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by Thomas Cochrane -
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This week involves three suggested activities:

1. creating and sharing a Blog post or VODCast discussing the constraints and benefits, technical knowledge, and deployment of learning technologies. Keep it succinct – 500 words blog post or 2-3min VODCast embedded in your blog. You could use: YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Clips (iOS) etc… to create and share the VODCast.

2. Sharing a Digital Literacy mapping exercise. Create your own Visitor/Resident-Social/Professional map (#VandR cc @Daveowhite) of your use of online and social media tools, and share it via the Moodle discussion forum , and Twitter with the #cmaltcmooc and #VandR hashtags. You can see some examples from the 2017 participants at            #VandR maps for #CMALTcMOOC        Reflect on how your map may look different to your students’!

3. Exploring innovative pedagogies during our weekly Webinar discussion. We now use Zoom to facilitate these - see the link in the discussion forum at .

“Operational Issues” is one of four required core elements of your CMALT portfolio. Create a Blog post or VODCast (Video PODCast) discussing the constraints and benefits, technical knowledge, and deployment of learning technologies, particularly within your own teaching context. Explore potential creative solutions to any of these constraints. Share your Blog post or VODCast using Twitter with the #cmaltcmooc hashtag, and link to your example reflection by adding the URL and description to the Project Bank for Week2 selecting “Submit Project” from the Project Bank main menu on our WordPress hub. For example: How might a V&R Map give you insights into the issues surrounding the use of social media in education?

From the CMALT Guidelines:

Core area 1: Operational issues

Candidates should demonstrate both their understanding and use of learning technology. “Use” might include the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching, the development, adoption or deployment of technology to support teaching, training or learning.

This should include evidence of three sub areas:

a) An understanding of the constraints and benefits of different technologies

You should show how you have used (or supported others to use) technology appropriately, given the constraints and benefits it provides within your context. This might include how you selected particular technologies to meet the specific needs of users (students or staff).

Evidence in support of such statements might include a brief commentary on the choices behind the development and use of learning technology that influence its fitness for purpose. (This might discuss issues as affordances of the technology, viability, sustainability, scalability, interoperability and value for money.) You may already have something like this in the form of a design outline, proposal, conference presentation or similar. You should include such existing documentation wherever it seems relevant. Alternatively, you might want to take this opportunity to find out more about a technology you have deployed and produce a report on its viability.

b) Technical knowledge and ability in the use of learning technology

You should show that you have used a range of learning technologies. These might include web pages, Virtual Learning Environments, Computer-Aided Assessment, blogs, wikis, mobile technology, e-books, programming languages and so on.

Guidelines for CMALT candidates and assessors

Evidence might include copies of certificates (originals not needed) from relevant training courses, screenshots of your work, a note from academic or support staff who have worked with you or, if appropriate, confirmation that the work is your own from your line manager.

c) Supporting the deployment of learning technologies

Statements about your involvement in supporting the deployment of learning technology might relate to providing technical and/or pedagogic support to teachers or learners, advising on (or re-designing to take account of) technical and usability issues, developing strategies or policies, managing change, providing training or other forms of professional development, securing or deploying dedicated funding and so on, all within the context of the educational use of learning technology.

For evidence, you might include the overview section of a strategy document, meeting minutes, summaries of student feedback, testimonials or witness statements from other colleagues.

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by Thomas Cochrane -

Twitter network analysis of the #CMALTcMOOC hashtag 2017-2019

Twitter network of #CMALTcMOOC hashtag

#CMALTcMOOC draft of Operational Issues section of #CMALT portfolio shared by @IanUpton_CU Feedback anyone? @vnarayan @lisaransom @NeilCowie3 @devinepaul1 @BehnamSoltani14 @DrJamesBirt @debbaff

#CMALTcMOOC share your #VandR maps (cc @daveowhite ) - a great way to reflect on how you use technology in T&L - thanks @maksmom13 for sharing @vnarayan @IanUpton_CU @BehnamSoltani14 @devinepaul1 @NeilCowie3 @lisaransom @debbaff

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by Lisa Ransom -
Great VandR map frpm Merle Lemon. Makes you think about tools you may have forgotten :0
I'm also following a website called: Top Tools for Learning 2019. This shows the top 200 tools for 2019. (I've made it a tiny url).
This might help others with their maps.

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by Thomas Cochrane -

Archive of this weeks #CMALTcMOOC Week2 Webinar 


discusses the Operational Issues section of a #CMALT portfolio - thanks @maksmom13 @lisaransom @LDKavita @svmerkens

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by Rebecca Scriven -
Thanks for these weekly webinars Thom. I just wanted to say that I would love to join in, but it is at 4.30am Perth time and nobody needs to see me at that time of the morning. I'm finding the conversation really interesting and motivating though, so big thanks for that.
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by Thomas Cochrane -
Great to hear that you are finding the webinars useful even if you can't 'attend' @Rebecca Scriven :-)