D1.4: RLO co-creation training for the PCU e-learning team

Background to training:

A short survey was provided to all PCU technical staff members prior to attending the co-creation training to establish their knowledge and experience levels in basic coding, audio video production and animation. The results showed that nearly all attendee’s had sufficient pre-requisite knowledge to base the training at an entry – intermediate level.

All PCU partners had decided to invest and develop in Adobe’s proprietary content creation software. Therefore, the training would need to focus on the use of packages such as Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, Dreamweaver and Audition. This was the only reason that the trainers decided not to include alternative Open Educational Resource (OER) software packages as part of the training. Basing instruction around OER tools is our preferred training method as it doesn’t present a financial barrier, which is created when using proprietary software.

Some PCU colleagues had not received a licenced copy of the Adobe software prior to training, therefore a free trail link which lasted for 30 days was shared via email with all attendees a day before the session, so that everyone had access to the correct software on their own machines.

Assembling the training team and topics:

The training team consisted of technical colleagues from the University of Nottingham and University of Stavanger all of whom have many years’ experience in multimedia and RLO development along with working with the ASPIRE development framework. It was decided that this training would be a hands on ‘learn by doing’ style workshop. Delivery speed would have to be at sufficient pace and each session could only last for 30 minutes – if the training was going to fit into the allotted one and a half days.

The training team met prior to the session to decide on which sessions each would like to deliver.

The technical training timetables for the one and a half days schedule as part of the event.

Training Event: Monday 17/6/2019:

9.10 -9.15Welcome and plan of the ACORD technical event
9.15-9.45Reusable learning objects: a web-based resource   An RLO will be showcased and basic principles for web resources will be mentioned
9.45-10.15Setting up our working place   Ensure that participants download the RLO Template and an overview of the folders of RLO template will be showcased and guidance on where to store different the different assets (images, audio, video, activities) of the RLO will be explained   Ensure that participants installed different browsers Chrome, Mozilla, Internet Explorer   Participants will be introduced to Adobe Dreamweaver
10.15-10.30Coffee break
10.30-11.30HTML5: Scripting language used for RLOs – the basics   Participants will create a static html5 web page
11.30 -12.00Bootstrap: the front-end component library of the RLOs and CSS   Participants will be showcased the Bootstrap library and the relation with the RLO template
12.00 -12.30RLO template: What code should I change for text, video, audio and interactive elements?   Participants will add text in different text of the template ( main text, titles, etc.)
12.30-13.15Lunch Break
13.15 – 14.10Editing images in Photoshop, the top tips   Participants will be familiarised with image editing software and a hands-on example will take place
14.10 – 15.00Editing audio in Adobe Audition, the top tips   Participants will be familiarised with audio editing software and a hands-on example will take place
15.00-15.15Coffee break
15.15 – 16.15Editing Video in Adobe Premiere Pro, the top tips   Participants will familiarise themselves with image editing software and a hands-on example will take place
16.15- 16.30Q&A and Feedback

Training Event Tuesday 18/6/2019:

9.15-9.45Showcasing different activities   Participants will have the chance to see activities developed for existing RLOs
9.45 – 10.30Replicating an existing activity   Participants will copy and paste an existing activity into an RLO
10.30-10.45Coffee break
10.45-11.45Replicate an existing activity   Participants will adjust the activity into the RLO based on instructions given Participants will create a form with a textbox that will be transferred in a follow up page
11.45-12.15Put everything together towards your first RLO   Participants will continue put the assets created in the previous sections into an RLO template
Fig 3: Arne Thomas Lund Nilsen sharing his expertise as part of the technical training.
Fig 4: Question time during the technical training workshop.