Thursday, March 22, 2012

RSC Moodle Roundtable

I went along to an RSC Moodle Forum round table in London yesterday that posed the question ‘What makes for a good Moodle activity’. Without looking at my members list there were about 20 of us there, so it turned into a very sociable and informative event, most enjoyable. For my own part in the day I brought along the work that I had been conducting on eLearning, much publicised on this blog, but I did take the opportunity to promote Wimba Create, which I think went down very positively.

MS Word template for making Moodle quizzes

The description of the tool makes it sound very interesting though I must admit to not having tried it out yet.
 This template is intended for quiz creators like me who do not like awkward Moodle mechanism for quiz authoring and prefer familiar word processor environment. Besides, the latter way of quiz creation is an offline activity and solves the problem of demanding continuous access to a Moodle server. The template is based on the original work of Mikko Rusama. I have almost completely recasted his code, and borrowed some ideas concerning the interface from Enrique Casto.My version do not use the GIFT format, which is not native to Moodle and lack some capabilities (for example, adding images to questions). The format used here is Moodle XML.
If you have used the tool, please feel free to comment

A blogging tool new to me anyway was Posterous. This little tool is seems to be be designed around need to support mobile blogging in that  includes the features of posting using an email, with attachments of photos, MP3s, documents, and video (both links and files. From what I managed to appreciate about app so far it would appear that social Media enthusiasts see it as a medium of choice for life-streaming, but for myself brilliant for student field trips. Well worth a look, though you may find it has been blocked by your College network!

Adobe Sticky Notes
Adobe Sticky Notes is a feature that while I had heard about, had not looked into, and as long as the Commenting tools are enabled in PDFs. If you have not tried this fpr yourself yet then basically a sticky note has a note icon that appears on the page and a pop-up note for your text message. You can add a sticky note anywhere on the page or in the document area. The presenter wa showing how they were being used as a question and answer feature, very impressive, so if you are intersed then please follow this link to the site.

Adobe in association with Econsultancy
I received an email the other day that offered the download Digital Intelligence Briefing: Digital Trends for 2012 from Adobe in association with Econsultancy report. The opening paragraph describes the document as :
Based partly on a survey of 600 businesses, this report aims to distil a plethora of data and discussion points into some key digital trends, challenges and opportunities which businesses should be paying close attention to during 

While this is of course very much a business report  it does include a lot of trend data relating to Social Media and mobile, so of more than a little interest to us using social learning.
Bye for now and do feel free to comment



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