connect (Education - virtual classroom), and online academic literacy workshops developed in a multimedia authoring tool associated with Moodle (CUP). During the presentation we will demonstrate the pedagogical approaches used within each of the case studies and will also describe cross-study findings that emerged from the research. The presentation will conclude with discussion of how our approaches could be adapted to other instructional contexts.

Slides - online | Slides - pdf


QR Codes in Education: An Overview - John Clayton & Takumi Nakano
As mobile internet adoption increases mobile engagement with information and access to services becomes increasingly routine. However, mobile (M)-learning implementations are heavily "input dependent" and the current phone-pad input functionalities are constrained by size, time-consuming and, consequently, frustrating for users of handheld devices intent on seamless engagement with information and service access. To increase the impact of m-deployments a number of institutions are using QR Codes and Mobile Tags (QR/MT). QR/MT allows users to browse m-environments with embedded camera phones providing ready access to information, services and assessments.

This presentation will firstly, identify techniques, procedures in the use of QR/MT in teaching and learning, secondly, investigate efficient and effective ways of creating, storing and managing QR/MT, thirdly, investigate how these technologies can be integrated within institutional infrastructures.

Slides - online | Slides - pdf


concept/media/assemblage
- Bevin Yeatman
The written essay has been the conventional vehicle for communicating conceptual ideas within the university and the written skills to achieve success through text media are requirements for academic success. Many students however have also developed a sophisticated skill level in audiovisual media, both in terms of digital video and online delivery, and these too should be utilised to explore more sophisticated conceptual approaches. To explore this possibility the audiovisual essay has been offered as a possible avenue for assessment within The Screen and Media Department's third year Screen Theory paper and this presentation explores some of the outcomes from this experiment.

Virtually Everywhere: Library services for online learners - Anne Ferrier-Watson
It's 1am and you're about to rip your hair out because you're having difficulty finding journal articles. Where do you go? The Virtual Education Reference Desk (VERD) is a Moodle based library resource which provides 24/7 referencing and information finding support. Our service is personalised, pre-emptive and available at the point of need. Students can ask a librarian for help, read guides, view video demonstrations, and find answers in the FAQs. We analyse VERD usage statistics, and use this information to guide VERD development. We engage learners with quality content delivered using screen capture software, Moodle Quizzes, FAQs, instant messaging, and discussion forums.
Regular VERD users benefit from increased skills in finding quality information, and gain a deeper subject knowledge as a result. Lecturers report that they can tell which students use the VERD, as this is reflected in the quality of their assignments.

Slides - online | Slides - pdf


Social Presence and Teacher Presence: Ideas for fostering a learning community - Stephen Bright
Social presence and teacher presence are both key components of a robust online learning community, where students feel connected to each other and to the learning tasks. This presentation will explore some ideas that are being tried in a Private Training Provider's programmes to improve both teacher presence and social presence in order to give students more of a sense of learning community and to improve engagement and learning outcomes.

Slides - online | Slides - pdf


Integrating On-campus and Distance Learning Students - Anne Zahra
In 2009 I undertook a pilot project to investigate elearning tools to integrate on campus and distance learning post-graduate students into a cohesive group to enable interaction with each other. Another object of this pilot project was to see if I could teach the two groups as one cohort of students to see if any workload efficiencies can be gained and if I can change the perception that "I am teaching two papers".

I will share my experiences of using Moodle and Moodle tools such as forum and glossary in achieving class interaction online. I will also disseminate my experiences of using Google Sites to facilitate a case study role play that involved group work.

Slides - online | Slides - pdf


Peer Assessment and Feedback - Louise Milne & Mike Forret
This session will describe using and managing online self and peer assessed assignments and how they have changed learner engagement with the assessment process.

Slides - online | Slides - pdf


mLearning Opportunities: What are they? - John Eyles
John Eyles works for Telecom NZ looking 3 years into the future at emerging opportunities and threats for the business. His area of focus is social media, elearning and mobility. He has ten years experience in elearning including online coordinator at AUT University, CEO of a global elearning company, Chairman of the EON Foundation and board member of Asiatrac. He was a Flexible Learning Leader in NZ in 2006 and for a time manager of the UoW Language Institute in Auckland.

John will explore some of the opportunities that mobile technology brings and how we can engage in this emerging area.

Slides - pdf


The Student Podcasting Pilot: Student Voice and Choice - Dianne Forbes
As part of a WCEL supported elearning pilot within an online paper offered by the School of Education within Moodle, undergraduate students were required to create reflective podcasts as a learning and assessment task. Distance students worked with support staff from WCEL to download opensource software (Audacity), working within the Moodle environment. Students created podcasts in which they critically reflected on their own learning and growth in relation to the paper content (Learning through ICT: Issues, perspectives and strategies). Students formatively self-assessed their podcasts and shared these with the class, gathering peer feedback prior to submission as a summative assessment component.

The presentation will explain the intentions behind the pilot, the planning, technical support, learning and assessment involved. Samples of student podcasts will be aired, along with student feedback on the experience. Future directions in learning, teaching and research will be foreshadowed, with connections to recent literature pertaining to podcasting in tertiary contexts and to the WCELfest themes of engaging students and improving outcomes.

Slides - online | Slides - pdf


Web 2.0 Potluck: Exploring Web 2.0 on a shoestring! - Kay Young
Web 2.0 is changing the way that our students work and play . How should the Library respond? The challenge for us was to provide low cost professional development in this area, for staff with a diverse range of abilities and experience.

The Web 2.0 Potluck program ran in the Library from June to September of this year, and although attendance was voluntary, it generally attracted close to half the Library's staff. A series of 12 "mystery chefs" spoke of their passions for aspects of Web 2.0 and staff participated in 21 activities. We blogged, Facebooked, Ninged, played with RSS feeds, and even had a virtual meet up in Second Life. We raised interest levels right across the Library, introduced new concepts in an entertaining way and all gained a better understanding of the enormous potential for Web  2.0 applications.

Slides - online | Slides - pdf
Panopto recording (streaming) | Audio podcast (Download 40 Kb) | Video podcast (Download 29 Mb)


Current Developments in Learning Technologies at UoW - Waikato Centre for eLearning
Over the past year, a variety of enhancements or additions to available learning technologies have been made at the university. This plenary session will give a 'WCEL-stop' tour of these changes and the opportunities they bring for learning & teaching.

Slides - online | Slides - pdf

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