Supporting Mobile learning in HE

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

KOOCs: Tools and platforms beyond KEATS

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.

KEATS and toolsSo 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

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