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