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Training Resources MOOC Platforms Mooc Resources Reflection on the ‘eLearning and Digital Cultures’ MOOC, Wk.1 #edcmooc Here are some notes, links, conversations, thoughts, and reflections on the first week of the University of Edinburgh / Cousera ‘eLearning and Digital Cultures’ MOOC. This reflection will form part of the work required by the MOOC as well as reflections on the processes and Coursera system itself. Initial thoughts on the course and/or platform (supplemental to my earlier post): Agree to abide by an ‘honour code’ – much like a learning contract that some places use with students, does anyone have any indication that this works (or not)? Now for my reflection on week one of the course itself: Hand and Sandywell (2002) One film I felt could be used to highlight the technology/natural divide is Bruce Willis’ ‘Surrogates‘, where “humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots”. YouTube: Surrogates Trailer YouTube: THX 1138 Trailer Here is a tweet I sent earlier today, anyone want to comment on this? Postscript: I’m find this harder than I thought. Referenced material:

Topics & Schedule The 2013 tentative schedule of topics is found below. More detailed information will be provided soon, including exact dates and connection information. Each topic is 2 weeks long so that there is adequate attention and depth. Welcome (Jan 13-19): Welcome Event & Orientation to #etmoocTopic 1 (Jan 20-Feb. 2): Connected Learning – Tools, Processes & PedagogyTopic 2 (Feb 3-16): Digital Storytelling – Multimedia, Remixes & MashupsTopic 3 (Feb 17-Mar 2): Digital Literacy – Information, Memes & AttentionTopic 4 (Mar 3-16): The Open Movement – Open Access, OERs & Future of Ed.Topic 5 (Mar 17-30): Digital Citizenship – Identity, Footprint, & Social Activism

CMS and LMS – A Comparison | ContentManagementNews People often get confused regarding the actual functions of a CMS and an LMS. The source of this confusion lies in the similarities of the two systems. Both perform the functions of enrolling learners, communicating with them, assessing performances, and activating learning materials. Lets have a detailed look at both the systems. CMS demystified A CMS or a Content Management System is basically designed to support educative or academic courses. A CMS covers the following features: Online posting of course material Material such as reading copies and power point slides can be made available online, apart form the schedule of the course and its syllabus. Drawbacks of a CMS Less flexibilityThe design of the course is less flexible in a CMS. LMS demystified A learning management system plans, delivers and manages all the learning needs of an organization. The basic functions of an LMS include: LMS too are fraught with several drawbacks. Conclusion Tag: CMS, LMS Add to | Digg | Reddit |

Confusing Terms in Ed Tech Explained VLE, CMS, LMS or LCMS? | Alexandra Giroux An important aspect of an e-learning project it the rollout. Once your learning material is produced, you have to make it available to the learners. The question to be asked is the following: how to display your resource online? (Virtual Learning Environments) A VLE is a software system designed to help tutors or teachers in the management of educational courses for their students. Examples: Blackboard, WebCT, Moodle,… (Content Management System) A CMS is a system used to manage the content of a website. Examples: Joomla, Dotclear, or WordPress (that is used to publish what you are reading!) (Learning Management System) A LMS automates the administration of learning programs within an organization. Examples: Elearning manager, Moodle, or Dokeos,… (Learning Content Management System) This software application (or set of applications) is a multi-user environment where learning developers can author, approve, publish, and manage a learning content.

Writing Resouces Journals in Rhetoric and Composition | Council of Writing Program Administrators See also The ACE Journal Abstracts from the Assembly on Computers in English's print journal.Across the Disciplines Lots of resources, including journals and books. The primary emphasis is writing across the curriculum. Academic.Writing and Language and Learning Across the Disciplines merged in 2004 to create this journal. " Across the Disciplines provides CAC researchers, program designers, and teachers interested in using communication assignments and activities in their courses with a venue for scholarly debate about issues of disciplinarity and writing across the curriculum." 2.13.06Assessing Writing Welcomes submissions that address writing assessment issues from diverse perspectives: classroom research, institutional, professional, and administrative. Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion A digital magazine and web forum dedicated to exploring rhetoric in everyday life. KB Journal The journal of the Kenneth Burke Society. Other Sites of Interest

Competency-based education may get a boost Competency-based education could be a game-changer for adult students, probably more so than MOOCs. Yet despite the backing of powerful supporters, colleges have been reluctant to go all-in because they are unsure whether accreditors and the federal government will give the nod to degree programs that look nothing like the traditional college model. The logjam may be breaking, however. Meanwhile, about 20 institutions have joined Western Governors University with competency-based offerings that are linked in some way to the credit hour, many of them new programs, according to the Lumina Foundation. Adding to the momentum might be a “Dear Colleague” letter the U.S. The academy's nervousness about competency is understandable. “We see a lot of promise here. And competency-based education is controversial even when it’s backed by sound measurements of college-level learning. “We see a lot of promise here,” said Kevin Corcoran, a program director at Lumina. Proceed with Caution

Teaching with Technology | NCSU Office of Faculty Development NC State provides resources and professional development opportunities to enable faculty to enhance the use of technology in teaching to enable effective learning for students. Archived workshops on teaching with technology can be found here. Basic Information About Teaching with Technology at NC State Distance Learning and Technology Applications (DELTA) assistance with Producing Courses Learning Management Systems (LMS) at NC State University Migration to Moodle – Announcement Moodle at NC State NC State Teaching and Learning with Technology Roundtable (TLTR) provides a forum for deliberations on all issues related to educational technologies. Learning in a Technology-Rich Environment” (LITRE): Research, Resources and Results DELTA Distance Education for quality support through a broad range of information and resources available to faculty participating in distance education. Horizon Report: 2008 Australia-New Zealand. Strategies Evidence-based Practice Assessment and Evaluation Resources