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May 25, 2008

$5000 SL awards

May 25, 2008

From the New Media Consortium web site:"The NMC Virtual Learning Prize is a $100,000 competitive program of awards intended to create a collection of innovative open-source learning experiences that make use of the unique attributes of a virtual learning environment. As many as 20 NMC Virtual Learning Prizes will be awarded in 2008. (See Press Release ) Each of ...

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January 18, 2008

Amused, pleased and chuffed =D

January 18, 2008

I was simultaneously amused, pleased and chuffed to have a head of department (unnamed department, unnamed university, but not the University of Manchester) discussing adoption of our PLE with me as a replacement for a mainstream VLE across the entire department.  OK, so we are only starting with a pilot there, but that will make it the ...

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October 09, 2007

Web 2.0 use in Education

October 09, 2007

With the Teaching and Learning Group Online I’m trying to gather some evidence of Web 2.0 and social software use in education. If you have used any tools of this nature to good effect in teaching and learning activities, please briefly document this (it will really only take two minutes per tool for the level of detail we want) ...

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September 12, 2007

PLE users sought !!!

September 12, 2007

We're close to a new release of our PLE and are looking for testers (now) and production users. The production users could start use the PLE this coming semester (say from Oct 07), in the first semester in 2008, and given that we get JISC U&I funding, use our full version in 08/09 academic year (starting Sept 09).So what ...

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August 22, 2007

Education 3.0

August 22, 2007

Education 3.0 is an interesting approach that views Web 2.0 as an enabling technology for change in HE. While the approach has no particular name in the UK or Europe, it has been labeled Education 3.0 in South Africa. The material below is in part about the approach at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town; my ...

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August 18, 2007

Seeking your views: Slideshare vs Flickr

August 18, 2007

Slideshare is a useful site with some community oriented features, but has no real community around it. Whereas Flickr has some similar features and some very active communities in it. Is this simply because there are some very keen photographers out there who like communicating and building skills, whereas Slideshare users simply use Slideshare as a public dissemination medium?I’d ...

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August 13, 2007

Importing from my blog to Elgg

August 13, 2007

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July 12, 2007

From my mailbox - Custom Writing

July 12, 2007

We probably all know about essay writing services like the one described in the material below, where Leigh Blackall interviews Andrew Schwartz from Custom Writing.  I've reproduced Leigh's post to TALO here for your potential delectation because I found some parts interesting, so from Leigh Blackall on the TALO mailing list, I present: TALO :: It’s not plagiarism, it’s an ...

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July 09, 2007

MMORG -- whassat?

July 09, 2007

Games and education people can ask for a side demo at Manchester from one of the PLE team demoing their very first public prototype -- hot off the press today. The game is a MMORG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) attracting considerable interest in France despite the fact that it is only in beta. From the web site "BEOCIA ...

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July 04, 2007

Concerning multiple-channels, personalisation, individualism and (our) choices

July 04, 2007

I liked Nicola van den Berg’s post about personalisation, particularly "there is also great importance in group learning, in interacting with other people, every conversation can be a learning point, therefore other people are very important, and to not care about them, would ultimately isolate yourself and be detrimental to your overall learning." Elsewhere, well documented, so ...

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