Peer review of portfolios

We’re about half way through with VOC and it’s time to check out how you guys are doing with your portfolios / blogs. Naturally, it’s an ongoing process: people may be updating some posts, you may have decided to publish some now and add pics/links/videos later, and so on. Still, it’s important to see that you all are on board, keep up with the time and get feedback.

Is this peer review assessment, evaluation or feedback? These terms are close to each other. Which one are we doing now? We will return to these issues in our VOC sessions but I would certainly call this peer review constructive feedback.

Competence-based education

Remember, we are aiming at competence-based education.
Your blog should be document your learning process of developing your competence as a vocational teacher. So as a reviewer, your challenge is to recognize the writer’s competence – or at least the developement towards the goal.

Does he/she understand the VOC themes so far? If not, what seems to be unclear?
Can writer make connections between the topic and vocational education / teaching vocational students / learning in a working life context? What kind of real life examples are there in the posts? What is writer’s personal experience regarding the matters at hand?

Can reviewer recognize writer’s learning (process)? A change of attitude? Ideas how to implement the ideas into teaching and learning? What reveals the learning?

I think these are questions that I hope every students could give answers in their posts. It’s not a matter of looking every post through a magnifying class but every time you see something interesting or really good – let writer know that. If you as a reviewer can ask a question that challenges the writer to elaborate more – ask it!

Interactivity and online writing

Is writer reflecting the process of working with own study group and co-operative teaching? Are there references to other people’s blogs for example? Is writer trying to build connections with the learning community? Is there activity in the comments? Is writer replying the comments?

Since we are working on an online platform, some effort should be put on the visuals and technical issues. Are the links working? Is the blog visually interesting and supporting the content? Are the material links easily found? If writer is telling about particular prezi presentation, that prezi should be linked.

We can also make note on possible copyright issues or netiquette if needed.

Sources and siting

Like in the previous point about linking to the content, you should also check if particular info and claims are backed with literature / learning material. If writer name drops particular figures or theories, they should be sited correctly.

Not every post needs to be argued with academic references but some should be used to show that the writer has familiarized his/herself with the background info. Hopefully everyone has a little bit more interest in the VOC issues that they read more than just a couple power point slides.

As a reviewer, you even recommend good reading material or challenge to comment something that was not discussed.

As a reviewer, you give constructive criticism and help the writer’s learning process. This should be done in good spirits and in a helpful manner and honestly.

If you can say your feedback publicly, do so, just read the previous sentence.
If you need to ask something privately from the writer, do it.

And writer’s, please do reply and react to your feedback.

VOC Theme 06

Activating teaching methods

Core content : How can I, as a vocational teacher, activate my students?

Take a look at videos and topics https://edulaboulu.wordpress.com/voc-1-10/theme-6/

Virtual session groups

Schedule

We will meet on Tuesday 8th of September. The session begins in AC room https://connect.funet.fi/edulaboulu/ . Please login at 12:30 to check the connection. This is also a good opportunity to ask any questions concerning your studies or different tasks. Blair will visit us at 12:45 to tell you what you should know about Lab-phase at this stage. We’ll start with the themes at 13.

Timetable and pre tasks:

12.30-12.45 Current issues / tutoring

12.45 – 13.00 EduLAB/ LAB phase, Blair

13-13.25 Topic 1

Activating a lecture and learning through discussion (LTD)

What benefits might there be compared to other teaching methods?

Pretask:
1) Please watch the video 

2) Also bring with you a riddle, a cartoon, a quote, case study, news item or little known new/old fact preferably from your own area of expertise. It should be something you can use as an ice-breaker or as a “transition to learning”, in front of a class that you would lecture for, in a classroom or online. Aftertask to be presented under the session.

13.25-13.50 Topic 2 What is self-regulated learning (SRL) as an educational principle?
You will find the assingnment from Prezi presentation.

13.50-14.05 Break

14.05-14.30 Topic 3 What is engaged pedagogy?
Here is the pretask from Labrats for VOC 6: During the session we will be having a panel discussion on engaged pedagogy. You will be given a role and you should form your arguments from that person’s point of view.

It is essential that you read the material and prepare beforehand!

You should use the information on pre-material and you’re encouraged to search more information on Internet. Your arguments should be well-grounded and realistic, but you can also use your creativity and imagination.

Please like or comment to related FB post by Mari when you have read & watched the material.

14.30-14.55 Topic 4 Alternative education – principles and methods
Before the class:

  1. Watch this 4 min PowToon video about Traditional and Alternative pedagogy. http://bit.ly/1UqQPY2
  2. Play the SpaceRace Game. The idea for the game is simple: Just destroy the scrolling words before they leave the screen by typing in their corresponding term and pressing enter. You write either word “trad” or “alt” to the box, depending on whether you think the scrolling method quality is traditional or alternative. Make sure the words don’t scroll past the screen. Before starting the game please make sure there on the bottom left corner of the screen is selected Show “Term”. Play the game as long as you enjoy. Once done, post your final game score to the EDULab FB page before the class. Link to game: http://bit.ly/1il8Xl2
  3. Grapes and rats members: please list strengths and weaknesses of traditional pedagogy.
  4. Alpha and stars list strengths and weaknesses of alternative pedagogy.

During the class we will discuss how these strengths and weaknesses can be taken into account in vocational teaching context.

14:55-16 Everyone together in the same room.

Please remember, that after each VOC (vocational pedagogy) theme you should write a reflective post about the topics of the day.

How to prepare?

Find the instructions if missing https://edulaboulu.wordpress.com/voc-1-10/

Also, make sure that the materials are uploaded in groups’ own AC room beforehand and check that all connections are working properly.

If you have any further questions, please share a question in our FB-group.

Keep it simple!!! 🙂

Time to get busy!

…for me, that is.

Cheers everyone! Greetings from ATEE conference in Glasgow where Juha and I were presenting a paper of our ongoing research on video pedagogy in competence-based teacher education.

Network connection was what it was, therefore our online presence for EduLab wasn’t great this week.

I’ll start reading blogs and updating EduLab website. First thing I did was the quick links to pages that you guys seem to access the most. Please remeber that this site is our tool. Based on your input and feedback we make updates to the look of the site and include info that you may need. If something needs to change, we’ll change it.

Have a good weekend!

janneatatee

Janne

Second Impressions

Group work

Collaboration on it’s best – adding ideas on top of another

Learning feels great – that’s EduLab Spirit!

Don’t think about the tasks ahead as a load – think about the things that you’ve achieved to get this far!

Let’s kick ass!

Challenge not only your self but also your group! It’s not co-ordinator’s task to take care of grown ups like a mother. Everyone has the right to demand group to act as agreed.

Your learning paths will be only as good as your group decides it to be. Learning in a lab is group work and there isn’t an option available to toddle this trip alone.

BE ON TIME!

Respect your peer students. Teachers. BE ON TIME!

Teaching Online – Technical Tips

5-17-3 stands for 5 minutes introduction, 17 minutes for different tasks and learning activities and 3 for closing.

Share tasks during an online session:If one of you is teaching can the other one (this case a person from another group) guide with voice settings, or search for the missing student online. Teaching as a pair is even more fun! This also helps you to keep up with schedule and lets everyone focus in teaching/ learning activities.

If you are not able to send video when it’s your turn to teach, start by telling who’s talking. It’s polite to clarify who’s in charge – on online session it’s not always obvious. It’s nice and personal if you’ll share an idea for the audience where you are at the moment if there is no picture. You can also mention if there will be some challenges with your connection, so that rest of the group is able to react if something happens. Today conversation went smoothly on with out the teacher in a room.

AC Layouts:

Upload your materials beforehand

Learn how to create different, personal layouts

Reconsider different layouts for different meetings: sometimes it may enhance discussion if you hide the chat, but then you’ll have to secure that everyone has access to the voice over. There is no other means to communicate in the group (not even with the host) if you’ll block the chat.

Make sure that you’ll select the best layout to facilitate learning: sometimes there’ll be several activities in use simultaneously.

Ensure that your slides or any other document is perfectly fitted in the window. Will there be mobile participants or are you planning to share a recording.

Recordings

Remember to push record 🙂

A good recording shows more than empty share pod and a list of attendees.

Learn how to share your screen or a document.

Fit the document to the pod: practice different settings

If your presentation is on Google Drive you have two options:

  • Share your screen (active platforms like games and paddlets)
  • Download material from Drive on your desktop and upload it to AC

Adobe Connect Add-in helps you toggle between different AC-functions even when sharing your desktop. http://www.adobe.com/support/connect/downloads-updates.html

Did I get everything? Please comment if something is missing!!!

Keep up the good work and spirit!

VOC Theme 05 – Versatility of teaching

How to make my teaching versatile?

As promised – here comes the collection of topics: one of the pre-tasks is not yet included, but I hope everyone is up to date with their tasks.

Take a look at videos and topics .

Schedule
Virtual session groups
We will meet on Tuesday 25th of August. The session begins in AC room https://connect.funet.fi/edulaboulu/ . Please login at 12:30 to check the connection. This is also a good opportunity to ask any questions concerning your studies or different tasks. We’ll start with the themes at 13.

Timetable and pre tasks:

12.30-13 Current issues / tutoring

13-13.25 Topic 1
Message from Team EduGrapes:
Are you ready to play the Method Game ?
To get ready, please check out this slideshow before our next class. We will play the Method Game during our EduLab session 25.8.2015.

13.25-13.50 Topic 2
EduStars pretask for VOC 5: 25.8.2015:
Watch 3 videos:

(2 videos are self-made)
Shouldn’t take more than half an hour to watch all three.
Please prepare for the lesson with writing down your own best or worst learning experience. We will discuss it in the sessions so don’t say you don’t remember. We will also discuss the 3 videos, so watch them before the lesson.

13.50-14.05 break

14.05-14.30 Topic 3
Team Alpha’s PRE-TASK SURVEY for VOC5 topic 3. Please do it right away, it only takes 2 minutes of your time, or please do it by sunday night.
First choose the most important topic, after that choose the second most important etc. Note that you cannot choose multiple as the most important Prepare to discussion about the options that you chose, 5 most popular choices are going to be discussed about!
Please notice The button LOPPU means “end”.

14.30-14.55 Topic 4
The latest trends in teaching methods by Labrats

1. Study the info on this Popplet, watch the videos and read the articles:

2. Prepare to argue on the question allocated to your group and add your short answer here: Q1. Stars Q2. Alpha Q3. Grapes.

You will have max. 5 minutes to talk about your point of view at the online session.


14:55-16 Everyone together in the same room.

Please remember, that after each VOC (vocational pedagogy) theme you should write a reflective post about the topics of the day.

How to prepare?

Find the instructions if missing https://edulaboulu.wordpress.com/voc-1-10/

The coordinators should send a message to me (sanna.brauer(at)oamk.fi) and tell a little bit about the implementation of the session not later than Monday afternoon. If you want to share any further material in advance, please link it to the EduLab Facebook-group.

Also, make sure that the materials are uploaded in groups’ own AC room beforehand and check that all connections are working properly.

If you have any questions, please contact me or share a question in our FB-group.

See you on Tuesday! Keep it simple!!! 🙂

Reflecting on your study process

After each study sessions you need to reflect the study process and the topics of the day in your blog. This reflective work is important in documenting your understanding, experiences and development in matters relating vocational pedagogy.

We record the AC-sessions and other social media platforms also document your work. Link those into your blog post and use them as a reference for your reflection.

What should I reflect in order to document my study process or to show my competence?
reflection


First impressions and comments on online teaching:

Keep it simple!

Show up early!

Push record 🙂

Plan in advance.

Follow the table, be careful.

Double check if you have the right people in the room.

If you want others to activate before the session, make sure you let them know what you expect from them. Choose your words carefully. Control if needed.

Plenty of activities simultaneously can be difficult to handle.

Practice and train different tools and functions – test different options with your group and use them even as your rehearsal audience.

Check the connections, apps and platforms.

VOC Theme 04

Towards the key issues: How can I guide learning as a vocational teacher?

Learning path

VOC theme 4: Learning, guidance and recognizing different learners

We will meet on Thursday, 13.8. The session begins in AC room https://connect.funet.fi/edulaboulu/ . Please login at 12:30 to check the connection. This is also a good opportunity to ask any questions concerning your studies or different tasks. The theme will start at 13.

Timetable and pre tasks:

12.30-13 Current issues / tutoring

13-13.25 Topic 1
Group Labrats’ pre-session material: what is learning? Please watch the video and read about Learning. Discussion on the topic during the session.

13.25-13.50 Topic 2
Edugrapes class we will have a debate about the pros and cons of 4 learning theories.

Instructions what to do before the class:
1. Study these slides about different learning theories
2. Prepare to debate individually for 2 – 3 minutes about your theory during the class.
– EduGrapes team members defend Behaviorism
– Team Alpha members defend Cognitivism
– Labrats members defend Constructivism
– EduStars members defend Humanism
3. Insert your arguments before the class into this form individually
All individual arguments are automatically compiled and you can see them here

13.50-14.05 break

14.05-14.30 Topic 3
VOC 4 Topic 3 EduStars:
5 minute video to be viewed beforehand:
In the session we will discuss the topic in the video and use Padlet for a group work.

14.30-14.55 Topic 4
Group Alpha’s pretask. Please read this Google document carefully. You will be doing groupwork based on these two presented theories (pre material). Kolb’s theory about experiental learning and progressive inquiry learning theory.

Introduction (slides)

14:55-16 Everyone together in the same room.

Please remember, that after each VOC (vocational pedagogy) theme you should write a reflective post about the topics of the day.

How to prepare?

Find the instructions if missing https://edulaboulu.wordpress.com/voc-1-10/

The coordinators should send a message to me (sanna.brauer(at)oamk.fi) and tell a little bit about the implementation of the session not later than Tuesday afternoon. If you want to share any material in advance, please link it to the EduLab Facebook-group.

Also, make sure that the materials are uploaded in groups’ own AC room beforehand and check that all connections are working properly.

If you have any further questions, please contact me or share a question in our FB-group.

Please notice also the timetable for tutoring sessions http://doodle.com/s835cpf9s2773na4 . Five of you had scheduled appointment with me. We’ll have our 1st tutoring discussions during next two weeks. Please check your e-mail for further instructions. Juha Pousi will continue with his students on 28th of August.

See you on Thursday!

Virtual test sesion

Thursday June 18th was our first virtual session. As promised we presented the AC system and the opportunities to mess up (in a safe environment)! We also tried a few online learning activities that are linked later in this post.

Here are the links to the sessions:

Alpha
Grapes
Rats

Stars

And here are the learning tasks. Please check out each one and try to contribute at least one idea in all of them.

Concept of “vocational pedagogy”
Use THIS POPPLET to build a mind map about things linked to the vocational pedagogy.
You need to sign up and ask for an invitation (try our Facebook group)

Discussion about e-learning in general
Make sure you know what “SWOT” analysis is!
Use GOOGLE SLIDES to document the SWOT of e-learning.

Discussion about learning contract
Use GOOGLE DOCS to write a statement together. What are the things we can set up as rules for our group? What kind of commitment to the group can be expected? What kind of things should group / individual take care to help the learning process?


How do you yourselves, as adult learners learn the best?
What past learning experiences are useful to your individual learning process?
What studying advice could you give based on your own experiences?
Share ideas at a PADLET WALL

Virtual test session

Hey hey hey!

June 18th is our AC test session. Login at 12:30.
Be prepared. You will need:

-WORKING net connection
-a laptop or desktop computer (no mobile participation)
-to make sure your computer programs are up to date (drivers, flash, updates…)
-place where you can talk and participate without worrying outside distractions
-headset microphone with usb connector
-AC address
-…nerves, stamina, self-efficacy…help… 😉