Recently GippsTAFE, in partnership with Monash University, conducted an eLearning Forum at the GippsTAFE Academy in Traralgon. The forum was a face to face event and was attended by over 80 people. While many of the audience came from GippsTAFE and Monash Universtiy it was a pleasure to welcome participants from a range of organisations including secondary colleges, other TAFE colleges and private industry. The forum was the latest event in the joint professional development series organised by Monash University and GippsTAFE’s Innovation Department.
The eLearning Forum featured speakers from GippsTAFE and Monash University along with an extended workshop with internationally recognised eLearning expert Professor Gilly Salmon, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology.
Below is a summary of the various session conducted during the day:
SHOWCASE – LEARNING AND TEACHING INNOVATION
Mitch Hughes (Lead Educational Designer, Monash Virtual Learning Environment Program)
During this session Mitch explored the diversity of teaching approaches within Monash University and demonstrated a range of techniques a teacher can use to make their online teaching platform, in this case Moodle 2, more engaging for their students.
DISCOVERING GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION
Samantha Garrett (Business Analyst, Google Product Specialist, eSolutions, Monash University)
Samantha discussed the use of Google Apps as a way to enhance online communication and collaboration. She demonstrated how Google Apps can be used in the classroom.
FACILITATING IN SYNCHRONOUS ELEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Brad Beach (Manager, Innovation and International Programs GippsTAFE)
Brad’s presentation highlighted the key criteria to consider when selecting a synchronous elearning environment. He also discussed critical aspects of planning and designing a virtual classroom session and provided an understanding of the types of learning activities which are most suited to a synchronous environment as opposed to an asynchronous space.
HARNESSING TECHNOLOGY… AND WINNING HANDS DOWN
Professor Gilly Salmon (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning Transformations, Swinburne University of Technology)
Gilly’s presentation was in two parts. The first part looked at elearning from a broad perspective and discussed the key stages in the development of an online community. During the second part of the presentation Gilly gave some terrific examples of online activities (e-tivities) including practical strategies that ensure maximum student engagement.