MUAL/LLC e-learning design blended learning program, 9-12 April 2018

From 9-12 April 2018, librarians and learning skills advisers from the Research and Learning department, library managers and colleagues from the Education Excellence department attended the eLearning design program designed jointly by Monash Malaysia Library staff and the Library’s Digital learning and teaching team, and facilitated by Steven Yates, from Monash Australia Library.

The program was the first test of the recently re-developed eLearning staff development program. The series of 13 workshops followed a blended learning approach, in which participants engaged in the program in both face-to-face and online via Moodle.

The program started by a session on eLearning, pedagogy and educational design. Participants who attended the previous eLearning design course in 2016 commented that the face-to-face session was a ‘smoother’ experience (no internet disruption) and useful as it helped them to refresh their knowledge about pedagogical approaches and eLearning design.

Thereafter, participants attended a Design Thinking workshop. The workshop was engaging, conversational, and with lots of fun. Participants were working in groups, putting themselves in the shoes of stakeholders, and developing prototypes to meet their needs.

After the Design Thinking workshop, the program introduced all participants to planning technique through an interactive session. In this session, we were asked to use our non-dominant hands to develop mind maps. Here is some of the feedback from the participants about the activity:

Felt strange and a bit of a challenge using my left hand. Jumped in and tried and found writing on the the bigger sheet easier than in the book. Legibility was another story :)

I quite liked the challenge! Have actually tried doing other things with my non-dominant hand before, though this is probably the first time doing it under a time crunch. My thoughts were moving faster than my hand could, which sometimes gave a particular thought more time to develop more before it was penned down.

Initially, I think I won’t be able to write nicely, and guess what, yes my handwriting is terrible. However, using non-dominant hand help me to focus especially on ensuring at least I could read it.

In another session, Steven showed the participants eLAB and how we can use the tool when planning and designing eLearning modules. eLAB has many practical examples that we can use, depending on the objectives and learning outcomes.

One of the most important aspects in eLearning design is ‘getting your hands dirty’ and having the time to practice. The program provided many practical, hands-on sessions, and all participants had the chance to work on templates, checklists, storyboards and practiced the technology, including how to use H5P, Panopto, Moodle and Captivate, however we all acknowledged that we needed much more time on the technology aspects to develop our skills further, as these sessions we more of a ‘taster’ and introduction.

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Learning how to set up a Captivate project

The week went by quickly and we finished the program feeling inspired, and for some, a bit overwhelmed, although we all agreed that the program helped us in getting ready with our eLearning design projects.

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Steven Yates with LLC staff