Summary

This week you have learned about a lot of different tools and technologies, including social media, that can be used in online teaching. You have learned how to choose the right tool for each task, beginning with the learning outcomes you want learners to achieve.

Next week we will be looking at another side to social media’s role in taking your teaching online – the role of facilitating the creation and development of your own networks.

While you contemplate all of the tools and technologies that you’ve been made aware of this week, let’s see how Rita’s been coping with all this useful information.

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Rita
I must admit that I am a little bit daunted by all of the different tools out there. But I am also quite excited at the prospect of doing some very different things with my teaching than what I have been used to doing. I think I’ll experiment with a few different tools first. Start with small steps and work up from there.
I really like the idea of screencasting – that looks very effective, both for demonstrating techniques and showing learners how to navigate my course materials. I am going to investigate the tools that are out there over the next couple of days.
I have already been thinking about repurposing my slide presentations, so that was already on my ‘To Do’ list. I think I might also try recording some short video clips, just using my phone or maybe my webcam, so the learners get a more ‘personal touch’ – they will know what I look like, they will hear my voice, so it will be less strange for them if they have not worked online before.
Next, what I want to do is work through the table of technologies that might be used for various learning outcomes. Please bear with me for a while …
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… Hello again! I am delighted that you’re still there! I’m really pleased that I tried to use that table of technologies, it has proved to be a very helpful exercise for me. My learning outcomes for this course are a mixture of self-directed learning, co-learning, giving and receiving feedback, collaboration, and oral presentation and communication skills. So I can see from the table a range of relevant activities I could try, and tools that I might use.
Although there are a lot of options, I feel less overwhelmed than I did, and I can start investigating some of the possibilities now.
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Rita says that she is quite daunted by all of the different technologies available, but that she is also quite excited at the prospect of doing her teaching in different ways. She is planning to experiment with some tools to see what seems to be the best for her purposes - and the easiest to use!

Rita really likes the idea of screencasting, both for demonstrating practical techniques and for showing the students how to use the online learning systems. She is planning to repurpose her existing PowerPoint slides, and to try making little video clips using her phone or maybe her webcam.

Rita has started working through the big table of technologies we introduced this week. She has identified her objectives with online learning as a mixture of self-directed learning, co-learning, giving and receiving feedback, collaboration, and oral presentation and communication skills. So she is able to see from the table a range of relevant activities she could try, and tools that she might use.

Rita says that although there are so many possibilities, she feels less overwhelmed than she did, and that she is confident enough to start investigating some of the possibilities now.

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