Friday, October 31, 2008

Ideas to begin accessing a technical text...

Nick Marsden from Unitec New Zealand ran a training session in June 2008 with the UATI School to discuss ideas that would help students access the technical texts required as part of their vocational courses.

Reading and referencing technical text books the easy way

Don't know where to start when faced with a technical text book? Not sure how to reference information from a textbook? This vodcast may be of help to you.

How to set up a Vox Account

This was a video developed for the School of Natural Sciences at Unitec NZ, but it shows the basics of how to set up and edit a Vox blog account.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Web 2.0 in a nutshell...

I was busily backing up my Moodle courses today prior to an upgrade, and found amongst one of the courses that I opened by accident, a rather inspiring video (thanks to Giedre and Thom). It is a thought-provoking snap shot of Web 2.0 that considers the social and cultural implications of digital text, social linking, collaborative creation and more. Really nicely put together, it is an engaging introduction to Web 2.0.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Learning, Teaching and Web 2.0 (Mark van Hamerlen)

Learning, teaching and Web 2.0

From: markvanharmelen, 2 years ago

Mark van Harmelen discusses some experience and issues pertaining to the current and future use of Web 2.0 in learning and teaching.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Presentation at MoodleMoot Conference October 11, 2008

Where do I Start? Integration of ICTELT into blended curricula

From: hazelowendmc, 6 minutes ago

Abstract:"The potential of information communication technology (ICT) to enhance learning is under-utilised even though there are numerous process models and frameworks have been developed to assist in the design and / or adaptation of curricula. Issues with many existing design models are complex and range from the pragmatic, such as resource requirements, skills and ‘ownership’ of a project, to models being mechanical, inflexible, hierarchical and / or impenetrable.

This session starts by exploring the learning and teaching value ICT can add to curricula, and then describes a process model and framework that I have adapted from existing examples. The accessible, scaffolded approach described is appropriate for very small teams or individuals working with few resources to develop resources ideal for instructors interested in blended learning and/or distance approaches.

The pedagogical underpinnings of a design process are outlined, in which practitioners identify a teaching and learning problem and assess whether ICT could enhance learners’ experience of new or existing programmes, modules, units, sessions, or learning objects. Guiding questions are posed to help support the process, and an iterative practice is encouraged whereby a design is developed, piloted, evaluated, revisited, modified and re-evaluated over time, with recognition that the practitioner’s experience, skills and attitudes are likely to shift.

The practical application of the model and framework is illustrated through an example developed for use in Moodle at UnitecNZ.

The model and framework have yet to be piloted and MoodleMoot will offer a hands-on opportunity for participants to experiment and evaluate the tools in this session by identifying a resource or session that they would like to adapt. Then, working collaboratively, in Moodle they will work through the first part of the process model by completing the framework. Feedback and comments will be gladly accepted."

Associated site:

Owen, H. (2008, October 8-10). Where do I Start? Integration of ICTELT into blended curricula. Paper presented at the MoodleMoot NZ 08, Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

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