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eBooks and Printed Books

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For my own classes this academic year, I have provided links to both eBook libraries and specific publications with the result that predictably, perhaps, very little by way of actual physical books appearing, but is this always the case. After all, there is little savings to be found in many digital textbooks. Please feel free to comment

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Innovation Showcase

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Mahara is integrated with our Moodle system, and provides the tools to set up your own personal learning and development environment; used mainly in our Work Based Learning Projects for Foundation Degree students. 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.

Migrating Moodle

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Though I always try to avoid cross-posting, which is why I am only providing a link to my OpenSim blog here, this week saw my HE students begin their adventures on a virtual field trip to Isidis Planitia, that’s on the surface of Mars, and not by coincidence landing point of the Beagle spacecraft well it is in OpenSim anyway. 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. Please feel free to comment on these postings, regards Barrys

Creately Web Based Diagramming Tool

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You will find that in creating a new document the examples list will provide sets of templates, some of which seem to be partially complete, these would be particularly useful for teaching. 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. regards Barry

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Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

but might be a little vague in providing concrete actions, so you’ll need to dig a bit deeper. Providing OTS courseware in these situations has several advantages. OTS curriculum, it’s fairly easy to provide training to individuals or groups whenever you. While the mainstream social media platforms can provide opportunities for. Seven Simple Secrets to. capital. You’re.

Blended Learning

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Finally, if you find yourself being pushed for justify a blended learning option, then this posting ‘7 Top Blended Learning Benefits For Corporate Training’ from Litmos.com and by Christopher Pappas may be just what you are looking for, providing as is does a brief and concise outline under the following heading:- 1. So this was not so much actually doing from my perspective, but connecting.

Well worth a Listen

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Not too surprising there was one case where the application of technology was seen as a means to leverage outcomes while at the same time providing opportunities to rationalise resources, as in teachers, mmm. this final episode features a lively debate from a good cross section of interested parties. now that one was a surprise that I was most certainly not expecting.

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Training starts for 2013

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Activities in the session cover the following exercises Word document to learning package conversion Using Metadata Managing Course Settings Basic Styling Embedding Web and stored Media Embedding websites Questions and Feedback Publishing a Wimba SCORM Document Publishing to DSpace General speaking providing we have no technical glitches the 1.5 – 2 hour has proven to be realistic.

The mythologies of eLearning

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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.

Microlearning Whitepaper: Small Bites, Big Impact

been providing lukewarm results for years. techniques and solutions that provide more impactful methods for improving employee. But microlearning offers far more than that: • It adapts to the pace of today’s business and meets the needs of your modern learners, providing learning in short bites that are fast and easy to absorb. Aside from providing access over the.

Lets try audio

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Depending upon your own approach to providing feedback, whether you read the whole document first or comment a section at a time, moving over to audio really makes little difference. Well back into the swing with the vle for the new academic year and time to try out some new I thought. Are there any specialist skills that need to be learned? Is it time/cost effective?

Newsletter,feedback and eMaterials

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One aspects of eLearning that I have been very keen to get established is a newsletter. Apart from raising awareness for everyone regarding those things that are actually taking place with eLearning at the college, I also felt that it could act as a link to resources and news items in the e-digital world in general. To that end I have been working on a short feedback system based on a Moodle Quiz.

First week of 2012

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Migration, Migration As part of the college merger project, the Christmas break has been used to migrate Orpington College Moodle vle away from hosting with ULCC and onto our own internal servers, a move that involved a change from unix/Linux to Windows. The next stage will be the move from our current Bromley College vle from our own Linux to Windows server.

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The LMS is Dead!

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partly quoted) There is a Take a Tour option that’s worth looking at because it provides a nice insight into the appearence and feel of the system in operation. Have you come acrosss OpenClass yet? It's a new kind of learning environment that goes beyond the LMS. It’s open to everyone, easy to use, and completely free — and it's making an amazing impact on education. please comment.

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

would love to provide, we need a change. We must go beyond providing great content. to instead take responsibility for providing. Totara, an open source LMS), provides structure. Our platform provides. well beyond providing content to include. provide the manager with talking points. We provide practice guides to help Sue. We now. Right?

Moodle training news

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The thrust behind the proposal is that for some students, finding themselves timetabled into rooms with no computing facilities, wouldn’t it be a good idea to provide some low cost, low spec netbooks and make use of the college WiFi provide access to web resources including Cloud apps. Please stay in touch for updates, regards Barry

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Techno rant but not really

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I was at little gathering recently when I overheard a conversation between delegates from a college who had apparently made the case that engagement and achievement would be improved simply by providing students with access to the very latest technologies. So you are going to throw a shed load of money at it, and that basically is it, and this is going to work? Food for discussion?

Creating a Moodboard

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The application provides you with a canvas to create your board on, the facility to upload your own images and you get some basic editing tools, and to save the final version as a jpeg. OK that is a lot clearer now, but I need to see one really, so try YouTube and up comes this really instructive tutorial on making a moodboard for a website, really nice, and thanks to David Perel for that.

e-Factor Conference

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provider may deliver a combination of provision, such as: community learning, apprenticeships and courses where a qualification is the main learning aim. Inspection of the Quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and the impact it has on the quality of learning, provides direct evidence. The inspector will usually provide feedback to the person observed. Yesterday 27th June 2012 I went along to the RSC e-Factor “It’s all about the learner event” in London. Below you will find a numbered list of relevant paragraphs, again hopefully useful:- 36.

Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

The purpose of this guide is to provide you with the information and tools you need to. Provide a step-by-step work-plan to show you how to integrate gamification into. Game-based learning is often used as a one- time event to provide insights and instruction in a formal learning setting, either online or. Most games provide. Introduction.3 What is Gamification? system.

End of Year Conference

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I was asked this week to provide a short session on using our Moodle vle for the for our end of year Teaching and Learning Conference here at the College. As you will have read from other posts on this blog I am taking every opportunity to provide the widest expose possible for Wimba Create this academic year, so the second half is sorted. The idea seems to be that the session should address the interests of basic users in the first half and those more experienced practitioners whishing to move on to something more ambitious in the second. Comments welcome

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Flipping the class with Ed Ted

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Well after your material has been shared, you simply log-in to the service and see who viewed the lesson, the number of questions they attempted, the answers they provided, in the case of multiple choice questions, even the incorrect responses; though it seems this last feature does require permissions from the student. Not so much about Moodle in this blog post, but of equal importance materials that you can use as part of your course. The attraction here soon becomes obvious, because now you can select a video from the Ted Flipped library and use it as a ready to go online lesson.

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eProject Requests

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Links to Wallwisher provide extended to parts of classes. Since the email went out here at college offering staff the opportunity to apply for funded learning projects I have so far received a number of applications. All the projects will commence during this coming summer term. Below I have included a list briefly outlining each of the proposals. regards Barry

Computing in the cloud

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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". 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? Comments welcome

Are your managers ready for a world without formal performance reviews?

GIVING FEEDBACK: I provide constructive. SETTING. EXPECTATIONS: My team members are clear on. their roles & responsibilities. 2. DELEGATING: I effectively identify tasks that. others can take on to develop their. capabilities and free my time for. more strategic activities. 3. COACHING: I support my team members by. challenging and encouraging them. to think for themselves and take.

Note taking any where

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Let’s face it, the combination of mono-purpose scripting tools and double sided optical paper have a bit going for them still, i.e. you can change to any writing to drawing mode in an instant, annotate at any time and of course providing you resist the temptation to rip out, materials can been retrieved from their storage medium with ease.

Starting to use LAMS

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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. 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.

LAMS Activity Planner

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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

New Virtual Learning Environments

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In the first they simply used a note-card giver that provided them a wind strength script, that they placed into a simple block prim, every time they touch the prim, the chat channel display wind speed. 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. Bye for now Skipper Abel

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

of respondents are looking to leave their current LMS platform and move to a new provider. do not provide the data and analytics the companies need.” When the LMS isn’t Enough How to Turbocharge Your LMS and Improve. Learning Retention for Bottom Line Results W H I T E P A P E R 2Table of Contents. The LMS is running out of gas.3 The LMS doesn’t have enough horse power.4 expectations.

20 video sites

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suppose my principle source for this has been YouTube, but I just came across a useful list of 20 sites that provide content, in most cases its free and though with some they do actually include YouTube, I still think its worth tagging, anyway see what you think here's the linkOne media that I am increasing making use of these days is movies. Whether they are screen capture, short clips or whole programs, I think can make for a really flexible and engaging resource that I can so plug them into our Moodle platform with ease.

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Having received the assignment, as a teacher you can then provide scoring and feedback. Are you trying to Twitter with students, I like to, but network filtering has started to become more than a problem of late. So how about a microblogging system that has been designed specifically for teachers and students? If you have not seen it yet, then take a look at Edmodo. In essence similar to Twitter, but with some functionality to support classroom activities. Students on the other hand can belong to multiple groups.

FOTE at Imperial College

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If you have yet to hear of Huddle and it was new to me, then its basically a web based application that provides a collaborative file sharing workspace that encourages us to make use of the best of the and new application. I went along to the FOTE event yesterday. FOTE is a one-day conference aimed at looking into the technologies, trends and core drivers that will impact the academic sector over the next 18 months to 3 years. So here are the sessions that I found of particular interest. The last presenter of the day was Alistair Mitchell from Huddle.net.

Starting to use LAMS

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This is not really LD, but does provide a first class visual tracking and progress system, which just goes to show that I am not exempt from accommodation by adaptation. Set up a new domain for our Moodle courses this week at [link] and started to make some use of LAMS.

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

Means: We have to have a way to provide an ongoing stream. Skills Gap 3% 38% 59% 5% 61% 33% 6% 46% 48% 9% 62% 29% 1000 Providing career. GIVING FEEDBACK: I provide constructive. provide the system and environment. provide coaching and accountability to. An improved solution for developing front- line managers should provide a scorecard. The e-learning provides an. in the e-learning program, providing fertile ground. Extend the Learning Activities within each module provide. tools are provided to help the manager. Moving.

More time for teaching

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With the assignment submitted on-line, I have been able to provide some initial grading impressions and timely hint-n-tip type individual feedback, a welcome improvement all round on the old weekly review slot, which I can now use for teaching, WOW

Growing demand for Moodle

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have been thinking about ongoing support for Moodle and have approached our Open Access support team, who are keen to be involved by the way, to provide a regular drop-in workshop for anyone wishing to develop their ideas following initial training, thereby providing a more personalised service, all very encouraging

Where did that file go?

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Recently I came across the DCC,(Digital Curation Centre), The DCC provide HE & FE with future-proof best practice on digital content preservation: harmonised with available content storage. Their mission is to " support and promote continuing improvement in the quality of data curation and of associated digital preservation ".

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Using Moodle to deliver self financing courses

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The course can now run at the pace of the students, they will provide me feedback via the Journal, have access to resources using Block Folders, submit completed exercises as Assignments and keep in touch using Forums and Chat. I am hopeful that Moodle here at bromley College will begin to fulfil a commercial role following an enquiry the other day from company who required a course in Website Design for one of their employees. This timescale was however too long, and I was asked if it could be run as a distance learning package, well maybe if I ran it through Moodle.

The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

development, provides better data on. and providing the resources and support. effectively, monitor performance on a day- to-day basis, and provide timely feedback. Means: We have to have a way to provide an ongoing. ManagementPlus portal We provide detailed reporting on results and. 1Why Your Company Will Need to. moving from traditional performance. it happen.