Task 2: Contribute to inventory of online activities (badge activity) (no more than 2 hours)

JISC Learning Activity Design
by Katherine Staples - Thursday, 2 April 2015, 8:50 AM

I've spent a while this week looking at the various models and trying to fit something to my actual online teaching experience.

My struggle has been that at lot of the models seem to imply and entire online course, whereas my sessions, as a Librarian, have thus far, been one off sessions. (Not that this will necessarily continue this way, after my experience with this course.)

I looked at the AUTC design, and that didn't quite fit, and whilst I like the Salmon e-tivities model - when I started to complete this - that didn't fit either.

Therefore I see my session as more of an individual design, or in the context of the entire course, just one of the e-tivities a student may participate in.

Whilst most of my session needs to be delivered synchonously, having it within Adobe Connect enables the students to refer back to the webinar or Camtasia Vodcasts asynchonously to further their understanding and learning.

The students who tend to sign up to these sessions either online or face to face, are signing up because it is at their point of need i.e. they are about to start a dissertation or having got a low mark on an assignment due to poor evidence, they realise they need to improve their skills.



Re: JISC Learning Activity Design
by Hazel Rothera - Wednesday, 8 April 2015, 5:39 PM

I tweeted earlier today about exactly the same issue re not getting to design a whole course - both in F2F teaching and online, as librarians we only tend to get to drop in single sessions which thus have to try to stand alone while at the same time working within a course that someone else has designed, don't we!

It occurred to me that I could use something like Gilly Salmon's 5 stages of online learning as a checklist for myself, not of whether  was building all those stages in (not appropriate in a single session) but to ask myself when designing an activity: have these students already got access to (say) the VLE, and how motivated are they to use it? How socialised are they already as an online group? etc, and plan my activity accordingly...


Re: JISC Learning Activity Design
by Katherine Staples - Friday, 17 April 2015, 4:58 PM

Hazel - that's a good idea to use Salmon's 5 stages for personal development.

I'd like to apply it to our embedded information literacy programme for undergraduates and 'double check' as it were, that we are meeting our aims of improving not only their information literacy, but their digital literacy as well!

Abi Ball
Re: JISC Learning Activity Design
by Abi Ball - Monday, 13 April 2015, 9:50 AM


Both you and Hazel raise a very valid point that is specific to librarians as you do not teach whole modules or even complete topics on modules; you are dropping in and out of courses at different points and this does impact upon the type of activities you design and the models you might or might not use.

I like how you have tried (and rejected) several different models and as you will start to see from the other postings this is absolutely fine.  Models are a good guide or starting point but how can they be used for such a wide range of topics?  There is no one size that fits all.

I think you’ve done a really good job of linking the different sections of your online session to the JISC Learner Activity model so well done.  Having put the session through the model is there anything that you would want to change if you ran it again?


Re: JISC Learning Activity Design
by Katherine Staples - Friday, 17 April 2015, 5:01 PM

Abi - I've been thinking about whether I would change anything for the online session and for the Basic Database session - I'm not sure there is anything I'd change particularly as I felt I got a good range of interactive options into the sessions. If I was absolutely forced to change something  - it might be to encourage students to use their microphones to speak more, and I might well consider using a webcam - now that the PC has one set up!