I just finished a week of lunchtime ‘webinars’ – interactive video presentations with synchronous text chat, voice chat, asynchronous discussions boards, and multiple concurrent videocasts sponsored by JISC. (for those not familiar with JISC http://www.jisc.ac.uk/ it is a UK national organisation – the Joint Information Systems Committee – supporting ‘education and research by promoting innovation in new technologies and by the central support of ICT services’. )
They used Instant Presenter for the Webinar, which worked extremely well for the sessions I attended live, Moodle for the discussion boards, and eventually SlideShare to make all the PowerPoints available to the public.
My impressions are of a community of innovators keen to support and encourage experimentation within sound pedagogical principles. One of the great benefits for me was to gain a greater understanding of what other institutions in the UK are doing, and how, what problems they may have encountered, and how they conceptualise the issues and challenges. I felt it was tremendously valuable.
Here are some links to material about the webinar:
- http://www.rodspace.co.uk/blog/labels/JISC.html Rod Ward & colleagues’ day-by-day blog of the Webinar
- related article “JISC tackles ‘brave new world’ of Web 2.0” with a paper on the topic http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2007/04/news_web2.aspx
- Mark Van Harmelen, co-organised with Tom Franklin, has put the slide shows up on SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/markvanharmelen/slideshows
Here is a clipmark from the blog showing you how to access the discussion boards on Moodle: