This week involves three suggested activities:
- creating and sharing a Blog post or VODCast discussing the constraints and benefits, technical knowledge, and deployment of learning technologies. Keep it succinct – 500 words blog post or 2-3min VODCast embedded in your blog. You could use: YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Clips (iOS) etc… to create and share the VODCast.
- Sharing a Digital Literacy mapping exercise. Create your own Visitor/Resident-Social/Professional map (#VandR cc @Daveowhite) of your use of online and social media tools, and share it via the G+ Community, and Twitter with the #cmaltcmooc and #VandR hashtags. You can see some examples from the 2017 participants at #VandR maps for #CMALTcMOOC . Reflect on how your map may look different to your students’!
- Exploring innovative pedagogies through a Google Plus Hangout discussion. See the Tips for Joining YouTube Live Hangouts to join the discussion this week online Thursday morning (due to Easter weekend).
“Operational Issues” is one of four required core elements of your CMALT portfolio. Create a Blog post or VODCast (Video PODCast) discussing the constraints and benefits, technical knowledge, and deployment of learning technologies, particularly within your own teaching context. Explore potential creative solutions to any of these constraints. Share your Blog post or VODCast using Twitter with the #cmaltcmooc hashtag, and link to your example reflection by adding the URL and description to the Project Bank for Week2 https://cmaltcmooc.mosomelt.org/type/2-operational-issues/by selecting “Submit Project” from the Project Bank main menu on our WordPress hub. For example: How might a V&R Map give you insights into the issues surrounding the use of social media in education?
From the CMALT Guidelines:
Core area 1: Operational issues
Candidates should demonstrate both their understanding and use of learning technology. “Use” might include the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching, the development, adoption or deployment of technology to support teaching, training or learning.
This should include evidence of three sub areas:
a) An understanding of the constraints and benefits of different technologies
You should show how you have used (or supported others to use) technology appropriately, given the constraints and benefits it provides within your context. This might include how you selected particular technologies to meet the specific needs of users (students or staff).
Evidence in support of such statements might include a brief commentary on the choices behind the development and use of learning technology that influence its fitness for purpose. (This might discuss issues as affordances of the technology, viability, sustainability, scalability, interoperability and value for money.) You may already have something like this in the form of a design outline, proposal, conference presentation or similar. You should include such existing documentation wherever it seems relevant. Alternatively, you might want to take this opportunity to find out more about a technology you have deployed and produce a report on its viability.
b) Technical knowledge and ability in the use of learning technology
You should show that you have used a range of learning technologies. These might include web pages, Virtual Learning Environments, Computer-Aided Assessment, blogs, wikis, mobile technology, e-books, programming languages and so on.
Guidelines for CMALT candidates and assessors
Evidence might include copies of certificates (originals not needed) from relevant training courses, screenshots of your work, a note from academic or support staff who have worked with you or, if appropriate, confirmation that the work is your own from your line manager.
c) Supporting the deployment of learning technologies
Statements about your involvement in supporting the deployment of learning technology might relate to providing technical and/or pedagogic support to teachers or learners, advising on (or re-designing to take account of) technical and usability issues, developing strategies or policies, managing change, providing training or other forms of professional development, securing or deploying dedicated funding and so on, all within the context of the educational use of learning technology.
For evidence, you might include the overview section of a strategy document, meeting minutes, summaries of student feedback, testimonials or witness statements from other colleagues.
Welcome to the #cmaltcmooc!
This first week involves setup and introductions – we hope you’ll join us on a journey of establishing (or enhancing) your online professional profile in teaching and learning and becoming part of the global #cmaltcmooc network of practitioners and researchers in the scholarship of technology enhanced learning (SOTEL).
After Signing Up for the cMOOC at https://cmaltcmooc.wordpress.com/contact
Introduce yourself by Creating a Contextual Statement:
Choose a social learning theory on which to develop a short statement of your understanding and approach to using learning technologies in education. Post this to your blog using the #cmaltcmooc hashtag. Explore how your contextual statement could be presented using a variety of embedded technologies – you could use a short video to introduce yourself and your teaching philosophy via Clips (iOS) or Instagram. A contextual statement is a critical element of a CMALT portfolio – it is not assessed, but must be included. You can do this quickly as a video reflection if you like – see some of the examples in the #CMALTcMOOC YouTube Playlist from 2017 for example: https://youtu.be/y8vH2Bh6Z4U.
Share your example of a Contextual Statement on the #CMALTcMOOC G+ Community and the Project Bank
Create a research biography and establish a profile on researchgate.net, link this profile into your WordPress blog.
Reflect upon this process on your WordPress blog.
From the CMALT Guidelines:
The portfolio should commence with a contextual statement – the kind of thing you might write in a cover letter for a job application. It should provide a concise biography, outlining your career history and current role(s), highlighting briefly the operational context in which you work or have worked, and reflecting on why you are submitting your portfolio for CMALT and how this relates to your future career aspirations. This section is not assessed, but can be very helpful for the assessors as they approach the rest of your portfolio.
For more info see the CMALT support page at https://www.alt.ac.uk/get-involved/certified-membership/cmalt-support
A good place to start planning your CMALT portfolio are the CMALT Guidelines:
A couple of good examples of CMALT Portfolios and contextual statements include:
And some tips from a CMALT journey: https://eastmidslt.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/cmalt-my-journey/
The first step is download the Google Hangouts App to your device or go to https://hangouts.google.com on your laptop/desktop. You will need to install the Hangouts plugin for your web browser on your laptop/desktop the first time – so do this well before the Hangout is due to start!
Hangouts On Air have three modes:
1. An interactive live discussion with up to 10 connections
2. A view only live stream of the discussion
3. A recorded view only of the Hangout archived on YouTube
The discussion invite URL will have the format:
The Moderator of the Hangout will send you this invite URL
The view only live stream or archive URL will have the format:
This will be available publicly once the Hangout On Air broadcast starts
To join a Hangout Live discussion you need an invitation from the creator of the Hangout – you should be sent an invitation that will popup either in the Hangouts App on your mobile device (if you are signed in with the same email as your G+ account) or via being signed in to the Web interface at https://hangouts.google.com
We will invite participants to join the Hangout discussion 5mins before starting the YouTube Live broadcast, so login to either the Hangouts App or the Hangouts web page early.
If you follow the creator of the YT Live Hangout you should get an automatic notification when the Hangout starts as well – My G+ name is +Thom Cochrane
If you simply click on the YouTube Live link for the Hangout you will be able to view the Hangout once the broadcast has started, but not join in the discussion directly – although we will enable the text comment feature of YT Live.
The #CMALTcMOOC Signup process provides participants with a set of communication and collaboration tools (an Ecology of Resources), including: Email, Twitter, Blog, Google+ Community.
We suggest you start by creating a GMail account if you do not already have one, by either going to http://gmail.com or downloading the GMail App for your mobile device.
By Downloading the mobile Apps for each of these tools you will have easy and quick access to them on your mobile device where ever you are, and the first time you run the Apps you will be guided through the setup of your accounts. So head to the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android) and download the following Apps:
- GMail – for receiving notifications and authenticating your social media accounts
- Twitter – for sharing your ideas and building a global network with #cmaltcmooc
- WordPress – for creating your eportfolio
- Google Plus (G+) – for sharing and discussing resources and issues related to CMALT
Once you have your accounts setup then you can submit the #CMALTcMOOC signup form at https://cmaltcmooc.wordpress.com/contact
Joining the SOTEL Research Cluster
The SOTEL (Scholarship Of Technology Enhanced Learning) research clusters are designed to provide a hub for academics to build a community of researchers and a showcase of their scholarly research into their teaching practice. We welcome participants from any discipline context to join us and form associated research cluster groups at http://sotel.nz
We officially launched the SOTEL Research Cluster Group at the inaugural SOTEL Symposium on 15th February at AUT South Campus. We hope you will put the SOTEL Symposium in your annual event calendar!
To join the SOTEL Research cluster:
Next find the Research Cluster Group that you would like to join on the Groups page http://sotel.nz/groups/
and choose ‘Join Group’. Each group will have 1-2 Admins/Moderators who can manage and modify the group settings.
We aim to hold monthly online chats and webinars for the SOTEL research cluster groups, and will be running the CMALT cMOOC and MOSOMELT cMOOC again soon in 2018 if you are interested in participating.
Note if you are planning on submitting your CMALT portfolio the next submission date for CMALT Portfolio accreditation is 1 June 2018. The CMALT cMOOC is designed to create a supportive community of people exploring and building their CMALT eportfolios. https://cmaltcmooc.wordpress.com
The MOSOMELT cMOOC is designed for participants to explore the potential of mobile social media in higher education http://mosomelt.wordpress.com