Wendy Palmer

Wendy Palmer

An experienced and results focused learning specialist with a track record of success in strategic and operational implementation and management of learning programs and systems.

Location Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

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  • @SusanShaw I like these examples, I google things all the time and am brushing up on my school girl German through daily Duolingo lessons. Can you share some of your favourite podcasts?

  • Thanks for sharing @RhiddhiSaha sounds like a great experience for your students. Do you have some tips for how you manage student comms across all the platforms?

  • @SvitlanaKumpan Whilst I agree with your comments, I think for many teachers they are also constrained by expectations and regulations. Schools are set up to teach a set curriculum and then students are tested on how well they know that and then in turn schools are graded and judged and parents want to send their children to schools that grade well, so it is...

  • I really like this example as it treats technology as just part of a toolkit that a teacher uses, with this teacher moving from face-to-face to using technology in a very seamless way.

  • That is a great point @StéphanieFen-Chong, as information (content) becomes more readily available the role of teacher as facilitator and helping students navigate through the maze of information becomes increasingly important.

  • Digital learning was already a disruptor of traditional learning but now it is becoming a necessity. However Kamala you make a good point, as with all change it is far more difficult at first and can take much longer. My experience has been that once there is familiarity and capability with the various tools then it becomes easier and when we are able to...

  • Hi Janet, that is an interesting insight that getting shared software onto all the different devices was the initial challenge. Hope all is now running smoothly for you. Wendy

  • Thanks for sharing that Janet, that is interesting. Where there any online resources that you used for the initial training that you could share.

  • Good luck Janet, many teachers around the world are now facing this challenge. Remember that a lot of your students will have good digital literacy, get them involved to contribute and suggest how the tools will work best for them.

  • I've always liked the phrase 'learning in the gaps' MOOCs can be a great support to top up knowledge for your job or career, so great approach @ElianeLörtscher - blending formal and informal learning.

  • What I am reflecting on is that after many years in elearning or digital learning where the the focus was often on high quality content, the conversations are pivoting away from content to connection and how educators connect with their students and student connect with each other. Digital content can be so engaging but in this time of isolation we are seeing...

  • Agree formal learning can provide a great base and also builds thinking and learning skills such as critical thinking and problem solving that aren't so readily acquired through informal learning.

  • I work at Deakin in digital learning but wanted to come and join the course to better understand the many challenges now facing the education sector and to have an opportunity to learn from how many of you are facing and overcoming these challenges. I look forward to many conversations.

  • @bianca frost testing tagging comments

  • There was an interesting theme between emotion and logic. Is it evidence based or all about love. I would imagine a good philosophy can bring these together.

  • @RobMiles @AshleyAnderson Hi, I've been in elearning for over 20 years and agree - a good textbook, a good video, a good info-graphic, a good interactive diagram can all do a very similar job.
    When I started in elearning it was fundamentally a solitary learning activity, some interaction with the computer (who can forget drag and drop quizzes) but a self...

  • @DavidAdamson These are good points David and in the current climate of disruption of the education sector I think they apply to more than just the corporatised university environment - most education providers are stretched for resources. What I find interesting is the possibilities that some of these new models open up and how they might help people to...

  • @AnnGriffin Definitely innovation and creativity are essential to STEM but I wonder if they are developed more by active and social learning activities rather than curation.

  • Another option is using some of the great apps that are out there - not plugging this product but saw a demo and case studies at a recent conference and it seemed a great tool to incorporate video into a school environment. https://flipgrid.com/

  • I understand what you mean about the production values from some learner generated content but another way to look at this is that these videos have a different quality that is highly valued - authenticity. However if you do want to incorporate student video than maybe some support or tips for video production could be shared with your learners - does anyone...

  • @ClaireUrbach Hi Claire, the functionality is set in the design of the platform but you have touched on a long running debate. Some say always new window is better navigation, but on a tablet or a phone can get very messy. There are strong feelings on both sides. My main requirement is consistency and disclosure so that you can get used to what is happening...

  • @KarenWickerson This may provide some more info about the platform https://www.futurelearn.com/using-futurelearn/why-it-works

  • The FutureLearn platform is web based with adaptive layout. Definitely not scorm.

  • Perhaps in STEM, the value of curation could be found in the application of the knowledge and exploring case studies?

  • @DavidAdamson I think you've hit on good connection, most of the concepts used in digital learning are relevant to learning - full stop. I've spent over 20 years in elearning and for a long time have advocated dropping the e - it's learning. However there is no denying that the internet and the exponential growth of information that we can now access has...

  • @AaronWijeratne I really like this comment, in digital learning design, some of the best aha moments I have had have been observing and talking to students using and navigating the online experiences and environments that I have helped to create. One of the most powerful was watching a student navigate using assistive technology, in half an hour I understood...

  • I think in a lot of digital experiences more thought has been put into the learning material and not enough into the overall student experience, I definitely agree it is often difficult to use business terms that are more often associated with profit making ventures, but the reality is that for many students the overall experience they get in a digital...

  • The principle that I most connected with is 'the ability to see connections between fields, ideas and concepts is a core skill'. I have always liked the quote from Einstein "Imagination is more important than knowledge". The ability to see new ideas and put two things together to make something completely unexpected is a really exciting way to learn and...

  • I also struggle with this, I did a bit of googling to try and get a better understanding and whilst it wasn't particularly illuminating there was a question about what is a non-human appliance and some of the options were a library oe a book and that helped. Books and libraries hold information and if we learn by connecting with the thoughts, opinions and...

  • On a broader note learning that allows you to access it on multiple devices and move from one format to another, for example making short comments or reviewing discussions is great on mobile, reading content great on a tablet and doing research - give me two large screens and a full keyboard.

  • I like my mobile for 'on the fly' learning, micro bites of information for when I need it but if I am focused on learning something more in depth definitely prefer a bigger screen and ease of navigation. And for some reason I can't do audio, I think it would be great but I lose concentration after 5 minutes and find myself not listening - if anyone has any...

  • @LindaM thanks Linda, really good reminder that we need to look outside our own bubble. I've worked in digital learning for many years but for the last couple of years have worked on courses for Deakin on FutureLearn and one of the biggest learning experiences was the connection with the learner. On a global platform like this there has been the opportunity...

  • I wonder what might replace PHD's if the predictions are right about young people having 12 - 15 job changes in their future careers, many of those changes will need to be supported by ongoing education or professional development. I hope there will always be a space for dedicated research and 'deep' thinking but alongside that how do we reimagine higher ed...

  • I think you are right, we are still in the very early stages of what technology and the internet are doing to learning. I find the connectedness off the internet the most interesting disruption as the possibilities of being able to connect and learn from a global network of peers is fascinating. As special interest groups and communities of practice flourish...

  • I agree Cathy, I know employers that hire for attitude and cultural fit rather than technical knowledge because knowledge can be taught or developed as just in time learning.

  • So far the themes that I can see are freedom, connection and potential. This is an amazingly exciting time for learning as it breaks free from constraints and can take place anywhere, anytime and most importantly with anybody.

  • Hi everyone, I work at Deakin in Digital Learning and really looking forward to an opportunity to learn with colleagues from around the world and hear how others are tackling the challenges of digital learning in their own work.

  • There are all sorts of emotions such as anger, grief, sadness, rage and despair that seem to be seen as things to be dealt with as quickly as possible so that we an get back to full rich lives. But sometimes things happen where these emotions need to be felt and lived as they are just as important as joy and happiness. In our urge to 'bounce back' quickly we...

  • If you throw a ball and it bounces it bounces in the direction it is thrown, not backwards, so the term bounce is good. It implies the ability to get up and keep moving.

  • I like the final comment - life is not about winning every battle but it is the ability to continue on even after defeat and find a way to rally and move forward. Failing and learning from our failing can be just as valuable as winning or overcoming.

  • From an elearning perspective I've always found Megan Torrence's work very interesting. https://www.google.com.au/?ion=1&espv=2#q=llama%20project%20management

  • I work in the corporate sector so might be a little different experience but we incorporate what we call curated content into many of our courses, these are articles, videos, websites, ebooks, lots of different resources. On any given topic there is already so much information out there, so what we try to do is provide context and also some vetting - ie what...

  • I work in education so am exploring digital storytelling to enhance the learning that we create. I am using a lot more scenario and story based examples. The what, why, when, where and who are vital when creating scenarios for learning.