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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 […]

Twitter and identity theft

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Last week I was sent a message on Twitter from a strange new follower: my beard. Visiting its home page on Twitter I discovered someone had set up an account using my picture and linking to my blog. Initially I took this in a light hearted manner and even sent a jokey message to it […]

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 […]

The VLE is dead

Reports of the demise of the VLE/LMS are greatly exaggerated

Posted on 8 CommentsPosted in Architecture, Web 2.0

The Association for Learning Technology’s annual conference currently underway in Manchester included a well-hyped session called “The VLE is Dead”. The debate included a number of well-rehearsed viewpoints on both sides of the divide between those who would like to do away with institutional learning systems and those who see them as essential (if perhaps […]

Dancing with the devil: a view from Blackboard’s European conference

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Architecture, Moodle, Web 2.0

In the heart of downtown post-industrial Manchester, currently basking in sweltering Mediterranean temperatures, Blackboard is hosting its European Conference, BbWorld Europe ‘08. Michael Feldstein has described the attack on Blackboard’s market share from Moodle. Whether this has anything to do with the negative publicity surrounding Blackboard’s patents, reported on extensively by Stephen Downes and Jim […]

Dangers in selling your soul to Google

Posted on Posted in Policies, Shock2008, Web 2.0

At the Oxford Shock of the Old Conference: I’ve just listened to a thought provoking talk by Ian Bell, Records Manager and Information Compliance Officer at the University of Dundee. It would be fun to get Ian in the same room as people like Martin Weller, who’s sold his soul to Google, and Tony Hirst, […]

Downside of the small pieces model

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Architecture, Web 2.0

Another attempt to inject some reality into the VLEs v Small Pieces debate after expressing my reservations about the latter in The VLE is Dead. Long Live the VLE. This message was on the slideshare site half an hour ago. Now afficionados of small pieces will argue that services are improving all the time and […]

The VLE is dead. Long live the VLE.

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Architecture, Web 2.0

Martin Weller blogs today that the VLE/LMS is dead. He states some of the pros and cons of VLEs but he feels ultimately that there will be a shift away from VLEs to “loosely coupled, freely available third party systems”. The model Martin describes of “loosely coupled teaching” was tried by Canadian schoolteacher Clarence Fisher […]

Reinventing the wheel?

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Architecture, Moodle, Web 2.0

One of the questions which crops up regularly at the OU is why we’re enhancing tools such as blogs and wikis within Moodle when there are better ones out there on the Internet which we could give access to instead. Why don’t we just provide WordPress and MediaWiki which have a lot more features than […]