End of a successful week

We have had a very productive week and everyone has made tremendous progress. When we started I think it would be fair to say participants had not had much experience with e-learning tools, and some were unsure how far they would be able to progress during the course or had only modest expectations about what could be achieved. The reality however was that everyone quickly got the hang of using a range of tools and approaches including creating formative assessments online, using WordPress to create an online course resource, and using Quandry to create a virtual patient case study. For a summary of what each student achieved, please see the individual student blogs – links on the right.

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Technologies and Tools

Here are the links to the formative assessment tools we have been looking at today

Hot Potatoes http://hotpot.uvic.ca/
Suite of six authoring tools
JQuiz – multiple choice questions
JCross – crosswords
JMatch – matched pairs
JCloze – gap fill exercises
JMix – jumbled word exercises
Masher – create a package of all your quizzes

Quandary http://www.halfbakedsoftware.com/quandary.php
Free software for decision tree quizzes.
Some examples
First aid for an accident
The meaning of life

Creating Quizzes using Warwick’s Quizbuilder
See the FAQ’s for step-by-step advice on how to create questions, embed images, audio files and video and set the properties of your quiz

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Where to find clinical learning resources

The following sites are good places to start looking for reusable clinical learning resources online:






and of course…


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Warwick guide to blogging

Two great guides to blogging, the WMS Student Learning Space guide to blogging and a related guide produced by the Warwick Knowledge Centre.


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How Twitter will revolutionise academic research and teaching

“Social media is becoming increasingly important in teaching and research work but tutors must remember, it’s a conversation not a lecture”

Interesting article in The Guardian today, and very topical for our module participants. Thanks to @cathfenn for the link.

What do module participants think?

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CISCO Telepresence

As part of exploring new technologies we had an introduction to CISCO Telepresence conferencing system this afternoon. The service worked well and was certainly of high  quality. The remote participants appeared at near life-size and appeared on screen without any of the lag or jitter that often accompanies desktop video conferencing like Skype. Our remote participant was able to share a computer screen with us so that we were able to view a prepared presentation.

The only aspect we hadn’t anticipated is that currently there is no picture-in-picture so that we can see what the remote participants see, and that for more than 3 people the conferencing cameras switch so it’s not possible to see a whole table of participants at once. Other than that it was an interesting experience and we will definitely be thinking of other creative uses of the technology.

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Developing project ideas

We started the day with an historical perspective of developing digital content, starting with CDROM-based multimedia content, early days of the web, the social web and the mobile web. A copy of the presentation is available for participants on the module web site.

Participants are now starting to think about what resources or activities they would like to build during the module. We have put together some questions to guide thinking:

  • What resource(s) do you want to develop?
  • Why do you want to create the resource?
    • Think about the student needs and
    • The tutor’s needs?
  • How will the resource meet the need?
  • How are you going to build the resource?
    • What tools will you use, do you have the skills
    • Are you going to create the content or repurpose content
  • How will the students interact with the resource?
    • Individually
    • Collaboratively
  • How will engagement be encouraged and supported
  • What, if any, technical support, will be needed
  • Are their any risks of introducing the resource?
    • How can these risks be contained?
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