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Workshop - Adaptive and collaborative methods in virtual or blended learning environments

31. 05. 2006

WORKSHOP PROPOSAL
Workshop to be held at the University of Salamanca on 29th, 30th, 31st May 2006
Facultad de Traducción y Documentación (Universidad de Salamanca)

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Aims

The aim of the workshop is to encourage the development of new teaching and mentoring methodologies through internet-based information and communication technologies, with special focus on interactive, project-based, collaborative learning. Participants will also be introduced to setting up online environments and preparing material to offer self-access support to students from diverse backgrounds, particularly where acquiring common, minimum basic knowledge and skills for a particular subject matter is crucial for the success of the academic programme.

Objectives

§ Learning the basics of elearning conceptual models and learning objects
§ Acquiring hands-on skills in the design of learning units for online environments
§ Exploring the possibilities of Learning Management Systems such as Moodle
§ Learning to use Moodle to develop new elearning conceptual models and to support blended learning
§ Getting ideas for setting up collaborative environments where large projects can take place and students' ideas can be pooled and improved
§ Identifying adaptive learning needs and opportunities
§ Acquiring basic technical skills for the management, import and export of learning resources
§ Learning about effective online tutoring

Suggested Contents

§ Elearning environments and modules
§ Designing learning scenarios
§ IMS Learning Design
§ Learning Objects
§ Reusable learning objects
§ Moodle and other LMSs
§ Interoperability
§ Collaborative, action-oriented Learning
§ Adaptive Learning
§ Blended Learning

Target Participants

Lecturers in the Faculty of Translation and Documentation, comprising Translation and Interpreting, Library and Information Studies and a few IT lecturers. Levels of digital literacy and ICT skills are very diverse.

Potential Impact

The workshop will provide lecturers with the key concepts and skills that will allow them to enhance their teaching activities and the learning environment they work in. Learning resources, which are created almost daily by lecturers, will be given appropriate shape and interaction so that they can be made better use of by students and can be adapted periodically to new needs and realities by teachers. In addition, lecturers will learn to work in a collaborative environment both for the design of a coherent course plan across subjects and for the design and development of student's projects.

Relevance to the objectives of ProLearn

The workshop shares ProLearn's main objectives as it aims to support professional learning in the teaching of two very knowledge-intensive, professional-oriented activities (Translation and Interpreting / Library and Information Studies) that require specialisation, standardisation and a reduction of complexity through well-coordinated, efficient project management, as well as the digitisation of their processes and means of production and communication. At the same time, the increasingly heterogeneous base of learners in higher education calls for more personalised adaptive learning as defined by ProLearn.

 

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