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Can you ever switch off a module website?

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Strategy

At the moment the Open University’s policy is to remove module websites in our Moodle-based virtual learning environment for three years after the module presentation.  To have all the module content simply vanish after that period is becoming untenable.  For our students the module website is where their learning activities are coordinated and increasingly where […]

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First impressions of iBooks 2

Posted Posted in iPad, Mobile Learning

I’ve finally managed to install iBooks 2 and the example book “Life on Earth”. This was a frustrating process that took two and a half hours of upgrades and downloads, requiring the right versions of iOS and iTunes with various reboots of both the PC and the iPad. Arguably I should have upgraded to iOS5 […]

Mock-up of new mobile interface for OU course websites

Can technology significantly impact learning before it has been commoditised?

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Adoption, Course design, iPad, Mobile Learning, Moodle, OU VLE, Podcasts

I’ve just had some interesting conversations at an event for new OU module chairs at Cranfield University after presenting on some of the possibilities of elearning for our students. One academic wondered how he could be expected to design courses for smartphones and tablets when the University was not prepared to buy him these devices […]

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Personality analysis from tweets

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Web 2.0

Tweetstats provides a great way of visualising statistics about people’s tweets – such as their frequency etc.  You can also see your most commonly used words and export them to a Wordle. Thus you can very quickly see what people like to tweet about the most.  Mine doesn’t reveal much except what appears to be […]