A complete guide to e-learning for the Arts Faculty
Information technology can be used to enhance teaching in many ways. There are five convincing reasons for doing so:
- Rapid access to information how?
Get facts and figures, names and dates, accessible in one place.
- Create department, course, module and personal web pages using Sitebuilder.
- Begin with standardised departmental templates for your pages, each following the same basic pattern.
- Add a calendar to your course or module web pages.
- Create a list of links to pages that contain important information.
- Create a reading list, with links to library resources (use the Build A Link tool).
- Put department and course policies, regulations and instructions in a single obvious location.
- Create a glossary page, with key terms and ideas defined.
- Efficient administration how?
Simplify and systematise processes, make them 'self-service', free-up time for other things.
- Create online forms for collecting information from students (e.g. for essay titles).
- Use online assignment submission forms, along with Turn It In plagiarism detection.
- Create a frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.
- Use a Data Reveal page to return assignment marks to students.
- Use the Mass Mailing system to send emails to groups of students.
- Instant access to resources how?
A student asks a question, you know of a video that will illustrate your answer, find it quickly, play it instantly.
- Always give your uploads a meaningful title, description and keywords (helps with searching).
- Create image gallery pages and upload images.
- Create a Table of Contents page on your web site, upload important files to it (give each file a description and keywords).
- Deep-link to online journal articles.
- Upload audio files to a Podcast page, so that they can be played online or downloaded.
- Embed videos into web pages so that they can be played online.
- Create a web page for each lecture or seminar containing the media files and links that you are likely to use.
- Alternatively, write a blog entry for each lecture or seminar containing everything you think you will need.
- Create a Table of Tags page for searching for files and pages using your keyword schema.
- Making it discursive how?
More than just a transfer of information, get your students to be more engaged and active: students as producers & performers.
- Add a discussion forum to your web pages.
- Prompt discussions in advance with questions and instructions.
- Allow your students to comment on selected web pages in Sitebuilder.
- Get your students to collect and comment on resources (links, images etc).
- Write blog entries about lectures, resources, events, and ainvite your students to comment.
- Get students to write blog entries.
- Get students to record podcasts to a podcast page
- Get students to respond to podcasts so that a dialogue is formed.
- Get students to create and upload video presentations.
- Gather feedback using a Formsbuilder page.
- Create wiki pages and get your students to edit them.
- Create a glossary page, and get your students to add definitions.
- Making it reflective how?
Revisiting past learning activities improves memory and understanding, and allows us to plan to improve.
- Create Quizbuilder tests to prompt students to review their own knowledge and understanding.
- Create an image gallery and post photographic records of activities.
- Get each seminar group to keep a 'class journal' using Warwick Blogs, recording their activities.
- Encourage individual students to keep an online journal of their learning in a blog.
- Use blog forms to help students to structure their records of learning in their blogs.
- Encourage each student to create their own e-portfolio page as a summary of their learning.
- Get students to record and reflect in videos and podcasts.
- Encourage students to review their activities that have been posted online.
- Get students to write reflective reviews of what they have done.