Category Archives: Adoption

Can technology significantly impact learning before it has been commoditised?

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 … Continue reading

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HEFCE's new strategy for e-learning

The Higher Education Funding Council for England has issued a document called Enhancing learning and teaching through the use of technology: A revised approach to HEFCE’s strategy for e-learning. Naturally I was interested to see what they are recommending. Various … Continue reading

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An institutional VLE/LMS for €10 a month? You cannot be serious.

Dan Leighton was waxing lyrical about the benefits of elearning this morning at a Moodle event for schools near Cambridge. He finds it particularly useful for seeing when his pupils have uploaded assignments. He demonstrated a neat use of Jing … Continue reading

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Accrediting institutional competence in elearning

Elearning is taking place in all universities and colleges to varying degrees. For many it is now a strategic priority but few institutions could honestly say that it is being rolled out across all courses systematically, and some have not … Continue reading

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In the army now

Maybe not one of Quo’s better songs… Well I’m not in the army but I did stay in an army camp last night. I was giving a talk about Moodle to various military personnel which kicked off a discussion over … Continue reading

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Wikipedia beats lectures and course materials??

EDUCAUSE has carried out its annual survey of the undergraduate use of technology. ECAR Fellows Judy Borreson Caruso and Gail Salaway discussed their preliminary findings today at the ECAR Research Symposium in Boulder (the report will be published in October). … Continue reading

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The pedagogy should lead the technology. Should it?

Matt Lingard discusses the age-old mantra that pedagogy should lead the technology rather than the other way round. I think this arises from the fear among some faculty that somehow their more technical colleagues are doing all sorts of supposedly … Continue reading

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59% of UK colleges now using Moodle

Rob Englebright reports recently on the JISCmail VLE List about an unoffical wiki-based survey of VLE usage in UK colleges. Of 156 colleges it’s now Moodle 59%, Blackboard 28%. The detailed breakdown is: Moodle 93 including 4 using moodle in … Continue reading

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Carry on blogging

Doug Clow rants about being told off three times yesterday for live blogging at the OU Conference by people who found it distracting. He was so demoralised by the experience that he’s not taking his laptop to the event today. … Continue reading

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VLE tool league table

Chris Jones and Anne Jelfs recently evaluated a two-week course called Moodling for Beginners which was carried out earlier this year with 80 Associate Lecturers (tutors) from the Open University (OU). The participants were from all faculties and all OU … Continue reading

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