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wobble: Lessons Learned – Learning Journey Made Mobile


Earlier this year, myself and Jason Curtis (our Learning Technologist), initiated a new Mobile Project which aimed to explore and potentially increase the use of mobile technologies in the work based learning sector. This involved awarding successful bidders small amounts of funding which could be used to buy mobile devices that would enhance aspects of the learner journey.

The eleven successful applicants that were chosen to take part have now purchased and evaluated their chosen mobile devices and reported their findings back to us.

The report below summarises what these providers found, highlighting what technology they bought, what were the main challenges, what benefits were gained and what their plans are now after using their chosen device. Click the image for the report.

The illustration below offers a snapshot of what was bought by the group and shows just how varied their choice of technology was. (Click the image to enlarge.)

More details and full project information is now available on our supporting project wiki page. This includes a snapshot of who bought what and why.

We hope you find our findings useful in your own technology choices.

To read more of Wobble click here.

via wobble: Lessons Learned – Learning Journey Made Mobile.

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wobble: Moodle Courses for Training Providers


Another post from Theresa Welch of the Regional Support Centre (RSC), West Midlands that caught my eye in her blog was:

I’ve been asked recently about any Moodle courses that are freely available to download or build upon to save training providers from re-inveting the wheel when creating resources.
Below is a list of Moodle courses that have developed by various RSCs that can be zipped, downloaded and then installed on any supported provider’s own Moodle. The courses themselves aim to model effective practice in Moodle course design; they are not simply repositories so of course you will have to exercise a bit of discretion in their use.

To read the rest of this article by Theresa Welch go to  wobble: Moodle Courses for Training Providers.

wobble: Lessons Learned – Learning Journey Made Mobile


Many Thanks to Theresa Welch, an E-Learning Advisor working for the Regional Support Centre (RSC), West Midlands who wrote the following on her wobble blog on Thursday, 23 June 2011

“Earlier this year, myself and Jason Curtis (our Learning Technologist), initiated a new Mobile Project which aimed to explore and potentially increase the use of mobile technologies in the work based learning sector. This involved awarding successful bidders small amounts of funding which could be used to buy mobile devices that would enhance aspects of the learner journey. The eleven successful applicants that were chosen to take part have now purchased and evaluated their chosen mobile devices and reported their findings back to us. The report below summarises what these providers found, highlighting what technology they bought, what were the main challenges, what benefits were gained and what their plans are now after using their chosen device. Click the image for the report.

The illustration below offers a snapshot of what was bought by the group and shows just how varied their choice of technology was. (Click the image to enlarge.)

More details and full project information is now available on our supporting project wiki page. This includes a snapshot of who bought what and why.We hope you find our findings useful in your own technology choices.

To read more of Wobble click here.”

 

Rapid E-Learning from Kineo


What changes are you dealing with right now?

New products, new regulations, new policies, new procedures, new systems….

Reactions to problems that just can’t wait?  Opportunities that will go away if you don’t do something?

According to research by Bersin 89% of companies need to develop e-learning solutions within 3 weeks. A Forrester survey published in March 2010 found that rapid e-learning is the fastest growing part of the e-learning market. Forrester found rapid e-learning is ideal where:

  • speed is an issue
  • content needs updating frequently
  • content is being repurposed from other documents
  • content which has a short shelf life
  • budgets are low

Over 50% of organisations Forrester surveyed used rapid elearning for:

  • Compliance training
  • Process and procedure training
  • Desktop Systems/application training

Kineo specialise in Rapid E-Learning and have developed a range of services to support organisations with their e-learning developments. Their services include over 20 free guides on how to create rapid e-learning.

Education Blog Awards | Celebrating UK School Blogging!


The 2011 Education Blog Awards are now closed. Over 300 blogs were nominated, and 3600 votes cast. The judges then got to look through the top ten blogs in each category and picked the winners!

 

The Education Blog Awards are here to celebrate blogging in UK schools. Class Blogging is incredibly inspirational to pupils, and teachers alike. If you want to know what class blogging can do for your school, take a look at the case studies

 

via Education Blog Awards | Celebrating UK School Blogging!.

>inspirED – RIP


>A sad moment in time as Futurelab publishes the final issue of inspirED – this collection of news and stories gathered from all corners of the internet ha sbeen an interesting read for some time now.

For future updates on innovative approaches to education, technology and learning Futurelab has created Education Eye.

See the final issue of inspirED on the Futurelab website.

>Overcoming the barriers to educational innovation


>I have just been reading this article on the Becta Emerging Technologies website.

“Overcoming the barriers to educational innovation” is a report on end-user innovation as a crucial approach to developing new practices and approaches.

This report recognises that the practice of creating solutions to individual problems, on an individual level, is an act of innovation. But also that learning from these individual acts can support wider, system level innovation – not through rolling-out the innovation that occurred on the individual level, but by supporting greater numbers of local level ‘end-user innovators’.

Existing studies have examined barriers to innovation for both institutions and the individuals who operate in them. Increasingly they have highlighted the interactivity of factors that are considered barriers to innovation. The relationship between each of these areas is unique to each school and each innovation.

Presented in this review are two models to explore this the ‘Distance and Dependence’ model, and the ‘Layers of Influence’ model. Initially the Distance and Dependence model gives clarity to understanding such educational innovations in context, by depicting how an innovation can be understood as its distance from current practice and dependence on available resources.

Click here to read more about “Overcoming the barriers to educational innovation” and download the report.

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