Monday, 19 December 2016

"Are you ready for your close-up?"

MOOC filmingI wasn't. But needs must and all that...

Last week, a film crew descended upon the RVC's student union bar, The Haxby, to record a series of videos for the BLE's MOOC 'Get Interactive: Practical Teaching With Technology'. The course launches, in partnership with the University of London, on the Coursera platform in Spring 2017. 

Introducing the MOOCOur MOOC is aimed at teachers of any level to learn new skills in developing more interactive and engaging online courses. Rather than the standard 'talking head' video lectures that are featured in most MOOCs, our video content will include many screencasts, which demonstrate how to create a range of activities. In addition to watching these, participants will be expected to research, investigate, practice and share what they learn as they go along. We've made the MOOC as active and participatory as we can within the restrictions that Coursera presents.

Academic chatWith my MOOC co-authors Nancy Weitz (digital learning specialist) and Eileen Kennedy (researcher in learning technology at UCL Institute of Education), we filmed the introductions for each of the three weeks of course and a few other pieces. The film crew from Imotion were terrific - very professional and made us novices feel totally at ease. 

Academic panelIn addition to these snippets, we also filmed a series of conversations, where academics (from the BLE partner institutions) informally discussed and shared their experiences of introducing innovative ways to encourage their students to collaborate with each other, making learning experiences dynamic and memorable. 

The three conversational topics we covered were:
  • Using multimedia tools and techniques to make teaching engaging
  • Encouraging student collaboration
  • Using online formative assessment and feedback
Chatting in the informal setting of the student bar, our Bloomsbury colleagues were able to share some really insightful and reflective accounts of where they have used technology in their practice. Please note that only tea and coffee were provided - we were working, after all...

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