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#ocTEL Final Week

Well this is going to be a very short post. Not because I am not interested in the final topic on evaluation, but because I am busy preparing two conference presentations I am giving in just over a week. I

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#ocTEL Week 6 – help and ideas please!

Effective Assessment in a Digital Age (JISC, 2010): consider the following questions. Week 6 is certainly raising a lot of questions for me, and presenting challenges in terms of my current teaching methods. To be honest, I’m left wondering how

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#ocTEL: Digital Templates

This week, we’ve been asked to read and reflect on the use of templates for developing online courses. I read the paper by Hill and colleagues (2012), and was perhaps more confused by the fact that this just made common

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How to develop student communities

Hi – below is a rather rough comment I sent to Keith Smyth following his Webinar. I’m intrigued how to encourage my students to interact more on online. I would also like to find out more from other people how

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#ocTEL Application of Learning Theories

I had a bit of a backlash to this area because learning about theories either confuse or frustrate me. But I have found some value in reading about these, albeit briefly and then thinking about what I do already in

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#ocTEL – why shouldn’t students with less than ideal ICT skills study online.

Hi, I appreciate it can be frustrating to try and understand the learning experience from the perspective of the student. I have many years experience too, meeting students who enrol for an online distance learning course. Our students have varying

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#ocTEL Understanding Learners’ Needs – Week Two in the course

Week Two of the ocTEL course and this week the material is looking at the needs of learners. I find this an interesting yet challenging topic because it is so diverse. It is however, probably the most important aspect of

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#ocTEL Socrates and Emergent Learning Models

Week One is only half way through, and already my brain is starting to hurt! I’m more of a practical person than a theorist, and easily get lost in articles and debates about theory. It reminds me of when I

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#oCTEL MOOCs or Serious Gamification

In week one of the oCTEL course, we’ve been asked to look at a couple of examples of learning methods and comment on them and decide which one you think is more powerful and relevant for you. First I selected

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A New Pedagogy is Emerging…And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | Contact North

A New Pedagogy is Emerging…And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | Contact North.

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