Ready, steady… KOOC (Part 2)

… continuing from our previous blog entry Ready, steady… KOOC (Part 1)

3. Brand consistency

Brand consistency samplesWe wanted all KOOC elements to be easily identifiable and so templates were created for the purpose of developing a consistent brand that would visually encompass all elements: KEATS (Moodle) interface, Videos, Multimedia objects, Google hangouts, additional textual resources…

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Ready, steady… KOOC (Part 1)

KOOC interfaces

The first two styled King’s Open Online Courses (KOOCs): “Scientific Writing” led by Dr Alison Snape and “Data Analysis using Sigmaplot” led by Dr Lawrence Moon were launched at the end of September 2015. Around 250 Year 2 Biomedical students have been enrolled on these two KOOCs. They will have the opportunity to be the first students trialing this new King’s venture.

This launch follows months of work by a small team of developers within the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning. Led by Elena Hernandez-Martin, Senior e-learning content developer and supported by Vanessa Skiadelli and Dr Andreas Konstantinidis, e-learning content developers, the work has resulted in a new and bespoke design and development of a KEATS interface. It has been designed to suit the style of learning expected of these type of online courses, comparable to that of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). The media-rich courses contain among textual and graphic content, 35 videos and 64 multimedia objects. Continue reading

KOOCs, Birds and UX

My enhanced DIY  bird feeder

My enhanced DIY bird feeder

I recently completed a MA module on Interaction Design. The field is most interesting and I would like to think that I have learnt a thing or two (modesty permitting) about user experience (UX) and about how design and design subtleties in particular, can influence how users perceive and interact with artefacts. Users of any type, including my garden birds above. Continue reading

The ‘Course Visualiser’

Course Visualiser

Course Visualiser

We have made a start on the first KOOCs (King’s Open Online Courses – for King’s students). The first approved KOOCs will be tailored to Bioscience Students on the themes of Academic Writing, Statistics and Ethics.

With this in mind we have designed a course structure to be followed by all courses, based on the learning design model: ICARE (Introduction, Connect, Apply, Reflect, Extend) -Hoffman and Ritchie, 1998- and inspired by other already familiar platforms such as FutureLearn or the Open University. This structure builds upon the familiarisation of the users with the system by reducing the learning curve and hopefully maintaining students motivation to learn (Tidwell, 2010). Continue reading

Filming interviews: some tips

We are currently producing different types of film footage, some used as part of teaching and learning materials and other in the form of interviews showcasing the work of King’s academics and developers in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).

Interview pointers: decorative images

Casting and props by Elena Hernandez-Martin

We hope that as well as showing good work and interesting projects, sharing these interviews will inspire and encourage other colleagues to make the jump and ‘join the club’ of TEL.

Not long ago I introduced the following pointers, at one of our King’s e-developers workshops, as part of a longer presentation on the subject. If you are thinking of filming an interview, this information might come in handy as a quick reference to some of the elements that you will need to think about.

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