Where do we stand?

One of me in SL

Just received this HEFCE Report via ALT (Association of Learning Technologists) “Collaborate to compete, seizing the opportunity of online learning for UK higher education”.

The report is at at:

Let me know what you think – how are we doing?  Are we ahead of the game or dragging along at the rear?


About timjohnson
I came through a tortuous path to the role of Adviser in Digital Literacy in the Information and Learning Services Department. In the past I was a: Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics, Senior Lectuer in Midwifery, Midwifery Sister, Staff Midwife, Nurse, Secretary, Bars Manager. I would have liked to be a jeweller and silver smith but of course there is always retirement for that :)

3 Responses to Where do we stand?

  1. Barbara Mitra says:

    Tim/Karen also asked me to give a brief overview of some of the technologies I use on the Media and Cultural Studies degree course, here at Worcester.

    Release: I make substantial use of Release – particularly film and television programmes that have been recorded in accordance with the ERA plus license. I often construct seminars questions around these films and programmes and this enables students to apply theoretical knowledge to media texts. Students have found that they benefit from being able to discuss their application of such theory in class – as well as being able to watch the film or television programme again on their own.

    Release: I also use Release to host the edited recordings of all the lectures I do. I try to keep these short – no longer than 5 minutes. Students who miss sessions find these useful to capture some of the key ideas.

    Blogs: I have created various blogs for students to participate in discussion on various topics. These relate to questions and debates which are covered in class. Students are asked to contribute to these discussions as part of assignments. (I have included this as part of their learning outcomes). They like being able to express their opinions in this way.

    Quizzes: I have used Hot Potatoes recently – but instead of putting them onto Blackboard as i have been doing to date, I may transfer some of the quizzes to turning point – so that students can click their answers onto the screen. (I have used Turning Point in the past and found that they can provoke discussion, rather than just giving straightforward answers).

    I am sure there are other things – but that will do for now!

  2. judybarker says:

    Tim/Karen has asked me to give a brief overview of some of the technologies we are exploring in the Language Centre:

    Release: the University of Worcester’s homegrown media streaming service, which allows us to stream useful English and foreign language TV programmes and audio material via Blackboard and Moodle, so students no longer have to come in and borrow but can play material 24/7 from anywhere. We have had very positive feedback from students and requests for more material. In addition, Release can be used to store both interactive (e.g. Articulate or Hot Potatoes) and non-interactive (e.g. Word or PDF) material for linking to the VLE.

    Wimba: we are currently running a French course for people who want to attend courses from home, using a virtual classroom. Tutor and students log on at a pre-arranged time and sessions last for 1 1/5 hours. The tutor and students can see and hear each other, and also use the text chat window. In addition, the tutor can use the main part of the computer screen as an interactive whiteboard, for writing on, showing clips and interactive assignments, playing audio etc. A great feature is that sessions can be recorded (‘archived’), so that anyone who misses a class can catch up before the next session.

    Please contact me if you would like any further information.

  3. timjohnson says:

    Just as a follow-up thought, have a look at Imperial College London. http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/teaching/elearning/secondlife/

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