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Madison-Wisconsin Workshop 3 Aug 2011

24 colleagues from Distance Providers across the US, including form sectors with which we were less familiar such as Military Instructional Education, joined us for a DiAL-e workshop  in Madison-Wisconsin. A half-day workshop on the first day of the 27th Annual Distance Education Conference in Madison-Wisconsin ( #dtl2011 ) provided us with an excellent opportunity to explain and explore the work progressed since 2006. In retrospect we might well have spent more time on the underlying theoretical frameworks and contextual issues which underpin the DiAl-e, but we were excited to discuss video in a broader digital context with a focus on distance education. We took the opportunity to discuss how digital video might be optimised in distance education contexts using Web 2.0 technologies. We discussed and demonstrated the opportunities for using video as the basis for asynchronous discussion using VoiceThread, (about which we have already written elsewhere), for using subtitling not only to translate but annotate and punctuate video using Universal Subtitlesand the opportunities for using embedded segments of existing YouTube clips with ChopTube.   We ended with an insight into the role of emerging Semantic Video engines and the HTML5 format. The focus was very much on how teaching and learning can benefit from these emerging technologies. Details of the workshop are available here.

Great afternoon session today at Madison Wisconsin Conference. Some 50-60 people, the majority were faculty, and the majority with some responsibility for learning designs. It was an opportunity to outline the model and explore the cultural and contextual factors that lie behind the conceptual model. Some good exchanges and lots to think about. The toolkit was then demonstrated and seemed broadly appreciated. At least two people downloaded the free Excel Workbook during the session and hopefully more will do so shortly. It would be wonderful to find a US institution that felt the SOLE model could support their instructional design teams and faculty to develop more effective holistic learning design for learners.

The Workshop was run from this WordPress site so all the materials are available here

Just a few days before the 27th Annual Distance Education Conference in Madison-Wisconsin kicks off and final preparations for the workshop are underway. The conference tweet tag is #dtl2011 and we plan also to use #DialeUS for our session. We expecting at least 17-20 people which will make a very effective focus group to develop the work Kevin Burden and I have done over the last 5 years. We are very excited to be reconsidering the well-tried framework developed for video in a broader digital context with a focus on distance education. We always believed the model was adaptable to context and this is our opportunity to explore that notion with experienced and expert colleagues. Simon Atkinson (from Cambridge, MA!)

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