This weeks suggested activity includes a Blog post or VODCast discussing legislation, policies and standards, and exploring the wider impact of alternative research metrics Altmetrics and the Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning SOTEL.
We will discuss these issues in our weekly Friday Webinar.
Create and share via the Project Bank a Blog post as an embedded audio PODCast or VODCast (Video PODCast) discussing legislation, policies and standards that impact upon the use of educational technologies.
Comment and provide feedback to other participants Blog posts on the wider context.
You could use an audio or video streaming mobile App to create and share either an audio PODCast, or video via YouTube, Vimeo, or Periscope for example to create and share a VODCast. There are several simple video capture and sharing Apps that you could use on your Phone, such as Clips on iPhone, or Adobe Premier Clip for iOS and Android.
In exploring the wider context CMALT candidates should demonstrate their awareness of and engagement with wider issues that inform their practice.
Candidates must cover at least one legislative area and either a second legislative area or a policy area. That is you need to cover a minimum of two areas, at least one of which must be legislative.
a) Understanding and engaging with legislation, policies and standards
Statements here should show how relevant legislation, has influenced your work. You are not expected to have expert knowledge of all of these areas, but are expected to be aware of how they relate to your current practice. These issues will vary depending upon the country and Government policy.
In the UK you would be expected to demonstrate how you work within the context of relevant legislation such as:
- Accessibility including special educational needs
- Intellectual property (IPR)
- Freedom of Information (if you work for a public body)
- Data protection.
- Child protection
- Anti-discrimination law
- Points Based Immigration System (PBIS)
- Other related examples
In your country there may be different requirements, and you should indicate this in your portfolio. It is suggested that you pick at least two areas to discuss. In New Zealand see the Government HE strategies and policies website: http://www.education.govt.nz/further-education/policies-and-strategies/tertiary-education-strategy/
You are not obliged to address this area so long as you have addressed at least two legislative areas. Examples of policy issues you may address include:
- Policies and strategies (national or institutional)
- Technical standards
- Professional codes of practice
You might also be expected to engage with institutional policies and, where appropriate, national policies and evidence of some of this should be provided. The kinds of evidence that would support this would include minutes of meetings with legal advisers, documentation showing how legal issues have influenced work (such as reports or data protection forms), justifications for modifications to a course to reflect new policies or a record of how technical standards have been taken into account during system development.
Our first weekly webinar for the 2019 #CMALTcMOOC – we’ll discuss week1 activities and introduce the ecology of resources where participants can share and interact over the next 7 weeks. You can watch the livestream or the archive on Youtube, or join the live discussion by clicking the live link that will be posted to the community forum 10mins before the start of the webinar https://community.sotel.nz/mod/forum/view.php?id=2
Welcome to the #cmaltcmooc – if this is your first, second or even fourth iteration of the CMALT cMOOC it’s great to have you participating with us! The cMOOC is about connecting people and sharing your experiences as we explore CMALT accreditation.
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).
There are a few setup activities this week: After Signing Up for the cMOOC at https://cmaltcmooc.wordpress.com/contact
- Join the CMALT cMOOC Community Forum
- Share ideas and social media via the #CMALTcMOOC hashtag
- Setup/Customise your individual eportfolios that will become your portfolio hub (we suggest using https://www.WordPress.com)
- Take 10 minutes to do the participant survey of prior experience
- Locate yourself on the shared collaborative participant map – you will be invited to edit the map via the email address you signed up to the cMOOC.
- Create a concise biography and professional goals on your Blog, and start linking to shared research profiles on: Researchgate, Academia.edu, Mendeley, ORCID, and LinkedIn.
- We aim to host a Webinar via YouTube Live event each Friday (10:30am New Zealand time) to review each week
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 Community Forum at https://community.sotel.nz/course/view.php?id=3 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/
After refilling the Signup form on WordPress at https://cmaltcmooc.wordpress.com/contact/ for 2019 you will receive a login to the Community Forum at https://community.sotel.nz/course/view.php?id=3
Update your profile and start sharing! See you for week 1 online 25th February 2019.
Are you interested in gaining international accreditation for your experience and expertise in integrating technology in teaching and learning? The Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT) provides peer reviewed recognition aligned with the UK higher education professional standards framework. The Centre for Learning And Teaching at Auckland University of Technology have developed a cMOOC (connectivist Massive Open Online Course) to support academics and allied staff develop portfolios for CMALT accreditation, and facilitate an experience of participating in a global network of higher education professionals. The 2019 CMALT cMOOC starts 25th February and will run for 7 weeks. The cMOOC is completely free and is aimed at participants sharing experiences as they explore developing CMALT eportfolios, and building their professional academic online profiles.
There will be a YouTube Livestream as an intro for anyone interested in finding out more about the cMOOC 10:30am 22nd February (New Zealand time) https://youtu.be/mmEFeLUrMEM
We use a customised Moodle Discussion Forum, Twitter, and WordPress to facilitate the cMOOC.
The first step in participating is the Signup form on WordPress at https://cmaltcmooc.wordpress.com/contact/ after which you will receive a login to the Community Forum at https://community.sotel.nz/course/view.php?id=3
The weekly activities outline are at https://cmaltcmooc.wordpress.com
We use the #cmaltcmooc hashtag for Twitter and any other social media related to the cMOOC.
You can find out more about the CMALT cMOOC at our ResearchGate Project Page:
This week’s suggested activities include:
- An invitation to participate in a survey exploring the Scholarship Of Technology Enhanced Learning (SOTEL).
- Collaborate with your peers on an assessment design via (for example) Google Docs and get some peer feedback via sharing an assessment design outline as a week 3 Project Bank example.
- An invitation to participate in the weekly #CMALTcMOOC Webinar – see the G+ Community for the Webinar link later in the week.
Create and share a new assessment design around student generated content for integration into your teaching practice. Share this assessment project via the Project Bank for peer feedback, and rate another participants assessment project.
This should include evidence of:
a) An understanding of teaching, learning and/or assessment processes
b) An understanding of your target learners
Reflect on this process on your WordPress Blog. For more info on what is recommended for this section of a CMALT portfolio see the notes at: https://cmaltcmooc.wordpress.com/week-3/
We’re running the #CMALTcMOOC again starting 24 September – so it’ll be great to have you on board – please encourage your colleagues who may benefit from becoming part of the community and the journey to signup at https://cmaltcmooc.wordpress.com/contact/
The CMALT cMOOC aims to mentor and support applications for CMALT accreditation. CMALT is the Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technologies (available to either ALT or ASCILITE members https://www.alt.ac.uk/certified-membership) and recognises experience and expertise in the use of technologies for learning. This is available to academic and allied staff who are interested in or have successfully integrated the use of learning technologies in the course(s) they teach. We have developed the CMALT cMOOC (https://cmaltcmooc.wordpress.com) as a 7-week online support programme/network, and the next iteration of this starts on September 24 – signup at https://cmaltcmooc.wordpress.com/contact/
We have also developed the SoTEL NZ Research Cluster as a support network and the SoTEL NZ Symposium as a showcase and networking event for groups of educators exploring the scholarship of technology enhanced learning: https://sotel.nz
The research cluster is open to new groups beyond NZ, and the 2019 Symposium call for participation is now open.