Thursday, February 25, 2010

Blogging and reflective practice

If you want an example of how blogging works, you cannot go far wrong by looking at this example of reflective practice by Nancy White.

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.
The advantage of doing this reflection in an open blog is that Nancy shares her personal learning with the rest of us, which we can then implement into our own practice.

Image: Reflection in Saif-ul-Malook Lake meansmuchtome

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Free Moodle training for staff

Here is an opportunity to have free online Moodle training, and see how a Moodle course is designed and organised by the experts.

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

How to turn Announcements and Digital Diary on "Insite" into emails

I don't know about you, but I keep forgetting to check 'Announcements' and 'Digital Diary' on the Otago Polytechnic internal website - Insite. So to solve this problem, I have set things up so all Announcements and items in Digital Diary come to me as emails into my Outlook Inbox.

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

Congratulations to Leigh Blackall

At EDC this week we were delighted to hear the news that Leigh Blackall (who left EDC last September to move back to Australia) and Sunshine Connolly have just had a beautiful baby girl, Eve.

Congratulations to you both.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Weekly Digital Skills Workshops

Image: Spiral again by fdecomite

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.