I had a meeting yesterday with Helen Lindsay from the Learning centre to discuss the need for resources to support the students process of gaining competence in the use of online applications. Today I was talking with Phil Ker, our CEO regarding the need for these resources, and it’s nice to hear that he is completely supportive of the idea.

In the meeting we established the need for resources to support the students process of gaining competence in the use of online applications such as
> Use of Blackboard
> Use of wikis
> Blogging
> Uploading/Downloading files
> Effective use of email
> Email groups (Google/Yahoo)
> Discussion Boards
> Blogging
> Delicious (I can never remember where the dots go)
> etc.

Resources could also be developed to facilitate the building of a sense of online community.

Both objectives (competence & community) may be gained through a single activity in some cases – e.g. an activity where students post information about themselves to a discussion board & then make posts on others profiles will develop both familiarity & build community.

To support different learning styles we intend to develop the following types of resources
> Video / Screen-captures (Visual/Audial)
> Activities (Kinesthetic/Reader-Writer)

A CD-ROM to be created which will go out to all online students.

In consulation with Helen, I’ve called another meeting through the Networked Learning Google Group (mostly composed of Otago Polytechnic staff) for next Wednesday to further the discussion, and maybe move into planning the creation of the resources.

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