Project update

Chrissie (my Manager) has asked for a project update so I’ll post it here and give her a paper copy as well.

Yesterday I resorted to pen and paper to chart the development of the courses on the wiki. One thing you do not get to see easily from a wiki page is the whole picture behind the wiki page and you can forget what links where and which resources and activities are where. So I now have a large A3 sized map of all the pages I have created on wikieducator. About 40 pages so far. These pages consist of a module or unit standard outline, pages of resources and pages of activities. I have created four separate courses; Peer tutoring, Develop skills for tertiary study, Improving your Literacy and Improving your Numeracy. The Peer tutoring course will run next semester. The Develop skills for tertiary study course is essentially a self help course made up of directions to notes and exercises in websites on academic writing and study skills . This course may either be self paced or directed in which case it could earn credits for the student.

As for the Learning Centre web site, the work we did last year on the website has disappeared and the online booking system and the virtual Learning Centre interface are still in limbo. I am still waiting for the job I logged in May to be actioned by the web development team. I tried to progress this job mid June by asking for a File Server at the very least but still no action there. I have just added another comment to this job to try and get some action. Until I have a platform to show academic staff I am reluctant to consult widely with OP staff about online support for students.

I and a couple of my colleagues at Otago Polytechnic have continued to search and evaluate existing web resources and these are being tagged to delicious under adulted-tekotago or learningcentre-tekotago or Peertutoring-tekotago and also incorporated into the courses on wikieducator. The Tertiary study skills course on the wiki can continue to be developed and when the web page has been created the idea is to transfer most of it over. I hope this will work.

As far as other attempts at providing support to our distant students, we are still resorting to paying literacy and numeracy tutors in other parts of the country to support our students (only one). All Learning Centre staff need to have Elluminate training and students studying in distant parts need to be shown how to use it too. The problem still mainly only exists in the Vet Nursing course.

I am not sure whether the LC should have a Blackboard course or not? Leigh Blackall who is the EDC Programme Developer for this project has not been encouraging me to use this platform as he has a preference for open courseware. Unless there are reasons I’m not aware of I don’t see the need to duplicate the work in two systems.

So far there has been no collaboration with TANZ or ITPNZ partners – I sent an email to members of ATLAANZ when I started this blog and the wiki and received a response from one member, other than that one communication I have been working alone. This does not include the wikieducator community which is supportive and encouraging.

I was able to direct one OP staff member (who teaches an online course) to the OIL modules which she was not aware of (though most of her students should have been because another lecturer on this course used them). She was looking for resources for researching and writing skills.

So to recap:

Website – virtually no progress,

EFTS Generating Short Courses – considerable progress, but still need to meet with Chrissie to discuss how Develop skills for tertiary study, Improving your Literacy and Improving your Numeracy will be delivered to students.

Customising OIL modules- One has been customised for Foundation Level students. by Wendy Ritson-Jones.

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