Just starting to think about the CILIP conference in July this year. Here is the abstract that me and my colleague Andy Horton submitted:

Not just for Christmas: using online courses to engage educators with open resources

Andy Horton and Chris Rowell, Regent’s University London.

In December 2014, Regent’s University London offered an open online course, The Twelve Apps of Christmas. This course attracted hundreds of active participants from HE institutions worldwide. Over the course of the twelve days educators were introduced to a diverse range of free applications and resources with potential for use in teaching. A lively community grew online around the course, with participants sharing ideas for good practice.

The course proved popular and extremely successful, and we are currently planning on following it up with further offerings using the same model – a light, entertaining tone requiring only a small daily time commitment from participants, and supported by social media.

This paper will examine how the course came about through collaboration between librarians and learning technologists, as a means of overcoming barriers to engagement with the opportunities presented by new technology in teaching. It will share what we gained from the experience, and present the audience with practical guidance on:

  • Structuring an online course flexibly to widen accessibility
  • Creating and supporting a course’s online community via social media
  • Empowering educators by sharing good practice in using open resources
  • Maintaining engagement, and retention of students
  • Practical issues of running online courses
  • Engaging with international students online
  • Cross-institution collaboration and co-operation
  • Using feedback to help plan future courses

…rest of the programme looks interesting:)

The CILIP Conference 2015

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Thursday, 2 July 2015 – 8:30am to Friday, 3 July 2015 – 4:30pm

Visit the dedicated conference website for full details and to book your place.