I have recently started a 6 week workshop in ‘Using Social Media with Learners’. This is one of the ‘NSW E-Capablity Workshops’ aimed at VET teachers and managers looking to put more into their e-learning delivery and design. This has been offered as part of the NSW National VET e-learning Strategy 2012 – 2015 and is facilitated by Gail Smith the NSW Project and E-Learning Advisor.
In her introduction, Gail informed us that as at 30 June 2012, there were 12 million internet subscribers and that learners are increasingly demanding more flexible study options and this demand is supported also by the industries our learners are or will be employed in. The use of social media is a great way to engage with learners, build relationships and include a bit of fun.
We are using Adobe Connect as our web conferencing platform to meet in real time each week and I am finding this platform really great as a tool to get to know my classmates and Gail. It is really easy to use, we can be given the mic to interact and have our say or type questions into the chat pod to get answers for Gail or the other students.
Gail creates a ‘room’ and sends us all an invitation to attend at a certain time. The session is recorded and sent to us to review afterwards or for anyone unable to make the time slot they are still able to catch up later. We enter as a guest and can then enter the room and see which other of our classmates are in attendance.
It was also suggested that we get a headset with microphone with a USB connection so we can participate in the discussions.
Please leave me a comment if you have also used Adobe Connect and let me know what you thought of it and any innovative ways you have used in in training.