REVIVE workshop at the EDEN 2010 conference

This year’s EDEN conference takes place in Valencia in Spain, the city that I truly fell in love with last summer.  It is a fascinating city full of life, cultural heritage, beautiful beaches and green parks, tasty olives and sardines, and awe-inspiring Santiagio Calatrava’s architecture.

But telling you about the city is not the reason I am writing this post. If you are planning to participate in the EDEN 2010 conference I would like to draw your attention to a workshop which is going to be organised by the REVIVE project consortium.

If you are interested in social software and how it can be used in vocational education & training and higher education institutions, if you are looking into Personal Learning Environments and how they can help you and/or your students to put some structure into the unstructured world of social networks, learning tools, and educational resources, than you really shouldn’t miss our workshop. The workshop will address the following issues:

  • How have learning and teaching strategies at vocational education & training (VET) and higher education (HE) institutions changed since the advent of new learning tools and Personal Learning Environments (PLE)? How can success stories be identified?
  • What challenges do teachers and trainers, as well as curriculum authors face in relation to this shift in learning and teaching tools?
  • What key competences teachers and learners require and develop when learning with social software, new learning tools and Personal Learning Environments?

You will listen to some short introductory presentations, you will work in groups, express your ideas, listen to the ideas of others, discuss, comment, present the results… and first of all, you will meet researches, teachers, students, and course designers from different institutions all over the world who are interested in the same things that you are. I hope to see you there!

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.