I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Jisc Legal team recently to update their copyright training for University Lecturers in light of new legislation and also to create a new and updated copy aimed at College Lecturers. You can preview both the HE and FE versions via the links below and also access the modules on Jorum (whilst it’s still available) where you can download plain or SCORM versions of the resource for uploading to your VLE/LMS.
*Minor updates Aug 2016
Now that the version for college lecturers is available I used the resource as part of a training session last week as a vehicle for discussing a few separate topics:
1. Copyright considerations
The training resource contains very pragmatic advice and guidance which is much needed in an area which is often complex and as a consequence often completely ignored!
2. An example of scenario based e-learning content
These days it is well known amongst professional developers just how effective scenario based e-learning can be especially when compared with the old tell test metaphor that was the norm previously. Arguably this Jisc legal training could go further in this respect but there’s obviously a balance to be had when the training is aimed at ‘short of time’ lecturers and self-contained access with 60 minutes or less completion time. There are opportunities for reflection and note taking throughout and although some of the individual topics seem very similar and possibly repetitive it’s these individual notes and reflections and the ability to email or print the collated results that could prove the difference between the informational and performance objectives underpinning the training.
3. An example of mobile compatible content created with a rapid e-learning tool
Many visitors here will be familiar with my involvement with Xerte but in this case Articulate Storyline was the tool of choice. This was for a number of reasons, not least of which updating the previous module created with Articulate Presenter, but also some of the improvements and additions in this case would have been difficult and more time consuming to start from scratch in Xerte. With the latest version of Articulate Storyline there are apps for use on iPads and Android tablets providing optimised access on those devices as well as HTML 5 and Flash output for other platforms. As well as optimised playback an additional benefit of using the free Articulate app on your iPad or Android tablet is the option to download to your device for offline use e.g. download while on institution wifi and then learn from the material while on the move without needing a connection.
4. Finished content showing the result of a mix of tools and techniques
It seems to me that too often there is a notion that one size/tool fits all e.g. a single authoring tool will provide all that is required. Apart from the fact that it’s not the tool that creates effective learning content but the planning, authoring skills and learning design that goes into the development, it’s rarely the case that a single tool will suffice these days. When I think about the array of tools and techniques used in developing this material the list is almost endless including PowerPoint, Photoshop, Articulate Presenter, Articulate Storyline, Audacity, VideoScribe, Inkscape, Google Drive, DropBox, Trello, Word, FormatFactory etc etc etc.
It was useful to be able to discuss some of this in the context of a real world example during a training session that wasn’t really about copyright but quickly highlighted how much this role based and pragmatic guidance about copyright is certainly needed!