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Feedback from a PGCE Group About OER's

"Currently I use the TES resources quite regularly. Most of the time they are pretty good. Not always a perfect fit but for guidance and as a reference point for writing assigment briefs for BTEC I find they have some good contributors".

"(About JORUM) The subject wasn't as a refined filter as most, so ended up having to sift through a lot. The extra page numbers were too numerous to contemplate however I did randomly select one and again had to trawl through masses. Must say information was interesting and some useful when found".

"I tried the same search for all of them for speed, Smart Targets. The first one was the worst for ease of finding information (Xpert). The rest were all very easy to use".

Resource Evaluations

Report for ACTOR/ JISC Resources Evaluation by Jenny Donald, KM Training Ltd - 10

What resource was used? An online crossword about health and safety. www.dspace.jorum.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/14065

Where was the resource found? On the Jorum search engine.

When was the resource used? During a PLTS lesson, teaching them to think more about/ enquire about health and safety in the salon.

How was it used? Was used as an assessment of learning, to check they understood the terms we had been using throught the lesson and would understand then if used outside the classroom. Loaded onto computers for learners to complete.

Who was it used with? Level 2 Beauty Therapy and level 2 Nail Services apprentices.

Feedback from Teacher: Good and quick assessment of learning, useful to use to check understanding, simple layout, however do need a computer. Very clear and easy to use.

Feedback from Learner: Easy to follow and understand, makes you think about the answers, however there is little information on the resource to work from.

Quotations from Learners: "It's quick and easy", "Fun but didn't have a lot of information", "Needs more information".

Report for ACTOR/ JISC Resources Evaluation by Jenny Donald, KM Training Ltd - 9

What resource was used? A resource giving online iformation about the human cadiovascular system. www.innerbody.com/image/cardov.html

Where was the resource found? On the Merlot search engine.

When was the resource used? During an anatomy lesson, in preparation for online examination.

How was it used? It was put up on the smartboard and used in connection with a diagram the learners had, which they then had to label for revison purposes.

Who was it used with? Level 3 Beauty Therapy learners who had previous failed the online assessment.

Feedback from Teacher: A dull resource, didn't give much information, used more as a visual then as a lesson aid. Clear layout and easy to use, but not enough to do and use on it.

Feedback from Learner: The resource was boring, not very helpful and didn't contain enough information to revise from. Need the sheets/ workbooks etc. as well.

Quotations from Learners: "It was boring and not labeled", "Needs more information", "It was easy to follow".

Report for ACTOR/ JISC Resources Evaluation by Jenny Donald, KM Training Ltd - 8

What resource was used? Online information on the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the human eye. www.tedmontgomery.com/the_eye/index.html

Where was the resource found? On the Merlot search engine.

When was the resource used? During a Level 3 Beauty Therapy lesson, as an introduction the the eye structure.

How was the it used? It was used by learners on the computers to give learners an introduction and understanding of the eye structure. It was the learners first look at the eye structure.

Who was it is used with? Level 3 Beauty Therapy learners who were at the start of their unit and just beginning to learn about the eye.

Feedback from Teacher: A very detailed but also confusing layout, hard to navigate through, the colours on screen clashed and it was hard to follow and work from.

Feedback from Learners: "There is too much information and very crowded, not very clear", "There was a lot of information which could help me a lot", "It is not appealing and not easy to read, the content and writing is all different colours, fonts and sizes. It was not that clear as to where and what to click on, the background were too different".

Quotations from learners: "There is too much information, very crowded and not very clear", "There was a lot on screen that could distract people", "It's not appealing and not easy to read, the content and writting is all different colour font and sizes", "It was not that clear as to wear and what to click on, the backgrounds too different".

Report for ACTOR/ JISC Resources Evaluation by Jenny Donald, KM Training Ltd - 7

What resource was used? An e-skeleton, www.eskeletons.org

Where was the resource found? Found by search Merlot.org

When was the resource used? During a Beauty Therapy lesson, containing both Level 2 and 3 learners.

How was it used? Used to show where in the body, the bones went. As revision material, to prepare for their online test.

Who was it used with? It was used with a small group of level 2 and 3 learners during a lesson. It was put on a smartboard so all learners could interact with it.

Feedback from teacher: It was nice and visual, worked well on the smartboard. However there was very little information provided on there, so a lot of teacher input was needed. Good as a visual though, dark background so the learners could see the bones easily. Easy to navigate around. Just more information needed.

Feedback from learners: It was clear and bright but there wasn't enough colour on it. Easy to see but more colour would have made it more interesting. There also needs to be more information on it as didn't really learn anything but the names and shapes of the bones.

Quotation from learners: "Everything was clear and the main things were in a brighter colour" "There needs to be more information about the bones" "It was very easy to read"

Report for ACTOR/ JISC Resources Evaluation by Jenny Donald, KM Training Ltd - 6

What resource was used? An online percentages Maths quiz. http://library.leeds.ac.uk/tutorials/maths-quizzes/

Where was the resource found? On the Jorum website.

When was the resource used? At the end on an Application of Number Level 2 lesson.

How was it used? Used as assessment of learning at the end of a lesson to see how the learners had progressed.

Who was it used with? Used with hairdressing and beauty therapy learners, used within a salon environment and set up on a laptop (work-based learning).

Feedback from teacher: The writing on it was very small so had to read on a laptop, however may be better on an interactive whiteboard. Not very colourfull or appealing. It did cover a large range of questions.

Feedback from learner: Easy to understand and gave enough information. Didn't look very interesting though, looked grey and boring.

Quotation from learner "It was made easy to understand"

Report for ACTOR/ JISC Resources Evaluation by Jenny Donald, KM Training Ltd - 5

What resource was used? A handling cash in the salon worksheet. http://www.skillsworkshop.org/resources/handling-cash-salon

Where was the resource found? Online of the Skills Workshop website

When was the resource used? It was used within a Level 2 Key Skills lesson on time and money.

How was it used? It was used during the session as a guide to work with and to act as an introduction to dealing with money in a salon environment.

Who was it used with? It was used with both hairdressing and beauty learners. All doing Level 2 Application of Number Key Skills, however some were from a Level 1 vocation course, some from a Level 2 one.

Feedback from the teacher: Very little input from the teacher was needed. They were very quick to complete the worksheet. I felt that it was too easy for level . The final page was very confusing due to the fact their were too many coins and notes pictured on one page, learners said that these al seemed to jumble together and therefore prefered to do the counting of the money activiy with acutally money, rather then counting it up on a sheet. If they had used less coins and notes on the page and made it look less cluttered then I think it would have been more accessible for the learner and they would be more willing to try and use it.

Feedback from the learner: Like the way that it was set out. It was well explained and easy to follow. The last page had too much on and too much to add. The rest was completed easily and quickly.

Quotations from learners: "It is easy to understand and set out well".


Report for ACTOR/ JISC Resources Evaluation by Jenny Donald, KM Training Ltd - 4

What resource was used? A timings in a salon worksheet.

http://www.skillsworkshop.org/resources/timings-salon

Where was the resource found? Online at www. skillsworkshop.org

When was the resource used? It was used within a Level 2 Key Skills Application of Number lesson on time and money.

How was it used? It was used during the session to test the learners knowledge and to re-cap.

Who was it used with? It was used with hairdressing and beauty apprentices, all studying Level 2 AON. It was used in a classroom at the trainig centre.

Feedback from the teacher: This worksheet isn't one you could give to a learner to do alone. The learners needed the sheet explaining by me and to work through it all together. There was some confusion over whether they should be recording the timings and bookings and the worksheet did not make it clear whether they should or not. The writing was spaced out nicely but there could have been more pictures next to the services offered to make it more user friendly and give it a visual aspect to break up the text. Due to the large volume of questions, which followed on from one another, if a learner got one wrong they would therefore get them all wrong. This proved to be a frustrating aspect of the worksheet for some learners and lead them to be even more confused.

Feedback from the learner: They felt that the worksheet needs to be easier to read as the text and questions were too much on one page, there was just a list of questions. The worksheet needs to have more explanation on it as they were confused over whether they should be writing the appointments down or not, learners felt that the resource should have told you whether they needed to do this or not.

Quotations from learners: "Could have made it more easier to read", "It could tell you to write appointments down so you don't forget", "It needs to explain more".


Report for ACTOR/ JISC Resources Evaluation by Jenny Donald, KM Training Ltd - 3

What resources was used? A highlighting and lowlighting techniques PowerPoint.

http://dspace.jorum.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/16172

Where was the resources found? It was found on JORUM as a PowerPoint and was printed out for use within the salon environment.

When was the resource used? It was used on the salon floor during a training night, it was used as a handout rather then a PowerPoint presentation due to the enviornment it was being used it.

Who was it used with? It was used with Level 3 hairdressers within the workplace.

Feedback from the teacher: This resource still left a lot for the teacher to explain and go through as the learners could not follow the methods used or understand them. Was nice that they were step-by-step in instruction and in pictures, however the resources presumed that users already know the termanology and therefore uses it throughout. When printed as a worksheet it is difficult to know which order to follow the instructions in.

Feedback from the learners: Learners felt that the resourse was useful as they were unaware of the techniques before being given the resource and that it was laid out well. They felt that their was not enough information, too vague, and that their were no end result pictures, this made it difficult to follow. They also felt that it could use some examples of the best colours to use with the different methods of application.

Quotations from learners: "I would use it again as something to refer to but not something to learn from as I prefer person to person learning and teaching", "Needs more detailed step-by-step pitures and an end result picture", "Needs more information and more pictures".


Report for ACTOR/ JISC Resources Evaluation by Jenny Donald, KM Training Ltd - 2

What resource was used? A multiply and divide by 10 and 100 worksheet with hairdressing related questions.

http://www.skillsworkshop.org/resources/multiplying-and-dividing-10-100-hairdressing

Where was the resource found? www.skillsworkshop.org

When was the resource used? It was used within a Maths (Level 1) session.

How was it used? It was used at the end of a sessions as a recap and as an assessment of learning acivity.

Who was it used with? It was used with a group of hairdressers in a training classroom. There were all Level 2 Hairdressers completing Level 1 Application of Number Key Skills.

Feedback from the teacher: Like that the colour addedd to the visual aspect of the sheet making it appear more user friendly. It was related to hairdressing and therefore more of interest and worked at embedding Maths within Hairdressing. THe top half of the page has a lot of question on which could appear too cluttered and look scary to approach. Also the alighnment is off on some of the questions so it looks confused.

Feedback from the learners: Th learners liked that it was linked to their industry. It was easy to read and understand. One learner requested more question amounts and another would have liked it to have been more colourful as the pictures weren't enough for the amount of text used.

Quotations from learners: "I think it would have been better if it told you small amounts and then inbetween amounts", "Would like to make the resource more colourful to draw attention", "The photos are hard to see".


Report for ACTOR/ JISC Resources Evaluation by Jenny Donald, KM Training Ltd - 1

What resource was used? A hairdressing training colouring information leaflet.

http://dspace.jorum.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/6994

Where was the resource found? On JORUM.

When was the resource used? In a lesson on colouring and hydrogen peroxide mixing.

How was it used? It was used at the beginning of the lesson as an introduction to the colouring unit and as an introduction information leaflet before we went into more depth within the lesson.

Who was it used with? It was used with a group of hairdressers and one barber. They were all level 2 learners and it was used within a training classroom.

Feedback from the teacher: The visuals were nice on the page. It was clear and easy to read with a bold and clear font size. There was a nice diagram to go along with what was being stated within the text. There was not too much information on the leaflet which makes it visually more appealing to learners and makes it more approachable. However some of the information was incorrect on the worksheet and the learners picked up on these errors.

Feedback from the learners: The learners liked the resource in terms of that it was easy to read and spaced out well. They liked the bullet points and the fact that this broke up the information which was being given to them and was easier to follow. They did notice that some of the information on the leaflet was incorrect and this confused them and made them question their own knowledge at first, due to the fact the automatically presumed that the leaflet would be correct.

Quotations from learners: "I would not use this resource again as I would rather be shown and explained to visually or verbally", "I didn't understand what the effects of colouring- permanant was supposed to be", "The information was easy to understand and follow. It was spaced out well".

Dissguarded resources

Many dissguarded due to the fact they were more aimed at college/ school environments and less for work-based learning. Lots of health and safety resources were dissguarded as they contained too much information and often spoke about things not relevant with the salons we work in. Hard to find out if it can be used.

Accessibility

  • Struggled to find resources specifically for vocational training
  • Had to e-mail some creaters of the resources as it was not clear if they were licenced or not
  • Licence system was new to me...hard to understand all the different labels
  • Often found that their was not enough information or they tried to put too much information in the same space - so it became unclear and confusing
  • Incorrect information
  • Search engines difficult to use, in particular Merlot as it found too many resources and often they had nothing related to the topic I was trying to find.

Overall Reflection

While I think these search engines are a good idea, it was often difficult to find resources on them. Also, due to the fact I am from vocational teaching, I found that there were less resources on hairdressing, beauty etc. and that when found they came across as outdated, or they contained incorrect information. However for the Maths and English there were hundres of resources to choose from. Most resources found seemed to have very little thought put into the layout for those with dyslexia or Irlens. It also seemed that the higher the level of the resource the less useable they were, due to overcrowding of information and using lots of different font colours and styles in an effort to make the resource more 'interesting'. By doing this it offput some learners.