Category Archives: e-Learning general

Analysing analytics

Being a linguist at heart, I chose to jump into the new Cetis Analytics Series of briefing papers with no. 5, What is analytics? Definition and essential characteristics, by Adam Cooper. Adam considers some definitions of analytics from other sources before plumping for this description: Analytics is the process of developing actionable insights through problem [...]

Analysing your Learning

Way back in 2005 I visited Alton College to look at a Moodle module they had created to make access to the NLN materials easier for teaching staff. They’d also invested quite a lot of effort into developing individual learning plans for students to access online. The plans included target grades and a progress tracker [...]

#JISCEL12 sticking the bits together

Simon Booth and Stephen Vickers are tireless champions of practical interoperability. I’ve had the great pleasure of watching their double act at events like Dev8ed. Dev8ed Interview: Stephen Vickers on Vimeo. The IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) specification is supported by all major VLE platforms (including Blackboard, Moodle, WebCT, Desire2Learn, and Sakai) and offers a [...]

#JISCEL12 consumed by the machine?

Paul Glister coined the term “Digital Literacy” in 1997 to suggest a more active engagement with new media, emphasising it was about mastering “ideas, not keystrokes”. As we implement solutions in our institutions that require increasing levels of digitally literacy, we bump into the problem of “mainstreaming”. This is frequently envisaged as a technical process, [...]

#JISCEL12 Making your mark

I’ve just finished a Skype call with Tony Toole who is preparing a presentation for Session 3 in the JISC Innovating e-Learning Activity week. Tony was the project manager for the JISC “SWANI” (Secure Work-Based Learning Administration through Networked Infrastructure). The Project successfully created a digitised document management system for the administration of Work Based [...]

#JISCEL12 The Noble @Dr_Black

@stephenfry: The noble @Dr_Black has her @unbounders book on Bletchley Park out now. #BPark How the war was shortened… Original Message: http://twitter.com/stephenfry/status/261567705331679233 “The noble Dr Black” has the ring of a first class Bond Villain, but in this case it’s Dr Sue Black, computer scientist, and friend of Bletchley Park. Bletchley Park was the centre [...]

#JISCEL12 Black magic

I can remember doing a very brief demo of some Augmented reality technology at an RSC event in Birmingham, probably in 2003? The demo was from HITLabs NZ “Black Magic”, it involved printing out the big blocky fiduciary markers, aiming a web cam at them, and running a program in a terminal window. If you [...]

#JISCEL12 solving more interesting problems

In planning the JISC innovating e-Learning Activity week Timeline session I encountered an issue that will be picked up in the first session of the main conference week: “Open Architectures”. We often say that we let the pedagogy lead our decisions, and whilst this is a noble aim, any decision on technology has an impact [...]

#JISCEL12 The final countdown

There are just 19 days left till the JISC Innovating e-Learning Online Conference 2012 opens its virtual doors for the first Activity week session… my session! The theme of the conference is “shaping the future”, and it occurred to me to plot our trajectory we really need to think about where we’ve come from. I’d [...]

#JISCEL12 The way of the future

The theme of this years JISC Online e-Learning conference is “shaping the future”, and it’s perhaps timely to look back and think that we’ve been running the conference for seven years and consider how far we’ve come. Would the conference delegates of 2005 think we’re living the dream, or still asking the same questions, and [...]