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#ILTCHAMPIONS LIST SUMMARY JULY 2011

September 5, 2011
This is a summary of the champ-curriculum@jiscmail.ac.uk or champs list for July 2011.
There were 154 posts from 76 posters. The list has 596 members, including folk from each of the JISC RSCs (I think), AoC, LSIS, ALT and about 75% of the UK FE colleges. The list has been going for over a decade, and remains focused on supporting ICT in FE, if you know anyone who does that, and isn’t on the list AND would benefit from joining, get them to drop me a line.

Art & Design – Contextualised Studies
Suggestions for tools to support image analysis included:
Spicynodes: http://www.spicynodes.org/ which is a flash based mindmapping Apps
Voicethread: http://voicethread.com/ which allows a range of media to be aggregated, commented on and annotated, with 3 free threads, and low educational pricing.
Prezi: http://prezi.com/ Flash based presentation tool, which allows zooming, and annotation.
X-mind: http://www.rsc-ne-scotland.ac.uk/eduapps/accessapps.php  available in the accessapps bundle is a free mindmapping tool which allows images to be included… as does Freemind: http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Cloud-like file storage for students
Suggestions for storage space that allows group collaboration features, permissions management, version control etc…
Box.net has Facebook-y feel, but  the free version is for personal use only, and the paid-for access is aimed at businesses ($15 per user/month).
The Moodle File manager block is clunky, and not maintained. One option is to create a Moodle module for every student where they are the editing teacher. They then have file storage, comms and collaboration tools under their own control.
Googledocs, and Microsoft equivalent Office 365 (live@edu replacement) have this functionality, but require a more wholescale adoption, which takes time and training.
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Dropbox: www.dropbox.com integrates with a lot of mobile apps, and allows sharing, and 2Gb’s of free space. As an educator you will receive 500mb for each person you sign up to Dropbox too, but you have to register as an educator first.
Microsoft Skydrive claims 25b: http://www.windowslive.co.uk/skydrive
Evernote: http://www.evernote.com/ allows sharing, capture, has free (and paid for apps) for a range of platforms, and they have just acquired Skitch, a useful screencapture/image sharing tool. 
Mahara: http://mahara.org/ traditionally used for e-portfolios, can be used for collaboration, and integrates with Moodle.
Many of these services have terms of service, that appear quite harsh, and high stakes work, or personal information should be used with care. 

Copying Moodle course content to another course
To copy course material from one Moodle Course to another use the import option: http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/Import_course_data . If the aim is to copy the “materials” and not the structure, the easiest way is to:
Select all files, by checking the check boxes.
With chosen files…. -> Create Zip Archive
Download the zip file, upload the zip file to the new course and then unzip the archive.
This may run foul of upload and download limits, and need to be done by direct on the server rather than through the Moodle interface.
Alternatively the course can be Backed-up in course in settings (either with or without users, and as a full or partial backup), then in the new course set the course structure to match the backup, ie weekly, or topics… make sure the right number of weeks are set to avoid orphaned resources, then in settings select Restore. 

Electrical Installation & Electronic Engineering
Resources to support electronic engineering:
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Facebook for Teaching and Learning
Following the demise of tutorial funding colleges are considering alternative ways of communicating with tutees via a much smaller number of progress tutors. 
Policies vary, some colleges actively dissuade staff from setting up Facebook groups, though Facebook pages appear less problematic. General advice is to keep professional and personal accounts separate (although Fb only officially allows one account per person according to Terms of Use, however a discussion with Luc Delany, European Policy Manager, Facebook at LWF indicated they understood the need for teachers to have separate accounts and wouldn’t block teachers from having two accounts.), and this is reflected in some acceptable use policies, requiring staff to use college email addresses, and include additional admins.
Further information into use of Facebook: 
LSIS Facebook project:
Briefing paper and case studies available on Slideshare:http://tinyurl.com/62gtpg3   
Copy of presentation used in dissemination webinar on Slideshare:http://tinyurl.com/64hqod7  
Links to briefing paper, case studies and dissemination event presentation on Cornwall College Social Networking Sites group on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/6zu7t25 
JISC RSCSW NING  Facing up to Facebook: Issues for the uses of Facebook with 16-19 year old Learners-A research based exploration page: http://tinyurl.com/6jf7fle  
Recording of seminar also available on vimeo:http://www.vimeo.com/24925321 

List of which colleges have which VLEs 

moodle 1.9 to moodle 2 conversion
Migrating courses from Moodle 1.9 to 2.0 presents issues which can be overcome using http://www.conversionthingy.net/ alternatively upgrading to Moodle 2.1 where the issues have been sorted.

Podcasting- Where do I start?
Audacity:http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ is a good Open source tool for recording the audio, (don’t forget to download the LAME  mp3 encoder to save in this format – http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?i=lame-mp3&s=install)
James’ workflow for creating podcasts (mac): http://elearningstuff.net/2011/07/11/podcast-workflow/
JISC Digital Media have a wealth of resources and screencasts about audio recordings: http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/audio/ , Including a very useful guide on podcasting:  http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/audio/advice/creating-an-audio-podcast , As well as training:  http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/training/courses/audio-production-recording-lectures-seminars-interviews-podcasts
RSC SE have a course (Courses for you tab, second down ) http://moodle-rsc.ukc.ac.uk/
Assignment podcast from BT:http://tinyurl.com/4y6zspn
MyPodcast Recorder: http://www.mypodcast.com/create.html, very easy to use and free if you accept their adverts

Rating quiz
The Moodle Questionnaire activity (a plugin for 1.9) can be used for students to rate themselves in relation to particular skills and attributes in preparation for producing their CV.
ProProfs quiz school:http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/ have an option to create personality type quizzes.
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SMS Messaging + JANETTxt 
TxtTools are priced the same as the Janet service, although they have just been purchased by Blackboard Connect.
The TxtTools API allows for customisation and can be linked to existing MIS. 
Access to TxtTools Blackboard building block can be slow, and many colleges seem to use the website direct.
The SWaNI LTIG Project MOTIVATE is investigating retention improvement through using SMS:http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/swaniltig/motivate.aspx

thank you and goodbye 
Taking an early bath, but still lurking in the murky waters of FE ICT – Geoff Rebbeck and Phil George. They will be missed in their institutions, but hopefully will still remain on the champs list, to offer sage advice. 

Upgrading to Moodle 2 
documenting the process of migration to moodle2 http://rbmoodlesdc.blogspot.com 

video recording system
Network cameras can include audio (on some you can even attach an external mic) and retrieval from the IPCCTV system in various formats. Switching between camera angles can be achieved with PTZ cameras with a joystick or program some presets. Live viewing is also achievable via browsing the cameras website.
Milestone xProtect integrates with AD for authentication and can restrict access per camera so isolating security from education.

Voting Systems
Interactive Classroom Addons for Office 2010 & Moodle Addons. http://www.educationlabs.com/pages/default.aspx
Promethean boards use activexpression 2 (text entry and on the fly quizzes – database to register classes or students can self assign)
University of Bath (in fact many Uni’s) use turning point: http://go.bath.ac.uk/ppzx , Works with clickers or smartphones. PowerPoint plugin.  RF version and an IR version.

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One Comment
  1. rosemary20 permalink

    Thanks for collating these useful summaries of the brilliant Champs List, Rob. Great if you lose track of threads due to less interesting stuff in other inboxes! http://bit.ly/o7wcdV

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