It’s the first of December and time to sign up for a 12 Apps of Christmas course.
It’s the first of December and in the Learning Technology world this means the launch of multiple open courses promising to introduce busy academics to 12 Apps of Christmas.
I’m enrolled on the Regent’s University of London course which is being hosted on the Blackboard Open Courses platform.
I’m recommending 12 Apps of Christmas to my colleagues for two reasons. Firstly because it provides useful introductions to mobile apps that they can use with students. But perhaps as important, Blackboard Learn is Swansea University’s VLE so taking part will give my colleagues an insight into what it’s like to be a student on a Blackboard Learn course.
This year, the organizers are also encouraging us to use the Blackboard Student App. This makes the course more accessible – for example I hope to use the app to follow each day’s recommendation while on my daily commute. But in addition, exploring the features and limitations of the app will give valuable insight into what you can and cannot do well when presenting your Blackboard course content on a small mobile device.
More to Explore
To keep up to date with other courses in this space, follow hashtag #12AoC. Here are some similar courses that are also worth a look.
If you know of others, please add a link to the comments.
This blog was self-hosted on digital ocean until today.
Unfortunately, issues with the database was preventing the blog appearing for some of my readers and I don’t have time at the moment to be a Sysadmin and trace the fault. Rebooting the server when I notice it’s down is not a solution either. So, I’ve forked out the £30 a year to have a site with a custom domain hosted on WordPress.com.
And here it is.
Excuse us while we move all our content and sharing options over.
There are some interesting events coming up over the next two months.
And of course there’s #LTHEChat every Wednesday between 8 and 9 PM UK Local Time which teams up with #HEAChat on the last Wednesday of each month.
Today I had a short Twitter Conversation with James Clay which followed this tweet from JISC’s #codesign16 meeting:
James has also blogged about this in I know Where You Are and is following up in this JISC blog post “What does the imminent arrival of the intelligent campus mean for you and your students.”
What do you think?
James has published more of the discussion of the intelligent campus from #codesign16 in this storyfy.
I attended the first run of FutureLearn MOOC #FLble1 Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started last year. Because of other commitments, I couldn’t take part in the first run of the second part #FLble2 Blended Learning Essentials: Embedding Practice but it looks like I have another chance in the re-run that starts 3 October.
If you missed it, the team leaders Diana Laurillard and Neil Morris gave a talk on the Blended Learning Essentials courses on Future Learn at the 2016 Alt Conference.
Fresh and Crispy has been running as a self-hosted Ghost blog for a couple of years now but today I moved it back over to a self-hosted WordPress blog.
One of the main reasons for the move is that upgrading the Ghost software is a painfully slow manual process. Other reasons include my desire to try technologies like Mike Caulfield’s Wikity which needs a WordPress multi-site and the sheer convenience of being able to blog from the WordPress App.
To transfer my content, I had to use the Python script ghost2wp.py provided by tzangms to convert from Ghost’s JSON format to WordPress’s xmlrpc. But that went very smoothly.
The Ghost blog will stay active as ghost.cpjobling.me for a while: at least until I have transferred some of the tags over.