In July, I chaired an Inside Government event on ‘Maximising Mobile Technology”. The event brought together researchers, teachers and managers from across the UK. Overall, a good experience and a well-organised event, where the difficulties that occasionally mar effective chairing (i.e. speakers not sticking to their allocated time, orchestrating discussion during and beyond the sessions) were absent as speakers and audience were very keen to communicate and interact. Continue reading
Following the blog posts written by Elena Hernandez-Martin, who led the team of developers for the KOOCs work (Ready, steady… KOOC (Part 1) and Ready, steady… KOOC (Part 2)), in this blog post, I want to talk a bit more about the other tools and platforms that were used in the process of developing the KOOCs.
One of the first decisions that was made, was that it made sense that the KOOCs would be hosted on KEATS which is the University’s learning management service (based on Moodle) as both students and academics are familiar with this platform. On the other hand, KEATS is not designed to cater for some specific needs that were essential to the KOOCs’ design (e.g. hosting videos, sharing files, video streaming). Moreover, there were some additional requirements to the project (e.g. access to high quality images, custom webpage design) for which we had to look for some external tools and platforms to use.
So here I will give you a few more details about all the tools and platforms that were used for the KOOC project, along with the reasons why they were selected and the purpose they served. Continue reading
… continuing from our previous blog entry Ready, steady… KOOC (Part 1)
3. Brand consistency
We 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…
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
King’s has recently significantly up-scaled its lecture capture provision. Indeed, to give a sense of the upscaling, during the first week of implementation the College recorded around 70% of the total recordings undertaken during the entire 2014/15 academic year.
Given the increase in the number of rooms equipped with the Echo360 lecture capture system it’s important to share an understanding of what lecture capture offers and the support for staff and students in understanding the capture options.
The provision of lecture capture recordings aims not to replace the lecture session, but be an additional tool that can add supplementary resources and activities to current teaching within the University. Continue reading