A bit of a cheeky blog post or just making the most of my online network?

In about 6 hours from now I’m running a session described in our conference book as

e-Tools, e-Learning, and e-Communication for e-veryone

The presenter will show some amazing and free e-tools that you can use for learning, teaching, networking, community building and communicating in your life, shuls, schools and organisations. If you’ve examples to show off please bring them along to share. Laptops welcome but optional. All levels welcome.

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Below is a summary of the session of 28th December from Limmud Conference

Participants:

1x school e-learning person

1x organiser of business e-learning systems

1x open university professor using e-learning

1x enthusiastic user

1x English teacher in Israel

1x Director of Jerusalem cultural institute

 

Presentation of Ideas to get started

On limmud:

Streaming sessions live internationally

Resources from sessions (eg powerpoints)

Pre-session reading/resources

After Limmud:

Specific online discussions following on from sessions

Recorded (video or audio) sessions online

Year Round:

Online one off sessions video (webinars) or chat based

Series of online classes

Online chavruta discussion

taste of limmud discussions

Online Conference:

E-limmud one or two day worldwide online conference. Could be available in a range of time zones big or small.

 

Comments:

people don’t have to travel and it can be interactive

infrastructure – could be expensive and complicated but commercial stuff is available

copyright and licensing issues? Need presenters permission.

Lots of religious stuff online – not so much secular – limmud could fit in the non-religious side

Why do it? Need clear rationales and objectives.

People pick and choose different things – having a range of unexpected things online would be good recreating the limmud experience – interaction, creating a community.

Extending current online groups

building into what already exists – feeding limmud experiences in currently available networks

extending Limmud not competing

 

you go to great sessions on limmud and for an hour create a community, then at the end of the session your community ends and that’s it- a way of continuing what is going on.

 

Using a system of blogs, updating blogs before a session for “pre-reading” and then after the session on a blog.

 

Need to make sure it’s adapted to everyone. Keep it simple where possible.

 

Monthly online event. Webinar one off to try it out.

 

Website is very static – alpine plant website is more interesting as it’s updated regularly!

 

environmentally friendly

 

a series of milestones needed:

 

Situation in Israel would be of interest to many

 

Open university short course template – takes time but create something simple could be used.

 

Accessibility – print button available

 

  • webinars – what are the best presenters. What would they be willing to do online.

  • Taste of limmud

- discussion about this limmud

- Improvements to website to make it more interactive – blog online

  • Online community

 

rolling guest bloggers to allow for commenting.

Open University may be interested in collaborating long term but there is a way to go before Limmud is ready!

Limmud Conference 2008

Posted on December 27th, 2008 in limmud | 1 Comment »

This post is a little out of sync to the rest of my blog but I hope it may be of interest to regular readers. I’m off from Sunday to Thursday to the annual Limmud conference. It’s quite hard to explain Limmud conference, I’ll try but I recommend reading this recent article from the Guardian education supplement. Limmud is a Jewish conference attended by over 2000 people each year. Though every session in the day is timetabled it’s not all that formal. Anyone can go to any session they choose and anyone can apply to run a session on pretty much anything they want. At the busiest times of day, in one hour, there can be a choice of 30 sessions to go to on anything from Jewish texts to a masterclass with a musician. See here for a random example from this year’s programme. What’s amazing is not just the diversity of learning opportunities and experiences but also the diversity of participants and of course the fact that it is almost entirely organised, every year, by teams of volunteers. The model has now caught on and has been replicated in over 40 communities worldwide. It is also constantly evolving and improving.

My involvement with Limmud each year has been slightly different. This year I’ve volunteered to give a number of sessions. One on e-tools for education and community, one aimed at building an international network of people to work on e-learning for Limmud conference, one on Israeli politics for beginners (a little side interest of mine) and two networking/support sessions for Jewish teachers.

Overall it’s going to be a busy and I hope fun week. I’ll be linking to some of my session resources here. Apologies for regular readers (if there are any!) looking for articles about e-learning in school. I’ll be categorising the short Limmud posts under the category Limmud so feel free to set your RSS readers to ignore them!