Free open eLearning Courses


For those of you who would like a (free) introduction to developing and running online courses, there is the second in a series about to start:

  • Empowering Learning Through Community September 26th – October 17th, 2012. Registration opens Wednesday, September 19th.

AND  if you don’t want to enrol in the course as it is running, you can access it in your own time later  – just like the previous course currently available:

  • Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success

Click on the image to go to the sign up page:

The courses are offered by Coursesites which is a free resource from Blackboard.

The principles could be applied in a variety of Learning Management Systems, but if Blackboard does become the new VU LMS, by doing the course, there is the extra attraction of seeing how Blackboard works.




Online facilitation

Hello all,

I’m currently in a webinar being moderated by Brad Beach from Central Gippsland TAFE on online facilitation skills.

The ‘Gippsland Model’ is based on the Face-to-Face (F2F) teaching model – very structured – around a 5-day lesson model – including introduction of resources with set discussion topics for the content – facilitated asynchronously – with a synchronous session later in the week – assessment items – online courses are funded under the standard staffing funding model – same class sizes – same hours.

Requires up  front funding for development, but Gipps TAFE now make $7mill a year form online courses.

Here are a couple of screen grabs of key points brad made  (I’ll see if I can get a link to the presentation when it becomes available):

And here’s a link to a  resources on online facilitation.

Innovating Pedagogy Report

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while since the last post. Here’s a link to a recent report from the Open University in the UK (sent by Michelle O’Brien).

It presents a:  ‘ … series of reports [exploring] new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation.’ A couple that might be of particular interest in our current climate are those on ‘New pedagogy for e-books’ and ‘Assessment for learning’.


(Click on the image to go to the report site)

Innovating Pedagogy – Open University


Hello everyone,

As our course delivery become more ‘flexible’, assessment practices will need to be considered for the new environment. Here is a link to a website offering a number of resources, including some free webinars, around eAssessment practices in VET. We will need to consider these in the context of the language and literacy needs of learners, but this could be a place to start (if you haven’t already that is).

Click on the image to go to the website

Cheers, Bob

Some wiki ideas

Wikis in education

Hello all,

Here a link to one of a number of Blended/eLearning guides made available in the WizIQ virtual Classroom.

For those of you who are using orlooking to use a wiki in your classes, there are some useful tips here for how to get the most out of them – good stuff.



Click on the image to go to the web page

Use an eTool – VoiceThread

VoiceThread discussion – what is TPACK?

Hello everyone – why not try out an eTool? You need a recording device to participate: click on the image below to go to an online audio discussion board where you can participate by clicking on ‘Comment’ below the discussion starter image and recording a comment. I’ve suggested comments on the topic, but comment on the possibilities for your classes of using the VoiceThread tool would also be of interest.

Click on the image to participate in an online audio discussion board in VoiceThread.

And here is a VoiceThread discussion about the use of VoiceThread in classes for some further ideas  (in a range of contexts): click to open the discussion

A tool a day (10) … there’s a few tools mentioned here actually

Folksonomies or Social bookmarking (e.g. Delicious, Diigo)

This is a direct lift from Mark Pegrum’s site (see side menu) introducing ‘folksonomies’ i.e. shared collections of linked resources. ‘Groups – whether educators, researchers or students – can work together to create folksonomies of resources on particular topics, with criteria for inclusion being negotiated by group members’.

It is a chance for students and teachers to work together to develop course-related resource sets – and to connect with other groups with similar interests.

Click on the image to go to Mark Pegrum’s introducton to folksonomies

Click on this image to go to the delicios website – it’s free to join