Presenters: Patrick Doyle, TCD
Peter Shipley, Learning Objects
Trinity College’s Occupational Therapy Program faced challenges due to semesterisation of the academic year, particularly in meeting obligations to students on Practice Education blocks. These students, on average, were off-campus for 9-10 weeks. The department would have to meet some of their students outside working hours if they could not find a technological solution for communication and collaboration. The key staff challenges were: (1) students placed at long distance; (2) limited resources and time; and (3) expense of travelling to site.
Trinity decided to use Learning Objects’ Campus Pack Social Learning Platform to solve their technology challenge. Campus Pack enables group work and collaboration around instructor managed and assessed wikis, blogs, podcasts and reflective journals either integrated within the VLE (Blackboard, Moodle, etc.) or as a stand-alone platform. The system also provides personal and group learning spaces for extra-curricular student and faculty collaboration.
This presentation will describe how TCD and Learning Objects worked collaboratively to develop support and orientation resources, and produced a course web site incorporating a mentoring space to allow students to find a mentor’s profile in their area of expertise. Once they found a mentor to connect to, the students could initiate a dialogue from with the Mentoring site.
A tour of Trinity’s Campus Pack Social Learning Environment will be lead by the presenters and include time for questions and answers by audience members.