REVIVE workshop – supporting coexistance of VLEs and SoSo

I am currently involved in a European project called REVIVE. This is a transfer of innovation project funded by the Leonardo da Vinci Programme. Within this project my organisation is responsible for transferring the research results from the iCamp project to the REVIVE project partners (universities, adult aducation centre, chamber of commerce) in order to help them to up-date and improve selected e-learning courses offered at their institutions. Together with my two colleagues, Margit Hofer and Anna Danielewska-Tulecka, we conceptualised and delivered two-days F2F workshop for the project partners. The training was structured around 5 main pedagogical scenarios prepared by the partner institutions: (1) learning as an individual, (2) collaboration and collaborative writing, (3) reflection on content and critical thinking, (4) reflection on learning process, (5) communicating and discussing. For the training purpose we set up a separate course within ZSI Moodle installation. The Moodle platform was enriched with some latest developments from the iCamp project like ObjectSpot search engine and Feedback module for blogs. Each scenario was presented as a separate topic offering numerous interesting resources, practical examples, and useful tools. Also, for each scenario some application examples from the iCamp trials were introduced, discussed and presented in the VIVE blog. It was the first time that we used a blog as one of the presentation tools.

During the workshop, the participants had access to and were encouraged to try out various social software tools (i.e. rss reader, social bookmarking tools, wiki, blogs, e-portfolio). To facilitate further exploration of tools after the workshop, all patricipants received a handbook from the iCamp project: “How to use Social Software in Higher Education”, where I am one of the contributors.

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What we aimed for with our workshop design (combination of 3 major elements: F2F, Moodle, Social Software) was to show that it is possible to design courses in which VLE and SoSo complement each other. In two weeks time I am travelling to the project meeting in Castellon in Spain, where some of the “revived” courses will be presented. I am really curious about the designs.

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