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Android 4.4 Out now

See the site: http://www.android.com/versions/kit-kat-4-4/ Keeps getting better all the time  Command with voice Improved security Improved responsiveness Improved interfaces Improved power efficiency Improved photo quality Improved device management Improved office functionality built in Improved printing Improved messaging

Skins and flexible layouts in Mahara 1.8

Here is an example of what you can do in Mahara 1.8 - by no means pushing the boundaries here, and it only took about 30 minutes. I used http://portfoliocommunities.com where you can create a free account.   Link to the page: http://www.portfoliocommunities.com/view/view.php?id=4752

Mahara and the Cloud

In 2012 the UC Teaching and Learning Centre engaged with Catalyst IT with funding and requirements specifications to improve Mahara handling of embed code/iFrames. Our key driver was storage related, we wanted students to store their content in services such as Microsoft Skydrive (which comes free with their email account) and therefore enable us to keep Mahara quotas low. Ultimately, this means we can better manage the cost to the university of hosting Mahara. Of course there are other benefits that cloud services offer such as collaboration options, specialised content creation (mindmaps, presentations, charts, spreadsheets, jogging history, whatever) allowing users to embed complex, engaging, and interactive artifacts making for very interesting and interactive portfolios. Most important is by allowing students to use all the cloud has to offer we are freeing them to represent their ideas and work is ways that any one platform will never be able to do. The principle idea w

Adapting the ePortfolio Mini Design Challenge for K-12

Design thinking workshops are a wonderful idea. After seeing what my colleagues, Danny and Matt, were doing I decided to developed one for the MoodlePosium in 2012 for designing ePortfolios (Derived from works by IDEO (2012) and Green & Bonollo (2002), Munnerley and Bacon (2012)). I have used this workshop design twice now here and here , and each time modifications have been required to suit the context. (See an alternative workshop approach here ). Time constraints, audience, desired outcomes, etc, all influence the design of each session. Generally though the key principles of the design challenge are retained. Key principles include: Opportunity provided for ideation around purpose, audience, evidence, ethical considerations Team approach to designing based on a theme (e.g. general purpose) Feedback from others during the process (preferably people with experience) Opportunity to prototype Production of an outcome from the session (something to leave the session with)

Looking in to assessment strategies for MOOCs

Looking into this subject for BGL related SAFFIRE initiatives, and I came across this collection of timely and informative papers on this subject, and many others to do with technology use in education. Various approaches for electronically assessing students in self paced MOOC's and peer assessment are discussed as well as limitations. The Virtual University: Impact on Australian Accounting and Business Education Published by: Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability, University of South Australia All information is current as at June 2013 Edited by Elaine Evans, Roger Burritt and James Guthrie "Technology is changing the higher education landscape, just as it has changed music, newspapers, retail and book publishing. The rise of online learning offerings, in particular massive open online courses, is putting the onus on tertiary educators to adapt to the changing market. What impact will this have on th

Week 10 follow up to a flipped classroom pilot

We are coming up to the end of semester here (week 10 of 14), and so I caught up with the unit convener of the Investments unit (where we trialled the flipped classroom model:  http://shanenuessler.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/conclusions-from-flipping-investment.html ). I wanted to find out what, if anything, students have been saying since week 4 and 5. There is also the need to plan the development of the unit for 2014 where we will (determined in this meeting) flip every week in the semester. In the weeks since the workshops (which proved to be highly successful) students have commented that: The students who did not attend the workshops now say the they wish they had. The workshops were constructively aligned with the unit outcomes, content and assessment, to the point of allowing students to use their own project data rather than generic data (week 4). The assessment item associated with the workshops is due Monday Week 11 (next week), and the students who did not engage now

ePortfolio Australia Forum 2013: University of Canberra

ePortfolios Australia Forum 2013  This year the University of Canberra hosted and co-organise the ePortfolios Australia Forum. It was both a challenging task and a valuable event for ePortfolio practice in Australia and at UC. I would personally like to thank Allison Miller of  http://vanguardvisions.com.au/ for her passion and effort in coordinating ePortfolios Australia , part of which includes these highly valued forum/conference activities. Program Program Day 1 Program Day 2 Program Graphic Design by: QUT ePortfolio Strategic Initiatives Team | eLearning Services My take Day 1: 2nd October Pre-conference workshops were run on the 2nd of October. In the morning I didn't have much time to attend workshops, I spent my time arranging tables for registrations, running around placing direction signs out for people arriving on campus via taxis, and setting up workshop spaces. In the afternoon however I re-ran my ePortfolio Design Challenge workshop that I had