Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning #ocTEL

“Poor use of technology is a significant waster of time and money in the public sector. UK Higher Education is not exempt from this problem. This course will help those planning and delivering teaching in HE to make the best use of technology in their work and avoid pitfalls and hiccups.”

OCTEL: Open Course in Technology Enhanced LearningI’ve just signed up for yet another MOOC, this one provided by ALT (the Association for Learning Technology) called the “Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning”.

Starting in April 2013, and running for 10 weeks, the online course will “help those planning and delivering teaching in HE to make the best use of technology in their work and avoid pitfalls and hiccups”.

  • You can follow the course, and the run up to it, on Twitter with the hashtag #ocTEL and Twitter account @ALTocTEL

The course will cover aspects of (and is not limited to … nor is it finalised yet either):

  • Induction: how this course works, who can help
  • Openness and standards
  • Options for the material, sizing effort, lead times, hardware and software needs, costs
  • On line assessment
  • Accessibility
  • Students in transition between sectors
  • Environments and administration
  • Using social media and games
  • Group activity
  • Tutoring and supporting on line
  • Feedback and responding
  • The student perspective
  • Networking and further information

There is also a competition (on the website) where you can submit your own visual elements that “give a flavour what’s involved in TEL, why its interesting and what broader vision of teaching and learning it serves.” What would you do for this … but don’t tell me, I’ll have a think for myself and see what I can come up with.

Image Source: ALT / ocTEL

  • Sheila MacNeill

    Will be interested to see how this goes. Have decided to give it a miss as I’m a bit MOOC-ed out and 10 weeks is quite a hefty commitment.


    • Thanks Sheila. I too am dreading the 10 weeks of study/reflection/writing/etc but need to get my brain in gear (again) if I’m going to be honest with myself that I can (successfully) do a Masters degree, online, and part-time. With this MOOC being 10 weeks it’ll be more like a module of study at postgrad level (time only, not quality. maybe) so i should see if I’m up for it.

      I think this’ll be my last #edtech MOOC for a while, I am interested in the ‘camera never lies’ on though in June … !

      Speak soon, all the best. David

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