There are a small number of places remaining for a couple of the Professional Online Identities Workshops for UAL students and staff.
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eLearning, digital literacy, digital life & more
Together with Technical Developer Sat Anandhan, I have been involved in UAL’s Online Assessment Tool (‘OAT’) project since its inception.
OAT is an online assessment grading and feedback tool developed to support the delivery of high quality and timely assessment feedback to students throughout the university. Available to course teams as an optional alternative to other tools, it was used for the first time on two courses (one LCF, the other LCC) in late December 2011.
Since then, around 320 UAL courses have made use of this new platform. Over 30,000 instances of feedback have been published so far and over 11,500 students have read more »
Putting my money where my mouth is, I’ve just pledged funding for the Openshot project via Kickstarter.
Why have I done this?
Openshot is an excellent free video editing program currently available for Linux platforms – and I have recently started to use Linux in the form of Linux Mint on a couple of laptops. However, I also use Windows and Mac systems too.
Openshot intend to make their program available for Windows and Mac platforms too (as well as further improving an already superb program). To me, that can only be good news and one that (unusually) has stirred me to prise open my wallet and pledge some foldy stuff.
If you would like to do the same – or just check out the project – have a look @ http://goo.gl/JtQDP
This Monday – 25 February – I had the opportunity to take part in the fascinating inaugural day of UAL’s Open Educational Practice (OEP) unit of CLTAD’s Academic Practice Provision (APP).
The slides I used to introduce my workshop introducing, testing and discussing some of the tools which can be useful for OEP are available @: http://goo.gl/vFPEu
There is a great video from BSI about the importance of accessibility in website design:
A couple of points made in the video which I find particularly interesting are: most (probably all) website designers understand the importance of accessibility but many (most?) of them really do not realise what it entails and how to ensure they are doing it; and many people who would not otherwise classify themselves as disabled find themselves disadvantaged and excluded by poor design choices and lack of site testing – with developers failing to test their sites to see whether they are indeed accessible.
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Off to Moodlemoot 2013 in Dublin in a couple of days. I attended last year with a couple of colleagues and it was excellent – so back again this year for more!
There is a super fine line-up of speakers – including Martin Dougiamas, Mr Moodle himself – who although present in cyber form last year, will be present in person this year!
Moodlemoot is @: http://moodlemoot.ie/
Several weeks ago I wrote a short piece for CSM’s ‘Digital Present’ blog in which I explored the use of UAL’s ‘Workflow’ ePorfolio – based on Mahara.
Students and academics were kind in giving of their time and experience to discuss how and why they were using ePortfolios. What becomes very clear is that this is very much a platform which can be of use and benefit to students even without it being made a core component of their course(s). The full article is @: http://goo.gl/fFuOb
This brought together 6 speakers and a lively audience comprising mainly UAL students and alumni to debate and explore ways in which online profiles can be beneficial – as well as reviewing the potential pitfalls and how to avoid and recover from them. The slides for my presentation are @ http://goo.gl/oLmrv
This was an extremely interesting and enjoyable event which explored a wide variety of themes related to online profiles, digital identity and digital life – for more information have a look @: http://goo.gl/rlYrR
Jo Morrison @ CSM explores what digital literacy means within a dynamic arts and design educational environment and some of her thoughts are captured in a recent blog posting on the ‘Digital Present’ Blog.
As Jo mentions in her posting, colleagues at UAL are putting together a focus group to explore and understand these complex issues in much more detail and the rationale and methodology behind this is explored by Chris Follows in his recent posting about new developments at the DIAL Project.