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VR project for 2018-19

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Looking forward to the start of the new academic year, I am looking toward some particular innovation trials that I can run with regard to technology enhanced learning and so far I have settled on three that I am really looking forward to running The first one that I am going to talk about is Google Expeditions. It was back in August 2016 that I put a virtual lab in place for the BSc Biomedical team.

AI Arrives

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As my students reach the end of thier level 4 course in Computing, an inevitable question is "what will we be using next year at level 5". I usually provide some materials on the vle on C#, because that will be the new language and they can pick up the notes etc over the summer to get prepared. This year however I decided it would be interesting to try and make use of AI.

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Word to Moodle

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A recently discovered plugin feature for me anywayy for Moodle is the MicroSoft Word import feature for Lessons as part of the new ATTO editor, I guess because I have been concentrating on making scorm content this kind of material, it just slipped past me, well that’s my excuse anyway. The plugin supports the.docx extension, but not older types though, but the real cool thing is that just about everything you have in the file will come across and format OK and that should include LibreOffice 5.x

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Data Analytics In eLearning: How To Use Them And Answer Your Questions

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Data Analytics In eLearning: How To Use Them And Answer Your Questions : Wondering whether Data Analytics In eLearning can answer your questions? Check 5 questions Data Analytics In eLearning can answer

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Transform Your Classroom with Apple

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

Apple empowers educators and students by design. In our webinar, we’ll explain how to make the best use of Apple devices in your classroom, and the tools and resources you need for success.

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.

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1 Minute CPD

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So how is CPD going with you? It has certainly been better for me as far as training is concerned and I am not just talking about Moodle and its array of activities in general. Of course I could conclude that this is because the training delivery has been so effective that there is no longer the same need; hopefully true to some extent. Looking on the bright side though, it would seem that if you have been having a similar experience then we are not alone.

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How to use Google MyMaps

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Found this really useful introduction to creating media rich resources. I have made use of Google maps a number of times in past as part of lectures and class exercises, and they certainly represent a good means of engagement, as part of a vle lesson plan

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The C# While Loop

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C# Variables

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Who C.A.R.E.S.!? How Learning Got Its Bad Rap & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at ELB Learning

Since when has learning and development become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

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. It all seemed to start off with a request to convert some course options for one of the professional programmes to being fully online, in fact students could in theory even take just the online course as part of professional development anyway, and it was that possibility that raised a whole raft of other considerations.

Multi-Tenancy in Moodle

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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.

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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. Fig 1 To begin I came across a very readable little report “ The Power of Curiosity ” written by the Center for Digital Education custom media division, with information and input from Canon U.S.A.,

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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. Looking at the improvements and changes to assessment methods I feel the inclusion of :- fig 1 The Drag and drop onto image question type, see fig 1, where participants simply drag either text or small images onto an image is going to have so many uses for us.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

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. For sure the systems that we now use have over time become increasingly attuned to the complexities of student performance tracking, and so hopefully leveraging that competitive edge realized through analytics for our students.

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Motivation

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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. Thinking about this usually gets me musing over training needs and opportunities to introduce and present case studies of new technologies and practice.

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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. Of course its not the technology at all that we need to make a case for really is it.

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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. Delivered by Mary Meeker of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers in May this year, the report brings out a whole raft of key data points that I feel certain you will be grabbing for reference.

The Key to Getting the Best Out of Video-Based Practice & Coaching

Speaker: Micah Eppler, Account Executive for Rehearsal of eLearning Brothers

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

Evangelising eLearning, Flipped Classroom

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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. Being able to find testimonies from far and wide that support a range of improvements that may include aspects that range across achievement, attendance, student behaviour and even staff teaching profiles are not difficult to find and often in the highly accessible from of an info-graphic.

Moodle News

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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. A 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.

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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.

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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. A 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. One of the reporting options I have is being able to see utilisation, and in this particular case this did not appear to be so good, so why?

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The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

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?

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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. If you are feeling really creative then Themato Web Moodle Theme Engine may well be the solution.

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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 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. A really useful web linked compilation of resources I feel and even more so when someone else like elearningindustry puts it together for you.

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. This week in particular brought along an excellent opportunity to see how these things are done in another college because on Monday this week I was invited to a LeSoCo meeting at Lewisham College.

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Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

MOOC Network

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? Following on from my experience of Mooc''s that I blogged on recently, I was more than pleased to discover that the college had been approach to join the QAA MOOC Network and even better that I was invited to be our representative, needless to say an offer that I agreed to with enthusiasm. Our regular contact is facilitated through a Linkedin group and I have conference next month and looking to that, so do please stay in touch for future postings.

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. The models available cover Business Diagrams, User Interface Design, Software, System, Network Diagrams and more.

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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. The live presentations included speakers reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats.

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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?’ this final episode features a lively debate from a good cross section of interested parties.

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Everyone Wins! How Games Can Improve Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Generations

Speaker: Stephen Baer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Game Agency

Nearly 70% of American adults play video games. Stephen Baer, Chief Creative Officer at The Game Agency, will discuss each generation’s unique learning styles and identify game types that appeal to each one and improve your learning outcomes.

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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.

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Innovation Showcase

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Our Technology School are exhibiting at the Excel Conference Center WorldSkills London 2011 05 from Oct 2011 to 08 Oct 2011, so for that alone, I would certainly recommend getting along for a visit in this coming week, I should be there myself on Friday, and really looking forward to it.

Resources, Resources and even more Resources

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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. First off was this ‘ Your must-have classroom toolkit’ from TES, where they have from contributions from over 130,000 teachers assembled a really impressive list of class management and planning resources, and by the way these are all free. So simply follow the links to.

BETT Show 2013

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Made my way to the BETT show and first time at Excel center for me anyway, even bumped into a couple of people I knew there, had a catch-up, always good. A great deal to see in a day, and I was impressed by the turn out of resources particularly for robotics and science, very impressive, very encouraging.

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Technology to Support and Empower Users With Disabilities

There is an increasing global focus on accessibility for students in school. When combined with a device management system such as Jamf Pro or Jamf School, the sky’s the limit. Learn how Apple and Jamf can support disabled users in your school.