https://appear.in/ A useful tool for group meetings. An alternative to Skype (which doesn’t have video for all) or Google Hangouts, which is good but can be complicated. Use for cross-institution planning, quick chats where an email won’t do, or for students, particularly on distance and online courses, to keep in
Apparently there is a quote in the Talmud that goes: First learn, then teach. I would go further: First learn, then teach, then carry on learning!
I really am not sure that it matters that a lot of the participants in MOOCs do not officially “complete”. Yet a lot of the furore around MOOCs centres on the fact that only a small proportion of the students actually complete the course. I’d like to argue that it isn’t necessary for students to complete the MOOC to get something out of it.
Legitimate peripheral participation (lurking!) is a phenomenon that has been studied in traditional online courses and communities and is particularly relevant in MOOCs. Someone like myself may well join a MOOC and take from it what I need and have time to get, and be perfectly satisfied with the learning I have achieved, yet perhaps not have completed very many assessment activities or indeed any at all.
Nottingham’s NOOC was an online course on Perspectives on Sustainability open to all staff and students at all three campuses of the University of Nottingham. Here’s the presentation from my talk about it at the Association for Learning Technology conference this week (sorry it’s a bit late!). Click into post for NOOCing Nottingham PDF
Steve Wheeler recently asked “What would be the 8 technologies you couldn’t possibly do without?“ This is also a question Jane Hart has asked every year to get the compiled 100 best tools for elearning (2012 results and Vote for your top 10 for 2013). My current top few are:
Another in my collection of useful generic images for the web or elearning objects. This one is in the public domain.
It’s always useful to have generic graphics for use in blog posts, websites and learning objects. Here’s a useful Blackboard – write on anything relevant…
I picked up an old journal article on podcasting from 2010: Pol-Casting: The Use of Podcasting in the Teaching and Learning of Politics and International Relations by Jason Ralph, Naomi Head and Simon Lightfoot of the School of Politics and International Studies, at the University of Leeds. It was still interesting for a
I didn’t celebrate my 10-year blogging anniversary, but perhaps I should have! Not many bloggers can claim to have been on the Web for over ten years. In fact I’ve been blogging longer than that. I used to write a regular entry on LitWeb (anyone remember that?) which has now disappeared along
I sometimes wonder: am I seen as a geek, working as I do with technology? If so, it seems an odd thing for someone whose primary interest is in people, learning and words. So how did I get into this learning technology thing? When I was young I read a