These few days (no phones ringing, no urgent emails!) have been a great time for reflection on the past year and getting ready for the next academic year. I have been investigating alterations to the MSc in Applied eLearning programme, based on the feedback from students, external examiner and tutor experiences during the year. I am really excited about the changes especially for the instructional design and eAuthoring module which Damian Gordon and I facilitate.
The student activity will be group based. I think, and plenty of academic literature also deems, that multiple perspectives, students working together with different prior knowledge makes a richer learning experience. Also I think getting to know peers in a class situation is really important for forming sustainable professional relationships into the future, this will help the students be an alumni group who can interact and learn from each other long after graduation from the programme. Also my perspective on this is that while getting the project done as a group, that participants have fun while working on the projects together.
So some of the fun things which we will be looking into a bit more this year are mobile learning, developing apps/resources. Robbie Hickey (MSc student )has done extensive research on creating videos for mobiles phones to support apprentice bricklaying students in learning techniques of their trade. He has spoken at EdTech and other conferences. I have signed up for the Google labs App Inventor, this could be an innovative way of developing mobile learning resources. So research into this area is really exciting.
Then of course the other stuff which I have been able to spend time on, the Certificate in teaching, learning, assessment for the Law Society from September. This will be challenging but I have the experience of coordinating this previously so I should be able to bring it forward from there.
Support of clickers for teaching large groups in DIT, this is going well. Lecturers are really interested in using them( It helps that turning point clickers are very user friendly). DIT lecturers really believe that they can get the students more motivated in class by having feedback with clicker questions. More teaching fellowships for the next year, more workshops on social networking. New workshop on M-Learning.
It is so good to have inbox of less than 30 mails, and to feel like I am on-top of the pile!