Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Even more information

  • For those who want more details here is an extract form the official project plan.

    AMES West Coast Learnscope projects have previously concentrated on developing the professional skills of staff working in Perth. Country lecturers working for AMES do not have the same in-house access to Professional Development activities as those working in a large centre in the Metro area. How can we enable their participation in Professional Development through e-learning? Digital photography has revolutionised the way people take photos and make movies. “YouTube” and other video hosts have revolutionised the way people view movies. The project will focus on how we can exploit this new resource to assist TAFE lecturers who teach English as a Second Language (ESL), in particular those who live in rural and remote areas and do not have the access to the resources that city lecturers and students do.There are therefore three aspects of the focus:
    a) for the AMES PD section to learn and to trial the use of Elluminate ( and other communication and networking software) to deliver PD at a distance
    b) for AMES lecturers to learn how to use video sites and develop video resources for ESL access
    c) for AMES students to access these video resources.

    The project would set out to develop the following skills:

    a) AMES PD
    Main targets
    Use “Elluminate” to deliver PD successfully
    Communicate through social networking software
    Research video sites
    Develop / adapt materials for delivering video access, digital stories, video production, video editing / enhancement and upload
    Research other online social networking software

    b) AMES lecturers
    Main targets
    Use Elluminate to receive PD
    Communicate through social networking software
    Search for ideas and inspiration on “YouTube” and other video host sites
    Create Photostory movies for learning
    Create a “YouTube” or other account
    Upload movies onto “YouTube” or other sites
    Copy and export “YouTube” addresses.
    Optional targets
    Make teaching movies with a digital camera
    Subtitle movies
    Upload digital movies onto a computer
    Edit digital movies
    Create and record dialogues
    Dub soundtrack onto digital movies
    Record songs

    c) AMES Students
    Main targets

    Access, view and evaluate teacher-produced video resources

    The project will be spread out over 20 weeks with fortnightly sessions from May to October. This will allow time to practise skills and produce student learning materials.

    Learning Activities
    How is the team going to develop the technology related skills and understandings indicated above?
    Completion of skills audit by team
    Introduction, demonstration and initial guided practice in skills.
    Presentation through hands-on learning in formal computer lab environment first session(s) F2F for all.
    Other sessions :
    Presentation through online classroom (Elluminate)
    Online networking (GTalk, Skype)
    “How to” sessions may be filmed and transmitted through internet.
    Individual practice and development of skills and knowledge
    Discussion, advice and reflection at fortnightly sessions within an action-learning framework.
    Ongoing sharing of experiences and developments in knowledge in informal group sessions; through bulletin boards and blogs.
    Mentoring and coaching sessions face to face, VOIP, DTVC, chat as required
    Application of new knowledge and skills by interaction with students
    Discussion, advice and reflection at weekly sessions within an action-learning framework
    Viewing and appraisal of others’ works at a final “show & tell” session.

    End of May
    Project plan completed
    Questionnaire and skill audit sent out to Team
    Finalise team
    1 Beginning June
    Hold introductory session(s) in Perth (and Albany)
    2 Week of 11/6
    Accessing YouTube and other video sites; Finding ESL sites; tweaking video sites with “mojiti”, “dotSUB”
    3 Week of 25/6
    Digital stories with Photostory3
    4 Week of 23/7
    Creating a YouTube account and uploading digital stories; exporting YouTube addresses
    5 Week of 13/8
    Consolidation and review
    6 Week of 27/8
    Using a digital camera to take movies; uploading the movies onto the computer
    7 Week of 10/9
    Editing and saving movies with MS MovieMaker
    8 Week of 24/9
    Enhancing movies with MS MovieMaker; Recording dialogues and adding them to your video
    9 Week of 15/10
    Exploiting your video
    10 Week of 29/10
    Review and Show & Tell Session

    Ongoing support and backup will be available.

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