Slides and recording for ELESIG
and back-channel Joe Wilson (@joecar) / Twitter
Nice to meet and give Turkish Govt vocational delegation tour of City of Glasgow College and chat about the technologies we use to support learners. Technical chat too about SCQF and Articulation routes and what works and what still does not work in Scotland.
Turkey has just created a national qualifications and credit framework and now trying to get all institutions to implement this.
Well done SQA for supporting this critical international work. I'm sure rest of programme will go well.
Among other things we visited College TV studio - no sound ;-)
It was great to meet the growing user base of Canvas by Instructure at Stirling University Business Centre. Fitting too as Stirling was 2nd institutional Canvas user in Scotland. Glasgow School of Art (GSA) being the first.
There were attendees from both institutions and folks from
- Clyde College
- Borders College
- City of Glasgow College
- Data Lab (Edinburgh University)
- Edinburgh Business School (Edinburgh University)
- Heriot Watt University
- QM University
The community is growing fast - really as Canvas gives us a robust and user-friendly platform with global reach. Mainly, between excellent sessions, it was an opportunity for the system admins and users to exchange some great tips and experiences of rolling out Canvas or simply running the system.
Some of the themes of day went beyond Canvas.
How for instance do we get staff and users to make the most of Artificial Intelligence that is already present in Word and PowerPoint and a range of tools. How we use AI ethically in assessment and how our assessment processes need to change. We've been thinking about that already at City of Glasgow College.
How Canvas data can potentially help shape learner pathways. The new skill sets needed by teaching staff and learners around AI prompts and lots of new tools that will support learning materials become more accessible from better automatic transcription of video, to automatically creating assessments around all kind of artefacts including video and building and creating learning materials. There was some discussion of tools that prompt you to keep on task if you have ADHD (note to self must find that one)
Some of the talk much more hard-core Canvas
- How you manage, roll out and maintain a sensible Canvas template or templates. We have one at City of Glasgow College some Universities have undergraduate and postgraduate even faculty templates. Not a path we will go down. You can catch a glimpse here. Canvas allows you to publish open courses and we will be doing more of this.
- Everyone is enjoying using the new Canvas Icon Maker (though important for accessibility always include an appropriate ALT tag).
- Some institutions like ours have clear update cycles to allow everyone to review content. Some only do this for programmes that are targeted on basis of a range of factors.
- Generally, learners love the consistency of Canvas and templates. The challenges lie in ensuring there is cross faculty adoption and that staff come to have an understanding of very basic learning design. A course should not simply be a collection of PDF documents or PowerPoints.
- One way to solve some of these issues is to build in content review to a college or University quality process. In colleges that might include sampling the appropriate use of the College template in internal verification processes.
- For all ensuring the accessibility of content is continuing issue. There are lots of great tools in Canvas that support this. Our centre uses Ally to take this further but ultimately staff need to take ownership and publish learning materials in an accessible format.
We showcased how we are using Canvas Folio and how it can give a learner a portfolio for life and can be built into normal assessment processes. We talked around how we could use Canvas Credentials as open badges/ micro credentials. Canvas have made two great acquisitions in Portfolium and Badgr.
We highlighted the opportunity that we have as Scottish Canvas users to make more use of Canvas Commons and specifically to work together and share content through a consortium on Canvas Commons. Its available if you look for it under admin consortiums. Called "Scottish Canvas Users Group" We should all be sharing content here and to the wider global community to align to UNESCO principles around Open Educational Resources. We will share our template and some of our Canvas courses here.
Also. covered our approach to ABC learning design and the range of tools our staff have access to, to embed in their Canvas courses.
Some suggestions we will take back.
- Use blueprints very sparingly and only update once or twice a year.
- Look at some additional links that might be useful embedded in template - so always in front of learners - how to install canvas app - where to find Canvas essential course for students. Stirling has this as a Stirling essentials course covering just about everything a learner needs to know. Would be interesting to get student feedback on this.
- Perhaps have link to instructions on accessing the Canvas App on front page of template - but mainly ensure that Canvas home screen/dashboard has key links that students need.
- We will have a sharing session with our graphics lecturers and GSA staff.
- We all agreed to sign up for an online community so we can stay in touch more regularly and we will try and have a face to face gathering every six months.
To mark 10 years of the Open Scotland initiative we held two events as part of the OER23 Conference to bring together members of the education community in Scotland and some of the international delegates to reflect on how the open education landscape in Scotland has evolved over the last decade against the backdrop of global crisis and uncertainty (Campbell and Wilson 2021).
We held a pre-conference workshop and an in-conference plenary.
As ever grateful to ALT and the University of the Highlands and Islands for this opportunity. The OER Conference took place in Scotland for the first time since 2016. A main theme of the conference was.
“Open Education in Scotland #OpenScot – celebrating 10 years of the Scottish Open Education Declaration."
I'm grateful as ever to Lorna M. Campbell my co-founder of Open Scotland and the many supporters we have found across the international and Scottish learning community. It's now been some weeks following the conference allowing me some reflection time (as well as time to do busy and full-on day job) We both juggle workplace commitments while championing open educational practice.
It’s ten years since we set off on what we thought would be a short journey to get Scottish Education to embrace Open Education and open practice. Please dig into the commentary on our slides. It's been more of an uphill journey than we ever anticipated. Thanks to Jim Groom reclaim hosting for Polaroid.
The workshop and plenary went well but at #OER23 we were talking to the converts. It is really apparent that other countries have embraced the UNESCO declaration and are moving ahead of Scotland at a rate of knots.
The Scottish system seems - and to use a good Scottish word "thrawn" Everyone we've reached out to sees the Open Scotland Declaration as an achievable aim but equally College Principals, agency policy makers all think that it is someone else's responsibility to drive change across the system.
Have a look at the output of the workshop and the plenary below. The will is there but the policy leavers and policy makers remain tantalisingly out of reach.
The padlet is still open but as it has now been shared on the open web input is now subject to approval - but please chip in your ideas.
The padlet - highlights what might be. The output from the Padlet will become a manifesto for change from #OpenScot.
As a footnote I asked ChaptGPT about Open Scotland. The text it created is below it shows we've been making all the right waves- how else could ChatGPT pick up themes like this.
But Open Scotland is not yet a Scottish Government initiative - it shows how ChatGPT could create an alternative reality - it created a fantasy.
We've still to make adoption of UNESCO declaration on Open Education a reality in Scotland.
I hope we don't have to wait another 10 years.
Once again thanks to the community around the #oer conferences - you give us the strength, love and enthusiasm to keep pushing at the open door. My last post I hope reflected all the great things happening around the world.
"The Scottish Government has been a strong supporter of Open Education and Open Educational Resources (OER) in Scotland. In 2013, the Scottish Government launched the Open Scotland initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of Open Education and promote the development and use of OER in Scotland.
As part of this initiative, the Scottish Government has provided funding to support the development of OER and the implementation of Open Education practices in Scottish schools, colleges, and universities. For example, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) has provided funding to support the creation of OER through its Open Educational Resources Programme, and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has developed a framework for the use of OER in the development of qualifications. Education Scotland and HMIE support a number of Open Education initiatives across the school and College system.
In addition, the Scottish Government has endorsed the principles of the UNESCO Paris OER Declaration, which calls on governments and institutions around the world to support the development and use of OER. This endorsement demonstrates the Scottish Government's commitment to promoting the use of OER as a means of improving access to education and promoting social inclusion.
Overall, the Scottish Government's support for Open Education and OER has helped to raise awareness of the benefits of open education and has supported the development and implementation of Open Education practices in Scotland."
Would be nice if it was remotely true ...
I'll be around for another flying visit to Bett23 - I wonder how much Artificial Intelligence will be on display ? Is that a pun?
I'll be around Thursday and Friday
At moment I am visiting and/or meeting and presenting
I am looking for innovative partners and potential sponsors for our next year's Learning and Teaching Conference potentially March 2024 . A great way to bring innovative solutions to the Scottish College Sector as well as interesting partners and projects I can bring to a large and ambitious College.
- Intel ( presentation Thursday lunchtime)
- Microsoft Education
- Google Education
- Advantis Systems/Class VR
- Instructure Canvas
- ALT Session ( Association of Learning Technology)
I think I have figured out way to bring AR/VR to the College in a cost effective way but always open to opinions and solutions. I don't need new MIS, VLE, Assessment , Proctoring or Video capture systems etc
My diary is almost full - if you want a meeting reach out to me on twitter @joecar
I look forward to meeting friends old and new.
Reflections last few years BETT
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Perhaps, I could just automate whole process. Scarily how the copy for lots of commercial blogs and internet postings are now created. It is what bots are doing in the background automatically producing content for other bots to produce and flood social media channels with including repetition of any errors.
I asked for current trends in Educational Technology.
"Here are some current trends in educational technology:
It is worth noting that the use of educational technology can raise important questions and challenges related to issues such as equity, accessibility, and data privacy. These issues are being addressed by educators, policymakers, and researchers in various ways. "
- The increasing use of online and digital resources in education, including the use of learning management systems, virtual classrooms, and digital textbooks.
- The use of adaptive learning technologies, which can personalize the learning experience for each student based on their needs and abilities.
- The growing use of educational technology to facilitate collaborative and project-based learning.
- The use of virtual and augmented reality in the classroom.
- The use of artificial intelligence in education, including the development of personalized learning programs and the use of chatbots and other AI-powered tools to support student learning.
- The increasing integration of technology in teacher professional development programs.
- The growing use of educational technology to support blended and hybrid learning models, which combine online and in-person learning.
Or Perhaps Chat AI knows more about Open Scotland than many in the Scottish Educational establishment
"Open Scotland is a group or organization that promotes open education and open educational resources (OER) in Scotland. Open education refers to the practice of making educational resources and materials available online for free, and OER refers to these resources and materials. Open Scotland may work to raise awareness about the benefits of open education and OER, as well as support the development and use of open educational resources in Scotland. "
and a link to paper on wider implications.
It's that time of year again for some quick reflections on 2022 and a look forward to 2023.
On the learning technology front it's been an incredibly busy and rewarding year.
- The focus has been around delivering a whole College move from a self hosted version of Moodle to Canvas by Instructure. It was really gratifying to get student feedback from Class reps in November on a complete sea change on learners feedback on our virtual learning environment. You can get a tiny glimpse in at the first window we opened for learners pre-induction. Prior to procurement we polled and held focus groups around what learners wanted in an ideal learning environment. - Learner feedback is that we have met all of their requirements.
- Along with Canvas we've enabled Blackboard Ally to support greater accessibility across the platform and later than planned added Panopto to our internal tool set to make it easier for teachers to embed recorded teaching content in their blended learning materials.
With a big internal focus on the technical roll out and the associated internal communications, I've had less space for outward looking activities and blogging. My quietest year ever. No Awards this year ;-) barring nice Fujitsu Ambassador Award for the College in April.
A big shout out to the learning technology, and IT teams , the faculty canvas champions and all of the staff at City of Glasgow College for overcoming the daunting challenge of moving our materials and refreshing the look and feel of blended learning at City of Glasgow College.
We are just on first chapter now of what will become a rewarding journey for staff and students.
Other highlights of year
- Attending #BETT22 great to be out and among people and ideas again.
- On going co-chairing of ALT Special interest group in Scotland and sharing challenges. Here is our "three stars and a wish" summary from December.
- Chairing 'I Was Gonnae' charity and watching team grow business
- Chairing Old Hall Scout Group and almost completing the hall refurbishment.
- Watching my daughter thrive at first City of Glasgow College and now Dundee Art School and son enjoying his schooling and rugby.
Lowlights of year
- On going uncertainties around national awarding , SQA and Education Scotland - no longer directly in my ambit but so awful to see press and general idiotic feeding frenzy. I hope in the end it's a good news story for Scottish Education - but I still see little sign of progressive thinking and all the signs that the system is seriously destabilised. I think many of my initial concerns are still live and no sign of any progressive solutions.
- I usually just blog about education. I worked internationally for years - I am a great believer in education as a force for good. Thoroughly sickened by Russian imperial aggression in Ukraine. I still remember a senior Russian civil servant telling me that there should have been no plebiscite in Scotland, apparently in Russia they would just have sent the tanks in to deal with the separatists. As my jaw dropped a Polish Civil servant quietly explained I had just met the Russian bear. Peacefully I will do all I can to support Ukraine.
- The state of public finances will have a long and sustained impact on education at all levels.
Next post looking ahead -