Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Monday, November 04, 2013
Running Turnitin for Moodle
- Setting up a Turnitin Activity
- Student assignment submission
- Checking for Similarity
- Using GradeMark
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
If you have read this blog before then you will have picked up that my subjective measure as to the usefulness of events is measured by the amount of note taking that I complete, and given that the event only lasted 2 hours six sides of a notebook, so all in all good. When I say note book by the way I am not referring to the Apple kind, why, well because I wanted to try something new, instead of scribbling / keying lines and lines of text, I wanted to try-out a technique that I came across recently called Distance Graphic Recording posting on Elliot Masseys eLearning site. If you have not across this before you may like to give it a try, it certainly reduced my word count and aided later understanding of my own notes.
Thats all now, and as usual, please feel free to comment
Monday, October 07, 2013
Week four and going well
If you have not coma across this particular publication before and you are interested in creating Learning Objects I can certainly recommend, main section titles include:
Monday, September 16, 2013
Training starts for 2013
- Word document to learning package conversion
- Using Metadata
- Managing Course Settings
- Basic Styling
- Embedding Web and stored Media
- Embedding websites
- Questions and Feedback
- Publishing a Wimba SCORM Document
- Publishing to DSpace
After each training session I am going to provide coaching for everybody on a one-2-one basis, which I think is going to prove valuable for us all including myself, so I will be blogging on just that as we move through the Winter Term, so please stay in touch
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
As the testing continues with the move toward Moodle 2.4, the latest set of results following a full test migration do seem to be very encouraging. A full visual review of one curriculum area of 132 Moodle course shows that only 7 have a failed structure, though this represents just over 5%, it is something we shall look into of course. As for single resource failures, and this does not include quizzes and questionnaires, as these were effectively removed prior to the migration, it would seem that the infamous red cross has also appeared for about 5% of resources. Given the clear and necessary requirements of thorough evaluation, full live upgrade is unlikely now to take place until at least the end of the Winter term, and then it seems we shall in fact be looking at a move to 2.5.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Evangelising eLearning, Flipped Classroom
All in all the week has progressed really well so far, I have three more sessions to run and looking forward to bookings for training across the summer.
Please feel free to reply with your own experiences and ideas.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
JISC eFactor 2013
Preparing as we are here at College for the transition to Moodle 2.4, I was particularly pleased to see presentation from Croydon College called ‘Mobile Phone’. Given the number of Smartphones owned by our students, having a reliable means of scaling Moodle to a mobile client has a very strong strong appeal for me. I was therefore very encouraged to learn that the embedded theme can simply be enabled for it to function and screen shots clearly demonstrated both reliability and accessibility, nice.
Flipped Classroom for City of Westminster College, for me turned out to be a really worthwhile session also. Flipped Classroom is of course only a new and it seems Americanism for what many of us, myself included, have been and continue trying to do with the vle; that is get it to work as a vle, not just a course management system. City of Westminster had taken this on and were able to show deployment, but more importantly report on outcomes, which included the very positive impact on course results, and even improvements to teaching profiles; now that’s interesting, I shall certainly be bringing that along future discussion with the Quality Team. And who were the target group that they managed to achieve all this with, well, not as many may expect level 3 IT students, instead level 2 Motor Vehicle; even more ammunition in the drive for change.
There were of course other parallel workshops at eFactor 2013, and if you are yet attend one of these events I would warmly recommend you getting along next year.
Bye for now
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Since we first decided upon Moodle as our vle, training as a means of getting it out there to staff was clearly going to be of some priority. In the first round, using bound notes, I must confess that in my enthusiasm to get people on-board as quickly as possible the sessions lasted around two hours, much to long really and difficult to bolt into a curriculum delivery of 90 minute classes. And so the process was broken down into time scales that would fit into current and even changing session times and took the form of Bronze, basically how to get your course up and running and Silver,
which introduced the web 2.0 features. You may be thinking what about Gold, and indeed there has always been a Gold offering, which focuses on such things as eLearning, Learning Objects etc.
Well moving as we are toward a major 2.4 upgrade, the issue of training also emerges, because lets face it there are some significant differences. The question then arises that after having the Moodle vle around for some years now, do we actually require a formal attendee type of training session, there are colleges I know that have dropped the idea altogether, and so should we follow that lead. I decided that a new approach would be worth pursuing and so to that end the new training takes the form of video material that everyone can simply access at will and use on demand. How though do we authenticate training, with the previous approach it was simply case of qualification through attendance. With the new model I am thinking that staff will be presented with a number of requirements that a course must feature under the new release, and once they are in place and clearly being used, then an electronic certificate will follow, see initial design.
How are you handling training with Moodle these days, please feel free to comment, bye for now
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Feeling more competent now thanks
Continuing on with with my quest to find useful resources, I came across an interesting link the other day from TeachThought.com named ‘15 Free Learning Tools You’ve Probably Never Heard Of’. The posting describes the collection as ‘under-the-radar free learning sites’. I confess that there are many that I was not aware of and are certainly worth looking into, so do please take a look at this one, and feel free to share your own under the radar sites or apps.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Resources, Resources and even more Resources
Monday, March 04, 2013
Thinking Moodle Theme Design
*New - Added keyboard navigation the website. Use your arrow keys in gallery to navigate fast and use Shift+1, Shift+2 and so on for menu links on the website(Not on Moodle). To use keyboard shortcuts in your Moodle themes, press Ctrl+Shift+K to see your list of Admin keyboard shortcuts. Watch out this space, Moodle UI is gonna get richer in interaction!!
*New - Added support for New Layout in themes!
*New - Added Moodle Bar for easy navigation.
*New - Added Menu Builder so that you can create your menu items without having to write a single line of code.
Finally I discivered Hayley eLearning Center, have nice looking page of free themes that covering Moodle 1.9 and Moodle 2.0. I particularly liked the way in which the themes on this site have taken on customisation of menu options and colour styles
Sunday, February 03, 2013
BETT Show 2013
So how was the rest of the show, well there did seem to be a heavy emphasis on applications for Interactive White Board systems, so if that was you interest, then you would have been spoilt for choice. For my own part I am really interested in for want of a better term, eLearning, and to be frank, I do retain the distinction that IWB’s are more in the arena of ILT, though some I know would disagree. Where eLearning was concerned though there was plenty of interest to see, including live demonstrations and I came away with a bag full of pamphlets that I am still trawling through. Another one of the big offerings at the BETT was the presence of Cloud based solutions, and there seemed to be applications across a whole range of possibilities from backing storage to real time software solutions, a very promising set of market options here.
Monday, January 21, 2013
The mythologies of eLearning
- Students will not enjoy the interaction that a class environment provides
- e-Learning courses cannot provide the same level of quality
- Teachers will find themselves replaced by a computer
Monday, December 17, 2012
eBook Student Survey
What do you think, please feel free to comment.
Monday, December 10, 2012
200 Resources and Counting
While we are opn the subject of resource lists, browsing the elearningindustry site, I also came across The Ultimate list of Free Stock Photos Sites for eLearning, being able to make use of pictures and images not only as part of your own materials, but also for students in their project work, particular Work Based Learning is a question that I find myself frequently advising on; the bottom line to this of course though is always read the copyright details, they are numerous.
That's all for now, and I hope you find the post useful
Monday, November 19, 2012
Scooping Links for Moodle
Friday, November 09, 2012
Running The Survey
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
eBooks and Printed Books
With all this in mind I was pleased to come across an infographic from onlinecolleges.net that extended the reasoning along with a host of statistics on the benefits digital text including eBooks. For my own classes this academic year, I have provided links to both eBook libraries and specific publications with the result that predictably, perhaps, very little by way of actual physical books appearing, but is this always the case. While it would seem to be the case that an eBook would represent a saving in raw cash terms, this may not be the only of most important deciding factor, and so I decided to look (surf) around and get a view.
In the New York Times Business Day Technology a very interesting piece By Claire Cain Miller and Julie Bosamn entitled "E-Books Outsell Print Books" , reports some very convincing sales statistics from Amazon, though I am drawn to the fact that much of the sales trend would not possible be representative for HE requirements, non the less, a powerful message here.
From StandarSpeaker.com in the article "Colleges adapting to influx of ebooks" by Amanda Christman, sites that according CourseSmart, the publishing industry has seen e-textbook sales double each semester over the past two year; not sure how sustainable this would be but even so the uptake is undeniable.
However now balance this with a more student oriented view in "Why Aren’t Students Using E-Books?" by Audrey Watters from KQED, and you begin appreciate some interesting points, and I quote "But students also share their textbooks because they are so incredibly expensive. And as the digital rights management (DRM) restrictions on e-books makes lending someone your copy difficult if not impossible, students are likely steering away from e-books because they simply don’t work for them — practically or economically. After all, there is little savings to be found in many digital textbooks. They cost roughly the same as print, but come without the ability to sell back a used copy at the end of the semester".
So where does this leave me, well one thing is for certain, and that is we are not about to witness the demise of printed materials, and for me as both an educator and eLearning Development Coordinator ,will have some impact upon assumptions that I may have otherwise drawn regarding my approach to course content, how about you? Please feel free to comment.