Digital Learning Community of Practice in June 2015 – How to make your VLE more interactive
On Friday 26th June, Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT) hosted the first Digital Learning Community of Practice for the sharing of effective practice between Colleges, FE, HE, Schools, Employers and other interested parties.
The events are free to attend. Attendees are welcome from all locations.
The group meets on the last Friday of every calendar month (with a break for summer over July and August)
Each month will focus on a specific theme and the forum will adopt different formats each month, from hands-on workshops, to share and tell sessions, presentations, round table exercises and action planning.
The theme each month links to activity taking place at the college, as part of the Digital Learning fellowship. It enables PROCAT to share effective practice and to learn from others. Together, schools, colleges and universities can tackle issues they are experiencing around a particular subject and share things that are working well and lessons learned.
The theme for June was “How to make your VLE more interactive”.
We had three speakers at the event:
Thank you to Marcus Belben from the University of Birmingham, who kindly created a Storify story about the #DigiLearnForum.
PROCAT’s Digital Learning Fellow, introduced the event by talking about 12 top tips to make your VLE interactive.
Catherine Bone provided an update on the work being carried by JISC and shared useful resources.
Our Digital Fellow, Katharine Jewitt, has interviewed many of the staff at PROCAT about digital learning and one tool that was frequently named as one PROCAT Teaching Instructors were using or wanted to learn how to use was Triptico.
There’s no install required to use Triptico and it is very quick and easy to make and share fun, interactive learning resources. You can read more about Triptico in this blog post.
David Riley demonstrated all the interactive resources available through Triptico. Attendees at the training played a fun game of bingo (one of the Triptico resources) with one lucky attendee winning a free year’s subscription of Triptico.
There were 45 attendees at the event, with visitors from Liverpool University, Talis, Birmingham University, JISC, South Essex College, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Epping Forest College, University of Greenwich, University of Essex, London Metropolitan University, Develop and Thurrock Adult Community College, as well as, PROCAT Teaching Instructors who were not scheduled to teach at the time.
A workshop was held for attendees to create interactive resources for their VLE, using Triptico. There was an excellent selection of subject matter and variety of tools used.
The day finished with action learning sets to discuss sharing of effective practice and attendees were asked to identify 3 actions they would commit to completing following the event, with regards to making their VLE more interactive.
A show and tell session was held for attendees to showcase the resources they had made.
Picture below show the resources created by attendees:
Here is Gary Thompson, an Electrical Instructor at PROCAT demonstrating an interactive resource he created at the workshop:
PROCAT teaching instructors who attended the event were set the task to create at least two more resources following the training and to implement in their class within the next 2 weeks and to share how to create Triptico resources with their colleagues.
Further Triptico training will be held in the new academic year so all PROCAT staff can enjoy creating interactive resources for their class.
As well as, face to face training, we will also be hosting online webinars to share digital tools training with the wider sector. Events will be published on the events page of this website.
If you would like to showcase what you have been doing at your organisation (slots can be as short as 5 minutes) or if you would like to present or run a workshop at a future event, please email email@example.com
Click here to book on the next Digital Learning Community of Practice.
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