Friday, June 01, 2007

HEA HS&P elearning SIG meeting

Today I attended a meeting of the HEA Health Sciences & Practice, elearning Special Interest Group at the University of Worcester.

It was entitled "From Novice to Innovator" & covered a wide range of issues related to elearning.

The day was opened by Tim Johnson who used a valleys and hills analogy to represent those just starting out in this field and those who have achieved the dizzy heights.

Jenny Edwins, a midwifery lecturer, gave a novices view described her experiences wuitha module she runs. She talked about how her students were already communicating and therefore saw the discussion board as pointless. She identified advantages for lecturers in manging electrionic submissions of assignments, but little advantage for students.

I then gave a presentation about incorporating multimedia into elearning based on experience in the EU packs project.

Linsey Duncan-Pitt then gave a short presentation about the University of Wolverhampton's use of PebblePad, Hotpotatoes and SNAGIT software. Some interesting discussion arose about privacy & allowing access to different parts of information. She is conducting an E-Portfolio Survey for the HEA.

After lunch discussions and demonstrations continued including a demonstration of Course Genie, for converting word documents to html including mutimedia objects. Several participants gave examples from their own experience and their learning from the day. Discussion about selecting particular tools including Second Life raised lots of issues. The role of the SIG in developing and sharing ideas and learning was also discussed by participants.

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