Here are four examples of good practice in online learning in DSC, drawn from the Whatonearth 2014 LTIF project. These examples cover practice in both VE and HE. They highlight exemplary use of Blackboard as well as innovative use of Google Sites and Communities.
An Online Studio in Facebook
Naomi Herzog is a lecturer in the the School of Media and Communications, Photography Certificate IV and Diploma of Photo Imaging courses. She does some exemplary work in Blackboard (as shown in these interviews with her students) and is making some interesting excursions into new tools. Despite the challenges of doing collaborative work in Blackboard, Naomi created a great success with peer review using the journal tool. Her model presents a great example of the dynamic, collaborative elements required for a successful online studio.
More details about Naomi’s work can be found here.
Multimedia in Vietnam
A similar example comes from Vietnam with the Bachelor of Multimedia program. Students learn 2D design, drawing on Wacom tablets, and 3D design in 3D Studio Max. Work is submitted into Blackboard blogs where students can see and comment on each other’s work. Lecturer Li Ping Thong also is able to give feedback on students work within the LMS.
Google Sites and Modelling Good Practice
Jennifer Woods teachers a number of subjects for the Interior Decoration and Design program in Architecture and Design. A large part of her work is the use of Google Sites for both content delivery and as a place for students to show their design work and ideas. Her subjects include the History of Interior Design, several studio based projects, soft furnishings. Students can learn how to design basic mini websites. They are learning basic digital literacy and make it easy for the lecturer to jump in and give formative assessment.
Using Blogging and Google Communities
Reina Ichii lectures units in Development Economics, Microfinance and Development, Aid Adjustment, Development and Cultural Business Practice in Asia. These are part of undergraduate degrees in International Studies and postgraduate degrees in International Development in the school of Global, Urban and Social Studies. She uses a lot of contemporary online practice to help solve the problems of delivering at distance and modelling practice to students. Google communities allows students to respond to announcements from their phone. Reina uses them for announcements, rubrics, group discussions and fielding questions. She also uses the event function to schedule online discussion sessions with students via Google Hangout on Air. Students can communicate within a group task. As well in the community is used for sharing tech tips.
The Whatonearth project also unearthed a couple of great examples, one using Twitter, and the other using wikis, in the College of Business. and from from the College of Science, Education and Health, this example using Google Sites as the LMS, perhaps my favourite example of good practice from across the university.