mLearning at Campus Technology 2011
This past week I spent a few days at the Campus Technology conference and Expo (incidentally it was also collocated with the AAEEBL ePortfolio conference) and it was quite illuminating! I wanted to spend some more time with ePortfolios, but I ended up spending most of my time in eLearning (and oddly enough Rubrics, but more on those on another post).Three sessions I went to dealt with mLearning:Engaging
The Great Big MOOC Book!
This past week I was talking to local folks at the University about eduMOOC, and MOOCs in general seeing as I am thinking of implementing a MOOC for language learning for my PhD thesis. OK, I am not in a PhD program yet, but it helps to start thinking about these things in advance so you're not stuck in Dissertation Purgatory.In any case, people don't know what a MOOC is; how is a MOOC different from
Mobile Development day 3: Android
OK, so today was the penultimate day for "getting started" types of mobile development workshops. Today's topic, as you might surmise from the title, was Android development. Today's development environment was Eclipse with the Android SDK. The nice thing about Android development is that it is all XML and Java, which is pretty nice. I am familiar with XML and I did do Java as
Mobile app development day 2: Windows Phone 7
OK, now some of my fellow Apple people, and some of you Android fanbois will scoff at me for going to a Windows Phone 7 development workshop, sponsored by Microsoft, but I'll tell you it was fun! I think that as much as I like the iOS, Windows Phone 7, with the MetroUI seems interesting as platform and with the backing of Nokia I think we'll see it rise up and be viable competition to Android
iPhone app dev workshop
Well, the first workshop was today and it was quite interesting. As I suspected there were quite a few K-12 teachers there interested in getting started with iOS app development so this can trickle down into the high school computer science curriculum; there were some higher education folks there as well.Even though the workshop was all day, you can't really get that deep into app development
Mobile Development week
Last week a colleague of mine alerted me to some free local workshops for educators. Initially I saw the first week's workshops and thought that they might be too basic for me, but luckily another co-worker pointed out that Week 2 had some mobile development workshops - I guess the lesson here is to never judge a set of workshops by the first week!In any case, since mobiMOOC was a recent occurrence and
eduMOOC - halfway point thoughts
Well, this week we are reaching the half-way point of eduMOOC and I am not sure what to make of it. In previous MOOCs, thinking back to CCK11 and MobiMOOC11 I thought that I had more engagement in the main discussion space. Even though CCK11 was aggregated through gRSShopper I still felt like the discussion was centralized. CCK11 felt more like a lecture hall filled with orators that stepped
On learning management systems
For those in the know, you know that what used to be WebCT (Vista and Campus Edition as far as I know) has been scheduled for product end-of-life sometime in 2013. Because of this our campus, along with many other schools that have WebCT installations, have been looking for other platforms to migrate to. Having spent the last few months testing systems I've come up with a candidate that I'd like to
eduMOOC is upon us, and more chaotic than ever!
Well, eduMOOC starts today!This will be my fourth MOOC, and it seems to be the most chaotic to date, even more chaotic than CCK11! It seems like LAK11, perhaps due to its theme, didn't have many active participants, which made it easier to follow. CCK11 was a but more chaotic, but gRSShopper made it easier to find and prune blog posts of interest to read and comment back on. mobiMOOC was less chaotic
Academic writing - collaborator or lone wolf?
One of the things I've been thinking about recently is the topic of research, writing, and publishing. If you want to be in academia research and publishing is a must while if you want to be in the private sector it may not be as important (I am guessing it's not - but if you are of differing opinion leave a comment!) In thinking of research and publishing one of the questions that comes to mind is