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iOS App Allows Instructors to Control Classroom Presentations From Mobile Devices

Campus Technology - 17 Junio, 2015 - 17:30
With Reflector Director, educators can step away from their computers and control what's shown from an Apple iPad or iPhone.

E-Portfolios Link Academic Achievements to Career Success

Campus Technology - 17 Junio, 2015 - 17:00
Portland State University's new online business degree program is using e-portfolios to document students' academic and professional growth.

Video: Question Type Plugins for Smarter Balanced Type Questions in Moodle

Moodle News - 17 Junio, 2015 - 16:00
This video is a presentation by Dave Johnson which highlights school districts struggling to build assessments in Moodle that better suit the needs of a specific content area (Social Studies). The...

Moodle Partner HowToMoodle celebrates 10 years of Moodle training programs

Moodle News - 17 Junio, 2015 - 14:09
HowToMoodle a Moodle and Totara Partner is celebrating 10 years of delivering Moodle training this week. To mark the occasion they are profiling early participants in their training program to see...

Drexel Business School To Incorporate Videoconference Content into Academic Programs

Campus Technology - 17 Junio, 2015 - 13:00
Drexel University's LeBow College of Business has begun using a new cloud-based service to record videoconferences and turn them into searchable, on-demand video content that will then be available to its 3,500 online and in-class students.

Some thoughts on the EDEN conference

Pontydysgu - Bridge to Learning - 17 Junio, 2015 - 08:46

Last week I attended the EDEN Conference In Barcelona. It was the first time I had gone to the conference for three years – indeed I think I am developing an allergy to large formal conferences.

However, it was great to catch up with old friends and as usual the informal social activities were excellent!

I’m not sure quite what to make of the conference sessions (I will write a separate blog about the keynotes). There did not seem to be anything particularly new but that may not be a bad thing. Instead many of the presentations appeared to focus on implementing technologies in practice. That may well reflect a trend towards increasing use of technology for learning. And although of course MOOCs get the hype, it would appear much of the practice is based on either traditional distance learning programmes or blended learning.

A quick word though about the conference programme. For many years I have been trying to mess with the structures of presentations at conferences, arguing that more time should be given to discourse and discussion, rather than the formal (bullet point) presentation of papers which are available on the internet anyway. And slowly we are seeing more variety in conference formats and even some experimentation with unconferencing.

So it is good to see EDEN rethinking their format. Except changing one monolithic framework for another imposed single format does not really get the idea. So this year all papers sessions were run according to a so called “speed dating” format, with presenters given 6 minutes to pitch their wares with four (template) slides and then sessions split into groups to discuss the themes raised in the papers. Its not a bad format – although I don’t really get the four slide restriction – I could easily get through 12 slides in 6 minutes. But when every session is run according to the same format it gets tedious.

MIT, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Partner To Remake Educator Prep

Campus Technology - 17 Junio, 2015 - 00:21
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Office of Digital Learning has partnered with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation on an initiative designed to support teachers in the use of digital learning tools and environments.

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