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March 30, 2009

Twitter for teaching: don’t believe what you read

March 30, 2009

There’s been a fair bit published/blogged/tweeted about Sir Jim Rose’s Blueprint for a new primary curriculum. This report is due out in April 2009 but as been ‘leaked’ and reported widely. The recent press storm and associated knicker wetting is summed up by some great headlines: Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primary schools shake-up by the Guardian Exit Winston ...

From: Neil Witt - Read more

February 03, 2009

Bingo game

February 03, 2009

I guess that games like Bulls**t Bingo evolved because of boredom at meetings and a hostility to what was perceived as useless/pretentious jargon.However we have found that an eLearning bingo activity is a popular icebreaker activity as well as being a useful way of reflecting on terminology at the end of a staff development event. Tag clouds are an ...

From: Paul Mayes - Read more

November 27, 2008

The Vice Chancellor’s new VLE

November 27, 2008

Seeing Steve Wheeler’s Emporer’s New clothes blog post reminded me of a little something we produced many years ago - now rebadged as The Vice Chancellor’s new VLE. Thanks to the wonder of Google Desktop I was able to find the original from about 8 years ago based on the experiences we had in about 1996 when I was working with ...

From: Neil Witt - Read more

October 30, 2008

Living the open source lifestyle.

October 30, 2008

Having been involved in a number of projects using open source software (such as UsPaCe using Elgg, UPlace using DSpace and the BJHEinFE using Open Journal System) I got the thinking that it could be possible to move over to a totally OS lifestyle. Discussion with JISC’s Lawrie Phipps and my own experience working with partner colleges delivering HEinFE found that ...

From: Neil Witt - Read more

October 13, 2008

Social Distractions – their role in learning environments

October 13, 2008

Learning is a personal process, personal to individual learners whatever their age or stage of development. When learners work in classrooms, in groups or on-line they will encounter and have to deal with distractions provided by others. They will need to develop strategies that will enable them to manage the distractions. They will need to be able to recognise ...

From: John Pallister - Read more

October 10, 2008

To Blog or micro Blog, that is the query

October 10, 2008

I have watched and contributed to, Twitter now for something like six months. I admit that I have got a bit addicted. I have developed a ‘habit’ of checking Twitter when ever I read my email. I do not use it on mobile devices; apart from my phone I have none! I only watch/follow about 50 people, to follow ...

From: John Pallister - Read more

October 05, 2008

Finding space for learning in a busy environment

October 05, 2008

A quiet rainy day; no internet connectivity; no internet distractions - an opportunity for some reflection; an opportunity for some learning to take place. I sat back and waited for it to happen.Well, I began to think about ‘busyness’ and how too many demands/activities /stimuli can affect learning. In a classroom environment with a high degree of structure or ...

From: John Pallister - Read more

September 25, 2008

Nuances that shapes the Internet

September 25, 2008

George brought to my attention comments about issues of using the new Google - Chrome browser to access Moodle environments (Google Chrome and Moodle).I'm keeping an eye on the Moodle 2.0 release - it is expected beginning next year. It is more of a 'clean the code' and inputs from large users Open University type from UK, Netherlands and ...

From: Joe Rosa - Read more

June 13, 2008

Edupunk?

June 13, 2008

There’s much around about Edupunk. Ok, I’m a late comer to the debate (though as this blog is very much in a backwater I’ll use debate as a very loose term) and links to it all. And there’s the obligatory youtube vid. It’s been interesting following the blog posts on Edupunk and as a backlash to Blackboard it’s ...

From: Neil Witt - Read more

May 09, 2008

EDEN on the Tagus

May 09, 2008

This year's EDEN (European Distance and Elearning Network) conference looks like being a real blast.  It will be in Lisbon, Portugal, in the middle of June.  Last week, I was informed that my paper had been accepted (I will be talking about blogs, would you believe?) and so this week I booked my hotel. Today the message below was ...

From: Steve Wheeler - Read more

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