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Dr Mark OConnor, Distance Learning Technologist

Curriculum Development Team, Unit for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching

Towards blended and


distance learning

Outline

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Introduction

Example from MA Advanced Child Protection

Issues; further developments / next steps

Blended / distance learning


The PGT DL pilot
Structure & design
Resources
Reflections

Questions & discussion

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Introduction: Blended / distance learning


Lots of issues to consider when developing
distance courses:

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Technical hardware & software, multimedia,


training, Internet access

Legal: accessibility, copyright, intellectual


property

Practical: impact of different time zones,


assessment submission, office hours

Focus today is on how Moodle can be used to


support distance learners

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Introduction: The PGT DL Pilot

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Initially looking at ~10 taught postgraduate


programmes

Varying degrees of distance some have oncampus induction, some may also include faceto-face evening or weekend sessions

First modules launched in January 2013 Child


Protection programme (CCP / SSPSSR)

Interest in smaller scale modules & CPD


rather than programmes

Longer term: building in increased flexibility for


standard on-campus modules & programmes

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Example: MA Advanced Child Protection


2 modules launched Jan 2013:

SO926 Understanding Social


Research

SO927
Definitions, Prevalence, Cau
ses and Consequences of Child
Abuse and Neglect

Students attended on-campus


Induction Week (w/b 7th Jan 2013)
Further modules:

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SO928 ran in Spring 2013


SO929 just started (Sept 2013)

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Issues

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Use of webinars - GoToMeeting

Integration / mainstreaming

Student feedback

Use of elearning packages (Articulate)


Smaller projects individual modules, CPD
offerings, tasters
Moodle, SDS, Reading Lists
Validation / QA processes
Workload allocation

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Further developments

Continuing developments for


MA Advanced Child Protection

Social Policy, Value Chain


Management, Conservation
Biology, CPP modules

Other possibilities include


individual modules to increase
flexibility, tasters, mooc-like
courses

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Questions / discussion
Mark OConnor: mao21@kent.ac.uk
ELFs: http://www.kent.ac.uk/elearning/elf/

ELF on Distance Learning planned for October.


Possibly with lunch!

As a workshop? Bring along your current


module, develop it into a DL-style.

What else?

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moocs?
Using DL ideas for on-campus modules?

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