Keynote – Moodle 2.0 – Taking on The World Martin Douglmas Executive Director and Founder Moodle

On the verge of releasing Moodle 2.0 – a comprehensive development and transformation – the mythical creature finally takes shape.

Incorporation of web services… ported back into 1.9 as well – better integration with existing institutonal systems (student management, timetabling, etc)

Data exchange – pushing outwards – ePortfolio – device/platform support….

Engagement with content repositories – corporate, open, public, etc – quick to create and customise… example showed direct access to Flickr – same process as local file upload… quick, seamless

Mahara – ePortfolio – will connect deeply with Moodle – Mahoodle…..Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework http://mahara.org

Blocks… lots of Ajax… streamlines usability…

Open Web – want more mashups… more duplication of existing technologies INTO Moodle – considering K-12 “safety”

Keynote – You and the cloud – a view on how the cloud will affect the future of computing Gordon Bell Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Proves the point that MOTIVATION is a lost concept on some speakers… tedious… PPT was atrocious and rambling uninspired delivery.

SESSION 2:
Google@School: Bringing Google Technology on Campus Jonathon Churchill University of Adelaide, SAAdam Smith Google, NSW

Platform is branded, ad free, and university administered – taps directly into RL web 2.0 apps… not a clone but a customised, localised¬† implementation…

integrated suite

“rich and compelling interface” – I don’t think so… but the integration is a good example…

No additional training from the uni… just pointed to existing Google FAQs

Positive student response – opt in process – 40% in first instance…

Managing the multitudes: Making sense within the plethora of integrated flexible learning environments Franci Janse Van Vuuren University of Johannesburg, South Africa – Mandi Axmann Open Universities Australia, VIC

Discussing need for Project Management in Higher Ed… for Teaching and Learning as well as research…

Role of Instructional Designer shifting towards project management rather than hands on resource development…

Facilitation of inter-staff discussion – admin, academic, managemnt, design, service delivery, etc..


Why flexibility is the key design criteria for new learning environments Geoffery Mitchell Queensland University of Technology, QLD

Design for people
support different pedagogical approaches
be creative and bold
plan for technologies to be present in the space

Design innovations required given that Lecture theatres are ubiquitous

Spaces must be flexible as purpose/use is in constant ebb and flow

Pre-eminence of the FRONT – as participatory pedagogies become more evident the Front is less prominent…

QUT’s use of COWs (Computer on Wheels)

Cheap and quick provisioning of collaborative spaces

Theft has not been an issue – items are used therefore valued in use…

Enterprise Moodle: case studies exploring the Business Case for Moodle in the University/TAFE sector and the NetSpot partnership model for technical services delivery James Strong, Steve Watt,& Mark Drechsler NetSpot Pty Ltd, SA

moodle + mahara + sakai + wimba + more… enterprise adoption now feasible…

fundamental elements generating the buzz… ownership, flexibility, influence on development, community and openness… shifting ground in academia… increased interest in T&L

PLENARY SESSION: Keynote – Innovation, collaboration and partnership Michelle Selinger Director of Education, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group

Teaching innovation –

Journey to ubiquity can be long and hard… 18 years on Open Universities system before change occurred

Learning is not about content! (YES!!! Why do so few academics realise this?)

Quotes from David Weinberger “Everything is Miscellaneous”

Chuckles and incredulity over birthing story – why is it on YouTube – (because that’s the nature of the beast – midwifery classes don’t need to be formal – the informality of publishing and consumption seems lost on some)

Innovation – incubators…

OneCommunity.org

manchester U: One Central Park

Put your expertise and compettive edge on public display… and add value to the cloud…

Keynote – Uncommon thinking for the common good – Carie PageProgram Administrator EDUCAUSE

Games approaches – NetGen learning….

“Power Pointless”

ARG strategies…

  • Creating Learning Environments that foster collaboration, critical thinking, and authentic activities – eg: QR codes used in educational activities..

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