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Moodle 2.5 running and OK

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Well we have a Moodle 2.5 instance up and running, so in the last couple of days I have been taking those snatched opportunities to run some testing of resources and browse through the many new features that the versions offers. Given the work that I am focusing on at the moment with implementing eLearning using scorm materials I was more than a little impatient to confirm that the launching and tracking of objects worked as before and of course they do, and why not. All in all then looking good, very good. if you have any others to add then do please feel free to reply to this posting

Games and Learning

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Not sure really weer am with the idea of Game Based Learning (GBL),but then I have yet to try it out. Sure I have been using both Second Life and OpenSim for some years now, but they are for me simulations not games. And so I was pleased stumble across a web site that offered an planning toolkit. ardvark , is a menubar based theme tool set from Bootstrap.

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Serious about eLearning

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If you have been reading this blog and any others of a similar nature, then I guess it will go without saying that in answer to the post title, you most certainly are serious about eLearning. Which is why I am posting a link to an article I came across from The Chronicle of Higher Education entitled Why Are So Many Students Still Failing Online? Please feel free to comment. Regards Barry

eBooks and Printed Books

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I recall back in the early days of our vle here at College one of my selling points was that having materials in digital form would save not only on paper, but also those trips to the print room, and indeed this remains the case. After all, there is little savings to be found in many digital textbooks. Please feel free to comment

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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.

Migrating Moodle

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The last couple of weeks including the usual half term have certainly been busy given that we took the opportunity to move a Moodle vle from a Linux to Windows platform. I can now say that apart from a couple of misplaced course units and what appears to be an issue with the odd mime type the whole exercise has run very smoothly. Being a merged college as we are, we now have two instances of the Moodle running on a single server and it all seems to be holding up extremely well. If are interested in putting yet another ‘e’ version of eLearning into operation, then why consider emmersiveLearning.

Creately Web Based Diagramming Tool

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A little bit of cross posting between my blogs here but if you have use for a diagramming tool and not come across Creately yet, then I think it is well worth paying a visit to the site. There are a number of pricing models available, including a free version that has plenty of features. Upon completion diagrams can be exported in either png , jpeg or Creately format. regards Barry

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Thinking Moodle Theme Design

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I have been taking a loom at the some options for templates this last week and came across an couple of site that seemed to have some useful and I thought interesting content. The first was Themza. The themes features are free and cover a wide range of curriculum area defaults, and when it comes to installing the theme, there are short video tutorials that will guide through the process.

Running Turnitin for Moodle

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A busy half tern for me last week as it turned out because I was scheduled to deliver training for Turnitin to staff on the coming Monday, which is today. There were some technical difficulties with getting the installation to actually work in our version of Moodle , but I am more than pleased to say that Turnitin were really helpful in getting over those problems. We finally had it up and running by Monday 28 Oct, so not a lot of time as it turned out to put those training materials together. The outcome rather than my usual bound set of hard copy Click-n-Go guides was a set of four videos.

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

Are you ready Tin Can

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If you have been around the Mood le vle or for that matter any vle for a while, then you will have I am sure over the years developed and or deployed in support of eLearning various scorm packages. And I would judge that you are still enthusiastic about scorm, and if you are regular to this blog then you will know that we make good use of Wimba Create for College generated content.


iPads and the word eLearning

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While our work here at the college continues with the iPad trials, I am always interested to read and discover from the work of others in using tablet technology. Is it time to drop the e from the term eLearning? and this is a discussion that has been going on for some time now and one that I came across originally back in 2007 in a blog posting from Donald Taylor.

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Facebook for Educators

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I have in past postings made both positive and not so positive remarks regarding the use of Facebook as part of course delivery. In one particular year, I certainly managed to get pretty much wholesale agreement with using the social network for both easy contact and handing out achievement comments’ and graphical badges and general course information. In the following year, a similar attempt led to me being almost completely unfriended, strange? went on to look around the net for more on this and soon discovered [link]. Please feel free to comment Regards Barry

New eLearning Projects Approved

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Well I am pleased to say that the eLearning project proposals have all been approved. We are currently in the process of generating an instance of Open Simulator for one and the iPad’s will be arriving soon for the other. One late request was from myself for the acquisition by the college of a licence for Wimba Create. For those of you out there who remember courseGenie, Create is the new incarnation. This is in fact all part of our phased Moodle rollout, detail below. So a busy time ahead and of course some more frequent postings to this blog and of course to our blog for Open Sim

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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.

200 Resources and Counting

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Being on the lookout as I usually am for new resources for eLearning, as I am sure so many of us are, it was a very pleasant surprise the other day to come across the extensive list for that details over 200 spread across three lists, the link to Part 1 of the list is here and on the page you will find the others. That's all for now, and I hope you find the post useful

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Scooping Links for Moodle

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When it comes to presenting a course in Moodle I often find myself trying to think of alternatives to the default means of materials presentation through the links to documents and websites approach, and the other day I discovered Scoopit. have actually seen these websites before, but not taken the time to look into them any further.

Teaching & Learning Conference

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Last we week had our Teaching & Learning Conference day here at the College, and as part of that I was asked to deliver a session on eLearning. In the end I decided to opt for an introduction to eLearning, the terminology, and standards and how the vle fits into the delivery. If you are interested our work using OpenSim then you may like to follow our BC OpenSim blog.

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Moodle 2.0 Making the Leap at RSC

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In common with a lot of colleges, universities and institutes running Moodle 1.x, we are now beginning to consider the way forward for migration to Moodle 2, not least because it seems support for Moodle 1.x will cease this coming summer. To this end I was more then enthusiastic to get myself along the an RSC event in London ‘Moodle-2.0 Please stay in touch as we make that leap

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.

Study Stack Flash Cards

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I wonder if you have come across Study Stack yet. The site features collections of Flash Card materials that are organised into categories of Geography History, Business, Maths, Miscellaneous, Science, Languages, Agriculture, Law, Medical and Standardized Tests, that you can both use and contribute to. Please feel free to comment, Barry

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Making Mobile Learning Work

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Thinking about and talking to the project team as I am right now regarding the likely and best use of our new iPad’s when the initial project ends. have started to look around the net and came across this really interesting publication ‘ Making Mobile Learning Work’ , this is a free pdf from escalate featuring five mobile learning case studies. regards Barry

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Moodle Journal - Untitled Article

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I find that one thing this time of year gives me and I am sure the same is true for other Moodlers, is the time to look around at what is happening out there and to get on with new projects, more of that later. The paper outlines some typical approaches for Social Studies, Science, English Language Arts, Math and draws its recommendation upon research by Herman J. M. & Knobloch, N. A. 2004).


Upgrading to Moodle 3

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As a Moodlerooms client we have recently been upgraded Moodle 3 here at the College and as such I have been particularly interested in some of the new features that come along with that. fig 2 Then there's the Drag and drop markers question type where you can drag text markers onto a predefined image see fig 2. For even more information on the Moodle 3.x

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.

Is your VLE cognitive?

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As I recall, it was at least few ago now that I first started to hear the term Student Analytics banded around in the corridors of eLearning, around the time of the 2012 Horizon Report. The benefits sited here include such aspects as an improved student experience, increased retention, efficiency cost savings, that can extend even to facilities management.


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While effectively we are at that time of academic year when everything is winding up and results being agreed and closed off, it is also the time before everyone begins heading for the sun, distant parts or something else, for staff development sessions. Hope you find it as interesting as I did. Please stay in touch if you would like to know how they were received by everyone a desktop concept

Minted Cubism

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As a new round of training comes along, I start to think about how well my training sessions have run in the past ,and to what extent they have achieved their desired effect. particular request for training that I felt had been covered by timetabled delivery plus the availability of instructional videos caused me to get thinking though. Bye for now Skipper

Blended Learning

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Maybe its just coincidence, well of course it is, but this week seems to have been full of requests and postings coming my way on blended online learning. We soon realised however that an online course should have online payment, online enrolment and of course following that, seamless access to the actual Moodle course itself, all through a new web page on our college website.

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.

Internet Report

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Interested as you clearly must in eLearning and so to some greater or lesser extent what is going on re the Internet, then if you have yet to get site of it, the “ State of the Internet ” presentation running to some 196 slides is going to be a slide turner for you. let me know please post a reply. Anyway great report, thoroughly enjoyed the read and will most certainly read again, and again.

Decided to get Mooc'ed

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Having read about them. watched video clips and hovered around the edge of actually registering for one, I finally took the plunge recently and signed up to a MOOC. The course: - Second Life MOOC ran from April 1 to 30 2014. The theme was connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching through Second Life. We also had recordings on WizIQ, Google Drive, YouTube, and Vimeo.

Well worth a Listen

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Not quit a predication but the title of a really informative, thought provoking and even controversial short series of broadcasts from BBC4 Radio by Sarah Montague called My teacher is an App that investigate ‘The classroom of the Future’, ‘The University of the Future’ and ending with ‘An Education Revolution?’ now that one was a surprise that I was most certainly not expecting.


Lesoco trip

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eLearning training continues to move along very encouragingly, with a well attended course last Wednesday and my diary filling with appointments for one-2-one mentoring sessions for the first piece of eLearning material package. Similar to our own deployment they are Moodle based, with implementations of Mahara and Turnitin , along with hosting and custom upgrades from ULCC.

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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.

Week four and going well

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This week is going to be number four in the rollout of the eLearning training. The whole exercise is in fact proving to be extremely worthwhile; the actual sessions themselves are to introduce our staff to converting their desktop materials written in Word and then showing these can be enriched with media and assessments. Smith.