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Creating rich resources with free tools: Customised Google Maps for Learning & Teaching

Workshop at the Durham Blackboard Users Conference, Durham University, 9 January 2013. See: Conference Website. Presentation This was my workshop at DurBbU with the general aim was to showcase the way that Google Maps has been used by academics in my Department and to invite workshop participants to try out the Google Maps interface on […]

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Reflections: US National Education Technology Plan (ALT-C 2011)

This is the third of a series of blog posts in which I write up my reaction and reflections on some of the sessions at the ALT-C 2011 learning technology conference. This keynote looks at US policy for elearning.

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Reflections on panel session: Institutional minimum standards for VLE use (Durham Blackboard Conference 2012)

Part of a series of posts on the Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference 2012.

This post is a summary of the discussion that took place in the panel session on the topic ‘The Implications and Practicalities of Agreeing and Enforcing a Threshold Standard of use of a VLE in an Education Institution’ chaired by Mike Cameron of Newcastle University. The session took place at 4.30pm on 5 January 2012. Throughout I have added my own take on the issues raised.

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Moodle 2.0: File management and repository – file picker vs course files

I must admit, straight away, that writing this post has left me in tears. As I sob over my keyboard, my head is spinning in conflict about the way file management has been implemented in the brand new version of Moodle: Moodle 2.0. I’m hoping one day I’ll be able to write a post called ‘Dr. Strangemoodle. Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the file picker.’ That day is not today.

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Reflections: QR codes (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

As part of the 2011 Durham Blackboard Users Conference which focused on ‘location’ as a theme, mobile technologies were discussed a lot. QR codes cropped up regularly, and although I did not attend the sessions relating to this technology, I’d like to share some thoughts.

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Reflections on parallel sessions: Dynamic tagging and wisdom of the crowd (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

This post is a summary of thoughts of one of the parallel sessions at the 2011 Durham Blackboard Users Conference. The session presented a way of sorting a list of resources based on location, using social tagging to rank and categorise various resources.

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Reflections: Augmented Reality in Learning – First Keynote (Durham Blackboard Users Conference 2011)

This is the first post of my reflections from the 2011 Durham Blackboard Users Conference (abstracts also available on Durham site) on the theme of Location. My posts won’t be a complete representation of the session, more how I interpretted them and the points that stood out for me. I thought a series of short(ish) posts would be more digestible than a long waffly one. I will add more and collate them in the Reports section of the site shortly.

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Google Wave – Am I surprised Google stops development?

Something of a premonition occurred the weekend just gone. I was flicking through my Google Mail (or GMail now in the UK since the bought the rights off the previous small-time UK mail host using that brand), pondering the existence of Google Wave.