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Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry | Now Enrolling

http://bit.ly/1iQSjDY

Now this is a MOOC that I approve of – study seven courses (9 lessons each) at Hogwarts online.

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English Raven: Moodle Tutorial: Page design to avoid the ‘scroll of death’…

http://jasonrenshaw.typepad.com/jason_renshaws_web_log/2012/02/moodle-tutorial-page-design-to-avoid-the-scroll-of-death.html

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MOOC Discussion Forums: barrier to engagement? |e-Literate

http://mfeldstein.com/mooc-discussion-forums-barriers-engagement/

I’ve often felt daunted by the volume of posts and chaotic nature of discussion forums in MOOCs – glad to see that I’m not the only one. Interesting that posters tend to be higher achievers though.

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Why are people at UC adopting Mahara and ePortfolio practice – UC Portfolio

http://learnonline.canberra.edu.au/portfolio/view/view.php?t=PBt9i7n4YUmTC3XRLV5E

Some fantastic descriptions of uses of ePortfolios at the University of Canberra.

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Using forums in MOOCs

http://acreelman.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/the-silent-majority-why-are-mooc-forums.html

Some well thought out ideas about the issues surrounding the use of forums in MOOCs – what happens when there are hundreds of pages of posts on the first day or subject experts dominate discussions?

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Training design workshops from Cathy Moore

http://blog.cathy-moore.com/training-design-workshops/

Particularly interested in the Scenario Design workshops – there’s an online one coming up and a recording of an older version that is available for free

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San Jose State’s MOOC Missteps Easy to See РHigher Education

http://diverseeducation.com/article/54903/#

Some useful lessons about running MOOCs gained by looking at a poorly run one. The fact that these courses were still being built as they were being delivered – something perhaps not uncommon in face-to-face land but rarely an inspiring sign – should have been the first give away. It’s hard not to think that this was the result of a top-down “OMG, everyone else has a MOOC, we have to have one too, now, now now” mentality that even I have been bumping up against lately

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Blog about All the Teaching and Technology!

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Having run the Gamerlearner blog for a couple of years – albeit intermittently – I found more and more often that I wanted to discuss aspects of the use of technology in education that didn’t relate to the use of games. Now maybe people don’t worry about the name of the blog as much as the titles of the posts but somehow it felt that I have reduced my opportunities with the Gamerlearner name.

So here we are – screenface to me represents the place where we work as e-Learning designers or educational technologists or whatever the name of the week is now. Miners used to work at the coalface, teachers taught at the chalkface and now we have moved on to the screenface.

I sat with a teacher this morning and explained some – what I considered – fairly basic steps in the process of adding content to our eLearning repository and she seemed genuinely blown away by how much I knew. She even referred to me as the Yoda of eLearn (the name we have given our eLearning platform built on Moodle, Equella and Adobe Connect). This was nice but it didn’t sit well with me – I would much rather teachers saw our systems as just another tool that they use every day than some slightly mystical entity that only a select few really understand.

This I guess is my goal – for ed tech to be just another (albeit useful) tool that makes teachers’ lives easier and provides more opportunities for learners.