Before we begin, let’s not confuse Gamification with Game Based Learning. To paraphrase Professor Kevin Werbach; Gamification in a nut shell is applying digital game design techniques to non-game related contexts, such as businesses, education and challenges that impact society like the environment. Gamification takes the mechanics and psychology behind video games and applies them to creating engaging and rewarding experiences outside of the video game context. Speaking as an avid videogame player, I can speak from personal experience that the sense of achievement, recognition and reward are big motivational factors in playing this form of digital entertainment.

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Student Support Object Reflection (HEA Related)

The Student Support Object (SSO) I developed for face to face and distance learning students focuses on offering help, advice, information and tutorials for our Personal Development Plan (PDP) software Mahara. The students that are using the object I developed are in our Post Graduate, SQCF Level 11 face to face and distance learning programme Project Management. It is envisaged that this object will be used by any level of student within the institution, particularly levels 7 – 9, as the institution has a policy in place that all PDP activity for these levels must use Mahara. Therefore I have tried to refrain from using too many technical terms within the written portion of the support object, to make it more accessible to both domestic and international learners who haven’t used the software before. (A1, A2)

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Unit 3 Reflection

I found Unit three’s subject material (Reaching the Online Learner ) to be fascinating. I have been involved in and facilitated Communities of Inquiry (CoI) before and not realised I was taking part in one in the past – like my group project for the Student led seminar for Unit 2. It’s very easy to overlook the three presences involved that contribute towards a successful educational experience and CoI.


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Reflection on delivering Student led seminar Part 2 (HEA Related)

In this post I am going to discuss how the students and I discussed, critiqued and reflected on various forms of feedback having viewed the Xerte Learning object I created and the associated reading.

The learning object led myself and the other participants to discuss, analyse and critique feedback and its various forms. Below is not quotations from the discussions I had with the other participants, I’ve tried to capture the flavour of what was discussed along with my own critical analysis and reflection.

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Reflection on delivering Student led seminar Part 1 (HEA Related)

In this part of my group work reflection I’m going to discuss how our group worked together to develop our online seminar for Unit 2 and my involvement.

From the 9th of February to the 22nd I was involved in facilitating a student led online seminar which was my group project for the Supporting the Blended and Online Student Experience module. This involved working as part of group to develop the online activities and add to the associated reading materials – these had to tie into our learning outcomes which we developed together. The completed online seminar was used by other students in the MSc Blended and Online Education course.

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Hello Cyber World,welcome to my eLearning Blog

Good morning Cyber World, well good afternoon really. This is my first post in reflective blog, which relates to my musing and thoughts for the MSc I’m doing through Edinburgh Napier. This fascinating course has me investigating all manner of interesting subjects, in particular the second module which the blog directly ties into. There are four main topics which as a class we are not only discussing but facilitating as well – allow me to elaborate. The tutors have put us into groups of four or five fellow students, we are then allocated a particular unit which we then facilitate in an online seminar. We basically build a small course for that particular unit, developing and designing all of the activities and of course the all important learning outcomes. This has been a fantastic journey which I’m going to speak in more detail in future blog entries.

My next blog entry is going to cover how I am going to align my work/professional practice to the HEA framework in order for me to achieve a HEA Fellow.

Thanks for taking the time to read my brief introduction and first blog post.