My University has invested in a license for Learning Objects Campus Pack 4 and I’ve created a new blog in my new Personal Learning Space. I’m calling it Reflections for now and I’ll be using it to record ideas and thoughts on my personal learning and teaching experiences. I’ve changed the permissions to make the blog public with open comments. I can always change this later if it turns out to be a bad idea.
Learning Objects Campus Pack, used to provide for blogs, wikis and podcasts in Swansea University’s VLE, was updated at the same time as Blackboard. If you have one or more Learning Objects blog(s), wiki(s) or podcast(s) in your Blackboard (learning portal) module sites, they will be upgraded the first time you or your students visit them.
I read a lot of blogs and I listen to a lot of podcasts, so I thought I’d use this blog to tell you about some of my favourites. Here’s the first of an occasional series of recommendations: It’s e-Learning Stuff and the associated e-Learning Stuff podcast from James Clay, ILT & Learning Resources Manager at Gloucestershire College, and 2009 winner of the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year.
Swansea University, where I work, has quietly established a WordPress blogging system that anyone who has a University login can use to create a blog. This means that I no longer need to worry about providing something myself and should also make introducing blogging to my students a breaze. I created my blog, which I’m calling @the.coalface, and I intend to use it for reflective issues around e-learning, my teaching, research and University life in general. I’ll still continue to use this blog for more generally interesting postings, but it may become less work focussed.
Eric Amstrong has published a nice summary of some of the main topics that caught his attention at this year’s JavaOne. The topics are listed as:
- Scripting Languages on the JVM
- Improved JRE Insallations
- Java Quick Start Service
- Java Modules
- Java 7 Language
- Java 7 Tools
- User Interface Testing with FEST
- Sun ID System
- DITA Pod
- Writing DSLs in Ruby
and I have highlighted the ones of particular interest to me. Eric’s article is a good place to start on an exploration of the technical session video casts when they become available.
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As an exercise in one of my level one courses I get my students to write a blog on some research topic of their choosing. I then get them to assess each others’ blog and award each other marks for content. This blog on Spam in the Internet was the winning entry this year. The others were:
- The history of the Internet
- Global warming
- Tackling Spam in the Internet
- The History of the Worl-wide Web