As day to day operational manager of first History SPOT and now PORT, my role requires that I create as well as manage the design of research training resources. To be successful I need to maintain a strong technical knowledge of the tools available to me and an understanding of how best to use learning technologies to present training to users.
What I did
In 2010 I undertook training in Moodle to ensure that I was able to make the best use out of the VLE system. I have also self-taught myself using online tutorials and articles and through practical application of tools.
Over the last five years I have primarily created learning content on Moodle VLE’s using a combination of the Book activity, pages, videos, and quizzes. In many cases I have been working in collaboration with others. Sometimes, another expert has written the content and I have only inputted that content onto the Moodle system – structuring and redesigning it where necessary – on other occasions, I have written and designed significant elements of the content myself.
Databases for Historians
Dr Mark Merry (IHR) wrote the content. I inputted the handbook into a Book activity and for the chargeable course helped structure and input the various elements of content.
Dr Francisco Alvarez wrote the content. I provided technical and pedagogical advice for the project and aided in the discussions and development of a specification for the transcription tool for the designers at Kings College London Digital Humanities division. I also filmed and edited the videos for the modules.
EVIDENCE: InScribe Palaeography video tutorials playlist
EVIDENCE: Example page from Transcription Tool
Digital Tools Tutorials
Most of the content was written by Jonathan Blaney, Dr Mark Merry and Matteo Romanello. I created the module on Introduction to text mining. I also inputted all of the content onto the Moodle VLE and designed the structure and look of the course.
The content was written by the ULCC digital technologies division. I inputted the content onto the Moodle VLE for them and created SCORM packages for the reuse of the package. As Moodle does not itself create SCORM I had to learn how to use the eXe open source application to re-package the content.
EVIDENCE: SCORM packages on JORUM
Managing your Research
I managed and coordinated the development of the course and the partners involved in the project from start to completion. All content was inputted by me, although large portions were written by partners at the University of Hull and University of Sheffield. I edited the video content from raw footage and filmed the IHR segments myself. I also wrote significant portions of the final course.
EVIDENCE: Managing your Research video tutorials playlist
EVIDENCE: Meeting2 Hull – 23 April 2013 [sample minutes from partners meeting]
All content was written by Dr Doug Brown. I inputted all the content into Moodle designing the structure of the course around the content.
A PORT for Modern Languages
Pre-existing content from a legacy course developed initially on Drupal. I re-deployed the content onto Moodle re-structuring it where necessary.
EVIDENCE: Case Study – Converting a training course from Drupal to Moodle
EVIDENCE: Video Showing how I converted the course:
Video 1 – Converting a course from Drupal to Moodle.mp4
Blogging for Historians
This is a blog that I developed out of a scholarship from the Social Media Knowledge Exchange (SMKE) which investigated best practice in History blogging. As part of the final package I developed a short training tutorial on the blog and wrote a variety of posts about how to write and use a blog.
EVIDENCE: tutorial on Blogging for Historians