Monday, February 23, 2009

April Staff Development Days

I am coordinating the organisation of the April Staff Development days. A lot of people have put their hands up to help and we have five working groups.

A couple of decisions to be made:
1. the name for the event - fill out poll.
2. panel following the keynote - fill out poll.

Working Groups
1. Presenters - organise sessions - topics and presenters, keynote, timetabling, information from presenters - abstract of session, reviewing & editing abstracts, objectives, technical and practical equipment requirements.
2. Publicity - brochures, email notices, information for staff, ODT .
3. Technical - data projectors, computers, smart boards, etc, - recording of sessions - audio / video, photos, room booking - location for keynote, breakout rooms, numbers.
4. Website - look and feel, content upkeep (OP website)
5. Administration - ordering equipment, photocopying, printing, expressions of interest, catering - practical equipment for sessions - WB markers, butcher paper, vivid pens etc.

It is a tight timeline, hence the orgnisation on the wiki.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Pros and cons of assessing online discussions

It was a privilege to be able to run a 40 minute session as part of the Staff Development day at Otago Polytechnic on Thursday 5 February. The title of my presentation - Pros and cons of assessing online discussions - attracted 19 hardy souls, most of whom are already using online strategies for their teaching as well as some who are venturing into the area. It was excellent to hear what sort of online discussions people were using and how they were assessing; not all were and some were in the early stages of planning their approach.
I have uploaded audio with the presentation on Myplick - Pros and cons of assessing online discussions - so people can have another listen and review the session, and also so people who could not make the session, can get catch some of the debate around the area of assessing online discussions. Extra resources and references for the session can be found on the Flexible learning wiki page. Feel free to add other material you find on the topic which you would like to share.

In my next post, I will write about my beliefs and experiences, but firstly, people might like to take 20 minutes out to view the presentation to listen to some information about the different viewpoints and examples. There are lots of things to consider before going down the 'rocky road'. It is important to make the right choice for your teaching context and to provide the best option for your students. Otherwise instead of ending up in a rolling green valley where you can lie around feeling happy, you may end up trying to scrabble out of a deep, dark cavern. Scared...no its not that bad, but in the best interests of your time and the implications on your workload and that of your students, it is best to get it pretty much right first time.