Moodle 2.5 running and OK
MAY 3, 2014
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
MAY 10, 2014
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.
Serious about eLearning
MAY 28, 2011
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
Multi-Tenancy in Moodle
JUNE 2, 2015
Have I considered Multi-tenancy for our Moodle, my quick response to that question was no, actually a new one on me, though I ask are you already a Moodle mutli-tenancy site? If like myself this was a new, then it seems that multi-tenancy is when the same data / information and content infrastructure is used by different groups or organizations. And the shed load of admin work that with it.
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eBooks and Printed Books
NOVEMBER 6, 2012
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
OCTOBER 1, 2011
It occured to me, that we should together with our Marketing department, assemble in addition to any visitors pack that may already be in existence, include a folder, pad, pen and coloured flyers. The flyers being my suggestion would naturally be my job, OK with that. Producing e-Content with Wimba Create. Mahara , our fully featured open source electronic portfolio.
FEBRUARY 23, 2012
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
OCTOBER 28, 2011
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
Thinking Moodle Theme Design
MARCH 4, 2013
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
NOVEMBER 4, 2013
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.
Are you ready Tin Can
OCTOBER 15, 2012
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
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
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.
Facebook for Educators
JULY 27, 2011
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
MARCH 9, 2011
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
200 Resources and Counting
DECEMBER 10, 2012
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 elearningindustry.com 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
Scooping Links for Moodle
NOVEMBER 19, 2012
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.
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.
Teaching & Learning Conference
JUNE 18, 2012
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.
The mythologies of eLearning
JANUARY 21, 2013
Well start of the new year here and time to commence some new work on e-Learning, a term that I must confess I am looking forward in many ways to replacing or at least redefining. None the less there is little doubt what so ever in my own mind and indeed from experience and evidence that technology can and should be used to extend our classrooms.
Moodle 2.0 Making the Leap at RSC
MARCH 3, 2012
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
Study Stack Flash Cards
NOVEMBER 9, 2011
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
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!
Making Mobile Learning Work
JULY 1, 2011
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
Evangelising eLearning, Flipped Classroom
JULY 3, 2013
This week is when I get the chance to evangelise to staff the benefits if adopting an eLearning – Online learning, Blended learning – Flipped learning component to courses. But then as with now, you try to leverage the advantages, and if time is an issue, then it becomes time saving that you call in as the sweetener. Please feel free to reply with your own experiences and ideas. Bye for now
JULY 3, 2015
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
JUNE 22, 2015
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
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JUNE 17, 2015
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.
JUNE 8, 2015
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
MAY 20, 2014
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.
e-Learning projects to go
MARCH 6, 2010
It was a while ago now that I was asked to head up an e-learning project initiative here at the college. Just this week the proposal finally received that seal of approval, funding. The set-up that I have proposed is that we start with a staff wide email advertising the service, if you click-on the accompanying image for this post you will get the full draft pdf. Bye for now best wishes Barry
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Well worth a Listen
APRIL 9, 2014
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.
OCTOBER 16, 2013
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.
Week four and going well
OCTOBER 7, 2013
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.
Training starts for 2013
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
Following my rounds of staff meetings before the end of summer term last, I have this week started to get the training for elearning underway. have managed to get a good number if staff from just all curriculum area’s to sign up for a session, the first of which ran this week. This first round of training focuses upon content and introduces the idea of assessment. found a way around this though.
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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. 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.
JISC eFactor 2013
JUNE 23, 2013
I presented at the JISC eFactor2013 this week and naturally took the opportunity to get along to as many of the other parallel workshops that I could oj the day. For my part I was presenting the work that I have been conducting using Augmented Reality with Aurasma; if you have not seen the JISC blog for this then please follow this link. Bye for now
MAY 8, 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.
Feeling more competent now thanks
MARCH 26, 2013
Just to follow up on my last blog where I proposed using a Questionnaire as a means of gaining some measure of session success from students, I took the opportunity to apply the idea in two separate classes this week and you can see the results from the screen shot. Just to recap, the initial impression was taken at the introduction phase and the final impression during the plenary.
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Moodle Journal - Untitled Article
MARCH 17, 2013
Being able to usefully capture student progress while in a session is without doubt one of those essential ingredients, not only because it allows you to know where they are within the course work, but also as means of informing me on differentiation and last but not least a means of motivation and engagement. Bye for now Barry
Resources, Resources and even more Resources
MARCH 7, 2013
One of those things that I am always on the lookout for my Moodle courses and I feel that I am not alone here are resources and this week seems to have been particularly fruitful on that particular front. So simply follow the links to. You will need to be a registered user though simply create yourself an account. Next there was ‘ The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You’.