Posts tagged ‘online course’

Edcanvas, online quizzes & sunshine

The Teacher Ed department at college have agreed to trial running parts of the induction next year as blended learning, particularly around the use of the social media sites Twitter and Yammer.

Starting with the Twitter Induction, I started looking last week at using the Lesson function within Moodle. On my love-hate relationship spectrum with Moodle I was certainly very very close to the ‘hate’ end. I spent what felt like a good chunk of the afternoon structuring the resources and activities within the Lesson but it didn’t fit right and I was really struggling to get it to work. Granted, I have only ever made two Lessons in Moodle before, and that was over a year ago so it was really back to basics. But it was hard. Read more ►

emoderating – Block 4

I think I struggled most with the final block of this course. We had spent previous weeks looking at asynchronous learning tools and this week moved onto synchronous.  We compared four applications:

·         WebEx

·         GoTo Meeting

·         Adobe connect

·         wizIQ

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e-moderating course: collaborative tools

Tonight I’ve taken part in a live chat within the Moodle chatroom to discuss the pros and cons of four collaborative online tools:

Blogs, wikis, Google Docs and e-portfolios.

Having used Blogs and wikis it’s been interesting to discuss what others thought of these tools. Wikis seemed to come out as a favourite and this is a tool that we’ve used a few times on the course already. We used it in week one to complete the sentence ender: I’m feeling…… which created a simple document with our feelings at the beginning of the course. It’s really nice to go back to that three weeks later now that I know the people a little more and remember how similar we all felt back then. We also used it in week one to work in two groups to outline what netiquette rules we thought were especially important, so even in week one we were exploring how this tool can be used for different tasks. Read more ►

e-moderating course: online pedegogy


I’m now into the second week of the International House e-moderating course. This week we’re looking at The Online Learner and online pedagogy. I was really pleased to see a (small) section on blended learning reminding us to keep in mind how technology can be used to support f2f learning, not just to replace it.

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E-moderator course – adapting ice breakers for online courses

I’ve just started the e-moderator course at International House. It’s really interesting using Moodle from the POV of a student rather than as a teacher. I’m not totally sure what I think about it as a platform. It seems that there are a lot of ‘clicks’ just to get somewhere and it does feel a bit frustrating figuring out where everything is and what’s important at what time. I was already thinking for the next CELTA that I want to create some short videos (possibly using Jing) to orientate trainees with the site and this experience has definitely resolved me to do this.

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