Final Flexible Learning Development Plan
In June 2007 the cookery lecturers began filming the assessment dishes for their Level 4 programme. They also created a blog-site http://www.otagocookeryl4.blogspot.com/ and posted movie clips on You Tube, http://www.youtube.com/
The project originally came about from the need to give the opportunity to students who missed practical classes due to illness or work commitments a pre-recorded demonstration of the required practical classes that could be referred back to by the students and as a refresher for the whole class.
Initial feedback from absentee learners indicated that they regularly viewed the movies, but more surprisingly, learners who had attended the demonstrations were also repeatedly viewing the demonstrations. Learners commented that the movie clips acted as a refresher prior to their assessments and that they were easier to follow and interpret than conventional typed recipe formats.
a. Online videos of cookery demonstrations on an open web site e.g. YouTube;
b. Materials organised and linked within a Learning Management System e.g. Blackboard;
c. Podcasting using Ipods.
d. Online workbooks and quizzes.
2. More efficient practical assessment.
a. Less “down-time” for cookery apprentices.
Flexible Learning Analysis:
I quote (page 2 # 2),
· Our satisfaction surveys on our course and of our tutors relate to the first statement and our recognition in cookery competitions speaks for itself at national level, all of the tutors on the level 4 programme have achieved national awards in cookery over many years, r.e. external validation
· Again our student satisfaction surveys are a testament to our ongoing commitment.
· I refer to my plan, flexible learning analysis.
· We are in the middle of creating such facilities and systems and from the results so far we believe we are on the right track.
The above is a perfect fit for what I’m trying to achieve with mixed delivery system for the workplace where the students interacts with the blackboard video then goes back to the workplace to practice assessment structure where they will be helped along with their practical’s by peers as well as assessors.
Niagara Catering College, Canada.
Professor Barrie O’Connor
Peter L Berger and Thomas Luckmam, The social construction of reality