It's been a while since I last posted, but term is back in full swing now, so here's a run down of what's going on.
Teaching wise, I'm doing several Photoshop courses, a Web scripting course and my Foundation Degree in IT Security again. Actually, it's a rather nice timetable, unlike this time last year when I was bombarded with new things to keep me busy.
Work is starting on my dissertation research, and I'm in the process of enlisting all my learners in order to gather data on whether their use of online collaborative tools can improve critical thinking skills. One group are already on board, and I'm working hard now to build the foundations for successful online working by getting them logging into our VLE and wikispaces site, just to post a few lines and say hello.
We've migrated to Moodle 2.0 - I quite like the interface so far, but the wiki still looks hit and miss - which is why I've opted to stick with wikispaces for now. It means the learners have an additional log in to worry about which is a pity, but I think it's an easier place to work in once they've logged in.
My main gripe so far is that in the Centres the paperwork is almost overwhelming. With ILPs, Induction packs, Centre log ins, different Moodle log ins, and also the addition of research consent forms to add to the mix, the first few sessions can easily get rather tedious and paperbased.