WebLearn has been specifically developed and tailored to meet the needs of the Oxford teaching model, giving flexibility to colleagues and students who wish to find and share materials online for a supported and blended approach to teaching and learning. It has been another good year for the WebLearn service, and so we have split the WebLearn category in two, awarding prizes for innovations that use WebLearn to support student learning in new ways or make use of WebLearn across a course or programme of study.
Dr. Sharon Mickan and team: Using WebLearn to Support Continuing Professional Development
Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
As Director of Studies for the MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare, Sharon has been the academic lead, ensuring that WebLearn is used to support part-time students before, during and after their residential weeks in Oxford. In particular, she has championed a paperless approach to making module learning materials available.
To prepare students before the residential week, Sharon organises WebLearn forums for introductions and exchanging information. During the residential week she makes presentations available before each lecture in order to encourage students to use their laptops in the classroom to make their own enhanced notes. She also makes journal articles available for download from WebLearn so that students can manage their own set of resources on their laptops. Once the students have returned home, Sharon runs online activites to keep the group working together. She encourages other module leaders to adopt similar practices, in order to promote consistency in students’ learning experience.
The Cyber Security CDT Team: WebLearn and Panopto: Capturing and Distributing Lectures
Prof. Andrew Martin – Director; David Hobbs - Project Administrator; Maureen York – Administrator; Manu Apostolidis – Deputy IT Manager
Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security, Department of Computer Science
During Trinity Term 2014 IT Services have been testing a new technology linked to WebLearn, which allows students and lecturers to capture lectures and presentations quickly and easily. David Hobbs and his colleagues have been keen to explore how the technology can enhance the activities going on in their classroom and give feedback to students. They worked with colleagues in ITLP to design a day-long course on presentation skills. The course focused on the planning, design and delivery aspects of presentations, after which the students were guided in creating a presentation that they then delivered to their peers. The presentations were captured using the Panopto system, which made them available through the students’ WebLearn area.
The students received immediate feedback on their presentations from their peers and the course leader. Each student was asked to revisit their presentation by watching their video in their own time and critiquing their own performance. Students then had the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with the course leader to discuss their observations and create an action plan for the future. The team leader was also able to refresh his memory about each presentation by watching the video ahead of the meeting with the student.
Watch out for more case studies from IT Services on the use of lecture capture, which will be published over the summer.