Inclusive learning and teaching environments course – week 2

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This week, we had overwhelming information on the topic – how we can develop inclusive learning and teaching environments.

First, we need university-wide strategies and disability policies that help staff to understand the Equality Act 2010 or relevant Disability Act requirements and guide staff to realise and change mechanisms to support disabled students. These are two examples of Cornell University and University of Plymouth which show how they have suggested staff to foster inclusive teaching and learning environments. I think the checklist for inclusive teaching (from University of Playmouth) is particularly useful. It should be a part of the baseline (or sometimes called minimum standards) for VLE and relevant learning technologies in supporting online activities. It should guide not only the academic staff but also all support/professional staff.

Second, can technology helps? Yes, but we need to know limits of a technology, policies supporting disabled students, and teaching approaches. For example, the following statement is on a list of suggested good practice of communication in an inclusive way. It shows technology is not the first solution, we need to change our approaches before use a technology.

Notes or slides uploaded to a content management system or virtual learning environment 48 hours before the event.” (section 2.2)

Then we discussed the use of technologies such as lecture capture, presentations, note taking, TTSe-books, e-journals and students support.

So how about supporting students in different subjects such as STEM, Arts or Architecture? Think about the learners who are with mobility limits, hearing impairment, colour-blinded, or dyslexia, how assistive technology can support them in undertaking reading, assignment, writing, typing, or presenting? Through a few real learner cases, we discussed what should improve, what technologies can be used and what resource formats creators need to generate. My immediate taking includes:

Timely, the latest Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as a route to Excellence guide identified 5 risks of adopting a strategic approach to reasonable
adjustments and what possible mitigating actions the HEP can take
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Resources for us to understand inclusive teaching and learning:

Tools for supporting inclusive teaching and learning:

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Blended Learning Course week 1

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I decided to learn more about blended learning, so started the MOOC “Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started” run by the University of Leeds. Taking MOOC is a great way for me to reflect on what I know and refresh my knowledge. It does take time, but it provides an opportunity for me to learn the topic systematically for free. Many thanks for the course creators.

After the first week, I think my view about blended learning changed a bit. It seems technology has an important role in this type of learning. Nowadays technologies become more developed for people to use, so why not adopt some to enhance teaching methods and learning opportunities?

I wonder if taking the MOOC is blended learning? It may not as the course does not have face-to-face sessions. However, from the point of using technologies to facilitate learning, it does use technologies to blended different methods and enables learning.

We have looked at five benefits of blended learning – flexibility, active learning, personalisation, learner control, and feedback. We have discussed the issues encountered in learning and the benefits that blended learning can resolve. We have reviewed a few case studies of blended learning and share views about them. I like this week learning particularly on aspects as follows:

The Internet Show 2012

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The Internet Show Asia is the region’s only internet event that brings together Big, Medium and Small business, all eager to find new ways of doing internet business.

Over 50 free seminars on digital marketing, social networking, e-commerce, content management, and more.

5 conferences featuring senior-level executives from the top Asian brands and successful case-studies:

  • Digital Advertising World Asia Conference 2012
  • Social Media World Asia Conference 2012
  • SME Internet Summit 2012
  • Content Management World Asia Conference 2012
  • Cloud computing World Asia Conference 2012

Venue: Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore

Date: 25 – 27 April 2012

AEP Awards 2011 winners & AEP Conference: Publishing 3.0

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For more than four decades the AEP Awards have honored outstanding resources for teaching and learning. One of the largest and longest-running awards programs for educational products, the AEP Awards aim to:

  • identify products that exemplify the highest standards of professional, quality educational content,
  • give credit and recognition to the organizations who are leading the way in this field, and
  • set benchmarks to which the rest of the industry can aspire.

AEP Award winners are honored in June at the Annual AEP Conference (This year’s topic is Content in Context 2011: Publishing 3.0) in Washington, DC. Beacon winners receive their framed certificates during the Beacon Luncheon; DAA and Golden Lamp winners are honored at the black tie-optional AEP Awards Banquet & Gala.

A defination of Web 3.0

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Came across this video about Web 3.0 on Vimeo by Kate Ray, explains what is the idea of Semantic Web and its arguments.