E- Learning Roadshow - An introduction to e-learning

This was the second Introduction to e-learning session and was held at Morwell Neighbourhood House on the 11th February 2015. The session ran over four hours and there were six attendees.
The following ten questions were addressed in this session through presentation of information, discussion and activities.
  1. 1.What technologies are you currently using to support learning?
  2. 2.Who benefits and how?
  3. 3.What is happening out there in Learn Local?
  4. 4.Are we ready? (readiness tool)
  5. 5.What will suit us / our learners at this time?
  6. 6.Where do I start? (Game plan)
  7. 7.How do we build our capability? (e-skills matrix)
  8. 8.What about Moodle and the TELC?
  9. 9.What technology do I need and how much will it cost?
  10. 10.Who can help me?
Participants were asked what technologies they currently use to support learning and an extensive and varied list was recorded. Technologies used include: internet searches, note taking apps, mobile learning using phones, emailing, iPads, forums in Learning Management Systems, MOOCs, video conferencing for meetings and learning(Blackboard Collaborate and Lync), presentation packages, Google Scholar, videos, scanning documents and images, remote access –working at home, blogging and social media – Facebook for marketing organisations.
The next question addressed the benefits of blended learning and, once again, an extensive list of benefits was identified. The benefits were listed to reference learners, organisations and staff.
Participants identified the following benefits for learners: skill development, flexibility in learning, enhancement of learner engagement and increased access to education. They also identified the importance of a face-to-face introduction to e-learning to ensure learners have the required skills and access to equipment necessary to undertake e-learning.
The benefits for organisations include the ability to offer a variety of courses, flexibility in the delivery of courses, opportunity to increase student numbers, opportunity to support students, access to relevant and up-to-date courses, opportunity to share resources and teachers/trainers and less cancelled courses because of access to a broader student cohort.
The benefits to staff include the opportunity to develop new skills and extend existing skills, access to greater work opportunities and flexibility in work, confirmed work and the opportunity to share resources.

Photos and further reports from the day to be added soon