Monthly Archive for June, 2009

What I’ve starred this week: June 30, 2009

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What I’ve starred this week: June 23, 2009

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What I’ve starred this week: June 9, 2009

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RSC-MP3: HE Update May 09

Logo for RSC-MP3Welcome to our fifth and final episode of RSC-MP3 for this academic year, the monthly audio podcast highlighting some higher education focused e-learning news, interviews and resources brought to you by Kevin Brace (RSC West Midlands) and Martin Hawksey (RSC Scotland North and East). We redeem ourselves with this last session by paring down our conversation to a slimmer 27 minute edition. As ever we have summarised links to the various topics we discuss and indicate the timestamps so you can jump straight to our insightful repertoire. You can listen to this podcast on your computer, or when “on the move” by adding it to your ipod playlist.

This month Martin interviewed Tomaz Lasic from Belmont City College in Perth, Western Australia. Tomaz is a teacher/ICT integrator at Belmont and discusses his experiences of using Moodle into high school education. In particular Tomaz highlights the importance of involving his students in his journey to find the right blend in technology. Click here for the interview with Tomaz Lasic in full.

Hope you all have enjoyed this podcast series which will resume at the beginning of the next academic year!

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RSC-MP3: HE Update May 09 – Interview with Tomaz Lasic

Logo for RSC-MP3This month I interviewed Tomaz Lasic, from Belmont City College in Perth, Western Australia. I first found out about Tomaz’s work last September when I was shown a series of demonstration videos (2 Minute Moodles) used to promote Moodle at Belmont (if you haven’t seen these before you should definitely check them out). In this interview we discuss how Tomaz has gone about integrating Moodle in his own class, which has been used as a model for wider adoption across the College. We  also touch upon some wider issues of student digital literacy, online security and personalisation of learning. [During the interview I refer to one of Tomaz’s recent blog posts ‘Best when human’]

Interview with Tomaz Lasic
 
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Summary

00:15 Tomaz outlines his role at Belmont City College - teacher, moodle admin, ict mentor
01:12 Tomaz explains how he has got staff to engage with moodle - using earlier adopters
01:52 Moodle part of a grander scheme to increase use of technology within the college
03:01 Tomaz used a pilot using feedback from his students to find a grounding
03:39 To use moodle really well you only need to understand 5%
04:12 Students didn’t help with the techical side. One of the most useful pieces of feedback from the students was to use moodle appropriately finding the right blend
06:00 Can’t assume students have the digital literacy - they have the breadth of technical skills but not the depth of knowledge
06:35 It’s the job of the teacher to turn the lifeless digital information into knowledge
06:57 Moodle was the spur and is allowing Tomaz to integrate more ‘web 2.0′
08:01 Types of moodle use. 4/5 teachers are using very well. Tomaz recognises it is a gradual process. He is keen that his colleagues are the one who explain the potential benefits of using tools like moodle
10:51 Tomaz finds students are very good at exploring how to use technology but are more naive when it comes to online security, digital footprint
12:55 Integrating these issues into teaching
14:46 The issues of a very well defined curriculum and personalisation
17:21 Expectation of students in what they want to study and learn - still a tough nut to crack
19:27 We don’t know the destination of where we are going with technology but we have a direction

What I’ve starred this week: June 2, 2009

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