eBooks and Printed Books
NOVEMBER 6, 2012
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
OCTOBER 1, 2011
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.
FEBRUARY 23, 2012
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
OCTOBER 28, 2011
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
Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance
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 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.
JUNE 17, 2015
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
APRIL 9, 2014
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.
Training starts for 2013
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
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
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.
Understanding Skill Based Learning for Business
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 One significant way that training and learning organizations can play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization is by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives.
Lets try audio
SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
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
JANUARY 31, 2012
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
JANUARY 6, 2012
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.
The LMS is Dead!
OCTOBER 25, 2011
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.
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.
Moodle training news
JULY 12, 2011
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
Techno rant but not really
JULY 8, 2011
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
DECEMBER 6, 2010
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.
JUNE 28, 2012
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.
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?
End of Year Conference
MAY 26, 2012
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
APRIL 29, 2010
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
Flipping the class with Ed Ted
MAY 8, 2012
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.
Computing in the cloud
SEPTEMBER 20, 2009
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
Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]
We provide both. GIVING FEEDBACK: I provide constructive. properly, managers provide a concrete and comprehensive. The following models provide guidance on how to both set. Sure, we have provided a model above. How can you provide the systematic process. to provide the system and environment. to provide coaching and accountability to. sprints.
Note taking any where
OCTOBER 13, 2009
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
SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
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
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
New Virtual Learning Environments
JANUARY 14, 2009
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
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.
20 video sites
JULY 19, 2010
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.
Moodle Journal - Untitled Article
JANUARY 11, 2010
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
OCTOBER 4, 2008
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
MARCH 9, 2006
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
OCTOBER 22, 2005
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