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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
4. It is cost-effective.
5. It allows your employees to have control over their training.
Monday, June 08, 2015
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Bye for now
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Multi-Tenancy in Moodle
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
- Disruptor, Distracter, or What? A Policymaker's Guide to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS)
- MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses. European University Association Occasional Paper. An update on developments in first paper published January 2013
- Introduction to MOOCs: Avalanche, Illusion or Augmentation? Policy Brief Published by the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education
- The Maturing of the MOOC. Research Paper published by the UK Government, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
- e-InfraNet: ‘Open’ as the default modus operandi for research and higher education
- 2013 Survey on Technology and Instruction: Taking the Board to School on Educational Technology
- eLearning Papers. Issue No.33: MOOCs and Beyond
- MOOCs and disruptive innovation: Implications for higher education
- Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): A Primer for University and College Board Members
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Decided to get Mooc'ed
The theme was connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching through Second Life. The live presentations included speakers reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats.
- Experience Life in Second Life
- Avatars will Present about their Lives in Second Life
- Learn how to Teach in Second Life
- Get Acquainted with Learning Environments in SL
I recently posted on the use of games in education and today another guide dropped across my browser that I thought would be a useful accompaniment to the toolkit.
I like this guide because use real-world examples of how game-based techniques can energise online learning programmes and make a positive, measurable impact. Some techniques (such as immersive 3D virtual environments) require substantial levels of investment, while others can be produced quickly and cost-effectively with just a little imagination, planning and game-based thinking. If you're interested in gamifying the provision of learning in your organisation, this guide will give you some useful food for thought.
A few thought provoking facts are included that I thought worth posting here:-
By 2014, more than 70% of Global 2000
organisations will have at least one
‘gamified’ application (Gartner).
By 2015, more than 50% of organisations
that manage innovation processes will
gamify those processes (Gartner).
The average game player today is 37
years old, and 42% of game players are
women (The Entertainment Software
Students recall just 10% of what they
read and 20% of what they hear. If
visuals accompany an oral presentation,
retention rises to 30%. If they do the job themselves,
even if only as a simulation, students
can remember 90% (the Federation of
American Scientists, 2006).
This guide covers:
Why use game-based learning?
Story, characters and goals
Avatars and reward systems
Leaderboards, competition and
Exploring virtual environments
Acknowledgements and further reading
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Games and Learning
- Realism (as opposed to pure fantasy)
- Complexity and Inclusiveness
- Learning Focused
- Time Constraints and Flexibility
- General Curriculum
- Generic / Employability Skills
From Wikipeadia :- "Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events as meaningfully related, where they are unlikely to be causally related. The subject sees it as a meaningful coincidence. The concept of synchronicity was first described by Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist, in the 1920s."
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Moodle 2.5 running and OK
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Well worth a Listen
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.