There are many challenges to running a JISC project in a FE college. For one thing, it's difficult to find a common time for people to meet. Unlike a university, where many/most students can get transport back to their halls or flats fairly easily, our students are dependent on parents, friends, buses to get home and often work as well as study.
We are using Moodle, SMS and email to communicate and we have weekly meetings during a 45 minute lunch break.
good news is that we have had 3 weeks of an Introduction to Webinars
for L3 students in the second year of the Professional Futures
programme. The presenter, Owen Hanmer from the JISC RSC SE, along with
an 'employer', Phil Robinson, also from the RSC, were in Kent,
presenting to 3 groups in 3 different rooms while I did the introduction
and summary in a 4th room, using Blackboard Collaborate. This gave the
students a demonstration of a webinar platform, its use as a skill that
might increase employability and useful information on what an employer
looks for when hiring new staff. That reduces the number of students
who didn't know what a webinar was!
Post by Ellen Lessner
Students4WebES Project Lead
About our project
In January 2014, we received the good news that we had been successful in our bid for an extension of our original project via the Jisc FE and Skills Development and Resources Programme – Embedding Activity. We will continue to use this blog to record our activities, outputs and achievements over the next months.
The aims of our Embedding project are:
- to build on the positive outcomes and outputs of our original webinar project
- highlight the key employability skills identified in webinars by the employers who took part in our original project
- produce a well structured and resourced blended learning course to teach students the skills of setting up and running a webinar as a 21st century employability skill
- continue to disseminate our project findings and offer support through Jisc Regional Support Centres to help embed webinar training for students as part of a tutorial or curriculum programme using a blended learning course.