Tuesday, November 16, 2010
This report looks at emerging technologies and the effects they will have on teaching and learning over the next 5 years - well worth a look.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
All information can be found here: The 2010 Global Education Conference. Elluminate is the conferencing platform.
Topics include sustainability, connectivism, project-based learning, Moodle and many, many more.
See you there!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Presentation: Cultural Competency in the online environment.
Speaker: Kate Timms-Dean
Presentation: Driving change into an on line society via sustainable practices
Speaker: Nicola Bould
Monday, November 8, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Find recording here.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
It is still as relevant today as it was then.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Just a quick note to say that I will be running a workshop on Tuesday 26th October at 9am at Otago Polytechnic on how to set up a blog. Anyone is very welcome to attend.
At the moment I am in the throes of arranging a computer room, so please contact me for a room toward the end of this week so I can tell you where we will be.
Thank you, Sarah Stewart (0800 smartmove 03 4773014 x 8360) sarah.stewart(at)op.ac.nz
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
This is a must-attend event for anyone interested in how you teach, learn and facilitate in the online environment
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Open Access Week 18th - 22nd October 2010 - topics to be discussed include learning to share, OER for sustainability, putting OER into practice, Creative Commons and open access IP policy. Speaks include Robin Day, Phil Ker, Wayne Mackintosh, Jane Hornibrook and Paul Seiler.
For more information, contact Wayne Mackintosh: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Elluminate recording: Recording
Audio recording: Audio recording
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Here are the links for more information about converting video to MP4 and Ogg. See: http://commons.wikimedia.org/
When you install Miro, it will prompt you to download the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1
It's a bit like having to download Lame to use Audacity for converting wav to mp3 files.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Friday 20th August 12.00 hours New Zealand (World Clock).
Greg Walker will be discussing how he facilitates online courses. Greg is an educational technology developer and distance education coordinator at the Leeward Community College, Hawaii, USA.
This session will be facilitated by Jane Field and Rayna Dickson.
The webinars will be held in the Elluminate virtual meeting room: http://tinyurl.com/2u7h9pe
Click here for information about how to access Elluminate.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Elluminate recording - you do need to be able to access Elluminate to be able to view this.
Audio recording - useful for people who cannot download Elluminate.
Video recording - this may take a while to download.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
There are three free webinars, or online seminars coming up over the next few days as part of the 'Facilitating Online' course, which are open to everyone.
Friday 6th August 11am - 12pm New Zealand Terry Neal (Blended Solutions): How to facilitate virtual teams
Monday 9th August 14.00 hours New Zealand time David Hood (Greenpeace): Facilitating online networks and communities
Saturday 14th August 10.00 hours New Zealand time Nancy White (co-author Digital Habitus): Online facilitation
The webinars will be held in the Elluminate virtual meeting room: http://tinyurl.com/2u7h9pe
Click here for information about how to access Elluminate.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
A training session was held with a very enthusiastic group of administrators on 20 May 2010. There was a lot of interest in using Google Documents to save administration time, e.g., for meeting minutes and collaborative work - no need to send out multiple versions of documents. The full overview of the session can be viewed in the Training session Google doc. It is good to know that all file types are supported.
Good reasons for using Google Documents
The video - Google Documents in Plain English - outlines some good reasons for using the web-based programme.
In brief, some good reasons for using Google Documents are:
- to save time - e.g., no need to send out multiple copies of documents and coordinate the editing process;
- collaboration - several people can work on a document together, e.g., reports - use the share file facility;
- meeting minutes - easily viewed by the group and additions or changes made with a click;
- documents can be published as a web page for easy viewing - automatically update when changes are made.
Go to Google Documents at: https://docs.google.com
You will need to login in to set up a document.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Please contact Sarah Stewart for more details: 0800smartmove ext 8360
Friday, April 30, 2010
If you have been asking these questions I am sure you'll find this book really useful: The Theory and Practice of Online Learning edited by Prof Terry Anderson. The book is free to download from the Internet.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
The Myths of e-Learning
Professor Kwok-Wing Lai is a very enthusiastic and experienced proponent of eLearning, and this video is very easy to watch both in terms of technology and content delivery. I'd recommend watching it if you're interested in getting an overview of eLearning.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
The VIDM is a 24 hour free online conference facilitated by one of EDC's staff Sarah Stewart, and Deborah Davis (University Technology Sydney). The conference is focused on the professional development of midwives, but there are a number of sessions that will be of interest to pregnant women and parents of young babies. For example, Anna Hughes who is also a member of EDC is talking about how to bring up a nappy-free baby at 3pm (New Zealand time).
If you are an educator, you may be interested in the session that Pauline Costins is facilitating on reflective practice at 10pm, as well as the session Sarah is running on ePortfolios at 11pm. Sarah and Deborah will be leading a tour around the virtual birthing unit in Second Life at 7pm. And Bob Green will be using Second Life to lead a session about midwifery in the USA at 11am 6th May - Bob is an educator who is very experienced with using Second Life to teach student health professionals.
If you have a general interest in health, you may be interested in hearing how the humanitarian efforts are going in Haiti at 2am on the 6th May (if you're up at that time of night), as well as hearing about child and maternal health in Romania at 5am 6th May.
All the sessions will be recorded and stored on the VIDM wiki.
NB: All times are based on New Zealand time - to work out the time at your place, please go to the World Clock.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Education for Sustainability is becoming strongly integrated into teaching and learning at Otago Polytechnic. Many staff members are discovering the links between their subject area and sustainable practice and successfully integrating this into their operations and teaching. The Sustainable Practice at Otago Polytechnic blog has started to document some of these advances.
There are a couple of other websites created within the Polytechnic to help those who are looking for resources, wanting to up skill their own understanding of Education for Sustainability (EfS) and looking for examples on how to apply some of the concepts.
Education for Sustainability wikieducator course is an elective within the Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Learning and Teaching run out of EDC. It can be done as a standalone course, is free to all staff members and is a priority for professional development training. It is an online course with some face to face sessions when their are a significant number of participants. It can be done over any length of time. At a minimum of approximately 8 weeks part time. Participants are encouraged to register with the facilitator and formally enrol when they near completion.
Another wikieducator site Sustainable practice 1 is an online resource rather than course. It documents a vague progression through generic education for sustainability ideas and resources. It also has a full description of an 8 week face to face course facilitated using the sites material on the discussion page. Staff are encouraged to utilise whatever bits of the site are appropriate to their teaching and contact the course facilitator for more information and copies of the power points etc for manipulation. The resource list at the end of the wikieducator site is a valuable, constantly added to list of just some of the resources that can be found on the Internet to assist EfS.
Big Cedar Tree, (tiny girl) Olympic National Park. Image by: http://flickr.com/photos/wwworks/2626561293/">woodleywonderworks
From the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio www.menzelphoto.com.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Here are a few questions I asked Jenny.
How do you use Moodle at the moment?
The NCMHS is a full time course and students are expected to come onto campus one day a week for face-to-face teaching. I have always had to be creative with how I deliver content in the face-to-face classroom and give students a lot of 'take-way' resources. So at the moment I am using Moodle as a repository for information and resources. But in the future I am hoping to develop online learning packages.
What do you feel are the challenges to online learning and the use of Moodle?
At the moment I use my one day a week of face-to-face contact for activities such as role play, which are designed to help students engage, explore and integrate content. Now I am thinking about how to replicate the high energy that we have in the classroom into the online environment. I have found the Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Learning and Teaching a great support for learning how to design flexible, online teaching activities and resources - I have a vision and plan, and the GCTLT gave me the theory and learning to back up my plans.
I am very excited about the wonderful resources that are already online so one challenge is to work out how I can integrate them into my teaching. It does take time to research and find what I want but I love doing it, and I think it is well worth taking the time to find quality resources - it is valid work and needs to be recognised as such.
What tips do you have for teachers who are designing courses in Moodle?
I think it is really important to take time to think about how you want to set things up. If you have a course that has been migrated over from Moodle, you can feel horrified when you see the mess. I start from scratch with empty, white space and start from there.
- Organise content into topics, not weeks - this gives you more flexibility.
- Presentation is really important so use lots of visuals
- Keep the design of the course clean and uncluttered
- Allow plenty of time for students to have a 'play' in a computer laboratory at the beginning of the course, so they overcome their anxiety about something that is new - remember how you felt when you first started to use a computer
- Don't overwhelm students with technology - take the time to introduce activities and resources gradually.
The feedback I have received about Moodle from students has been very positive so far. They find it very simple compared to BlackBoard - much easier than having to follow lots of clicks and folders. I haven't had to do any follow-up tutorials for students like I have in the past.
A big 'thank you' to Jenny for these tho0ughts and tips. If you'd like to leave a comment or question for Jenny, please feel free to do so in the comment section here.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
In this Friday's (26th March) workshop, we'll be looking at some of the things you can do with audio such as add it to PowerPoint or make a slidecast in Slideshare.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Internet Archive stores materials such as podcasts, videos, music and books. You can find web pages that no longer exist in 'The Wayback Machine'. There is even an archive of live music concerts.
My favourite section of Internet Archive is 'Moving Images'. I have found some wonderful education films that were made in the 50s and 60s that make a great foundation for class discussion, such as these two films about sex education that were made in the 1950s.
I also use Internet Archive to store my own digital materials. For example, I store evidence of achievements which I then link to my ePortfolio.
The only caveat to this is to be prepared to spend a lot of time browsing around this web site - it is addictive!
Do you have any favourite web site that you use for accessing teaching and learning resources?
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Once you have made the video, you can post it onto YouTube or embed it into your blog, or share the link to the video on Facebook or Twitter.
If you want to be able to make longer videos, you have to pay for the 'pro' version. It isn't very expensive so you may feel it is worth paying so your department has access to the account. The other advantage of the 'pro' account is that you can download your video as an mp4 file - with the free account, you can only access the video on the Internet. However, as an educator, you can apply to have a free educator's account with all the advantages of the 'pro' account without having to pay for it.
Here is a video that shows you how to make an Animoto video.
Please leave us details of videos you make with Animoto - we'd love to see them.
This Friday's (March 19th) digital skills workshop is dealing with how you edit audio so you can then attach it to presentations and videos.
Time: 13.00 hours
Venue: H208A Otago Polytechnic
Feel free to bring along any audio track that you'd like to edit.
Image: Microphone visual.dichotomy
One of the places I recommend to find free music for download is Jamendo. This is a website where musicians leave their music for others to download and share under Creative Commons licence. You can find music in most genres - jazz, classical, easy listening, electronic, dance, hip-hop.
Have a look at this post by Richard Byrne for more information, and other places to look for free music and sound effects.
Is there any web site you'd recommend to find free music for presentations etc?
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The first 4/5 minutes or so of this video will show you how to download Jing onto your computer.
Here is a video I have made to show you how to use Jing once you have downloaded it onto your computer.
Can you recommend any other tools to do similar work?
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
4. Compressing an image
If you wish to make the image suitable to put into Moodle, a wiki or blog and you are not sure what size to make it, use the "compress" facility. This will automatically make your image the suitable size for a document, web page or email - which ever you specify.
Do you have any tips for taking screen shots?
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The workshop will run from 13.00-15.00 hours in H208A. We're also happy to have a look at anything else you're interested in, so come along with ideas.
Image: 'Grapefruit Splash' John Steven Fernandez
Monday, March 1, 2010
To do this, go to the Wordle website - go to 'create' and paste in the text you want to turn into an image.
Here is a Wordle image that was made from a blog post I wrote: "Virtual birthing unit goes international".
Thursday, February 25, 2010
In her blog post Online Facilitation, Twitter, Backchannel and Keynotes, Nancy talks about a key note presentation she gave earlier this week. In the post Nancy
- describes the context to a presentation,
- describes her planning process, including a new method of presentation that she planned to try out for the first time,
- reflects on how things went,
- shares her presentation slides.
Image: Reflection in Saif-ul-Malook Lake meansmuchtome
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Moodle for Teachers (M4T-4) is a free, online course that runs from 1st March to 28th March 2010. The course will help you design and teach Moodle courses.
M4T-4 requires participants to be active at least 8-10 hours a week on theoretical and practical aspects of online instruction (facilitation) and learning (individually and in teams).
Click here for details of the course.
Click here to enrol in the course.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
To do this all you have to do is:
Go to 'Announcements' or 'Digital Diary' (the process is the same for both) on Insite. Click on the button that says 'Actions'.
Click on the option that says 'Alert me'.
Decide what options suit you, about how and when the emails will be sent to you. Then, click onto 'OK'.
If you wish to cancel your alert at any time, go to the alert page and click onto '
'View my existing alerts on this site'.
Then choose wish alert you want to delete and click onto 'Delete'.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Every Friday starting: 12 February 2010
Venue: H208A Time: 13:00 to 15:00
Week one: Searching for and using images.
The first part of the session is a presentation about the topic. Then time is spent on using the skills. In the last hour, you can work on your specific areas of interest in any topic.
Please feel free to drop in at any time in the session. The full schedule will be posted shortly.