Week 1 : Activities

  • Activity 1, Meeting fellow students and your tutor: introducing yourself in the forum, reading messages and responding (up to an hour and a half, spread over two or three visits to the group forum).
  • Reading ‘Introducing H800’ and ‘A taste of H800’s themes’, and getting to know the website (about half an hour).
  • Activity 2, Sharing your reactions: forum discussion (about an hour).
  • Activity 3, How much changed when printing arrived? Reading an online newspaper article, ‘Thanks, Gutenberg – but we’re too pressed for time to read’; discussing it in the forum and doing some guided exploration on your own (between an hour and a half and two hours – depending on the forum discussion).
  • Activity 4, Generations of information seekers: finding out who in your group likes GoogleScholar, and who prefers to visit a library in person. Comparing your group with research findings on age-related differences, and spotting myths about the Google Generation (about two hours).
  • Activity 5, Are the ‘Net Generation’ great at multitasking? Listening to an interview with an academic who researched Australian students’ use of technologies – for example, how many have a blog, how many use social networking sites (of which Facebook is a current example)? Then reading a research paper by him and a colleague, about multitasking. This activity involves individual listening and reading, though you may, of course, discuss it in the forum. We’ve provided a transcript of the interview in case you prefer to read, or need to for reasons of accessibility (about an hour and a half).
  • Activity 6, The Google Generation: a crisis of information literacy? Optional activity: viewing a webcast from one of the authors of the report in Activity 4. Revising the topic while comparing your experiences of the webcast and written text. Individual study, not forums (between a few minutes and an hour; or you can omit this activity completely).
  • Activity 7, Setting up your computer for OU Live: installing the headset-plus-microphone and checking the sound levels in preparation for Week 2’s live voice discussions; using the forum to troubleshoot any difficulties (say, up to an hour).
  • Week 1’s activities formally total quite a bit less than 14 hours. That’s partly to give a bit of extra space for ‘Week 1 hassles’, and partly because people are still getting used to the module this week.

H800 Technology Enhanced Learning – Practices and Debates ( and coffee)


Well I’m FINALLY on the FINAL leg of my Masters in Online and Distance Education … FINALLY ( ….there is a long story to tell about the need to study a compulsory module that wasn’t compulsory before , regulations changing etc and a lot of to-ing and fro-ing that I won’t bore you with … except to say that I’m now FINALLY on the last piece of the puzzle and will therefore be studying this last module for the next 32 weeks … )  after that hopefully all being well I should get my Masters … FINALLY YAY 🙂

So as I wait for my student record to catch up with itself and allow me access to the module website,  I am looking forward to the next stage on my journey and wondering what delights await and just how much coffee I will need to drink to keep me awake in the wee small hours  ….answers on a postcard …

Bring it on ….