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Higher Education Learning Portfolio for Placements HELPP. Rose Papworth Charlie Papworth Hull College . Hull College JISC Project - HELPP. JISC e-learning capital programme HE in FE strand Elgg (We also use Moodle at Hull) Today we will

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Higher Education

Learning Portfolio for Placements

HELPP

Rose Papworth

Charlie Papworth

Hull College

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Hull College JISC Project - HELPP
  • JISC e-learning capital programme
    • HE in FE strand
  • Elgg
    • (We also use Moodle at Hull)
  • Today we will
    • Give you a brief overview of background/rationale
    • Use so far, after a year, and what we’ve found
      • Work-based learning
    • What we’re doing now
      • Work-based learning / personal development planning (PDP) e-portfolio
    • Some issues with Elgg!
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HEA ICSHE in FE Mini-Project
  • 2006 / 2007
  • Foundation Degree Software Design and Development (full-time)
  • One-day-a-week work placements
  • Regular, but infrequent tutor visits
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HEA ICSHE in FE Mini-Project

Issues:

  • Limited support/feedback for students and mentors
  • Hard to keep track of project progress
  • Personal Development Planning
    • Standard documents = chore
    • Blogs can = diaries rather than reflection
  • Non-traditional students
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HEA ICSHE in FE Mini-Project

Project rationale - use an online environment to:

  • Facilitate tripartite conversation between learner, employer and tutor
  • Increase support for all parties via online provision
  • Provide an online placement contract to keep track of progress
  • Develop personal reflection via blogs and mentor/tutor comments (PDP)
    • social constructivist perspective
  • Use an e-portfolio to facilitate widening participation via personalisation
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HEA ICSHE in FE Mini-Project

Elgg environment – free-to-use, open source:

  • Individual and community blogs with comments
  • Flexible e-portfolio space
  • Access controls – important for sensitive developments
  • Open source to develop an online work placement contract
  • Good feedback on Elgg usability
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HEA ICSHE in FE Mini-Project

Elgg environment – online placement contract:

Check boxes to sign off progress by each party

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HEA ICSHE in FE Mini-Project

Elgg environment in use:

  • 11 second year students as focus group
  • Work placement project
  • At least 12 blog entries during placement (weekly)
    • Entries not graded
  • Employers and tutors read posts and commented - students responded via comments
  • E-portfolio space used to share documents as required rather than assessment
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HEA ICSHE in FE Mini-Project

Encouraging reflection via comments:

Probing questions to facilitate reflection

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HEA ICSHE in FE Mini-Project

Conclusion - evaluation of use:

  • Most students posted regularly
    • Harder to get employers to comment
  • Students enjoyed using blogs as more immediate and aided reflection – better than standard PDP documents
  • E-portfolio helped share documents
  • Outcomes and progress more easily monitored
  • Enabled better communication and support
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HEA ICSHE in FE Mini-Project

For the future!:

  • Students indicated that employers needed reminding to comment and that the quality of employer comments varied
    • Better mentor training on the use of comments to aid reflection
  • Led to the JISC-funded project
    • Using Elgg in a similar manner with other subjects at Hull College
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JISC Project - HELPP

How we’re using Elgg this semester:

  • Work-based learning for first year FD’s
  • Part-time FD Business Information Technology - distance unit
  • Full-time FD Software Design and Development – face-to-face
    • Use of community to seek help / store ‘tasks’
    • Small tasks build into assessment
    • Blogs enable sharing of knowledge via compulsory comments
    • Use of blogs and e-portfolio for assessment
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JISC Project - HELPP

How we’re using Elgg this semester:

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Third year BSc Computing
    • Reflection assessed via blog entries
    • Enhanced via comments
    • Use of Elgg presentations to evidence individual contributions
  • First year FD Business and Management
    • Four blog entries for reflection enhanced via comments
    • Induction/training materials developed
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JISC Project - HELPP

How we’re using Elgg this semester:

  • Blogs and e-portfolio work must be chosen for assessment
    • Some private entries may not want to be used
  • Interoperability issues
    • Download system developed
    • Files chosen, zip file created
    • When unzipped, an HTML-based interface to view files is created
    • Still being tested!
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JISC Project - HELPP

How we’re using Elgg next semester:

  • HE Research Group
    • Document active research via blogs
    • Create a community for information and support
  • Teacher Education
    • EE mentioned a need for innovative use of technology
    • Wants to use blogs for reflection
  • Health and Social Care
    • Has a module on reflective practice
    • Wants to use blogs and comments
  • Art and Design
    • Would like to be able to choose ‘themes’ for the download
    • Would like to be able to showcase student work
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JISC Project - HELPP

Elgg issues:

  • Google
    • College log in pulls full name into Elgg profile
    • Can be searched on in Google
    • The link takes you to the profile page where name and photo can be seen
    • An issue for identification purposes
  • Stopped Google indexing Elgg pages
  • System only pulls first name into profile
  • Prevented non-logged-in users from seeing photo
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JISC Project - HELPP

Elgg issues:

  • After this, more issues!
  • Cannot search for a friend who has a name of three or less characters
  • Need to change name!
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JISC Project - HELPP

Elgg use:

  • Communities important for tutors to ‘organise’ classes
  • Communities also help students limit access
  • Access controls on profile and assessed work important to explain
  • Students who already use social software (e.g. MySpace, Facebook) pick up Elgg easily
  • However, some get very confused between community and personal file storage
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Hull College JISC Project – HELPP

Further information:

  • HEA page:

http://www.ics.heacademy.ac.uk/HEinFE/HullCollege_MP.htm

  • JISC page:

http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/programme_elearning_capital/el_heinfe/helpp.aspx

  • JISC Project web site:

http://helpp.hull-college.ac.uk/

Thanks for having us!

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