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Design Project – some ideas

For Task 6 of the MMEL I have set out provisional ideas for a design project.  This is a bit tricky because I have a few ideas mulling around that I would like to work with:

No 1 – Interactive Word documents

This is a very simple technology, but it is a project that would have immediate benefits for our learners.  Last year the awarding body for the qualification I teach changed the exam structure to computer based assessments.  There are mock exams for the students to practice, however when the students attempt them they are given a Pass or Fail mark with no indication about which topic or section they were weak on.  By using the form field features in  Word, I would be able to replicate the style of the computer based assessments.  The students would then be familiar with the format and practical summative assessments could be carried out, either by peer or tutor assessment.    The documents could also be uploaded on to the VLE for online completion.

No 2a – Video tutorials

This is another project that would be of great benefit to our learners.  We have to deliver a computerised accounts module with a ratio of one tutor to 20+ learners.  There are two problems to address here.  First, there is an assumption that students have keyboard skills (being digital natives!), and secondly there is a huge range of differentiation which is difficult to manage given the tutor/learner ratio. A series of video tutorials could go some way to addressing the second problem, ie learners who want to move at a faster pace could access the tutorials from the VLE.  The tutor could then focus on learners who need more personalised instruction.

No 2b – Video feedback

Using the same technology as used for Video tutorials (e.g Jing) it would be possible to give personalised feedback on assignments or homework.  This sounds like it would be time-consuming, however research has shown it be a very efficient method of assessment which is also enjoyable for learners and tutors.

No 3 – E-portfolios

I would really like to introduce students to the idea of showcasing their work on an eportfolio system.  This could be used as an assessment method, but I would also like to introduce them to the idea of using e-portfolios as a CV.   Before I do this, I really need to look do some more research, for example deciding  which system would be best, and how best to introduce the idea to students.

No 4 – Content Generator

I regularly use Andy Murray’s site www.businessstudiesonline because of the interactive resources. I have recently (ie today) found out that the ContentGenerator software to make the activities  is available on the college’s network.  I would like to create a series of activities to support the AAT syllabus.

Just making my mind up

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5 thoughts on “Design Project – some ideas

  1. Hi Debs, I am also interested in the e-portfolios project, initially making steps last year at my college, with Mahara which is an online e-portfolio system and can be integrated into Moodle therefore allowing Mahara to be used as a reflective learning platform for all students following all different types of learning programs.

    The idea of showcasing their work is certainly a good idea for my Games Design units which ask the students to create Mood/ideas boards which they then show to prospecting clients interested in their ideas! whilst this can be achieved with a word processing software the interactivity of e-portfolios creates a better understanding of what the student is trying to achieve with his project work.

    In regards to the CV idea: University of Glasgow teacher, Anne Tierney uses Mahara for her online CV

    http://portfolio.gla.ac.uk/view/view.php?id=206
    Publications

    And I have created my own Online CV page that displays my academic achievments so far!

    http://flickr.com/gp/70787510@N08/Yf3Rf3/

    The idea of e-porfolios is not new but the time in can take to setup can be a factor when schools and colleges evaluate the benefit of the systems, this is what I am encountering with my college!

    The following books helped me with my e-portfolio project idea last year they may help you decide which design project you wish to complete

    Thanks
    Paul Bolton

    Better Learning with ICT: Online Communities in the Classroom

    Publication 1
    Title: NetSavvy: Building Information Literacy in the Classroom
    Author: Ian Jukes (Author), Anita Dosaj (Author), Bruce Macdonald (Author)
    Publisher, Year: Corwin Press; Second Edition edition (29 Jun 2000)
    ISBN-10: 0761975640
    ISBN-13: 978-0761975649

    Publication 2
    Title: The E-learning Handbook: Social Networking for Higher Education: Resources for Higher Education
    Author: by Robin Mason , Frank Rennie
    Publisher, Year: Routledge; 1 edition (18 April 2008)
    ISBN-10: 0415426073
    ISBN-13: 978-0415426077

    Publication 3
    Title: Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms: (Paperback)
    Author: Will Richardson
    Publisher, Year: Corwin Press; Second Edition edition (15 Sep 2008)
    ISBN-10: 1412959721 ISBN-13: 978-1412959728

  2. Hi Deb

    We have a couple of similar ideas – the feedback one and video tutorials – although we have different approaches and different audiences. I was thinking I would set up a feedback station with laptop, web cam, mic and software as I will have to persuade often reluctant tutors that this is a great way to provide more constructive feedback.
    Recently I went to a demonstration of how tutor’s are using various technologies at work. One guy from the art department had provided video feedback by recording himself going through their work (which they present in scrap books). He noted that some students did not like the format and sumised that this was because they didn’t like the feedback but I think really he wasn’t using it to it’s full potential and at times (from the example he showed) his feedback was a bit rambly and not focused.
    I think video feedback is a great idea and think using programmes like Jing to capture what you are talking about would really help students and keep the point of the feedback focused. I think there may even be a bit of mutual coherence in there!
    Anyway let me know if you choose this one as I think if I choose to do video feedback I will use the Adobe Connect software.

  3. I do like the idea of Video Tutorials as a way of creating differentiated tools and another way of managing a high number of students to the one teacher, it sounds like a promising jump in the right direction.
    I have been using a lot of video tutorials of Dreamweaver to try and enable my year 11 groyups to work more independently for a series of lessons and it seems to be going well enough witha few reminders that they are there.

  4. Hi Debs
    Spoilt for choice! I like the idea about the video feedback that is something i have been considering myself – at the moment i am trialling a couple of methods including using the feedback tools in the VLE and using the comment/track changes features in word to comment directly on the students work and upload back on the VLE. The commenting tools in the VLE are a quicker method oif doing this and are useful if the students work does not require any significant changes – however if the work requires substantial re-working then the comment tools in word seem to be more appropriate.

  5. Hi Sue, some really great ideas there. Very inspiring.

    I really like the sound of video feedback. It would be very personalised and help give some character to the feedback.

    Using software such as Jing the file size output is very small which would make it ideal for reuploading to a VLE or even emailing back to the student.

    The audio feedback would be in context as the marker could be scrolling over the relevant part of the work/highlighting text etc.

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