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  • Digital Literacy and New Teaching Skills for University Teachers Going Online Susanne Koch University of Oslo [email_address]
  • The Scope
    • Challenges and solutions of a small university department which focuses primarily on lifelong learning setting out to meet some of the central requirements of the Bologna process
  • A Big Leap
    • From only one assessment at the end of each course to formative assessment throughout the entire course
    • So, in a course with 100 students, was the lecturer to invite each student into his office for a conversation?
    • Online support was the answer
  • New Tricks for Old Dogs
    • A need for new skills: pedagogical, technical and even social
    • A shortage of resources: Online teaching is often time consuming and the lecturers are already pressed for time
    • A problem of motivation: When implementing an extensive reform, there are a number of changes to be implemented and both lecturers and students can get weary.
  • Our Solution
    • Offer short one-on-one sessions in e-pedagogy when needed
    • Develop an online toolbox for e-learning
  • T oolbox for e-learning
    • Writing for Internet
    • LMS tips and hints
    • Intro to technical tools for teaching online
    • Intro to pedagogical tools for teaching online
    • Reviews of books on e-learning
    • Teach yourself to teach online , short pdf introductions to teaching online
    • Online discussions on the pitfalls of online communication and how to avoid them
  • Portal for Online Pedagogy
    • An expansion of the toolbox for e-learning
    • Made available to the entire University
    • Readily available, practically oriented, bite sized pieces of teaching skills and digital literacy
  • Elements of the Portal
    • A short and simple manual in pdf format to be used as an introduction or to refer to when in doubt
    • LMS course pages with general resources for lecturers to cut and paste when preparing their own courses
    • Advanced LMS tips and tricks
    • A short introduction to using online discussion forums
    • Practical tips for using forums in teaching
    • How to search the net for material suitable for teaching
    • Link bank of quality tested scholarly web links
  • In Short
    • In order to take advantage of the benefits of e-learning, it is important that technical and pedagogical support is available.
    • Instructional design teams with technicians, educationalists and web designers who work together is an ideal solution, but unaffordable for us
    • We are hoping that a system with a portal for online pe dagogy offering help for the novice and the adept alike, and with some degree of personal support, might be a way to go
  • Our next adventure
    • An online bank of cases for case based teaching
    • Teachers and students building the cases together
    • Using mind map technology