To complete the week 2 was not as smooth as I expected because of some other unpredictable work. I went through each section and felt this course does not have as many comments from participants as the other two Blended learning courses. However, this doesn’t mean the course content is not well-organised. I am very grateful for the module providers and educators.
The key points of this week are digital content creation and collaboration in relation to the Digital Skills Framework.
We create/use digital content almost every day. It can be simple or sophisticated. I summarise a list of common skills and knowledge as follows.
|Digital Content Creation Skills||Knowledge on using technologies||Tools / Technologies|
|Create/edit/manage databases/content management systems|
We share digital content with others frequently. We can reuse numerous online digital content created by others too (see free digital resources below). Copyright of digital content is the crucial knowledge. It is vital for we to understand what is free licensed online content and how we use Creative Commons.
- clker (free clip images)
- Stock free images (free images)
- Pixabay (free images and videos)
- Wikimedia Commons (freely usable media files)
We use collaboration technologies widely too. It can be a group of people work on organise socialised activities, distant learners take a group work, researchers from different institutions co-write a book, or people undertake a project together. Many useful tools have been introduced in the course. Here I list a few.
- web conferencing and meeting tools (e.g., Adobe Connect, Webex and GotoMeeting, Skype, Google Hangouts, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, FaceTime) You can communicate online either one-to-one or in a group.
- Twitter hashtags (A way of organising a discussion around topic and allowing people to easily follow through twitter.)
- Diigo (A multi-tool for personal knowledge management. It supports many features such as bookmarking websites, tagging, creating your own library of online resources, highlighting text on web pages, and adding notes to web pages.)
- OneFile (An e-portfolio tool that records and manages work-based training.)
- Mahara (An open source ePortfolio and social networking web application.)
- PebblePad (An ePortfolio and personal learning platform, where learners can manage their own learning materials in the way suits their learning purposes.)
- Slack (A Teamwork tool that supports messaging, files management and sharing, video communications and more.)
- Trello (A project management tool that can be used as a personal to-do list, or as a collaborative online tool for sharing and planning how a group of people work together.)
For me, there are many good tools, but the key is not the tool itself as it always changes and develops according to people’s needs. We cannot use one technology to help learners achieve the expected learning outcomes. It’s necessary to trail different ways of using technologies and find the most useful features that the technology can support for the learning activity.