• Background

    Development and versions
    The *OCNWMR accredited units available on this site were developed by Worcester College of Technology as part of the JISC Digital Literacy project. Continuing feedback and discussion with both teachers and learners is influencing the design and content of the courses; always check that you are using the latest version, which will be the one available here.

    Purpose and level
    It is important to note that these courses are aimed specifically at building confidence in the trainee as part of our aim to increase digital literacy. The units deliberately work at a basic level to teach skills which are easy to acquire and adopt. It is not our intention to produce courses which provide in-depth training in any of the topics, but to produce both teachers and learners who can feel more confident in their use of learning technologies and perhaps move on to acquire further skills themselves. Recommendations for further study are given at the end of each unit.

    Delivery
    At Worcester College of Technology, we deliver these units on our Moodle learning platform, supported by a tutor who is assigned to each trainee. The input from tutors is relatively minor, but advice and guidance is available when required, and the final assessment is tutor-based. We are happy for any UK educational establishment to use these courses and adapt them for their own learning platform. In the case of Moodle users, we can provide a copy of each unit which can be uploaded onto your own Moodle 2 platform. The materials may lend themselves to repurposing for other VLEs.

    Worcester College of Technology is also able to run cohorts through all or any of the units on your behalf. For more information contact our Director of ILT, Peter Kilcoyne (pkilcoyne@wortech.ac.uk).

    OCNwmr logo*OCNWMR Accreditation and Qualification
    Two qualifications are available:

    • Blended Online Learning Delivery (BOLD) is aimed at teachers, and consists of three individual Level 2 units building to 3 credits for the qualification.
    • Online Skills for Learners (OSL) is aimed - obviously - at students, and also consists of three individual Level 2 units building to 3 credits for the qualification.

    Organisations wishing to provide access to these qualifications may either approach Worcester College of Technology to register learners and run the units on their behalf or approach OCNWMR and arrange Internal and External Verification as required. Note that many teachers and learners may only wish to undertake one or two units, which does not lead to a qualification, but each unit may be locally certificated subject to local verification procedures.

    Repurposing and adapting
    Courses are provided as templates. Graphics and visual enhancements should be added by institutions using the course to rebadge to their own requirements and to make the courses visually engaging. The courses were created at Worcester College of Technology as part of the JISC Digital Literacy Project (2011-2013). Use and adaptation is allowed under a Creative Commons Licence (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported). The courses are for use in education and may not be used as a basis for any commercial purpose. Attribution must be made to Worcester College of Technology.

    Worcester College of Technology enquiries:diglit@wortech.ac.uk

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  • Courses for teachers

     
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      Blended Online Learning Delivery (BOLD) Course

      Units
      There are three units aimed at teachers. They are based on the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment, but may be adaptable to other learning platforms. The three units are:

      1. Blending Traditional and Online Learning Techniques
      2. Structuring your VLE Course
      3. Promoting Active Learning Online

      Links to these units will be created as they become available on this site.

      Purpose
      All units are aimed at teachers who are relatively new to the use of online technologies to deliver or support learning. As noted above, these courses are aimed specifically at building confidence in the trainee as part of our aim to increase digital literacy, not to impart in-depth training in any of the topics. We want to help teachers be more confident in their use of learning technologies and perhaps move on to further develop their skills. Recommendations for further study are given at the end of each unit.

      Order of study and prerequisites
      It is not essential that the three units be undertaken in the above order, but it may be logical to do so if the trainee is aiming to achieve the full OCNWMR qualification, which requires satisfactory completion of the three units. Unit 1, Blending Traditional and Online Learning, starts from the assumption that the trainee has no experience of learning technology (although a basic understanding of computer and web use is expected), whereas Units 2 & 3 assume that the trainee will have some teaching experience and a basic experience of the application (if not the use) of a Virtual Learning Environment.

       

  • Courses for learners

     
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      Online Skills for Learners (OSL) Course

      Units
      There are three units aimed at students. They are based on the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment, but may be adaptable to other learning platforms. The three units are:

      1. Search Engine and Online Information Skills
      2. Using a VLE for Learning
      3. Building a Professional Online Presence

      Links to these units will be created as they become available on this site.

      Purpose
      These units are aimed at students to build confidence as part of our aim to increase digital literacy and not to impart in-depth training in any of the topics. We want to help students get the most out of the online resources, to be comfortable with the use of a Virtual Learning Environment which supports and enhances their learning, and be aware of ways in which they can promote themselves safely online.

      Order of study and prerequisites
      The three units are largely independent, but if all three are undertaken we recommend studying in the order shown above. The full OCNWMR qualification requires satisfactory completion of the three units. All three units assume basic computer and online skills, and build on these in the three specific areas addressed.

OCNWMR OSL (Online Skills for Learners) Course: Unit 3: Building a Professional Online Presence
This is the third of three units which make up the OCNWMR OSL qualification (Online Skills for Learners). All OSL units are aimed at learners who are reasonably computer literate but wish to gain specific new skills. This Unit has four sections, including some research into types of online presence, some practical consideration of e-safety, and a  practical exercise to be completed. The focus of the unit is on equipping learners with ways of moving forward to publicising their skills or services online in efficient and effective ways.

OCNWMR OSL (Online Skills for Learners) Course: Unit 2: Using a VLE for Learning
This is the second of three units which make up the OCNWMR OSL qualification (Online Skills for Learners). All OSL units are aimed at learners who are reasonably computer literate but wish to gain specific new skills. This Unit has four sections, and is intended to support the use of a Virtual Learning Environment by studens as a resource for enhancing learning. Clearly, the content and usefulness of a VLE area is largely dependent on the aptitude and enthusiasm of the teacher(s) but learners can bring their own skills into use as well. It is these skills which this unit is intended to create and build upon.

OCNWMR OSL (Online Skills for Learners) Course: Unit 3: Building a Professional Online Presence
This is the first of three units which make up the OCNWMR OSL qualification (Online Skills for Learners). All OSL units are aimed at learners who are reasonably computer literate but wish to gain specific new skills. This Unit has six sections, covering some basics on the way search engines index and find information and how they can work best for you. We also discuss ways in which you can judge the credibility and accuracy of data and how to reference the information you find online. The focus of the unit is on finding, evaluating and using online information.

OCNWMR BOLD (Blended and Online Learning Delivery) Course: Unit 3: Promoting Active Learning Online
This is the third of three units (Blending Traditional and Online Learning Techniques, Structuring a VLE Course and Promoting Active Learning Online) which make up the OCNWMR BOLD qualification (Blended OnLine Delivery). All units are aimed at teachers who are relatively new to the use of online technologies to deliver or support learning.
This unit introduces you to the use of online technologies to promote active learning and to engage learners in collaboration and interaction to enhance and deepen their learning experience.

OCN BOLD Course: Unit 2
This is the second of three units (Blending Traditional and Online Learning, Structuring your Moodle VLE and Promoting Active Learning Online) which make up the BOLD course (Blended OnLine Delivery). All units are aimed at teachers who are relatively new to the use of online technologies to deliver or support learning. This Unit has five sections and a series of practical exercises for to be completed. The focus of the unit is on skills and pedagogy to equip teachers with the ability to think about, plan and develop blended learning programmes on a VLE - in this case using Moodle.

This unit centres on actual development of a Moodle course, rather than training for training sake, but background information is included to support you when needed. You will find links to techniques and concepts in the boxes on the left and right.

OCNWMR BOLD (Blended and Online Learning Delivery) Course: Unit 1: Blending Traditional and Online Learning Techniques
This is the first of three units (Blending Traditional and Online Learning Techniques, Structuring a VLE Course and Promoting Active Learning Online) which make up the OCNWMR BOLD qualification (Blended OnLine Delivery). All units are aimed at teachers who are relatively new to the use of online technologies to deliver or support learning.
This unit introduces you to changes which technology has brought to teaching and learning, and considers learning theory to n relation to the structuring and planning of blended learning techniques. It also focusses on tools and content which might be used to address differentiation to extend, enhance and support a range of learner abilities and explores assessment methods and VLE tools which might facilitate assessment. You will identify opportunities for using both online and traditional teaching techniques within your planning learning.