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A number of teacher educators, like Dr Matthew Kearney at University of Technology Sydney,  have expressed interest in using the DiAL-e framework to support their trainee teachers in the use of video and media in teaching and learning. We have worked closely with Matthew and his colleagues at UTS in the past, running workshops around DiAL-e and co-authoring several papers. Matthew has developed several interesting projects around the use of video with his trainee teachers and the original idea for one of the learning designs (Predict, Observe and Evaluate) came from Matthew who is a science educator.  We are delighted to hear that teachers find the framework a useful point of reference for how they use video in class and would be delighted to hear from more of those who are involved or interested in this kind of work.  Reply with your details and let us know what you are currently doing with video.

The programme has been releasded for the 27th Annual Distance Learning and Teaching Conference at Madison-Wisconsin this August. It looks like a really fascinating programme and I'm very excited to be part of it.

I'll be running a workshop with Kevin Burden on the DiAL-e and details will follow on that (www.dial-e.net) but on the SOLE model front I'm delighted to say that I have two sessions at Madison.

The Videoshare session, which I'll post here immediately afterwards, is V1 on Wednesday 3rd at 4:30.

conference programme screencapture
VideoShare Session

there is also a 45 minute Information Session (which will be a fairly interactive workshop) on Thursday 4th from 2:15-3:00 and is designated I-22

Second programme extract
Second programme extract

It's a great looking programme, I'll just have to remember to turn up to my own session! There doesn't appear to be a conference hashtag# but Kevin and I will be using #dialeUS for our workshop and I intend using #SOLE2011 for my sessions.

Great to see details of the DiAL-e Workshop is PM-7 at the The 27th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Our session is: DiAL-e Framework: Optimizing media for engagement at a distance and is a half-day workshop on

Wednesday, August 3; 1:00-4:00

advertised as

"Despite the abundance of digital media and communication tools now available to educators, it remains a challenge to use media effectively to promote learner engagement and higher order thinking skills. Join this lively, interactive and hands-on workshop to learn the Digital Artifacts for Learner Engagement (DiAL-e) framework for distance learning design and how to adapt it to your particular discipline and institutional setting. Through exemplars and problem-solving scenarios, you will explore how digital artifacts from a range of worldwide video archives can be used to develop higher levels of engagement, critical thinking and student independence. This workshop will also demonstrate how Web 2.0 tools support effective interactions around digital artifacts. Finally, you will develop your own ideas and exemplars for immediate application. Laptops will be helpful but are not required for participation."

We are very excited about running this worksop, which we'll endeavour to capture here at dial-e.net too.

Any questions lease feel free to ask via the comments.

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SOLE Model Poster
ALDinHE Poster - SOLE Model

This years ALDinHE conference had as its theme - “Engaging Students - Engaging Learning” and was a series of small, diverse but very practical sessions ranging from identifying successful work-based learning models to the effective induction of non-traditional learners. In amongst all of that I ran a small workshop on Wednesday 20th April using a single webpage on the wordpress site for the DiAL-e Project. (You are welcome to access the workshop resources if you are interested in the DiAL-e)

I had two posters at the conference, a solo effort with the SOLE model and a joint effort with Kevin Burden from the University of Hull featuring the DiAL-e framework work we have been doing since 2006. There was an excellent response to the SOLE poster and considerable interest in its potential use as a staff development stimulus. I was particularly keen to suggest it form a useful tool for course team development in the broader context of course design, but every conversation helps me refine my own ideas, which is after all why we go to these conferences!

The ALDinHE Poster (as a PDF: SOLE Poster 2011-1 FINAL)

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