On Monday, I ran our second workshop in the advanced e-skills programme. This session focussed on how to design more effective e-learning activities. This workshop is one I particularly like as it turns the conversation upside down by identifying the factors which are likely to lead to poor e-learning design, and pushes the need for practitioners to adopt an action research approach and away from a technology driven silver bullet.
The session explores the various areas around the design, development, implementation and evaluation process. It draws on the work of JISC publication, Effective Practice in a Digital Age (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/programmerelated/2009/effectivepracticedigitalage.aspx) to give a context. The we worked through a number of activities (as individuals and in groups) and a particular learning context (the capture context template), the learning design sequence and evaluation frameworks. We also took the opportunity of developing some material using Xerte which is an e-learning tutorial authoring tool, and is available on the UCS Ipswich hub network (http://a.ucs.ac.uk/xerte).
A resource I promised to share was on effective uses of discussion boards as a synchronous tool for virtual seminars - case study by John Sloman >> http://economicsnetwork.ac.uk/showcase/sloman_virtual
The presentation is available from http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12497737/ELTT%20Slides/effective_activity_design_advanced_eskills_june_11.ppt