Friday, January 25, 2008

Mastering E-Pedagogy

I don't often get excited by my day-to-day work, it's not that amazing and in some ways what we're doing isn't that significant - hey, couldn't any local authority stick a few Moodle servers in and get an E-Learning monkey like me to go around and evangelise / train / harangue schools into using them? However, today we're starting something which I hope has the potential to be exciting, interesting, innovative? Well, maybe the first two...
About nine months ago I wrote a post describing how we were planning on running a Master's course in E-Pedagogy in conjunction with Oxford Brookes. Well, numerous staff changes and significant faffing later we're starting today. There are 14 students (probably more eventually) here today and we're covering an introduction to the course and one another. The session is led by Annie Haight and Chris Higgins from Brookes, with myself giving input on the Bucks VLE side of things.
We've spent the morning doing some practical activities (using Lego) and discussing E-Learning & Educational Paradigms. After lunch we've moved on to thinking about What's different about E-Learning? and later on we're going to look at homework - creating a Reuseable Learning Object - for the next session, which is a week on Tuesday.
As you might expect all of the admin for the course will be done on the main BucksGfL Moodle, other than the final submission of course materials which has to be done on Oxford Brookes' WebCT/Blackboard VLE. We'll be using a simple forum to enable individuals to describe what they're planning on doing for their 'intervention' (i.e. the piece of E-Learning which will form the core of their course) and to be able to comment on others'. A wiki will contain their book review exercise - the wiki being set up so that each person has their own wiki, but can see and edit the wikis of their peers. I've placed most of the instructions for the task in an instance of a book - one of the optional modules available on our Moodles but one which is rarely used by schools - the only place I've seen it being used is in Great Marlow where their staff handbook is, unsurprisingly, a book...
One of the reasons for doing this is to encourage the participants on the course to try out modules which they might not otherwise have used. The Book module is a case in point: it can import a number of existing web pages - great for creating a student-authored guide to a play, a school, a subject - and is much more user friendly for large amounts of content than the default "Create a web page" option.
Essentially, I spent most of the day marvelling that the course had actually happened. The idea of a course, for Bucks schools, for all levels and not just Able, Gifted & Talented, was originally a flight of fancy between myself and Gill Potter from Brookes, and to see a room full of people who were just about to start their Certificate in Advanced Educational Practice in E-Epedagogy was very satisfying. Let's see how we all get on...


  1. OK, Ian, I like your style and respect your leadership in the ICT world, but Where Oh Where can I view an example of a Primary school using Moodle for its main curriculum delivery? So far a lot of interesting talk as in 'Mastering E-Pedagogy' but not, as far as I could find, one example of children actually using Moodle or accessing from home.

  2. Hi Ian,
    Not sure how many epedagogy courses are well established, however you may be interested in checking out the international epedagogy design MA course in Helsinki Finland.