Learning Technology

Archive for March, 2012

Xpert at 275,000 and climbing………….

March 29th, 2012 at 11:03

I’ve been working on my presentation for the OER 12 conference today where I’ll be talking about the PARiS project and whilst checking out some stats to include I noticed that Xpert is now indexing more than 275,000 resources. This is another milestone for the service and at the rate resources are being added Xpert [...]

Attribute Images – new JISC funded rapid innovation project

1 March 26th, 2012 at 07:03

I am really pleased to be able to report that the Learning Technology team have recently won some JISC funding to extend the Xpert Attribution service. The funding is part of the UKOER rapid innovation programme that runs until October 2012. The project we have funding for is called ‘Attribute Images’ and it will extend [...]

PARiS is mobile……..

March 23rd, 2012 at 03:03

Mobile Xerte is a new addition to the award-winning Xerte Project’s suite of tools for Android and iOS devices. Mobile Xerte is built around the concept of playlists, or collections of open resources that can be subscribed to using the application. Playlists can also be created using Mobile Xerte, and shared with other users, allowing [...]

New version of Rogō released

March 22nd, 2012 at 05:03

We’re pleased to announce that the latest version of Rogō OSS – version 4.2 – has recently been released. There are a number of new features and improvements, mainly in response to user feedback. It includes: New ‘True/False’ question type A new question type dedicated for just True and False questions has been added – this is [...]

How to enable conditional activities in Moodle

1 March 16th, 2012 at 09:03

Moodle has a useful feature that allows a teacher (Moodle’s word for instructor or module convenor)  to set up a sequence of activites such that completion of each will be tracked and final course completion can be monitored. This could be useful, for example, for a self study course or for a Lab Induction or Health and Safety [...]

Designing modules with openess in mind

1 March 15th, 2012 at 11:03

Supporting the sustainability theme within the PARiS project is a team of content creators from a variety of subject areas. These include Geography, Engineering, Business, Archaeology and the Careers service. Each content creator is recording their experiences of the design process and the benefits and barriers of finding and using third party OER within the [...]

Participatory online learning – 5 ways to welcome your learners

March 14th, 2012 at 09:03

To accompany our elearning community discussion on Participatory Online Learning, we are offering a series of related posts on creating participatory activities and creating the kind of learning environment in which these are successful. If you’re trying to encourage your students to participate in online activities as part of their course,  creating the feel of [...]

The Ear Foundation Needs Analysis (PARiS)

March 13th, 2012 at 03:03

This is a post from Lyndsey Allen, Education Programme Co-ordinator at The Ear Foundation. Background The Ear Foundation is a charity helping deaf people and their families make the best use of technology to improve hearing and communication.  Through the PARIS project, The Ear Foundation is working with the University of Nottingham to widen access [...]

Introducing the Xenith Project!

1 March 12th, 2012 at 02:03

Learning Technology have just won Rapid Innovation funding from JISC for the Xenith Project. Xerte Online Toolkits is in widespread use by teaching staff around the world to create interactive learning materials. The Xenith Project will develop the functionality for Xerte Online Toolkits to deliver content as HTML5. There is an increasing need for Xerte Online Toolkits to [...]

Helping us help you – the Problem Steps Recorder

March 12th, 2012 at 08:03

We’re a tenacious lot on the Learning Team Support Helpline.  We like to solve problems and get people back up and working as soon as possible.  Sometimes, though, this means we have to respond to a query with a query, to ask users for more information. Typically we’ll ask people to tell us (from a [...]