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Free eBook on ePortfolios

A colleague in TLC found this book, I haven't had a chance to read it yet but the abstract looks good. It's in pre-print at the moment and freely downloadable. http://wac.colostate.edu/books/eportfolios/ ePortfolio Performance Support Systems: Constructing, Presenting, and Assessing Portfolios " ePortfolio Performance Support Systems: Constructing, Presenting, and Assessing Portfolios  addresses theories and practices advanced by some of the most innovative and active proponents of ePortfolios. Editors Katherine V. Wills and Rich Rice interweave twelve essays that address the ways in which ePortfolios can facilitate sustainable and measureable writing-related student development, assessment and accountability, learning and knowledge transfer, and principles related to universal design for learning, just-in-time support, interaction design, and usability testing."

Mahara upgraded to 1.7 - University of Canberra

Mahara has been successfully upgraded to the latest version (1.7) at UC. As well as fixing hundreds of bugs, this gives us the following affordances: Highlight: Using the rest of the web Content in web applications such as Prezi, Youtube, Mindmeister, MS Skydrive, Google Docs, etc can now be made visible/accessible through your Mahara pages – much like you can embed a youtube video. Other Mobile: Mobile uploads support multiple devices, Mobile support for journal entries and attaching files to journal entries, Mobile support for syncing messages, tags, files, and journals Journals: Now have an "Unpublish" button for journal entries – removing these entries from any page they are on. Licensing: Ability to add license/copyright metadata to individual artefacts Sharing: Relocation of the "Shared pages" to the portfolio section, and renaming that option to "Shared with me", Renaming of "Share" in the personal portfolio to "Share

Organisational Behavior curriculum design meeting (SAFFIRE)

Curriculum design meeting for Organisational Behaviour unit, July 2013. As part of the SAFFIRE project I have been working with various units in Business Government & Law in order to help prepare for Semester 2. As this stage units are the focus since Sem2 starts in a week or so. During semester 2 we will be focusing on course wide design in view of 2014. Important aspects of this OB unit taken into account include: unit convener inherited the existing unit design - too late to change the Intended Learning Outcomes but possible to change the content, activities and assessment. Face to Face delivery mode. most recently run Sem2 2012 (last year). unit convener is teaching OB for the first time but has extensive experience. last year lecture attendance was about 10%, in general engagement was low. In terms of design approach we used John Bigg's constructive alignment approach, we began the alignment session by listing the given ILO's and numbering them. Foll

Designing a unit for online/blended delivery

Today I met with a colleague convening a leadership in education unit to talk about possible online approaches to use in teaching her unit. To get a better idea of the the unit design we concept mapped the underlying curriculum on a whiteboard: outcomes, activities, assessment, etc. Once we had this picture we numbered the outcomes and looked at the alignment of the existing assessment, activities etc. (see John Biggs). The following picture shows how we incorporated a few new ideas such as: Ice breakers through a fun introductory activity involving multimedia (socialisation strategy) setting communication channels and expectations around when students can expect responses (online presence and expectations management) use of targeted multimedia for some communication, e.g FAQ's or weekly summaries (multimodal communication for different types of learners) tree based discussion forums rather than many top level forums (navigation/where did I put that post?) combining foru