Was it a coincidence that February’s T.E.L.L. session, “Spreading Stories with Social Media” was so aptly named? I think not! We had the pleasure last week of participating in Tori Klassens webinar which covered the revised strategy and design of the BCcampus website.
Tori explained that she had inherited an over built website with many
content areas (12) that needed to be updated regularly, a group of stakeholders that could not easily identify what the institution did, and many of the users (mostly students) that were actually looki ng for the Apply BC website, however unsuccessful those attempts may have been. Of course at the time she was given this task she was expected to do address these challenges with a team of one!
“Talk to the users”
Her first step was to put together a team and begin gathering data and talking to the users. She ran them through some basic ‘usability tests’ which mostly involves giving users a task, in this case, to find the Open Educational Resources on the site and then observing their experience. Tori remarked how illuminating this was in terms of identifying problems which I can certainly attest to. From this came the basis for the new design.
“The story of BCcampus”
Next was the content strategy. The BCcampus team decided to “tell the stories of the stakeholders”. Rather than brag about their own successes, why not share some of the success stories that others in their network were having? As Tori put it,
“If you want to be interesting, be interested in others.”
Which drove the overall style of the posts and allowed for a model to choose stories from a wide a pool of stakeholders as possible. The schedule for the newsletter publication worked out to every 3 weeks from which they would draw on the best blog posts to include. The posts themselves were budgeted up to 4 hours per post including research to ensure each story was rich in detail and appropriate media.
Today, BCcampus is delivering a responsive, story driven website. There is continued dialogue with users keeping potential problems at bay, and renewed input from stakeholders so all can see themselves as part of the BCcampus community.
Title: Designing a Multi-device Moodle Course Site: A Case Study
When: 12 Noon (PST) Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Where: T.E.L.L. sessions are held in the ETUG Blackboard Collaborate Room
Who: Paul Hibbitts
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Hello, I’m Melissa Jakubec and I’m an instructional designer for Thompson Rivers University’s Open Learning Division. I’m also the Provost’s Fellow for Blended and Innovative Learning at TRU. In these roles, I work with subject matter experts to create blended and fully online courses. TRU is a dual-more institution with 13,170 on campus students and 11,794 enrolled in Open Learning. Distance education plays an important role at TRU. In addition to our Kamloops campus, we also have a satellite campus in Williams Lake. Both Blackboard and Moodle are used on campus, with Open Learning relying on Blackboard while offering some courses through WordPress.
We have our own installation of WordPress, as well as a new TRU wiki. Brian Lamb, Director of Innovation, is working to expand the use of both on campus amongst our faculty. Brian is also looking to identify other institutions in BC that are interested in using open platforms such as WordPress and wikis. A set of discussions to identify use cases and consider collaborative approaches to supporting these tools are forthcoming. If you have not been contacted and wish to participate, please be in touch with Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are also one of the founding partners of the OERu and hosted their meeting last November.
We are looking forward to hosting the CNIE conference this May. Our theme is Confluences: Spaces, Places and Cultures for Innovative Learning. The Call for Proposals just closed and we are excited by the number and quality of submissions received. We have some wonderful keynotes lined up – Audrey Watters, Nancy White, Richard Wagamese and Brian Lamb – as well as some intriguing and practical pre-conference sessions. The conference will include a unique Kamloops experience – a “Hoot and Howl” excursion to McQueen Lake, hosted by our very own Dean of Science Tom Dickinson and a First Nations Elder. For more information, check out our website at http://www.tru.ca/distance/cnie.html
Call for Proposals for the ETUG Spring 2014 Workshop
“20/20: Reflecting on the Past; Looking to the Future”
Langara College, Vancouver, BC June 12 – 13, (Thurs. & Fri.; pub night Wed. Jun 11)
Deadline for Proposals: Monday, March 31st, 2014
We welcome proposals from faculty, staff and students to facilitate a session at this year’s ETUG Spring Workshop! Read More
Institution: Royal Roads University
Contributor: Amanda Coolidge, RRU
I work in the Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC where my job title is instructional designer. But its misnomer, I don’t design instruction – I work with faculty to develop learning experiences that are engaging and student centred whenever possible. I’ve also started teaching in the classroom again, after 10 years away. It’s both exhilarating and challenging to work with millennial learners who have grown up with the internet. It is such a privilege to be in a situation where I can put the research I’ve been reading about on social media and project-based learning into practice.
How long have you been involved in teaching and learning and educational technology?
This is my 29th year working in post-sec education – I landed a temp faculty gig at Capilano College in 1985 and stayed for 20 years. I’ve worked as an instructor, program director, media producer, course developer, photographer…..all within the education realm.
I’ve been using technology since my undergrad at Ryerson, where I learnt how to program multi-image shows and was introduced to Telidon. I lived the analog to digital transformation and am now captivated by the potentials of social networks and web2.0 tools.
What’s one thing you really love about the work you do?
Making a difference – seeing the “aha” moment happen for faculty and students.
How long have you been a member of ETUG?
Informally, since the beginning in ’94.
What do you like best about this community and its activities?
Lively discussions and willingness to share ideas and experiences are some of the features for me. I learn a lot from the workshops – it’s also a great way to meet up with former students and other folks I haven’t seen in years.
Do you have a favorite ETUG memory?
Spring workshop Merritt – the singing Elvises. Nancy Randall, Tracy Kelly and I opened & closed our workshop on authentic assessment by performing an Elvis number – sadly no one was taping at the time.
What would you like ETUG to provide more of in terms of benefits/value to members?
Mentoring…maybe a more formal mentoring network that would go beyond the connections people make at workshops and in online sessions.
David Try is the coordinator of business administration at Northwest Community College at the Terrace Campus. He attended his first ETUG in the spring of 2012 and is now the newest member of our ETUG steering committee.
Asked about the benefits and value of being a member of ETUC, David says that:
“As a small northern college, we have no course designers or even collective experience with online education. My interest is in broadcasting live, (& recorded), paperless lectures which can reach the single student in Haida Gwaii! The opportunity to spend time with more experienced people is wonderful” Read More
Hold the dates of June 12 and 13, 2014 for our Spring Workshop as ETUG celebrates its 20th anniversary at Langara College. The Call for Proposals will be coming soon and registration will open in March 2014. Fees are $130 (plus applicable taxes) for 2 fabulous days of learning and networking.
If you are new to ETUG, check out the resources from past workshops to get a sense of what they are all about. Hope to see you there!
We’ll kick off with our pub night on Wednesday June 11th – location to be announced!
Our first T.e.l.l. session of the year was launched by Krista Lambert, Coordinator, Student & Faculty Development with the Technology-Enabled Learning and Teaching Centre or TELT at the JIBC. She’s also a member of our Steering Committee! Krista shared a very enjoyable session covering the ideas and planning behind the JIBC DemoFest which was held in November and showcased educational technology projects across the Institute.
With excellent photos, a short video, and Powtoon, Krista’s shared a great story and resources developed for the JIBC DemoFest. She walked us through the various stages of the planning and how they motivated faculty interest and involvement. A promotional video with an overview of the resulting DemoFest projects was created to pump up excitement about the event and worked very well in helping to get great participation numbers. The photos of the DemoFest show people having a great time and engaged in conversation. Krista’s session also covered the following topics on JIBC DemoFest:
- choice of space
- communication with faculty (showcase entrants)
- participant guide and resources
- promotion of event
- setting the showcase DemoFest ambiance
- prizes and participant incentives
- voting on showcase participants
- promotion and participation
- feedback survey
- lessons learned
Since the JIBC DemoFest was so well-received, there is already talk among participants about doing it again next year. Congrats on that! And thanks for sharing Krista and TELT JIBC!
Our planning day reminded the SCETUG committee that ETUG’s strength and spirit of innovation comes from it’s membership. Share your thoughts–a sentence or two will do!– in the ETUG community space in SCoPE (Go to the General Forum):
- What’s one really great thing that your institution has been doing this past year?
- What themes or ideas would you like to explore at the next ETUG workshop?
- How we should celebrate and mark ETUG’s 20th anniversary?
ETUGgers who respond will have their names entered in a draw for a prize! Details are posted in the ETUG community space.