GSB goes to Drill Camp

Two learning design teams

Did you know that GSB’s very own Robert White is an Education Officer in the Australian Army? When not supporting the Public Sector Management Program Rob is supporting a team at the Army Learning Production Center (ALPC). In the spirit of sharing Rob gave the GSB learning design team a behind-the-scenes opportunity to see how another team of educators approach the creation of technology-enhanced learning products. Highlights of our visit included a tour of Gallipoli Barracks, a process breakdown of eLearning product design and getting to participate in a simulated shoot on the Weapons Training Simulation System. (more…)

Relationships in online learning

Establishing relationships in online learning

In 2004 George Siemens developed the idea of ‘Connectivisim’. Essentially it is about people learning with technology in a connected environment. Summing up connectivist teaching and learning, Steven Downs says: “…to teach is to model and demonstrate, to learn is to practice and reflect.” The connectivisim learning theory is particularly relevant to MOOC’s the – Massive Open Online Courses. Bayne says that a lack of “talking heads” might have made some participants feel that there was “no ‘professor’ present in the course”. Of course it is difficult to have a relationship with your instructor in a course of 50,000+ enrollments and one instructor but having a talking head video significantly helps create the sense of what Peter Norvig calls a ‘personal tutor’. Read more