The BOLT Project Newsletter
In this second BOLT Story, Indie Chung reports on his experiences of applying blended learning to a group of Psychology students. In this case study Indie reflects on developing a more interactive and engaging approach to learning, both in and out of the classroom.
As always, if you have a story to tell, please reach out to us, we’d love to share it.
KEEP – Building Bridges in eLearning
BOLT at #altc
A Summer of Learning
Mr. Bo ZHU
KEEP - Knowledge and Education Exchange Platform
Building bridges across universities in Hong Kong
KEEP is also focused on creating links and connections across educational institutions in Hong Kong. We’ve been encouraged by many teachers who have said KEEP is the only platform allowing them to teach students across and outside their university. Currently on the KEEP platform, teachers in Hong Kong have created over 50 courses, 10 of them cross-institutional, under development by local teachers and staff, with many more in progress. One cross-institution course that has been shared is from the HKU Technology-enriched Learning Initiative (TeLi), as part of the BOLT project. They produced a self-paced eLearning course, originally named Scale Out Teaching; Scale Up Learning, available to all institutions and utilized KEEP as a public platform to share this course. To facilitate easier access for students and teachers, KEEP is also working with the JUCC federation committee to develop single sign-on access for students across all 8 UGC institutions to the KEEP platform. We hope that as we work on these developments together, we will be able to see education in Hong Kong set an example for the world to follow.
Find out more about KEEP and what we’re doing at keep.edu.hk, or contact us at email@example.com!
Building Bridges in eLearning
In today’s eLearning world, the best technology is often expensive or limited to only a select few and traditional platforms often restrict teachers from sharing content beyond the students in their own courses. The Knowledge and Education Exchange Platform (KEEP) provides all educators and learners with open access to the best educational resources, data analytics, courseware, and tools through a one-stop platform. KEEP is a partnership with all top 8 UGC institutions in Hong Kong, as well as with several leading global providers such as Coursera, Canvas, and xuetangX, among others. KEEP hopes to build bridges between teachers and technology, and across universities in Hong Kong to build a stronger educational ecosystem.
Building bridges between teachers and technology
Since its inception, KEEP has been committed to making it easier for teachers to use and access technology for teaching and learning. Before, teachers often commented how traditional attendance systems were too time-consuming or expensive, so KEEPAttendance was designed to utilize students’ existing smartphones to automate the process. Teachers also expressed the need for a course-hosting platform that would enable them to better engage students. Professors Ron Kwok and Terence Cheung from CityU used KEEPCourse, confirming “the KEEP project brings a lot of fun and enables interactions of the three online courses at CityU piloted in 2015/16. The gamification approach enriches higher interactivity and student engagement in-class and out-of-class, and results in a blended learning environment.” Additionally, as teachers consistently voiced their desires to access learning analytics, we developed a central one-stop dashboard to view all learning activity from videos, pages, quizzes, assignments, and discussions from both KEEP Moodle and KEEP Open edX. Our hope is that these tools will narrow the gap between teachers and technology to improve teaching and learning.
Mr. David WATSON
The Hong Kong Polytechnic
What is #altc?
#altc is the Twitter hashtag that is used for all things ALT. It is also a lifeline for those attending the annual Association for Learning Technology conference as it is impossible to see and attend every session, never mind digesting the seemingly never-ending rich stream of resources, advice and guidance from the 400-500 attendees over the 3-day conference. Set in the picturesque countryside campus of Warwick University, this year’s conference themes revolved around:
Connecting data and analytics to enhance learning and teaching: exploring possibilities and making links.
Collaboration and innovation in the open: taking risks, sharing lessons and the importance of open practice.
Creating new learning, teaching and assessment opportunities: play, experiment, discover, embed to enhance learner experiences.
Wildcard: Learning Technology is everywhere… you are free to contribute any aspect of your research, practice or policy work.
Who goes to #altc?
Attendees of #altc are typically ALT members and professionals from the learning technology industry, ranging from learning technologists and heads of department, to academics and trainers from corporate industries. An incredibly welcoming and well planned conference by the small ALT team, holders of CMALT also assist to chair sessions, present and also attend the Annual ALT AGM - something which adds to the close sense of community between all attendees, whether it is their first ALT conference or not. Having attended #altc once previously in 2014 it was notable this time around just how much the community is growing and thriving, and how seriously ALT’s principles and values are being taken in the world of Higher Education, with the alignment of UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and CMALT adding increasing value and recognition to ALT's peer-based accreditation scheme.
Why go to #altc?
A wholly enriching experience of meeting like-minded educators from universities and colleges all over the UK and further afield, sharing knowledge, open educational resources and addressing issues together means you leave fully motivated to enhance your practice and embark on new working relationships with new collaborators. This year was no exception, with some thought-provoking keynotes (see below) and 10 year anniversary of the Learning Technologist of the Year Awards, which highlights the great work that we all achieve within Higher Education.
Watch the Keynotes!
Find out more & register:
www.bolt.edu.hk/cmalt or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Connect, Collaborate, Create
David Watson, who coordinates the BOLT CMALT Professional Development Module, recently attended ALT Annual Conference 2016 in the UK, where he won the Highly Commended Individual Award. Well done David! Here, he reports on the conference highlights.
ALT Annual Conference 2016:
Sharing your achievements via CMALT
The CMALT Professional Development Module launched at the beginning of summer and is the final piece of the BOLT Project to come online. This mentor-supported online module is designed to lead participants through the process of achieving Certified Membership of the Association of Learning Technologies by developing a portfolio to showcase work done in the field of learning technology. An introductory webinar in June, presented by David Watson and Darren Harbutt, got the ball rolling by outlining what is required to achieve certification and what our module can do to help support colleagues in the process, followed by a Q&A session. Find out more at http://www.bolt.edu.hk/cmalt/ and sign up for our module. See you online!
A Summer of
Interactive Online Learning @ HKU
Interactive Online Learning, the course formerly known as Scale Out Teaching, Scale Up Learning, celebrated its second cohort at HKU this August. Two face-to-face sessions bookend the online learning over a two-week period in which participants sharpened their teaching-with-video skills. Combining pedagogical and practical tips with a deep dive into learning analytics and how to harness data to improve teaching and learning, the module is intensive but fun and very practical at heart. This second running of the course featured an upgrade from its initial cohort that implemented feedback and suggestions from participants. In keeping with the BOLT philosophy of implementation, feedback and iteration, IOL goes from strength to strength.
If you haven’t already experienced this blended course, reserve a space in your diary under May 2017 for the next offering, and learn from and with our friends at HKU.
Summer BOLT, Autumn BOLT
As one finishes, another one begins, at least with current BOLT Foundation Course offerings. Summer BOLT, co-hosted by HKBU and EdUHK drew to a close with BOLT Certificates earned, 3 BOLT Champions named and many of the participants already thinking about how to put their Learning Innovation Plan into practice in Module 2, starting Monday 17 October…
…where they’ll be joining the graduates of the ‘regular’ term-time BOLT, which had its own opening class on 24 August. Participants from six local institutions came together to celebrate the opening course session, a chance for participants to enjoy some synchronous face-to-face learning before exploring the online mode, both synchronously and asynchronously. This combination of a BOLT Module 1 in the summer to complement the regular winter and summer term cohorts increases the reach and flexibility of the course, taking into account the priorities of busy colleagues. The regular versions can take you through both Modules back-to-back in one semester or spread out over a year, while the summer version takes a more leisurely stroll thought the input of Module 1, allowing graduates to complete Module 2 when convenient. Which BOLT works best for you?
Mr. Darren HARBUTT
The Hong Kong Polytechnic
Mr. Darren HARBUTT
Mr. Indie CHUNG
Mr. David WATSON
Mr. Bo ZHU
Miss Arinna LEE
Dr. Charlie YEUNG
Miss Birley CHAN
Mr. Anthony HO
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- BOLT Foundation Course Module 2: starts online Monday 17 October.
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- Teaching & Learning Expo 2016:
Darren and Laura from PolyU’s BOLT team will be presenting on Saturday 10 December
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