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Making a case for creating Open Educational Resources for use in Higher Education

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To set the scene we'll start with a useful and pragmatic definition of Open Educational Resources from Stephen Downes (although he does not support the idea of an 'official' definition) – Read more here [link] "Open educational resources are materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone." It is sharing and engaging widely and openly.

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Adding Voiceover Sound to Powerpoint

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I have created a 4 part series of videos demonstrating and discussing how to include voice-over sound in PowerPoint presentations. For those that are new to PowerPoint, electronic presentations or are slightly technophobic in these matters hopefully these videos will be useful to you. powerpoint sound audacity audio multimedia elearning

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Articulate Presenter: Adding Voiceover Sound

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In a previous post we looked at how to include voice-over sound in PowerPoint presentations. For those that also have access to the Articulate Presenter PowerPoint Add-In there is the opportunity to add sound to an enhanced presentational format. powerpoint Audio Articulate

MOOCING on Gas: Early Thoughts on Three Concurrent Offerings

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Brief Overview of the MOOC Scene John Mak a long standing and leading analyst in the field of Moocs identifies five different types of Moocs in this article What are the main differences among these types of Moocs. initially joined up for #etmooc but have since got involved on both of the other courses. When participating in a MOOC what are you looking for? What are you expecting?

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How to Choose Between On-Demand and Instructor-Led Training

Not sure whether to offer on-demand or instructor-led training, or both? Each has its pros and cons and your decision will depend on your organization’s needs and goals. Download this eBook to learn which option is better at scale, as well as the resources needed to implement each training type.

Universal Design For Learning (UDL): Some Selected Resources

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HOLD THE FRONT PAGE - PLE's need Teachers

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Call it a PLE if you like, to me it is connectivist learning. Other terms that i can identify with are Dave Cormier's ' Community as Curriculum ' approach and Wendy Drexler's elucidation of Networked learning in the ' Networked student model ' ( video ). agree with Jenny Mackness blog post on Curation and Balance in that it is the process that is of most interest and relevance when trying to explain to staff and students the benefits of 21st century connectivist learning. PLE - "My PLE is where I store all my “keys” to the network. The PLE takes me to my PLN through various gates and paths."

Videoblogging versus Blogging

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This blog post gives me an initial opportunity to consider the potential of videoblogging compared with straightforward blogging. My initial conclusions are that for learning purposes, both types of blogging require some thinking through and some preparation and planning. Having a visual stimulus on the blog i think will spark more initial interest.

Wordpress Blog as Online CV and Personal Development Auditor

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Spark for this session was this blog post "is technology eating your job". link] Made me realize in a competitive job market place how important it is to be organised and ready for to secure the (a) job that you want. This got me thinking, then got me playing and then sharing my thoughts with a small group of social media enthusiasts at the university where i work - De Montfort University.

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

Wordpress LMS LearnDash - The greatest LMS in the World?

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Well that is what I am betting on for the soon to be released WordPress LMS - LearnDash ! Why would I bet on it or make a claim of such largesse when I have not even seen or used it. First off we know that this LMS is built on the strongest of foundations - The brilliantly devised WordPress blogging platform. This platform is very mature with nearly 10 years of worldwide development and support.

ETMooc - Moocing old style

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As a participant of the first truly massive mooc CCK08, I am looking forward to participating in an old style :-) Mooc (cMooc) as opposed to the newer brand of xMoocs. Photo Courtesy of ryan2point0 under the CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. My participation in this mooc i am hoping will re-awaken the more active connectivist in me. Let me say that a big hats off to the course creators. etmooc

Distinguishing Connectivism

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I have read lots of the fantastic discussions that are going in the CCK08 course, but I needed to break away from the pack and without reference to the wealth of information, think through for myself how connectivism can be distinguished from other learning theories. would welcome your thoughts and insights in order that I can clarify my understanding. know that i could go and read this somewhere, but i felt i) it was beneficial for me to think it through and ii) beneficial to get some feedback. Ertmer’s and Newby’s (1993) offer “five definitive questions to distinguish learning theory”.

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Beginners Guide to WordPress: Setting up a local site, Setting up a working development environment, Gaining practical skills and Developing understanding

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Before we move onto the central theme of this article, as a foundation to our knowledge I suggest you read this article which outlines the different versions of WordPress that are available: [link] As individual developers we are concerned with the full version of WordPress. For individual developers that are learning their trade or who need access to an environment where they can experiment and practice without the additional issues of acquiring web space and a web server we need a local web server installed that will replicate the online web space where WordPress would normally be housed.

Storyboarding for eLearning

Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.

It's a Mash Up: Online Learning meets Classroom Teaching

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Lesson: PgCert Teacher Training: Online Assessment and Evaluation – Wednesday 30th Jan – Group 1 Background This was the first group of three, to be taught on this lesson. I was drafted in to help deliver this classroom based 90 minute session on online assessment and evaluation with colleague Heather Conboy. It was an interesting and rewarding experience. Rewarding in that I did feel that the session went well, which was by and large confirmed in feedback from the 10 strong group of PgCert group of tutors. Leading up to the class there was a little apprehension.

Motivation

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Well - here I am in all my glory. My mind, my thoughts my thinking processes about to be revealed to the paying public. This blog will attempt to capture my thoughts, insights, conclusions, understandings, misunderstandings, motivations,reasoning, actions etc etc for the purposes of documenting my learning process in action. It will be a comment upon the things I have been studying as part of my MA in Independent Study and is for my own personal reflections.

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Externalize!! Externalize!!

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In recent weeks I have been grappling with learning theories and models and trying to create my own mental model of how all the theories relate to each other and how they fit into the timeline of mankind’s understanding of how we learn. My understanding thus far is that we do learn different things in different ways. As George puts it " We are social beings.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Designing For Usability and Designing for Accessibility

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A brief post highlighting the differences between universal design, designing for usability and designing for accessibility. This article What is the difference between accessible, usable, and universal design? sums things up succinctly. In essence these are the differences: Accessible design is a design process in which the needs of people with disabilities are specifically considered. Accessibility sometimes refers to the characteristic that products, services, and facilities can be independently used by people with a variety of disabilities. accessibility UDL Usability

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

Blogging: What’s the Point – Initial Thoughts of a Virgin Blogger!

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Reasons to be cheerful – Part One As an educational technologist and as a student preparing to define their own learning outcomes and assessment criteria for an independently studied masters degree the phenomenon that is blogging is strongly at the forefront of my thoughts at this time. The reasons for this are twofold. First I am trying to work out the best way to use blogging as a learning and assessment tool as part of my studies. Secondly from the brief preliminary research that I have done it would seem obvious to me that blogging can have great educational value for a great many students.

Camtasia 7.0 Part 1: Key Preparation

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This post is the first in a series that will shed light on my approach to developing a videocast. In particular what i would call a video 'infocast'. This post mainly draws on my experience of developing a set of videocasts that introduce students to 'online and distance learning' (See parts 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 ) at the University that i work DMU. Photo Courtesy of elibrody under the CC BY-NC 2.0

A Deliberate and Effective PLE

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Thinking about my own PLE in relation to the reading led me to developing my own PLE Model. The thinking behind the model is outlined below the following diagram. Questions that crossed my mind were: 1. Is your PLE Deliberate? What is the Purpose of your PLE? which leads onto the question. 3. What model of a PLE fits your purpose? What do you do in a PLE? 5. What is learning in a PLE? Planning.

Digital Participation, Digital Inclusion and Social Learning

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Digital Participation - Why? Attended the ' Measuring the Unmeasurable: Digital Participation ' Seminar at Birmingham University on Monday 19th July. I was unsure as to what to expect. My motivation to attend stems from my interest in informal online learning and how connectivist methods of online learning can be used to promote digital participation. Why is participation important? Some thoughts!

Ditching the formal performance review? Kineo shares 3 Elements for Success

Is your organization thinking about moving towards a performance development culture? What are the elements to succeeding and keeping managers and employees engaged? Download “A Road Map for Change” to find out and gain insight into making the transition as smooth as possible on your journey into this brave new world.

Network Learning: A Taxonomy of Critical Literacies #CritLit 2010

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From the discussions and reflection so far in the CritLit 2010 course I set out to build on my earlier blog posts and develop my own understanding of critical literacies for the 21st century networked learner. Encouraged by Ruth Howard and John Mak i initially considered developing a taxonomy of literacies in the form of a visual model to capture the elements identified by the Critit2010 group.

Technology Celebration at DMU and A Triumvirate platform for success

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Symposium Highlight Just returned from the typically heartening and uplifting bi- Annual DMU Technology Enhanced Learning Symposium. Biggest impact for me came not from any of the presenters but the attendance of the recently appointed Manager of ISAS (Information Services & Systems), Michael Robinson. Way to go Dave. Go DMU Go :-).

One Year of Bikram and I am Still Standing (but is my knee locked)

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The Anniversary! thought I would mark my one year of practice by revealing my thoughts about Bikram Yoga. This post is written with the relatively new or not yet started Bikram Yoga attendee in mind. It's So Much More than just Stretching One year of Bikram and I am still standing, still going strong (started 26th March 2009). It keeps you on track. The teachers are fantastic.

The Three Dubya's - Wimba, Webex and WiZiQ

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Coming towards the end of a phase of Live Online Learning learning using Wimba Live Classroom. Thought i'd take some time to reflect on the Wimba application and compare it with my previous experiences with Webex (training room) and WiZiQ. These are just my initial comparisons, I intend to go into much more depth on these and other applications at a later time. Good for free though.

Best Practices for Launching an LMS

When launching a new platform to deliver customer and partner training, there are a few key items to keep in mind. The best and simplest way to stay organized during this process – and be able to measure success – is to follow the tried-and-true practices outlined in this eBook. Click to download.

Camtasia is King and Live Online Learning is the thing

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Enjoying Distance Learning Yes the thing – the thing to bring some emotion and enjoyment to the business of distance learning. Live online learning not only connects people, but is also a powerful aid to learning. How so! What tools say thee! However for those postgraduate students that did logon and participate it appeared to be a welcome and enjoyable experience. Voice conferencing 2.

Shut your mouth: Nasal Breathing is a snorting good choice

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In Praise of Bikram Yoga Having completed around twenty sessions of Bikram Yoga, what i love about this from of yoga is the solid, know where you stand, never to be changed, carefully thought out structure of twenty six postures (and two breathing :-)) exercises. My Struggle to Breath (correctly) One such question for me was centered around the correct way of breathing. Points to note were: 1.

Bikram Yoga and the 'Locked Knee'

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Having just completed my ninth bikram yoga session, i'd like you to note that these are the initial thoughts of an inexperienced beginner. have instantly developed a good vibe about this form of vigorous mental and physical (torture -:)) exercise. What we are being told just seems naturally right - i am a believer. Linked into the concept of 'locked knee' is the flexing of the toes.

CCK08: Connectivism - How we learn through connectivism?

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Having an understanding or an interpretation of how connectivism and other learning theories work has led me to devise a concept map that identifies my initial thoughts on how connectivism works, what connectivist learning is good for and what successful connectivist learning depends on. The concepts relating to Connectivism and other learning theories i will address more deeply at a later date.

Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.

(My) Learning Networks: (CCK08 Final Paper)

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Introduction This project has given me an opportunity to reflect on my learning networks and also given me a focus to experiment with new technology. My initial conception was to interleave Webcam clips of myself speaking with Camtasia Studio captured interactions of myself using CMap software. The youtube video can can be also embedded directly into blogger. Enough talk… On with the show.

Changing Roles for Educators (CCK08: Paper 2)

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Background The field of interest that I work in is teaching and learning. My focus is primarily on distance learning, but I still do some face to face teaching. would say that on the whole participants on these courses are much wiser and more aware of teaching methods other than the straightforward unengaging lectures that may have been more the norm twenty years ago. What to do? Web 2.0 Oh, My!

Connectivist Learning #CritLit2010 #CCK09

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After reading George Siemen's post on Connectivism taxonomy and John Mak's response I compared the points expressed with the critical literacy taxonomy that i had published in my last blog post and with my own views on connectivist learning. have subsequently created a wiki page to develop a Critical Literacies Taxonomy and a wiki page that looks at Connectivist Taxonomy Linked to Critical Literacies. I'd welcome any input to develop and discuss the issues as a group from interested colleagues. If we start with some feedback on George's proposed connectivist taxonomy. Supporting ‘Web 2.0’

Getting Anchored in My #CritLit 2010 MOOC

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Consolidation When I started the Critical Literacy 2010 course , I started late and was not exactly sure what the major focus of the course was. In my mind the dominant thought was that this was a course that was primarily concerned with Critical Thinking Skills. Reflecting back at the outset, the course details did outline that: "Content for the course is being drawn from the presentation Pedagogical Foundations for Personal Learning This presentation provides a frame for an understanding of the critical literacies required in a networked learning environment. Wikipedia 2010. John Mak 5.

What's New In Adobe Captivate 9!

Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, Sr. Adobe eLearning Evangelist, as she showcases the latest features & enhancements in the all-new Adobe Captivate 9. You will learn about the stellar features of this release along with Captivate Draft –the new storyboarding app.