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


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?

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!!! 🙂


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.


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.


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!

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:



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

VOC individual tasks

After each VOC (vocational pedagogy) theme write a reflective post about the topics of the day.
This way you should document your learning process throughout the studies.

The post should be reflective writing. (Not just a list of things that happened or same material that was already shared.)
It should highlight your understanding and experinces that are linked to the theme. You can refer to the virtual session and the study material that was used. Insert images, news, links and videos into your post – get to know what it means to write online. (Verkkokirjoittaminen)

You should take a look at the sources yourself and comment the material. Make sure you know how to correctly site and refer published material.

Your blog posts should document your learning process. They should show your competence and your understanding of the themes.

Micro lessons -page published, tasks to be announced in AC meeting

Micro lessons are crated in with a pair or indiviually.
The format of the lesson is open, but you must provide it online and students must be able to participate it without live action.

You must

1. Study the content
2. Prapare an online lesson, teaching activity (for example video lecture, questionnaire, pre-selected reading material with activating questions…)
3. Set the deadline
4. Publish your online lesson and inform the address on our Facebook group. We will put the links on this page as well.
5. Track the progress of learning activity (and remind students who might not be participating in time)
6. Give feedback or report of the learning activity