08 May 2012

Face-to-face networking

In spite of our need to keep in touch via various communication technologies (telephone, web conferencing etc), it's always great to get together in the same room at the same time. Face to face.

And there are so many people in ACE e-learning doing great work across the North-West region of Melbourne.

On the first of May, we were joined by some wonderful educators and managers from:
  • Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 
  • North Melbourne language and literacy,
  • Meadow Heights Learning Shop,
  • Djerriwarrh Employment and Education Services,
  • Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre (CNLC), 
  • Community West,
  • Yarraville community centre

We talked about a whole range of things: 
  • What people have been up to lately, 
  • Issues that come up, time and again, 
  • Resources that people wanted to share, 
  • Things to follow up.
The first thing to follow up was from our first activity of the day. We spent some time matching generic software labels with educational or social purpose and then brand names.

For example: 
1) Generic software: Voice board
2) Description: Application which enables discussion in voice form - not necessarily at the same time. Students can leave a series of voice messages. 
3) Brand names: voxopop, wimba. 

This came up in a previous discussion, where we talked about how people often leap to the brand name, which doesn't help e-learning beginners at all. 

Ann) "What kind of e-learning are you doing?"
Bill) "We're doing google docs."
Ann) "Huh?"
Bill) "Ah, I mean we're getting our students to write collaboratively using web-based writing tools."
Ann) "Oh I see. What kind of writing?"

Anyway, here's the full list, attached in 

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