The LOC tool for teachers: authoring your own online learning materials

Date: 21 October, 2009
Location: Tower Building, Perth Road, IT Lab Tower, IT Suite B (in the basement of the Tower)
Event type: Workshop

Location map | Programme

students in class

This blended-delivery workshop will be of interest to teachers with an interest in, but little experience of, online materials development, and who are happy to share their materials with the sector.

The workshop will involve the introduction of the new online version of the LOC (Learning Object Creator), an authoring tool for the creation of online learning material, which is designed to be easy to use and includes in-built pedagogical guidance for the creation of effective materials.

Participants will get a chance to discover the pedagogical background to the tool and begin to plan their own activity through a series of pre-workshop tasks; and then at the face-to-face workshop will use the tool in the creation of their own material, ending the day by sharing and peer-reviewing their outputs. The workshop will mix hands-on activity with discussion and presentation. A post-workshop task involves the creation of some learning material and the submission of it to the Subject Centre. Participants can then have unlimited access to the tool, to start using it in their own institutions, and will also have the opportunity to join our online community of developers.

Please note:

Attendees will be required to do some pre-workshop activities before the workshop, and these can be found at: LOC tool workshop. These activities consist of some preliminary online work and some thinking time in the planning of an activity. (est. 2-3 hours’ work). Completion of the pre-workshop tasks is compulsory for attendance at the workshop.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn to use a unique, simple tool to create online learning materials
  • Consider and implement good practice in creating effective online learning materials
  • Share and peer-review outputs amongst the group
  • Join an online community of developers
Programme for 21 October 2009
Time Activity Pre-workshop
12.30 – 12.45

What makes effective online learning materials?
Introduction and feedback on pre-workshop tasks

Task 1 & 2

12.45 – 13.00 Overview of the LOC tool and its main features and functions  
13.00 – 14.00 Guided practice: building an LO from a completed planning sheet  
14.00 – 14.15 Further features of LOC: referencing, embedding youtube videos, exporting, sharing…  
14.15 – 14.30 Break  
14.30 – 15.30 Build your own LO: participants will start to build the LO planned as part of the pre-workshop task Task 2 & 3
15.30 – 15.45 Reviewing and publishing LOs: check LOs using the LO checklist and publish as a web page  
15.45 – 16.00 Showcase: presentation of LOs  
16.15 – 16.30 What next: workshop follow-up and future use of LOC  

Travel bursary

Travel bursaries are not available for this event.