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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Learning content for the TV generation | Features - Times LIVE

Carol Dwyer is a live wire, she’s a ‘mature’ lecturer at False Bay College who has embraced technology in order to develop blended learning experiences that are entertaining, appropriate, and relevant to the topic as well as contextualized for the local student, continues Times LIVE.

Eiffel Corp students.
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In ten years Dwyer, who started as a Life Orientation lecturer in the TVET sector, has transformed blended learning from a senior management strategy to an operational reality. 

As E-learning Manager she has implemented and promoted the use of a sophisticated Learning Management System (LMS) which all students have access to either off campus or in the well-established and fully functional open learning centers at their campuses.

Speaking at Eiffel Corp’s 20th celebration in Cape Town recently, Dwyer challenged educators to transform their academic teaching material into content that’s engaging, entertaining, relevant, contextualized and in manageable bite size chunks.

“Don’t let anyone tell you it requires a lot of money – it takes a mind shift, creativity and time,” said Dwyer .

“We’re teaching a TV generation, which means teaching material must include visual imagery, graphics, videos and cater for students you tend to have a short attention span," said Barty...

The network can be digital such as the internet but it can also be personal as in asking an expert in a particular field to explain a piece of content, concept or demonstrating a skill.  

Lessons learned when creating blended learning:         
  • Presenting content in bite size chunks –  we call this conceptual teaching – teaching a concept one at a time rather than just a lot of content       
  • Learner centered – self-paced, with continual testing loops and feedback 
  • Short lecture capture – for short attention spans         
  • Screen capture – using Camstudio – it is free and great for teaching functions on a computer          
  • Peer education – discussions, forums, self-made videos  
Prepared by Go4Word on behalf of Eiffel Corp.  
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Source: Times LIVE