Potential solutions to classroom challenges

This table comes from discussion on the induction day: focus / foci for research, and was re-worked in a live online session (19th May).
Problems and questions, with possible solutions / responses
Problem / to improve
Possible solutions
Diverse learner groups at different levels
  • Put students together in a "buddy system"
  • Lots of repetition, allow students to learn at their own pace.
  • Make sure students can see how a tool might be useful in their life outside of class .. give them a reason to learn.
People who’ve never learned ICT
  • Make a powerpoint slide with step-by-step how-to / instructions; give a copy on paper, and also up on projector / screen.
  • Some beginners have no email account - set them up with this communication tool early on.
  • Help people with their mobile phones too .. often people don't realise how powerful their phone can be. (This can be fun as well.)
  • Show people how to capture one minute of video (and remember you'll need bluetooth to watch on computer.)
Classes constantly changing, people have to catch up
Using a wiki
Students who can’t come in
Student fear of being tested by dictophone
Media circus, radio show, play up the “broadcast” side of things. Bring more play into the experience.
Engaging students where time and distance is a pressure.
Blended delivery. Maybe an “elluminate vRoom”.
Engaging students, across various demographics; issues of self-esteem, and return to learning; distance country: attendance ..
Focus on recording life stories that emphasise how special the students really are. Visual portfolios and digital stories.
Creating a flexible open access time for students
Teacher makes self available at certain times via eg Skype, text chat, irc,
Dead easy technology: developing appropriate techniques to make it useful and effective.
Audio tools for assessment and documentation (using voxopop)
Need to keep things simple
Find technologies that students can cope with. Start with tools that students are already familiar with.
Student etiquette and behaviour, limits etc, eg “referred clients”
See if similar behaviour occurs online; do people have different identities online?
Have a session where students create their own online ettiquette. They are more likely to stick to the "rules" if they have been part of their making and can see the reasons for them.
Improve online assessment;
already using wiki .. want to use podcast and interview as well
Capturing evidence for assessment
Use a dictaphone
How to reflect on your own practice, economically
Eg blog once a week, in the Ning.
How to encourage colleagues in the circle to give you supportive feedback
Just ask for feedback - people will always help out. Try to notice when other people have made a blog posting or a comment and do them the courtesy of commenting. use RSS to let the wiki tell you when people have made a comment (Still working out how to do that in Ning).