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This module looks at navigating online content to search for and find useful content. It looks at using searches, hyperlinks, menus and other navigation elements to locate required information. This will include how to retain and save useful links to content for future use or for reference. Users...
To develop your understanding, skills and confidence to teach competencies in Dealing with technical problems from the Using devices and handling information skills area of the National Standards for Essential Digital Skills (2019).
The module looks at the use of technology to tailor content to meet the needs of a range of sensory, linguistic and cultural barriers.
This can lead to better learner retention and outcomes and greatly improved learner engagement and experience.
This module will look at what is meant by mobile learning. It will illustrate some of the teaching and learning opportunities that mobile phones, tablets, and small laptops can bring.
Ownership of smart devices amongst the under-50s in the UK is nearing 100%, with increasing use for a widening...
Active learning can make a measurable improvement to learning outcomes. It’s been shown to be more effective for all learners including SEND learners.
This module looks at the elements of successful active learning and the role that digital technology can play.
This module looks at the practical issues of how to build synchronous online learning into a balanced programme of online and face-to-face learning.
It examines the challenges of real-time online activity (technical, social and personal) and things you can do to ensure that learner experience...
Synchronised working uses technology to deliver learning normally done in a classroom or workshop, without having to be physically present in the room.
Learners can observe and take notes, but also engage with the teacher and fellow students.
All the benefits of working together,...
Digital technologies have a particular value in their ability to be shared over distance and then viewed and worked on at different times.
This allows content and resources to be adapted, improved, questioned, have examples added, have gaps and other incompletions filled, and so on, completed...
Hashtags have become one of the most useful ways of finding and contributing to communities of practice.
This module looks at what they are, how to use them and some sector groups clustered around particular hashtags.
Digital note-taking tools exist to cover all of the situations when what you need is a platform for informal rough working: planning, preparing and structuring a task; making sketches and diagrams.
They are the digital equivalents of the back of an envelope or a blank sheet of paper, but they...
The non-profit Creative Commons (CC) organisation was set up to make it easy to share and use creative content online. Licensing is simple and free on the organisation’s website. This module looks at Creative Commons as a method of copyrighting work and the advantages for users and authors...
The culture that we grow up and live in can influence the way we prefer to communicate.
This module looks at how we can draw on this rich diversity to improve the learning experience for all.
This module looks at the knowledge and skills you need in order to teach Protecting devices and data at Level 1.
This module looks at the known risks of prolonged physical inactivity in using technology and the possible psychological risks that can also occur in some forms of interaction. It also looks at how these can be mitigated or removed.
Many learners come into education with confidence in front of a computer that disguises a patchy skills profile that does not add up to digital literacy.This module looks at the difference between being tech-savvy and digitally literate and its implications for teaching and learning.
Many problems can be examined and innovative solutions implemented by the creativity of individual teachers and teaching groups.
This module follows on from and extends the example and analysis introduced in Identifying the Need for Change and leads into Identifying and Assessing...
This module looks at the range of innovation from individuals to whole organisations. It also looks at how to recognise the signs that it is time to change.
This module is part of a linked group with Innovation: 'Review process and practice' and 'Identifying and assessing...
This module follows business tutor Alicja and her colleagues as they apply the innovation matrix and the SAMR model to find innovative ways to deal with the problems that emerged in the module Innovation and the need for change. It looks at the goals and issues that were identified when they...
This module looks at the importance of respecting the intellectual property rights of others by role modelling behaviour and rethinking the way we approach teaching and assessment activities.
Active learning can deliver significant benefits in terms of improved learning outcomes and learner experience.
This module looks at the coordination of skills, resources, planning and organisation that is required to design successful active learning and empower teachers to deliver it.
Technology makes meaningful personalisation a practical reality.
Assistive technology, with materials and resources designed for accessibility and inclusion provides the essential foundations to support learners with a disability or learning disadvantage.
This module looks at the ways in...
This module looks at how identify situations where personal information may be stored securely on personal devices as
well as online. It includes how to manage the movement of persona data in a secure way and the use of simple methods to protect personal information and privacy.
This module looks at the knowledge and skills you need in order to teach Being responsible online. The first chapter deals with behaviour that is socially inappropriate and how to protect yourself from it. The second chapter focuses on behaviours that are illegal and how to stay within the law.
An increasingly important definition views learning as a change in long-term memory. Theories of effective teaching and learning focus on enabling the progressive acquisition of knowledge by learners.
This module looks at Barak Rosenshine’s widely used Principles of Instruction. They...
A useful definition of Blended Learning is the “combination of face-to-face learning and dynamic digital activities and content that facilitate anytime/anyplace learning.” (Jisc, 2017).
This module follows on from the New forms and formats for face-to-face learning module and looks...
This module is the first of a pair, with the New forms and formats for Blended Learning module following on.
This module looks at how changes in pedagogical thinking and our understanding of learning give the opportunity to renew the way we use technology in face-to-face learning.
The best basis for improving practice is evidence from research. This often just confirms our own experience.
This module looks at metacognitive strategies and considers how technology might support their introduction into learning.
This module looks at ways to deal with technical problems that emerge while teaching.
Technical problems can happen at awkward moments in a session. There are some quick and simple ways to try to resolve them, but if these don’t work then teachers can turn the situation into pedagogical...
Knowing how to choose the right tool or app for a task is a key skill for life and work. It requires more than understanding the broad purpose and technical capabilities of tools and packages. It calls on a learner’s ability to analyse a problem, plan an activity, monitor progress and...
Homework traditionally follows classwork: a teacher introduces the subject matter then homework reinforces the learning.
Now that facts and information are just a quick search away, learners need to know more than ever how to evaluate, understand and apply information.
Confidence in your digital practice comes from success: success in improving your teaching and learning rather than being good with gadgets.
This requires the capacity for personal critical reflection and a means to share what you did with colleagues, at your workplace and in wider...
This module explores the range of accessibility assistance, from common mainstream software, apps and tools, through to the specialist or bespoke technology for complex individual needs, and its implications for teaching and learning practice.
Peer assessment happens when learners find inspiration and insight in the ideas, suggestions, criticisms, contributions and thoughts of other learners, relative to their own contributions. As a result, learners can refine actions, comments and contributions to make their own learning and work...
Computer-based tests and digital media are widely used in formative assessment.
This module looks at their use for enhancing low stakes summative assessment activities, where the goal is to test and confirm that a learner has completed a block of work, and for programmes such as NVQ, where...
Polling tools have stretched far beyond their original function of carrying out surveys and reporting results.
Anyone who bought goods or services online will have encountered them; they underpin user satisfaction reporting across the board in the burgeoning online retail market, from...
Quizzes have long been recognised as a useful method to test learners' knowledge and check their understanding, but they offer more than that.
Their effectiveness lies in their ability to be accessed when learners want to check learning and can be repeated as often as leaners want,...
An e-portfolio is an online repository, belonging to and managed by the owner. It's a personal technology rather than shared, like a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
It contains artefacts added by the owner that are curated, arranged and presented, either in their own right or as...
Using videos, structured sets of annotated still images and sound recordings can be a great way to provide feedback.
This is particularly true when the work you are assessing is an event or performance of a task: when you want to know how well an apprentice changed a washer, not how well they...
Feedback response times are a critical lever for improving learner engagement and success. This module looks at how technology can support improved assessment and feedback methodologies and interventions, to lower turnaround time.
Technology-based assessment has become increasingly sophisticated in the design of tests. This is through automating the collection, and the immediacy of the presentation, of the results.
Written text remains the most common way of providing feedback to learners on their outcomes and performance in assessment.
Many digital tools are now available for creating and delivering written feedback in different formats and media, annotating, overwriting, converting speech to text,...
Taking photos, making videos and creating sound recordings is easy work for anyone with access to a smartphone or tablet.
Once captured, image, video and audio files can be easily uploaded and stored online, edited, mixed with other evidence, shared for assessment and annotated for feedback....
A portfolio is the best method for storing and organising anything and everything needed to demonstrate and narrate a tutor's Professional Learning and Development (PLD).
The personal nature of an e-portfolio ensures privacy and brings with it the benefit of it being online and shareable...
Most professionals now use online media to find training resources to resolve Personal Learning and Development (PLD) needs.
This could be keeping up to date with the latest development in your subject, or to further your teaching skills development.
Professional and social media can be...
An e-portfolio allows you to gather together in one place a record of your PLD and evidence of achievement.
It can host different forms of evidence such as sound and video files, as well as whole presentations, URL links and other resources.
You can see and hear as well as read about what...
Whenever people with a common interest have an identified online place, forum or method to connect with peers and discuss issues of common interest, we can say that a community of practice exists.
This module explores where communities for supporting online practice might be found and how you...
Each time we contribute to the web, in public spaces and in private spaces we share, we leave a trail for others to find.
The modules Digital well-being for all (Part 1) and Digital well-being for all (Part 2) explored how this is done and how we might manage it for the best outcomes.
Our online identities are the keys that unlock personal, social and commercial accounts and transactions.
They create portraits of ourselves that others can access and by which they will judge us - as friends, colleagues, and potential employees.
We explored the importance of a digital...
When we go online we build up, piece by piece, online identities that can have positive and negative outcomes for our well-being, our sense of self-worth and for our future prospects, all based on how others react and respond to our activity. Each time we contribute to the web, we add to an...
Many public and private sector organisations' websites contain dedicated educational content around their particular area of interest, industry or product range. This module looks at the opportunities and benefits of using them in learning.
This module looks at how to overcome or find ways around some of the technical compatibility issues you can encounter when searching for resources on the web to use with learners.
The web is awash with sources of information and resources to support teaching and learning.
This module looks at ways to organise your search practice.
This module looks at what is meant by future-proofing content, why it is necessary and why it is increasingly important.
The principles and practice of future-proofing content together with some simple techniques are examined in the paired module Principles and practice of future proofing...
This module looks at adapting and editing existing learning materials, your own or resources you found online, for a different learning purpose.
Creating new resources from old can extend the life of learning materials and is a time-efficient approach to meeting the needs of different learners.
This module looks at how to combine and mix existing resources to create more relevent content for learning.
It examines how this can be used to enhance the development of your pedagogical practice with EdTech.
It follows on from the module Creating content: adapting and editing.
Search engines will present you with online content for just about any subject, much of it free to use; presentations, videos, images, quizzes and more.
But often there is so much to choose from - where do you start?
This module looks at how you can make your searches for subject-specific...
Teaching and learning quality policies often refer to the importance of high-quality resources and content. But what does that mean and who should judge it?
This module looks at the issues involved in making these decisions.
This module looks at how to deliver the best outcomes from systematic and professional searches for suitable resources.
This will include balancing the challenges of credibility, reliability, usability and suitability when assessing the worth of found resources and taking into account what...
This module looks at how you can lead the collaborative creation of complex content covering a number of subject areas and involving several colleagues.
It follows on from two preceding modules:
- Creating content: adapting and editing.
- Creating content: combining and mixing.
This module shows you how to design learning resources from the outset to enable quick, easy and effective updating when the future brings significant change.
It follows on from the paired module Future Proofing content - what does it mean.
Wellbeing refers to our sense of self and our ability to live our lives as closely as possible to the way we want to. Digital wellbeing describes the contribution of technology to wellbeing and includes home working and remote learning, but there are potential risks to wellbeing in using technology.
Remote working from home takes place beyond the reach of the reassuring formal structures and patterns of teaching and learning and the professional and social interaction with colleagues and learners that goes with it.
Using technology well in supporting remote learning can maintain most learning activity affected in closing the physical classroom. Some subjects, such as: joinery painting and hairdressing are harder to replace, especially, those that are lab or workshop based or programmes such as counselling...
This module is related to the Effective teaching and learning online module because supporting learning is a feature of effective TLA. With online learning, similar to learners in traditional content, support is needed to ensure learners can be successful.
It is difficult for teachers to maintain effective oversight of learning activity during remote online working. Records of learner logins can’t show if a learner was engaged in learning and making progress, or even physically present at a device.
Synchronous learning occurs when the teacher and learners are present in real time. Meeting face-to-face remains central to most statutory and higher education. Asynchronous learning allows learners to choose the time and place at which they learn. It depends on access to resources rather to a...