Monday, September 22, 2014

Common Concerns and Strategies for Transitioning to Online Teaching

As part of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning's national seminar series, Larry Ragan of Penn State University delivered a webinar on Thursday 18th September, 2014.

The recording of this excellent presentation is available here:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Broadcasting our e-Learning Symposium (Jan 16th, 2014)

Institute of Technology Sligo is broadcasting its annual e-Learning Symposium on Jan the 16th, 2014 via Adobe Connect.  Of note are the 2 keynote presentations, the first at 10.45am and the second at 3.15pm.  you can get access instructions for the whole event by registering for one of the 2 keynotes on Eventbrite:

Keynote 1: Online Tutorials - Capturing, Coding and Sharing Professional Practice

This keynote, starting at 10.45am (UK/Ireland) will be presented at the IT Sligo On-line Learning Symposium and simultaneously broadcast using Adobe Connect.

In his talk Michael Hallissy will share his experiences of leading online tutorials with the Masters of Arts in Teaching and Learning (MATL) programme within Hibernia College. Michael has recently completed his doctoral thesis on this topic where he analysed the range of interactions that took place between lectures and learners online. He developed a coding scheme and an accompanying process that enables lectures to capture their practice and to share it with colleagues so that they can improve their professional knowledge and practice. Michael will share some practical suggestions for faculty on how to ensure their tutorials or live teaching sessions are engaging for their learners

Recording of Michael Hallisy's presentation

Keynote 2: Stanford University iLabs - Professor Lambertus Hesselink (Stanford)

This keynote, starting at 3.15pm (UK/Ireland) will be presented at the IT Sligo On-line Learning Symposium and simultaneously broadcast using Adobe Connect.

Professor Hesselink’s group focuses its research on fundamental processes related to laser-matter interaction with novel applications in telecom technology. - He is also the developer of iLabs a Virtual Laboratory facility. The virtual labs are Hesselink's latest effort to bring advanced laboratories to the masses online, an approach he pioneered in 1996. That first version included several then-new features, such as remote control and scheduling of the lab, chat, faculty support and an electronic notebook. The most recent "lab in a box" generation of iLabs involved automated hardware that students could access through the Internet and control remotely from anywhere in the world. The labs took up only a few cubic feet of space, which significantly lowered operating costs compared to traditional setups.

See Boston Globe feature:

Recording of Professor Hesselink's presentation

Some other Presentations from the Symposium

Kevin Collins - WIRIS Maths Tool for Moodle

Padraig McGourty - Mobile Learning

Paul Dervan - Increasing class student engagement using Socrative (free student response system)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Competencies for Online Teaching Success

As part of a collaboration with the Irish Learning Technology Association we have just recorded a webinar from Larry Ragan of Penn State on some comparison of research from two projects: "Competency for Online teaching Success" and "Quality of online Instruction".  It was an excellent presentation for anyone interested in Staff Development of online or blended learning.  You can view the recording here:

Monday, April 30, 2012

Open Badges and Learning: A Disruptive Technology for Education and Accreditation?

Webinar: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

Kyle Peck
Dr. Kyle L. Peck, Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Kyle L. Peck is Principal Investigator for the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project, and Research Fellow, and Professor of Education at Penn State University. He recently served as Director of the Regional Educational Lab for the mid-Atlantic region for the US Department of Education, Co-Director of the Classrooms for the Future Evaluation Project for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and as Associate Dean for Research, Outreach, and Technology in Penn State’s College of Education. Kyle was also Co-Founder of the innovative "Centre Learning Community Charter School," and recently completed two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). He is a Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and its Pennsylvania affiliate, PAECT, and has also served as Head of the Learning and Performance Systems Department, and Professor in Charge of the Instructional Systems Program at Penn State. Before coming to Penn State, Dr. Peck taught middle school for seven years, and was involved in corporate training for five years. He has been on the Penn State faculty since 1987, and is co-author of two books, more than 40 book chapters and journal articles, and four education-related software programs. He is a popular speaker, and has made more than 260 presentations at professional conferences in 10 countries.

According to some, there's a "badging movement" underway that has the potential to change the landscape of education. Learners will be accumulating "digital badges" that are not just icons representing something they have learned or mastered, but active links back to the criteria for earning the badge and perhaps the tool used to make the assessment and the work, project, or performance submitted as evidence. Funded by the MacArthur foundation and developed by Mozilla (the open source folks who brought you Firefox and the Mozilla browser before that), an infrastructure is under construction that will support badge issuers, badge earners and badge displayers, which will likely include FaceBook, Linked In, and other public places where badges can be displayed and "clickable." Will established institutions of higher learning be willing and able to compete with other providers who are showing how solid their assessments are and providing evidence that their badge earners can perform? Will established reputations for quality crumble when criteria and assessments are public? How might this affect accreditation? Will there be standard badges representing important skills and people or organizations accredited to assess and award each? Who knows? The future seems hard to predict, but we should have a lively conversation about the possibilities.
The recording is available here:
Powerpoint slides

Please feel free to use this blog to submit questions and comments before or after the event.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Virtual worlds, real learning" 

Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

James Corbett, MissionV This webinar will look at the results of a virtual worlds programme involving 20 Irish primary schools and supported by the National Centre for Technology in Education.

In November 2011, MissionV ran a Science Week event in association with Discover Science & Engineering where each of the 20 schools on the programme developed chemistry themed projects and exhibited them in a massive virtual expo centre. MissionV has also partnered with Dublin City University (DCU) Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) in Ireland to run part of its Access programme. CTYI is using the platform as a virtual school with tutors based in DCU teaching children in number of northside schools entirely through the online environment.

James Corbett

James Corbett graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Computer Engineering and went on to work for the multinationals Apple, Motorola and Analog Devices. With 15 years experience in the IT industry James co-founded MissionV Education in early 2011 along with partner Margaret Keane. James acted as technical adviser to Gaelscoil O'Doghair in Co. Limerick where he introduced virtual worlds as a learning platform. 
Having received seed funding from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and the support of the NCTE, MissionV is now running a virtual worlds learning programme for 20 primary schools around Ireland. It has also partnered with DCU CTYI to run part of its Access programme. 

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You can follow James and Margaret on Twitter @MissionVHQ or

The recording of this event is available at:

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What's Right? An Overview of copyright and clearance guidelines

"What's Right? An Overview of copyright and clearance guidelines".
Friday December 9th, 1pm-2pm (GMT)
David Jennings, University College Dublin
This webinar provides an introduction to copyright in the area of e-learning and how one may assert their own rights. It will highlight a series of steps one may take to assure teaching materials are appropriately cleared (in respect of copyright) before use. It will conclude by presenting the creative commons licence suite and how these may be used to support an individual's rights. 

David JenningsDavid Jennings is a lecturer in UCD Teaching and Learning. He is the local National Digital Learning Repository (NDLR) co-ordinator, and has worked on the project from its inception, in particular on the licencing programme.

The recording is now available here:
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Effective elearning Design – Catherine Kane, TCD

Webinar: Effective elearning Design – Catherine Kane, TCD
Friday, December 2nd, 1pm - 2pm (GMT)
An introduction to elearning covering principles of instructional design  - Topics: Web Based e-Learning, Problems with e-Learning, Planning e-Learning, What is Instructional Design, Delivery methods and approaches and Evaluation

Catherine Kane
 Catherine is a senior instructional designer at Trinity College Dublin where she delivers workshops on all aspects of eLearning. 

Feel free to comment or ask questions on this event below before or after the event.