Updates from Open Education Week, JISC Digital Festival and more

A few jottings from external visits and online encounters over the last couple of weeks.

I attended an informative and useful event at Sussex university last week as part of Open Education Week Open Education Week: Opening minds, sharing resources, and developing collective practice. Kaite Piatt of Brighton university encapsulated it well courtesy of Storify from the active twitter stream http://storify.com/katiepiatt/open-education-week-opening-minds-sharing-resource?utm_content=storify-pingback&utm_source=direct-sfy.co&awesm=sfy.co_fdXT&utm_campaign=&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter The change of air was good too – nothing like a sea breeze to blow the cobwebs away.

I did not attend but did dip in & out of the twitter stream of the JISC Digital festival which by all accounts seems to have been a successful event. They had an interesting range of activities and speakers –  for starters you might like to dip into the recordings of keynotes including  Diane Oblinger of Educause on ‘ …what education might be like if we used the best technology has to offer’,  Sugatra Mitra of the ‘Hole in the Wall’ project on closing the educational digital divide or futurologist Ray Hammond on ‘Preparing new generations for the digital future – how the world (and business) will change over the next 20 years’, to mention but a few.

David White of Oxford University Continuing Education dept launched the first of a series of videos in partnership with JISC to further promote his Digital Visitors & Residents discourse – a more credible alternative to Prensky’s Digital natives & immigrants. Definitely worth a quick look.

And closer to home a few of us went to the London Moodle User group (MUGGL) this week and came away with a few ideas, not least a tool ( based on Excel macros)  developed by Kings College elearning team to analyse and make sense of Moodle course logs. This paper describes how it works. Please contact me for further details and a copy of the spreadsheet. At this event I also experimented with the free version of  polleverywhere.com (virtual polling software) to canvas participant prior to a discussion on facilitating staff in effective Moodle course design.  You can check pollresults to get an idea of how the tool works.

 

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