Video on a Shoestring – 15/10/09

Can be viewed at :

http:\ – Instant screencasts for Twitter – live mobile video to Facebook, Twitter etc. – It transforms your regular PowerPoint presentation into a SCORM compliant Flash elearning course, ready for publishing to Learning Management Systems (LMS). – free online screen recorder – films uploaded by students and academics – Guardian guide to Making Video – e-Learning stuff live – news and views on e-learning – sharing e-learning material

Skyfire – Skyfire is a free, downloadable mobile browser that gives you a Web browsing experience exactly like PC browsing.

Meeting with Dr Harin Da Silva – Business School 20/10/09

Harin wishes to use podcasting with the Accounting & Finance, Economics undergraduate students. He wished to explore the use of new technology within the teaching and learning environment and ultimately motivate students to engage with their peers through the use of technology.

There is a total of 400 students divided into approx 6 students per group. There will be 20 students per class per week. Students would discuss a project in the previous week and then create a podcast of their group discussion the following week. Podcasts would last approx 10-15 minutes in length.

Harin initally wanted students to email the podcast to him but this would be an ineffective process and it was suggested that he use Live@Edu which students ahve an acount for already. Harin to loan laptops and headphones from ICTS Aytoun for this project. I would provide technical support for approx. 8-10 hours of podcasting time.

Landscape Architecture Meeting 15/10/09

Meeting with Jo Femia, Nillan, Kieron and myself

Landscape Architecture wished to provide student feedback to students using podcasts. Previouly this was carried out on a Wiki page where students would log onto and access their podcast feedback. However, each student could see other feedback podcasts. Not an ideal situation when data security issues are concerned.

A solution to this problem was to use Live@EDU to share a folder with students called LANDARCH. Within this folder each student would have their folder relating to heir student ID. Jo would upload the podcast feedback.

Files are initially in wma format and are converted to mp3. Nillan was looking into the question of conversion software for file formats

Approx 100 students in total would require this form of feedback — years 1-3 and PGDip students. Kieron to set up Live@EDU account and email based on Students do not have capability to upload.

Jo is meeting again with us on the 16th. isuggested that at this session training based on ensuring that Jo can log into Live@EDU, create folders and upload files is carried out. It is imperative that she is comfortable in using the technology and application.

Meeting with iConway Mothobi, Tony Neill – Staff House (14/10/09)


The STEM presentation occurs every year for people who have not experienced education e.g. women who are lab assistants and not lab managers, school children and disadvantaged people. The MMU has been chosen as a spoke for this project. There is a £1 million fund – ask CM about this.

The BIG BANG have selected the GMEX as this years venue. Running for 3 days, day 1-2 is primarily based at schools, while day 3 is open to the public – parents, individuals interested in HE. At GMEX other HE institutes and MMU will be exhibiting.

Three schools from Macnhester are involved: Abraham Moss, Trinitiy High and Parrswood all City Learning Centres.

MMU Crewe have a ALPTOP orchestra created by Cheshire Contemporary Orchestra. Crewe will be able to resolve many of the music issues.

Bradford Community College, Florida are aprtners in the STEM workshop with MMU. They are based near to NASA and similar to Wythenshawe College near to Mcr airport. Both have students whose aspiratins to become astronauts and pilots may not be realised due to education. This project will hopefully inspire them.

Video conference facilites are avaialble at Abraham Moss which is both portable and can be used.

MMU can provide a stand with PCs for the GMEX aspect.

The LAPTOP concert will occur one hour per day of live presentation. One of the sessions will be for the public and can involve up to 1200 people. On thOpen day it about the MMU selling itself.

Possible technology engagment can occur with LRS, Ning, Flip cameras and Podcasts.

LRS to engage students during sessin – demo for CM

Use of Ning for private invite-only network – demo for CM

Flip cameras – different people record different to get a feel of the exhibition.

Podcasts – YouTube EDU look into this

Follow up meeting 20/11/09

CM to email list of important dates wrt the BIG BANG event. Ideally all aspects of LRT involvement to be ready by mid-Feb.

LRT can offer the following solution to engage students and staff pre, during and post conference.

Social Networking
Flip Cameras

General ideas:
1. Students can create podcasts
2. Ning site for interaction
3. Blog – highlight conference experienceand further information required
4. Flip cameras – students use to record podcasts
5. LRS – obtain immediate feedback
6. Twitter account – real-time micro-blogging

BBC under the School Report Project – March 11 will be undertaking a session where students can record their experience of the BB and then can be showcased on NorthWest Tonight.

Meeting 18/12/09 with Conway

I showed Conway the Ning application. This form of social media provides a tool for engaging people in a closed environment. Currently Conway emails information to MMU staff involved in the BIG BANG project. This is a inefficient method of sharing information. By using Ning it is possible to create communities of people who can share a variety of media.

Conway will test the use of Ning for ths purpose. He can create a site for MMU staff to share media pre- during and post the project. He can also setup a number of networks for each of the four schools who are involved in the project. As this can be setup before the conference all sites can be used as a form of document to record the progress of the project pre and post session.

The University of iPod -Sunday Times 11/10/09

The University of iPods

Open Learn is an offset of the OU. Open Learn offers expert material, accessible via the internet, free to anywhere, anyone. While OL is a natural evolution for OU, what is striking is how some of the most prestigious univs in the world are moving in the same direction, making first-class educational resources available for free.

YouTube EDU is a global classroom where …everyone can watch and engage with a range of videos that have been uploaded by some of the world’s greatest universities.

In just a year of posting material on iTunes U, Oxford has seen well over 1m downloads of lectures or other academic works. “Podcasts that were scattered on the university’s departmental sites are now on iTunes,” said Caroline Culver, head of strategic communications at the university. “We are getting many more downloads.”

Marianne Talbot, director of studies in philosophy at the department for continuing education at Oxford notes that the government is no longer going to subsidise educational courses for people who already have qualifications (unless they are aiming for a higher qualification than they already have). So if you have one ordinary degree, you will get no financial help taking a second one. Such restrictions may well promote the use of open educational resources (OER), as iTunes and its like are know.

Although OER is still in its infancy, the numbers are already impressive. In little more than a year more than 845,000 people around the world have accessed the Open Learn through iTunes U and downloaded nearly 8m items.

At MIT the Open Courseware site is attracting 1.2m visits a months – many from other students at other universities looking at additional resources, but many also what MIT calls “self-learners”, often working professionals who want to further their education.

One small study by the University of New York in Fredonia, even claims that downloading a lecture can be more effective than attending one in person. Researchers compared 64 students, half of whom attended a lecture and half of whom received it via a podcast. In a subsequent test, those who downloaded the podcast performed batter – possibly because a podcast allow you to replay difficult parts as when you want.

WHERE might it lead? Most academics are not inclined towards cannibalism, let alone self-cannibalism. Oxford education system is very focussed on the tutorial system. You can’t replicate that in podcasts.

Although some universities see iTunes U as little more than a handy tool to promote their wares, others are going much farther, MIT, which charges students more than £20,000 a year, has almost put 2,000 complete courses online. Even though they can be downloaded for nothing, MIT does not believe this will undermine its position. Rather it calculates that the openness will enable potential students to understand the value of its teaching.

Although 40 years old this year, the internet is still in its infancy, according to John Naughton, professor of the public understanding of technology at the OU.

Meeting with Suzanne Gough – 07/10/09

Suzanne has been using the TurningPoint Technology devices for qualitative assessment during Physio sessions. Having ordered a number of new devices which will total 100. The aim to deliver interaction during the class not all based in one room.

Suzanne was interested in developing the use of flip cameras for recording aspects of a session and which students could use for peer review.The e-Pen could be used by students as a scribe during sessions.

Suzanne is in the process of creating podcasts. I informed her that she needs to create a podcast ID – Dee Also, the podcasts need to be in mpeg4 for the server if audio and mp3 for audio only.

Arranged to attend a session with her and students to view the use of technology within her session. It would be conducive to the spread of technology enabled learning if a showcase of good practice was available for other depts to view e.g. Suzanne, James G, Jane Woods etc..

Interactive-Education Demo

Hosted by Bal Singh-

The receiver for the LRS is based on RF technology, therefore a need for line-of-sight is not required

A floating toolbar over any application can be used. Simple to use and setup. Can create classlists based on information on student records. Questions can be setup in the classroom environment. Results can be exported to Excel.

Genee Slate is a mobile presenter which allows the teacher to move around the teaching environment and interact with students.