Post by Professor Christina Preston
I’ve just returned from representing MirandaNet Partners HandsOn ICT and Learning Designer at the EApril conference in Cyprus where industry, academic and teaching representatives were all concentrating on the belief the that professional practice is as valuable as theory. What I enjoyed about the conference was the concentration on lively exchange and collaboration in the sessions: speed dating first to get to know as many colleagues as possible. Then the session titles and the instructions for submitting were particularly effective: present and discuss, roundtables, symposia, workshops, practice and research dialogue, flipping the session and group cloud sessions. I also found that the delegates were more willing to undertake more active roles than I have seen in other conferences. I think a shared vision of participation from the committee well communicated and sustained might have been the reason.
This was a good conference to present the HandsOn ICT MOOC and the Learning Designer Challenge, another kind of MOOC, because the teams have developed the pilots on the principle of community participation and sharing. The key point is that these lessons plans about practice should be as valuable as an academic journal about theory.
After the presentation the members of the workshop in groups reviewed some Learning Designer lesson plans that had been submitted and shared their ideas about how they might cost a course – an opportunity they had not had before. Some members of the group were keen to join into the next iterations of the HandsOn ICT project.
I am pleased to share the presentation I gave with you here.