The first part of the project consisted largely of a series of live online meetings. It was stated in the Interim Report (http://users.chariot.net.au/~michaelc/natvoice/interim_report.htm) that it was anticipated that the bulk of the activity in the second half of the project would focus on NET*Working 2004 and this was certainly the case.NET*Working 2004
One of the initial project goals was a combined group presentation from the project team, but it became apparent that several team members were planning projects independent of the National Voice project and a group presentation would have added an unrealistic extra demand. Five project members hosted a live presentation at NET*Working 2004, and at least seven others were active participants in the live sessions. It is a reasonable assumption that participation in this project assisted those who hosted live voice events, and enriched the experience for those who chose to be participants.Side Sessions
While no whole group events were scheduled in the final months of the project, it was heartening to see a number of side events hosted by project members. Several project members attended these sessions.
1) Janice Calcei
We ran a side session for our LearnScope Project:
When: 20 August
I also used the Voice Cafe at Networking on 3-4 November to train staff on how to use Elluminate for the conference.
I also trialled Alado at a number of staff meetings (and saved vast amounts of money on teleconferencing charges – ed. :))2) Jenni Harding
Our voice session on Tuesday 9th November was the culmination of a lot of learning for me personally, and of a collaboration between three people – Meredith Giffen, Stephan Ridgway and I – which has been one of the most valuable “incidental” outcomes of being involved in the voice online project. We’ve also had the opportunity to let other people know about this tool, and to have our work section at Sydney Institute give it a try. We went with the topic “Flexible Learning Centres” To assist with our own project team’s learning we invited other Institutes to showcase their learning centres.
We used a Powerpoint presentation combined with questions to specific people as well as the wider audience. You would normally only have say 8 slides for a 40 minute interactive session, but the contributions from people, their enthusiasm and work, and excitement at the event, made this difficult for us to do.
I had made up a multiple choice quiz about learning spaces, but couldn’t get this into the Elluminate room in time to duplicate it, due to our local event running 20 minutes behind schedule. I was also managing the local event with multiple presentations occurring at the same time, and was quite nervous about the voice chat, but the feedback from the virtual and live audience was great. 55 people attended online, and about 45 live, even after asking people to go and see some other demonstration, talk to somebody, even have afternoon tea!
The use of the polling session and more links to the web sites would have improved the event. After this first experience with the voice chat on such a wide scale, we’d:
It was also one of the first sessions most people had attended, so the learning curve was quite steep for all of us. By the last session of the conference, everybody was flying around the whiteboard, the poll, the text chat, hands up – it was amazing to witness the difference! Thank you to Michael, Stephan and Meredith for all their work and collaboration with this – as stated above, this has been one of the most valuable outcomes of the Voice Online project.
3) Sue Hickton (September)
I travelled to Karratha (approx 1800 km north of Perth), to visit Pilbara TAFE and give a workshop at their Pilbara FLAN (Flexible Learning and Networking) on innovations that can be used in the classroom. The audience consisted of approximately 60 lecturing staff from around the Pilbara, from various industry sectors. The idea was to introduce these staff to the concept of how easy it is to use voice online, particularly given their geographic challenges (covering several thousand square kilometres). We did a 30 minute time slot in CompuEd, which got everyone particularly excited, since we used dialup as well. Broadband is not easily found in North-West WA for organisations, let alone the students. I had a followup meeting last week with CompuEd and Pilbara TAFE and it looks like voice online has found a home in the Pilbara.
4) Jenny Seaton
Also conducted two very successful introductory workshops for staff attending TAFE Tasmania's Flexible Learning Community of Practice event in October. “Feedback from the participants at this end was overwhelmingly positive”
See project evaluation at http://users.chariot.net.au/~michaelc/natvoice/eval.htm Comments below under the headings submitted in the original project application.What specific skills or capabilities could participants gain?
Achieved for many in the project. 13 people reported an increased level of knowledge as a result of the project.
Evidenced by presentations at NET*Working 2004 and the several side sessions.
13 people reported that they will continue their exploration into the use of voice tools in 2005
Achieved via the listserv hosted in Yahoo Groups (312 messages posted during the life of the project)
Participants will meet on a regular basis to:
Achieved in first half of the project
No interest groups were formed as such but 8 participants reported that they employed the skills gained in the project to work with students, and/or fellow staff in professional development contexts.
Not achieved (see above)
Was this project successful?
I believe so. If we can count the following as measures of success
then this was a very successful project. Admittedly, there were 6-10 project participants who did not complete the survey, and I really have no idea what the value of the project was to them.
Nature of Project
Is the model of a paid facilitator and a team of voluntary project members viable? Some comments from respondents:
Project home: http://users.chariot.net.au/~michaelc/natvoice/index.htm
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