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#CMALTcMOOC 2019 Week6: Choosing a specialisation

#CMALTcMOOC 2019 Week6: Choosing a specialisation

by Thomas Cochrane -
Number of replies: 2

This week we explore participants’ individual areas of specialisation in learning technologies . Use the Project Bank to share a Blog post or VODCast describing an area of specialisation in the use of technology in teaching and learning relevant to your context.

We will also schedule a Hangout 10:30am Friday (NZ time) where participants can discuss and share their specialisations.

Reflect upon why you have chosen this specialisation?

Comment on one another’s PODCasts or VODCasts giving feedback.

As well as the core areas, CMALT candidates are required to demonstrate evidence of independent practice in one or more specialist options. This reflects the fact that, although there are common areas of work for learning technologists, practice is extremely diverse and everyone specialises in something different.

Your specialist topic should reflect an area where you have particular expertise. This may be unique to you or common across your team, but goes beyond what would be expected as standard activity.

In describing your specialist option you should refer to the CMALT principles and values:

  1. A commitment to exploring and understanding the interplay between technology and learning.
  2. A commitment to keep up to date with new technologies.
  3. An empathy with and willingness to learn from colleagues from different backgrounds and specialist options.
  4. A commitment to communicate and disseminate effective practice.
Because these are specialist options you should be clear what makes your work distinct from common practice;, for example: many people teach on online courses, but designing and delivering fully online courses requires specific skills and would be considered specialist. . Similarly, many teachers provide blended learning, but developing and sharing guidelines for such practice or working with a distinctive blend of contexts might distinguish your work as specialist. It may be that your specialist option is common amongst the group that you work in as you all work in a similar area; that is perfectly acceptable.Evidence for your specialist activity is likely to be very specific but could include: reports, papers or presentations you have written; this could be backed up by a job description plus written statements supporting your specialist knowledge from colleagues, clients or managers; active membership of professional or other bodies; certificates of completion of specialist training programmes or courses.

In reply to Thomas Cochrane

Re: #CMALTcMOOC 2019 Week6: Choosing a specialisation

by Neil Cowie -

Hi Thom - I added my blog about a specialisation to the Project Bank.

See you at this week's webinar.

All the best, Neil

In reply to Thomas Cochrane

Re: #CMALTcMOOC 2019 Week6: Choosing a specialisation

by Ian Upton -
Hello Thom, Hello fellow 'Cmooc-ers'... :-)

Apologies for missing last night's Webinar. The clocks moved here in the UK and I turned up just after the session had finished. Timezones DOH!

Anyway. I have watched the proceedings and appreciate the comments made on my Project Bank submission. It was reassuring to here the word count was appropriate. I have probably exceeded this in other sections! That said, i have dropped a fairly lengthy video into the slot too...

It was good to here we can refer across to other existing sections. As my portfolio has developed I am very aware that I have repeated 'evidence' in the context of the subject of the section and felt everything was getting rather repetitive. So, the ability to link and refer would go a long way to killing that.

Can I also say, if you are looking for a vehicle, Adobe Spark is great? Very easy to compile resources and add links. And easy to get a nice look too. A couple of you commented on the application when critiquing my stuff so I thought I would reinforce how easy it is to use.

So now on to the final challenge and final week! See you there!