Google Wave today, Moodle Wave Tomorrow?
NOVEMBER 26, 2009
I am just about to dive into Google Wave (just could not resist the association here). Just like the view in demand services that are appearing for TV and Radio, we will have the Wave playback facility, wow. You may like to start with this two minute plus quickie , and then go on to the one hour twenty minute coverage preview , both are worth the time to sit and watch.
OpenSim and virtual worlds
NOVEMBER 4, 2009
Apart from my work here at Bromley Colleg with Moodle and all that that involves, some time ago, I think it must be about 7 or 8 years now, I discovered 3DML and started to do some developing with buidling 3D worlds or Spots as they were called back then. Anyway I built a Spot, and trialed it with my students with really encouraging results.
Giving Facebook a try
OCTOBER 18, 2009
The other day I had an email from our network manager with a link to a BBC news item promoting the use of social networking in colleges using Facebook ; strange that I often go to some lengths in separating social from computer networking during conversations, still. The article suggests that using Facebook, improves both engagement and retention, mmm.
Note taking any where
OCTOBER 13, 2009
I was talking to one of my colleagues recently who, with some enthusiasm has embraced the idea of eLearning to such an extent that all of his students now arrive at class not with a notebook and pen, but a wireless enabled laptop! So what is this all leading up to, go back to pen and paper, no. The other day I discovered OneNote , which comes with Microsoft Office 2007.
Teaching and learning C online
SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
This year in both our FE and HE programmes in Software Development, I am using C as the principle language. feel that C as a structured introduction to programming has a lot to offer students new to the subject area. One of the many issues that arise when you teach any programming language I have found is going to be that of a compiler. Feedback welcome Barrys
Computing in the cloud
SEPTEMBER 20, 2009
Having problems with reliable services, or platforms where you are right now? Then why not give Cloud Computing a try, so what is cloud computing? According the the definition in Wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing "Cloud computing is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualised resources are provided as a service over the Internet". Comments welcome
Starting to use LAMS
SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
We now have LAMS installed and integrated with Moodle here at Bromley College, and I have started to use the system with my year 2 BTEC National students. The first LAMS sequence involves just a Noteboard and combined Resources / Forum to provide the scenario, scaffolding and communication, in what will essentailly be a practice paper.
e-Learning tools list
SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
If you are looking for some ideas regarding tools for e-Learning, then follow the link to this list , thoughtfully divided into the free and not so free it seems, though I have not actually carriedout a full review by any means good searching
Moodle the Internet and learning
JULY 20, 2009
If like myself you are very much a VLE'er in you course delivery then you will also know the many advantages and to some extent the issues that can become apparent and very real when you encourage students to connect to all those digital resources out there on the Internet.
Trying out Lams
MAY 5, 2009
I have started the first real use of LAMS as a means of extended learning for my group working on the Designing Computer Games module. The idea was for them to see this as an out of class exercise that utilised both forums and chat sessions. As this was a first, I did only get partial success and today we got together in class and carried out exercise in a more formal environment.
LAMS Activity Planner
APRIL 15, 2009
LAMS Activity Planner beta The LAMS Activity Planner is a new layer on top of LAMS that provides pre-built templates to help teachers rapidly build quality e-learning activities. It provides advice on choosing effective approaches, as well as sample sequences and advice on editing individual tasks. Feedback welcome
APRIL 14, 2009
We now have our new Moodle instance up and running ready for the start of our Quality Improvement Project and integrated into this we also have an instance of LAMS running.
Quality Improvement Project
MARCH 16, 2009
The Quality Improvement Project, is a new college initiative at raising attainment. small group has been formed of which I am a member, looking into new approaches for teaching and learning. One of my insites of recent times has been the realisation, mainly from Moodle logs, that students do not seem to be engaging beyond college as much as they could.
New Virtual Learning Environments
JANUARY 14, 2009
Well this week I moved away from Moodle as my sole platform for delivering collaborative e-learningand started to make use of SL as part of my course delivery. We get around the college proxy and closed port issues by have a parallel network on a Linux subnet and dual boot PC facility in one of our workshops. For the majority of the students this was their first time in SL.
Phased Moodle training
NOVEMBER 16, 2009
If you have been following this blog, then you will have read that last year marked the start of a new rollout strategy for our Moodle vle to staff at the college. While there has always been a steady though often less than regular stream of staff attending my training sessions, the strategy this time around has been more of a drip feed approach rather than the former one of empowerment. In past years the training course has been delivered over a three-hour session that covers a whole raft of exercises accompanied by a substantial user guide. Please stay in touch for updates on this one
Writing on the wall
OCTOBER 26, 2009
Since I decided to begin making use of Facebook as a means of communicating with my students out of class, the post to response time has generally dropped in some cases from hours to minutes, clearly something I should tried before. So now I start to think of ways that I can make use of the network to draw-in and engage it with college life more. began by posting out messages of congratulations accompanied by badges for work they had completed to an exceptionally good standard for C programming exercises.
Free hand written font generator
OCTOBER 1, 2009
Producing materials that will be distributed through either a vle or similar e-learning delivery platform, immediately draws the question, should these be the same as documents I would hand out in class, well maybe, but maybe not. For a start, handouts in class tend to be black and white, fundamentally because of the printing costs, so there’s the first difference that’s up for easy change. Now not withstanding all the widgets and gadgets that you can incorporate into almost anything that’s electronic, how much consideration do we actually give to fonts? BarryS
Mahara first time user
JULY 20, 2009
If you have read the previous blog posting, then you will have seen that in the session for Moodle training we had one of our members of staff, who is a Moodle user keen to tryout the Mahara ePortfolio for the first time. While we now have Mahara integrated and ready for the new academic year, I currently have no training notes ready to go for our staff; that’s one of my jobs for this summer, so it was a case of, here’s a link to the online user guide material at WiKi Mahara material see how you get on.
JULY 13, 2009
The rollout of our Moodle VLE has continued at a reasonable pace this year with the agenda of having as many staff as possible able to use the system to deploy a single course. Now that we have reached the end of term some extra sessions are being arranged for me to run and I am pleased to see that a request from one member of staff for Mahara has arrived. We now have the ePortolio running in Moodle and it will be of some value to get the impressions of use from a first timer, so stay tuned for updates on this
Social networking survey
MARCH 19, 2009
If like many of us you are intrigued by the uptake and attitudes toward social networking then you may well find this latest set of survey results from Masie worth looking at. From my initial scan it seems that some applications and approaches are bucking the popularist trend. Comments welcome
2009 Top Posts and Topics: Kapp Notes
DECEMBER 4, 2009
The ASTD Big question this month is an annual question: What did you learn about learning in 2009? So one of the tasks I will do to answer this question is to see what posts were the Best of 2009 from several different sources. How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of E-Learning-Updated for 2009. I had done some work in this area in 2003 and wanted to see if any information had changed. Here are my top posts via Google Analytics for 2009.(I'll So there are my most popular posts for 2009. First from eLearning Learning , Here are my top posts. Random Web 2.0
eLearning: Top Posts of 2009 - Upside Learning Blog
DECEMBER 31, 2009
As we knock on 2010’s doors, it’s a good time to look at what we did on this blog in 2009. We started this blog in March 2009 and in its 10 month existence has more than a 100 posts. Here’s a screen grab of tag cloud for our posts: Here is a list of some of the best posts of 2009: Top 20 Most Viewed Posts. 1. Our Top 10 Learning Tools 2009. 5.
Top 100 Learning Game Resources
JUNE 24, 2009
Building Better Learning Games- Learning Visions, April 9, 2009. Marc Prensky – Twitch Speed, June 17, 2009. Using computer games in education- ThirdForce Blog, January 30, 2009. Digital games and learning gains (PDF), June 17, 2009. Examples from TWITCHSPEED.COM Digital Game-Based Learning, June 17, 2009. Casual Games get Serious, June 17, 2009.
Best of eLearning Learning - First Half of December 2009
eLearning Learning Posts
DECEMBER 21, 2009
December 1, 2009 to December 15, 2009. eLearning Templates – 20 Resources - eLearning Technology , December 7, 2009. It’s Culture, Leadership and E2.0 … or fail - trainingwreck , December 13, 2009. Hot Topics in eLearning for 2009 - eLearning Learning Posts , December 2, 2009. Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter - Adobe Captivate Blog , December 11, 2009. Dont Waste Your Time , December 10, 2009. Free-to-Use E-Learning Development 19: Techsmith Jing (Part 3) – Conclusions - The E-Learning Curve , December 8, 2009.
Top 50 Mobile Learning Resources
NOVEMBER 2, 2009
The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009. 2009 Horizon Report. I’ve spent an inordinately long time writing a whitepaper on mobile learning trying to expound our thoughts about it and how it might be used in the workplace. I’ve been doing some research around it and I’ve documented some of the better links I’ve come across. Again, as with the links I posted about Games and Simulation, these aren’t categorized in any way nor does the order assume any significance. Apple Education. Mobile Learning Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training.
Tool Set 2009
JANUARY 5, 2009
But hopefully 2009 will be the year when that begins to change. If you care about being relevant and valuable in 2015, you had better be making moves in 2009. Recommendations The intent of this series is to capture my thinking at the start of 2009 about the tools and methods for work and learning. I thought I'd kick off this year by posting a series of posts on topics related to tools and methods for work and learning. I'm hoping to address questions such as: How do you create a personal tool set or Personal Learning Environment (PLE) for yourself? So, here goes.
Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism?
MARCH 16, 2009
Instructivism is dead. Gone are the days of an authoritarian teacher transmitting pre-defined information to passive students. In the 1990s, constructivism heralded a new dawn in instructional design, turbo-charged by the rise of Web 2.0. Students morphed into participants , empowered to seek new knowledge and understanding for themselves, in the context of their own unique, individual experiences. In turn, teachers enthusiastically transformed themselves into facilitators , guiding and coaching the participants to inquire, explore, discover and even generate new learnings. Slippery slope.
Blending Learning with Social Technology Components
DECEMBER 22, 2009
A lot of companies today face a resource situation that’s not unique in this age. A few key individuals holding important technical and project management knowledge is quite common. Such key knowledge in the hands of few prevents it from being disseminated broadly and leads to an unhealthy dependence on those individuals. Each blend is unique and purposed to address a specific need. Web 2.0
Effective virtual facilitation
OCTOBER 13, 2009
As virtual classes rapidly become de rigueur , the need for an effective virtual facilitation framework accelerates. propose the 5-stage model of e-moderation developed by world-renowned networked learning guru, Gilly Salmon. While Salmon’s model primarily supports asynchronous networked learning, I contend that it supports synchronous networked learning just as well. The Model.
Top 47 eLearning & Workplace Learning Blogs
AUGUST 20, 2009
As a company, we have now been active in the blogosphere for about 6 months. We follow a whole lot of blog – most of them focused on the learning, workplace learning, eLearning, and learning technology domain. We have learnt a lot from these blogs and thank all those blog writers for their invaluable insights on various topics. Here is a list of top 47 blogs (in alphabetical order) that Upside Learning team follows. 1. Adventures in Corporate Education. 2. Bersin & Associates : Blogs. 3. Big Dog, Little Dog. 4. Blogger in Middle-earth. 5. Bozarthzone. 6. Clive on Learning. 8. Daretoshare.
Webinars: Past, Present and Future
DECEMBER 15, 2009
The webinar begins on December 17, 2009, at 2 p.m. Here are links to webinars past, present and future.not quite a Christmas Carol but. Past: Here is a link to the presentation I gave last week titled " Reaching and Teaching Across Generations " Screen shot from early in the presentation, the discussion was already lively. It was a lively discussion with good input from the attendees.
Irish Learning Alliance Visit
MARCH 28, 2009
NetWORKed Learning - Redefining Learning in a World Gone Web Dr. Tony O'Driscoll, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University Informal Learning Becoming Formal Al Johnson, Senior Advisor, Bersin & Associates ILA ELITE 2009 - Tools for our Times Jonny Parkes, Chairman, Irish Learning Alliance The visit was on March 16th, one day before Saint Patricks Day. One of my most authentic St.
Training Industry Statistics
NOVEMBER 23, 2009
2009 U.S. Small companies (10-999 employees) spent about 33 hours of training per employee in 2009. Midsized (1,000 to 9,999 employees) spent about 29 hours of training per employee in 2009. Large (10,000 or more employees) spent about 33 hours of training per employee in 2009. Here are some interesting statistics from TRAINING. Training Expenditures (including payroll and spending on external products and services) was $52.2 billion (a 7% decrease from last year) 41% of organizations plan on purchasing online learning tools and systems in the next year.
Learning, Web 2.0 and Gaming Statistical Round Up
NOVEMBER 27, 2009
Learning Statistics Video Games, Education and Entertainment Statistics Learning Statistics from ASTD 2009 State of the Industry Report Random Web 2.0 Lately I've posted a number of entries related to statistics for video games, Web 2.0 and the learning industry. Here are a list of the entries. Statistics Training Industry Statistics _ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.