Activity 1 Meeting Fellow Students and your tutor

Hello Everyone From Debs  !

2014-06-11 15.51.56Here is my introductory message for Activity 1 (A1)

My name is Debbie ….

well actually its Deborah but usually only my mother calls me that when I’m in trouble !

I work full-time, have studied part-time for more years than I would care to admit to  …

I  am married with two children that keep me busy … this is my final module in my MA ODE.

Deb Loves Pink

Something Unusual : I love pink and drive this little pink car ! I also love cake …

One Learning Technology :  I love using my I-Pad – it really has changed the way I do things in work and home life. I use it for taking notes, as a diary, as a camera, finding out all sorts of things on the internet, using it for face time to keep in contact with family when I am away from home .. I love it 🙂

I am really looking forward to working with you all …. let the adventures begin 🙂


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 ….

MA Online and Distance Education

2015-02-28_1519_OUCareer relevance and employability

‘Workplaces and work roles increasingly involve media-rich and technology-enhanced forms of learning, professional practice and personal development, often summarised in the term ‘elearning’. Accordingly the experience of achieving this master’s degree has proved vocationally relevant across a wide range of occupations and locations, from managers in business organisations, teachers of languages, consultants, trainers and teachers at any level of the education sector. Each module in the MA in Online and Distance Education requires study using a range of tools and learning environments. Consequently you will improve your personal skills in using these tools and this makes a positive impact on your own practice. You will explore in-depth the research and practice literature in technology enhanced learning, and experience the implications of learning technology choices made across a wide range of contexts and organisations, both formal and informal. You will advance not only your skills of selection and design of technology, but also your understanding of how technologies engage learners and how they can be evaluated and developed on a continuing basis.’ [Accessed 28 Feb 2015]

Completed Modules

H802 Applications of Information Technology in Open and Distance Education

H817 Openness and Innovation in E-Learning

 Current Module

H800 Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates


Click to access H800_Learning_Outcomes.pdf

Technology Table Summary


How long used for educational purposes

by my organisation

by me

Cloud computing Web Dev access

Drop Box



Used for last 2 years or so

Drop Box for documents and photos

Evernote for documents

Gmail and Googledocs


Asana (for project management)


Using very recently …particularly when I managed to lose all my work having not backed up – learnt my lesson the hard way L

Mobile/cell phone We have mobile access themes across our main university site etc


We are part of a £4m project helping business to take advantage of emerging mobile technologies ( CEMAS)


Used for last 2 years or so

 I now have  ( what I would call) ‘a proper’ smart phone that actually works and am constantly amazed by it. It is definitely my new best friend.
Open content  New developments in this area are being adopted by the university as we speak. Already in OERu and have various ITunesU content


The project I am now working on is in relation to Open Educational Resources so this is quite close to my heart …
Tablet computing  Again our web sites are enabled for access via tablet computing and have been for the last couple of years I now use an I Pad daily for work and study
Game-based learning We have courses in computer gaming and a digital investigation lab for forensic courses etc so I expect there are lots going on here but I don’t have the details just yet …  Not at the moment
Learning analytics I’m new to this side of things so don’t really have much of a handle on this but I am aware that as a university we are currently focusing on a pilot group of courses in the current academic year in relation to activity monitoring and learning analytics.  I will be seeking some more info on this shortly !  Not at the moment
New scholarship  Some of our tutors undertake scholarly blogging , podcasts and videos etc but this is more of a personal choice I am now using Menderley for accessing journal articles & referencing and hope to engage with this more in terms of academic social networking in the future.
Semantic applications  This is something that I know we are doing but I confess I don’t know much about this.  When I find out more I will be updating this J We have a Hypermedia Research Unit (

So I will be investigating further ….


 I have used Xobni before and found it quite useful to find things amongst my own crazy filing system. I’m aware that other colleagues have used it but it’s not a favourite of the IT departments !


I quite like using Siri on my lovely new smart phone but again I think I have only scratched the surface with this ( making appointments, setting reminders, finding stuff on the web … ) I do find myself just using it to say good morning sometimes ( sad)

Augmented reality  Not used Blimey I have just been having a look at this with one of our learning technologists – it was all very Harry Potter stuff – very exciting. He basically used a smart phone app to point at a photograph of him in our course prospectus and then quite surreally waved at me from his inside his smart phone.  I will look forward to finding more out about this and would love to be able to find a use for this – how very exciting !!!!
Collective intelligence  Not really sure  Personally the interaction I have had with Wikipedia to date hasn’t been great. I just find it all far too cluttered – its probably me and the way I am using it. I like the idea but just cant get on with it.
Smart objects  Most of our lights at work are now fitted with those sensor thingy bobs so they come on when you walk in the room – does that count ?  I’ve used QR codes on documentation etc as part of my work but don’t think I have really explored it to full use.  Connections here to the augmented reality stuff
Telepresence  Not yet This sounds exciting too. No experience of this – now if I can get something to work along with Telepresence and augmented reality I would be a happy bunny J