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FLLinNZ Postcard 6

In the last two weeks I’ve participated in:

A face to face presentation by Alan Levine at Unitec on Connecting Learning Objects with RSS but which in fact was re-titled on the day to PhotoBlogging: Publish and Build Communities Around Digital Images. So it wasn’t quite what I had expected but useful: I was motivated to have another go at fixing a faulty link between my photos on flickr and my blog. A boring technical detail perhaps, but as Godfrey Parkin recently posted:

…trainers who really want to encourage experience-sharing and dynamic learner-created content are scrambling to understand blogging…

I also visited a private training provider here in Auckland who is looking to explore eLearning strategies for delivering training. I met with three of the organisation’s managers and discussed some of the options. I’m expecting to follow this up with a face to face eLearning workshop for teaching staff on eLearning and (hopefully) some online mentoring. One aspect of my contact with private training providers that I’ve become aware of is the need for confidentiality, since they work in a competitive environment!

I also met with the other FLLinNZer’s in Auckland and Northland at AUT to discuss a possible eLearning event in 2005. Lyn Smith has done a great job in co-ordinating this! We’re still in the early stages of planning but there is plenty of enthusiasm and lots of ideas, so watch this space…

Between 8 and 19 November I took part in the NET*Working 2004 online conference but I was unable to take a full part due to unforeseen circumstances. I also found the choice of platform a bit frustrating – as Stephen Downes pointed out, if you didn’t run IE on a Windows PC some synchronous features were unavailable or unreliable. But overall the conference showcased Australia’s dynamic eLearning community – it’ll be interesting to see how the new developments there pan out over the next 12 months or so.

FLLinNZ Postcard 5

I’ve just returned from a workshop at Unitec on Digital Storytelling by Alan Levine. I’ve used storytelling in courses for teachers that I have facilitated, so this was a high-interest topic for me. Alan’s institution runs a one-week workshop on digital storytelling.

I was pleased that the session was focussed on the stories themselves, not the technology used. The technology is relatively simple: the final product is a movie incorporating still images with transitions and a voice-over. The first two days of the workshop are focused on writing the stories, then the photos are taken and the voice-over recorded. The stories are put together using iMovie and look rather like the sorts of things done in schools where ITC is integrated into the curriculum.

Most of the examples shown were stories of personal significance to the tellers – I was hoping to see some examples related to specific curriculum areas, and maybe some text-based examples too, but the model was clearly a very successful one and could easily be applied to a subject area.

I really like the way Alan is constantly publishing his thoughts via blog and wiki – the wiki for his NZ visit is well worth a visit and includes notes and links for all the workshops he has run to date. If you get a chance to get to one of Alan’s workshops, they’re highly recommended! He has a lot of knowledge and experience and he’s happy to pass them on.

Alan talked about stories as being
told around the campfire – a nice concept!