A time to look forward…

by Kat  •  12 Dec 2011  •  Pedagogy

As the year draws to a close, it’s only natural to start reflecting on the year that has been and to be looking forward to what might be in 2012. Here at Ultranet we have big plans for next year and our goal is to make your experiences with online learning even easier and more powerful than before.

As you start reflecting on your school’s use of Ultranet in 2011, you should firstly be able to identify whether you feel it has been a successful year or not. Whether your answer be positive or negative, it’s never too late to go back to basics and re-identify the benefits of using an LMS and how it fits with your vision for eLearning and wider school initiatives.

To help with your reflection, we’ve put together a few questions to guide you in your thinking and hope that this exercise will provide you with a clearer picture of what changes need to be made in order for 2012 to be your best year yet. Depending on how you feel this year has gone, we’ve provided two sets of reflective questions:

If you’ve had a good year…

  • What is happening across the school in current classroom practice regarding the use of Ultranet?
  • How many positive outcomes achieved through the use of Ultranet can you identify?
  • Does the school have a shared vision for eLearning which supports and underpins the use of Ultranet?
  • To what extent is Ultranet becoming a core resource within the school? How will this look next year?
  • What needs to be continued; what needs to be done differently to embed the system more deeply?

And not such a good year…

  • What are the links between the school’s strategic objectives for the year and the use of Ultranet?
  • What are the challenges you need to address next year in order to make progress?
  • Have you been able to establish models of effective practice within the school?
  • How can you implement a variety of ongoing different support strategies that suit your staff?
  • Is there accountability for making steady progress towards the achievement of the agreed objectives?

Wherever you are in your LMS implementation journey, remember that it is a continuum and will take time to get to transformative practice. Take forward steps that are right for your school and set about bringing the whole school community together in this online space.