WAOE Spoken Libraries: project plan by Nick Bowskill:

AIMS OF THE PROJECT
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To explore the use and value of audio technologies as a vehicle for learning and teaching in general and as a vehicle for learning to learn together and to learn about each other in an informal online learning community.

Students could join - this could run in parallel , at the same time or through them being able to use the outputs as a resource for their courses and learning. They could also be evaluators of the outputs and processes.

4 STRANDS OF THE PROJECT
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1. AUDIO BIOGRAPHIES FROM THE WAOE COMMUNITY

Aim: to hear and understand each other across the community

Method: Individuals record a 2 minute biography and send the audio clip  to WAOE contact for publishing/sharing on the web site

2. EXPLORING CURRENT AUDIO TECHNOLOGIES

Aim: To develop our knowledge, understanding and practice of audio technologies such as mp3, wav, podcasting, streaming etc etc and to create an updated view of current trends and issues.

Method: Small learning teams exploring particular technologies and reporting back to create a whole group knowledge base available to all.

3. LOCAL VIEWS OF LEARNING TECHNOLOGY IN CONTEXT - AUDIO FORMAT

Aim: To gather stories from around the world of local views and issues to do with learning technology from first hand perspectives. What is the local context and what are the local issues and perceptions etc?

Method: Individuals record their view of issues and practices to do with learning technology in a 2 minute audio clip


4. EXPLORING CURRENT APPLICATIONS OF AUDIO TECHNOLOGIES FOR LEARNING

Aim: To understand what is already being done around the world with audio and to construct a suite of case studies as part of WAOE community knowledge development

Method: Small voluntary learning teams exploring and developing case studies of audio in learning and teaching in any format(s)

ORGANISATIONAL PROCESS
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FORM LEARNING TEAMS
For each strand identify people interested in the work-package. Then within those whole group teams to identify who would

IDENTIFY WORK SPACES
Possibly to use email for decision making and a board for the main work in small groups. A web site as a knowledge repository for all to share, hear and see.

IDENTIFY MILESTONES FOR REPORTING
In a continuous and open ended model perhaps its less appropriate to talk of deadlines and more useful to try and identify reporting milestones so that there is both continuity and output.

IDENTIFY A COORDINATOR FOR EACH TEAM
Each work-package or strand would benefit from a coordinator and within small learning teams it might be useful to have another volunteer take on a similar role if possible. This would provide a support and communication structure.

INDIVIDUALS TO BE ABLE TO SUBMIT FILES TO A COORDINATOR WITHIN APPROPRIATE WORK-PACKAGES

RESOURCES
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The people of the WAOE are a huge resource and the knowledge and diversity is something of interest as a learning topic and also something of great value to each other. Its that diversity that forms part of what we really want to understand in such a project. We are also time rich in that therefs no need to view this as having an end date if it has value and the thing can evolve over time.

We have little or no money but we have already proved able to beg borrow and use different tools and resources even on a temporary basis and with careful coordination this may be enough if not empowering!

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