I will remember Steve Jobs 2005 Commencement Address

Jane Hart

For me one of the most influential things he did was his commencement speech to Stanford University in 2005. Steve Jobs died yesterday, 5 October, and the blogosphere is full of tributes today to him. I’ve forwarded the link to many people over the years, and I know it has impacted many others too. In fact it’s been viewed on YouTube over 6 million times. But if you haven’t seen it… Read the rest. Social learning

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What will You Remember about 2005?

The Learning Circuits

I thought that it would be most in the spirit of LCB to ask our readers to share what you feel 2005 was about in our world. What was significant about 2005 in the learning and elearning world. During December and January, many blogs and websites publish their reviews of the year that has passed. Some publish the "best of" and "worst of." Others catalog the biggest surprises or greatest disappointments.

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Dear Blogmeister - June 15, 2005

The Learning Circuits

Hey everyone. One of our readers has a question for the community. I have a question for you. I am looking for some examples of wikis and blogs used in classes (corporate, higher ed or even K-12 ) or in professional publications or newsletters or the like that are being used when learning, delivering training or developing training. Not blogs or wikis about learning or training, but ones that are being used as part of the process or learning or delivering/developing training. (I

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Content harvesting

Moodle Journal

As of November 23rd 2005, the OAIster harvester has some 6,073,500 records from 572 institutions. To complement our VLE at Bromley we have a Content Repository, DSpace. As content repositories increase in popularity, harvesting services such as OAIster (Open Archive Initiative) are becoming available. Using OAIster, you can carryout searches on metadata and associated resources.

A good read

Moodle Journal

The report the assesses progress and provision of ICT and e-learning within further education (FE) and sixth form colleges since 1999 to 2005. I have been having read of the report from Becta "ICT and e-Learning in Further Education", click here. It contains really comprehensive statistics on the many aspects of provision and planning, including VLE'S, with findings like: 76% of colleges compared to 59% in 2003 now have a VLE. If you have yet to read this report, its really worth a look.

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Moodle Journal - Untitled Article

Moodle Journal

Published in April 2005, the report is based around survey results that have been returned from FE and HE institutes in the UK on the current and future developments in E-learning and support processes. I came across the “Study of Environments to Support e-learning in UK Further and Higher Education” report produced by Education for Change Ltd produced by The Research Partnership for JISC recently.

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Notes and tracking

Moodle Journal

Well I have completed the update of course training notes for the new 1.5 version of Moodle and finally go round, cannot imagine why it took so long though, to creating a custom scale that we can use for our Edexcel course grading schemes. I have a suspicion that in the long term it may be a more effective time/benefit approach than continuing the development of my PHP/MySQL application, what with ePortfolio space and tracking soon to appear over the horizon, or so I am reliably informed

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Moodle conference

Moodle Journal

Our Moodle conference went very well, and I am pleased to say that it was recorded on video and I shall be getting along to the College studio soon to edit the presentations and getting them online at this blog, so stay tuned for that. on Wednesday I went along to one of our College sites to deliver an intro to Moodle course for the staff there. Over the holiday period I am going to be updating my course notes for our new Moodle 1.5

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Well thats phase 1 over anyway

Moodle Journal

It’s the end of winter term and phase 1 of the Moodle rollout here at Bromley College. I have been banging on about these phases but basically phase 1 gets materials, links and simple feedback onto Moodle, which hopefully translates into timesavings for staff; the big one for now. But has it improved anything for students?

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A new Toolbox

Moodle Journal

I recently came across the RSC e-Toolbox. The toolbox is a collection of hardware and software tools that are grouped under the headings of: Assessment, Content Creation, Communications, Learning Management Tools, Mobile Learning, Multi Media, Networking, Repurposing,Repository, Videoconferencing, VLE Application, Web, Whiteboards and looks like becoming a one-stop-shop for e-Learning and VlE developers, you can take a look from here or the icon in the sidebar

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Making life a little easier

Moodle Journal

I was looking arond the net the other day for some images that I could make use of, a task complicated by the issues of copyright of course, and came across Yotophoto.com. Its a search engine for free-to-use stock photographs and images. After running a search, the returned thumbnails are accompanied by the terms of licence , making life a little easier, yes

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Across the chasm

Moodle Journal

The end of this term will mark the completion of phase one for our Moodle rollout and staff numbers are currently just over 100. I always had a concern, borne out of experience I must add, that the numbers just would not materialise to make the second and third phases a going proposition. Basically you have to get past that minimum, which is what you may ask? I guess the answer is often that it depends, but as part of my original proposal I cited Moores curve as my favoured model.

One busy week for Moodle

Moodle Journal

Lots happening this week. Ran a Moodle training session for staff on thursday morning, seven made it and it really went down well. My plans to hold a Moodle conference at the end of term seem to be taking shape with the 19th December looking promising; you can expect some photos and pod cast from that, maybe even video.

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No filing cabinets please

Moodle Journal

I was having a look at the types of resource users have uploaded to our new Moodle system the other day. At first I was surprised to see the total of just over 700, but then encouraged somewhat by the realisation that this would not have included lesson plans, as the drive remains for these to be stored on the Intranet and maybe my frequent warnings of not allowing the system to become a dumping ground for filing cabinets is working.

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Moodle Newsletter issue 1

Moodle Journal

If you are interested in all things Moodle, did you know that now there is a Moodle newsletter available. Its a pdf format file and issue 1 can be downloaded from here

Lets try that again

Moodle Journal

My idea of running the Moodle training as a self study pack seems to have fallen on hard ground, after I discovered virtually zero activity on the training accounts, and of course quite reasonably the problem is time, or lack of it for everyone involved. So the next move is to run 30 minute support drop-in workshop slots each week, where at least candidates get to work together for a while. Please stay tuned on this one

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Generating wider interest

Moodle Journal

As part of the Moodle training I always mention the fact that its possible to switch the editor into HTML mode and that way if you know a little about web page design, its entirely possible to hard code some features. I mention this because its resulted in a number of requests from staff for some training in HTML, and I wonder if other Moodle installations have begun to witness similar interest from their staff.

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More time for teaching

Moodle Journal

The Assignment hand-in feature in Moodle really came into its own this week, when I used it as a mechanism for collecting assignments, not just because you get to know if work is handed in on-time or even at all for that matter, but because with the particular type of work ‘Software Development’, models are refined until you produce something that logically works OK.

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Almost a crowd

Moodle Journal

I had a second request for the Moodle training course to be taken as a self study option yesterday, and when I went along to deliver the notes, cd and introduction to the system this morning, the whole staff room wanted in, so fine with me, instead of one 1 got 5, this is good news actually and if it works out fine

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Moodle learning at a distance

Moodle Journal

I ran another staff training session this week for Moodle and looking at the enrolments we now have 75 staff on the system, not bad. I beginning to realise however that given he demands on staff time, the opportunities for class cover so that you can attend a morning or afternoons training during term time are limited and with that in mind, next week I am going to try the first distance learning version of my course.

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Moodle Object posts made easy

Moodle Journal

I had an email the other day asking what I thought of the Moodle Object module, no idea, but I quickly got to the posting, click here to see, basically its provides an easy means of incorporating nln type materials into the vle, great. I emailed Clive our Moodle system administrator to ask what he thought and he must have been impressed because soon enough it was up and running, though not without the discovery, that it was not happy with our 1.4.2

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First light, well maybe

Moodle Journal

After my last post on the CMS / VLE debate, I have started to get some feedback on new learning materials at long last, this week my level 3 Software Development students currently working through Software Design methods where surprised by the arrival of an assessment (formative) on Tuesday afternoon, the colour did appear to drain from a couple of faces.

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And the big question is?

Moodle Journal

Moodle is certainly being used by staff and students now, I took a quick look at the logs beginning from the first teaching week and we have some 14000+ records, not bad considering we are still only running at 260 users in total. The thing for me now is to begin assessing the impact of content. Its Ok to upload your class documents but that’s not in itself going to exploit the potential of a VLE with respect to addressing the issues of widening participation and extended classrooms.

Moodle Journal - Untitled Article

Moodle Journal

I had a check of the Moodle user accounts today and we now have 66 staff and 150 students registered; some students seem to have problems getting their email accounts correct, this could become an admin issue for us. The course status at the moment is 52 with 288 modules. I have eight more staff for the Moodle Induction training tomorrow 22/09. On Tuesday I introduced students to the CourseGenie-PageFlip e-book (featured earlier on this blog), have to see what the feedback is and will publish i

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A good week for Moodle

Moodle Journal

It’s been a good week for the Moodle rollout, printed off and personally delivered this month’s newsletters to staff mailboxes; about 300. I did think about email, but I really want everyone to see this and emails are to easy to delete and its gone forever and looking around my desk there seem to be pieces of paper that have been here forever, QED, or is this just me I wonder?

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Changing times

Moodle Journal

Recently I started to record the time I spent running my side of the VLE operation. And apart from the obvious use, I realised that its going make an interesting chronicle of how my activities change with the rollout.

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Two systems, one login

Moodle Journal

Ran an extra training session this morning, which went well and spent most of the afternoon creating courses for everyone that had attended. While I had the candidates in class, it proved to be a good opportunity to try out the common authentication between the college Windows network and Moodle, where Moodle can validate against an account in Active Directory using the RADIUS plugin, this means a single login for everyone, including students!!

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Where did that file go?

Moodle Journal

As a VLE user, you are becoming increasingly reliant on the availability of digital content, OK you save it in Moodle or maybe a content repository and thats OK right, well maybe not,did you kmow the census population data for 1951 got itself lost, along with a significant portions of the 1961 and 1971 census data!

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Growing demand for Moodle

Moodle Journal

Its looks as if I may need to revise one of the earlier posts where I expressed the view there would not be many more takers for Moodle training before September start, when today's calls to our admin office resulted in us having to arrange two training sessions for next week.

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Java rediscovered

Moodle Journal

I was casting around recently for some resources, particularly simulation type materials, with no particular purpose in mind, when I came across Java Applets, (Java programs that run in a web page), in fact I had known about these for ages, but for some reason had not made the connection with using them as learning object assets, so I kind discovered them for the second time.

Staff training - student induction

Moodle Journal

Well we are almost at the start of the academic year 2005/6 and the coming week will be the last opportunity for all those staff who missed out on the Moodle training before the end of summer term to get along to a session, this will be a real test for both the training and the quality of the click-n-go notes.

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Using Hot Potatoe quiz in Moodle

Moodle Journal

I was getting some training notes together for a course in Moodle Quizzes this summer, when I came across Hot Potatoes, which is free to education. Hot Potatoes is a suite of quiz type authoring tools designed around a GUI interface, which you can save as web pages, or import into Moodle, sounded good. After having played with the various tools for a while I decided to try a Moodle import, we are using 1.5.2

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Free Windows podcast aggregator

Moodle Journal

If you are a podcast subscriber, then think about downloading a free copy of Ziepod, its a Windows desktop aggregator, search and download application. the user interface is first class (click on the image to show a full size version) and the big bonus is that because Ziepod streams, podcasts can be heard in real time. You can download Ziepod from here and if you do give it a try, remember to get back to this posting on Moodle Journal and let everyone know what you think

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Is this the first Moodle book?

Moodle Journal

Just looking around the net today I find what I believe is the first book on Moodle, from O'Reilly Publishing. The example chapter certainly looks encouraging. If you want to take a look at the webpage Click here

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e-Learning, e-Books and reading

Moodle Journal

I can still remember the days when a software package came with a manual, convenient, easy to read and reference, needless to say I just cannot feel the same about the online help hyperlinked substitutes that we are made to use now. And I have a suspicion that e-Learning materials may fall into the same trap, its with that in mind that I have been trying to find an e-Book format that is closer to the hardcopy version, so bring on pageFlip.