There was an excellent response from the Networked Learning Google Group. Helen Lindsay, Leigh Blackall, Sonny Teio, Dave McQuillan, Sandra Elias, Wendy Ritson-Jones and Phil Morrison all attended the meeting, and it was very productive.

We talked energetically about the benefits of having learning resources distributed over the internet via popular distribution channels such as you-tube, or having them centralised (on an OP server for example). We eventually decided that we could have the best of both worlds by having a centralised page (now set up in bare bones form on WikiEducator) linking to learning resources which may exist anywhere on the web. If you’ve got anything useful please jump in & create a link to your resource to get this page going.

We established that we need a fairly complete package or learning resources to be ready by the end of the year to send to all new online students (CD-ROM & Booklet is the current vision). The priority list of what could be included in this package is still to be made so let Helen know what your requirements may be, and also let her know if you are able to contribute to the project.

Resources will need to be continually developed/sourced to keep them current with the changing software environment.

Resources can be developed by either staff or students (The option of embedding this as an assessment item for Sonny’s BIT students was mentioned). Pre-existing quality resources could also be sourced from various web-sources.

Leigh showed us some software which could be used to create learning resources fairly quickly & easily (i.e. within about 10 minutes once competant). Cam studio / Camtasia – to create video resources, Screen Hunter (to take static screen shots out of video), several others that I can’t remember the name of??? There will be another meeting for anyone who’s interested in getting some tuition in the use of this software. I think this is next week on Wednesday, but contact Leigh or Helen for confirmation if you’re interested.

We talked about the need to support students with different learning styles by a combination of video & text-based resources.

We talked about the place of the community learning centres in online orientation. I said that my vision was for my students starting their online studies to be provided with a range of online orientation activities that were supported by the staff of the CLCs (f2f)and our departmental staff (online). It was pointed out that not all students are able to come into the CLCs for various reasons and we discussed the option of phone support which could also perhaps come from the CLCs? Helen is going to follow this up & see if this type of support for online orientation is possible.