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Back in March, I gave an invited keynote at the JISC Scotland/Consolarium Game To Learn: Take 2 conference in Dundee, Scotland. The abstract read: “All you need to understand is everything you know is wrong.”—Weird Al My mother told me cleaning toilets builds character if done repeatedly.
Google+ Hangouts are proving one of the most popular features of the new social networking service, but there's no built-in option to record them.
A call has gone out today for institutions to bid for funding to further enhance the sectors’ knowledge and application of open processes by implementing a standard format for describing course data, which is at the heart of many learning providers organisational processes. This represents a massive wide scale investment; the initial work (Stage 1) will be identifying institutional readiness for opening up Course Data processes, and a number of projects will then be selected for funding to to go on to implementation of the proposed work (Stage 2) The work is to be funded by the JISC , and builds on the sterling work to date by the eXchanging Course Related Information (also known as XCRI) initiative, the new UK eProspectus standard. In short it is a way of describing learning content and information and saving the rekeying of this information into numerous systems.
Ray Schroeder is the Professor Emeritus of Communication and the founding director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. His numerous awards and acknowledgements include the 2010 A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award, the Sloan Consortium's highest individual award. By Jeff Calareso Through his presentations, research and teachings, Ray Schroeder is a leader in the field of open education.
There was a theme developing at the XCRI Assembly in June . An extended period of beta testing and specification development is now drawing to an end: what comes next is adoption, use, and adaptation. Part of this is HEFCE’s investment of around £4m in course management across the sector which should see large numbers of courses being advertised in XCRI-CAP format. But this is only part of it – we also need to see XCRI-CAP taken up in earnest by all the major course aggregation and brokerage services, and used to deliver services that are of interest to citizens and to employers. For example, XCRI-CAP should play an important role in providing high quality information to students in conjunction with the key information set .
This is a bit kicking a man when he's down as most people have turned away from eportfolio software now, but it still persists. It's also old hat - Jim was telling us this ain't your eportfolio mama, three years ago. But maybe now is a good time to reflect. I would like to one day do a series of posts about collective fantasies that grip educational technology, and why they don't turn out the way we envisage (learning objects anyone?).
February 11, 2011 I’m writing some guidance for JISC projects as part of the support work Netskills are doing for a programme. However, I’d like to think this might be of broader use for other projects. I’ve summarised my initial thoughts on this here , but would welcome any that you have, so please leave a comment or get in touch. Most JISC programmes require the projects they fund to setup a blog.
Free Service Levels Anonymous - If you create pages on BO.LT without setting up an account, your pages will be served from the http://bo.lt domain using a "short link"-type URL. You can edit the page at the time your create it, but you can't rename pages and you can't change them later. Free Account - If you create an account, with a usename and password, you get the ability to share pages using your own "subdomain". For example, if your account username were 'matt', then your pages would be served under http://matt.bo.lt and you could rename the pages to make them easie to recognize when you share or post. You also get the ability to manage different versions of the page even after the link is posted.
The Apple iPad ushers in a new era of computing that leaves the world of offices behind, a profound paradigm shift that is difficult to appreciate until one has had the opportunity to live, play, work and learn with one. Graham Brown-Martin, founder of Learning Without Frontiers, explains why he thinks this is the most exciting development since the original Mac and why the education sector should take note. I’ve been enjoying the benefits of an Apple iPad since early April and whilst Steve Jobs made it clear when launched that it was not intended to be a replacement for a laptop I wondered how close it could get. Could I dump the day to day laptop and just use this wafer thin marvel? After all, over the past years I have developed the knack of being able to run a lot of my day to day concerns via my iPhone whilst on the move rather than carrying a laptop in a saddle bag.