Engagement reporting tools for Blackboard and Moodle

Posted on Posted in Blackboard, Learning Analytics, Moodle

In my last post I described four types of learning analytics products.  Here I’ll go into more detail around some of the VLE-based engagement reporting tools. These products for Blackboard and Moodle sit within the virtual learning environment (VLE/LMS), look at its data only, and provide simple indications of a student’s progress, raising flags when […]

Mock-up of new mobile interface for OU course websites

Can technology significantly impact learning before it has been commoditised?

Posted on 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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Annotation – the missing element in iPad-based learning

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Collaboration, Content, iPad, Mobile Learning, Moodle, Reflection, Web 2.0

I’ve been getting a bit obsessed recently about the importance of annotation functionality, as a number of my long-suffering colleagues will testify.  Here’s my logic: iPads and other ebook readers will increasingly replace paper Some learners, particularly children, will make the transition away from paper now very quickly and be happy to study considerable amounts […]

Now learners control their VLE/LMS

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Announcements, Architecture, Collaboration, Moodle, OU VLE, Web 2.0

Much of the criticism levelled at virtual learning environments / learning management systems relates to the control of the environment by the institution rather than the learner. The individual student has minimal ability to upload their own content or to set up collaborative tools unless this has been pre-ordained by the institution. The argument goes […]

Tricking students into learning

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At the Cottenham event last week there was a talk by Andrew Field who achieved the most amazing level of audience engagement I’ve seen in years. His philosophy is to trick students into learning by getting them to play online games, improving their minds in the process without even realising it’s happening. Field certainly achieved […]