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#learning #design musings

When designing learning experiences (whether they be a traditional face to face experience, situated, distance/online,  MOOCs, SOOCs or a combination of these) there are a number of factors to consider in the design process. Some factors include: Context (economic, geographic, logistical, virtual, blended, etc) Student characteristics Epistemological perspectives, beliefs/perspectives on how knowledge is acquired Purpose (why create the experience) can help determine your... Outcomes Content (to support the learning experience) Theoretical perspective you will take (links with the third point) How your teaching philosophy influences and is influenced by aspects of the above. While teaching into an Assessment and Evaluation unit (Grad Cert) last year I asked students to nominate where they start when designing a unit, and recorded the following responses:   The poll was run early on in the unit to see where people sat before going through our learning experience. Un

Making use of #bootstrap to add gloss to #moodle sites.

At the end of 2013 the University of Canberra upgraded to Moodle 2.5. We also upgraded the theme to ensure the platform would be responsive to various screen sizes. Catalyst IT performed this work for us. We very carefully chose the Bootstrap engine that Twitter uses (see here: https://github.com/moodleman/moodle-theme_elegance/blob/master/readme_moodle.txt ) knowing that we could later on use the classes the theme engine offered to enhance the look of our Moodle sites. We had seen Julian Ridden  ( http://moodleman.net/ ) present on how one could exploit Bootstrap in Moodle at a local Moodle conference early in 2013. This post will show you how to exploit Bootstrap to enhance various elements of Moodle, none of which is new, but the first time I for one have played around with it in any depth. Below I will add the CSS used to achieve the effects. Useful sites: http://getbootstrap.com/2.3.2/base-css.html#tables (base classes https://docs.moodle.org/25/en/bootstrap-Theme (moodle