21 December, 2005

WebCT Exemplary Course Project - Explore the most exciting WebCT areas

More awards news! The 'WebCT Exemplary Course Project' aims to recognise best practice and creative use of technology. You can see this year's winners if you go to:


and scroll down to the 'WebCT Exemplary Course Project' section.

This is especially interesting because it gives everyone the chance to explore the courses that people have produced, and even watch an interview with the creators of the course.

If you've ever wondered what other people are doing with their WebCT areas, this is the place to go and be inspired. They aren't necessarily the most attractive courses, but they are chosen for their use of the medium and their academic rigour.

The Edublog Awards

The Edublog awards are awards set up to acknowledge the work of scholarly and education focused bloggers, and I'm sure you've all been as excited as me waiting for the results.

Sadly Cakes was overlooked once again (despite averaging 3 readers every day), but if you can find time to look at the winners you might find some interesting people and ideas to interact with.

20 December, 2005

WebCT Version 6.0

We are aiming to move from WebCT 4.1 to WebCT 6.0 this summer.

If you are interested in seeing what it looks like, and the changes that have been made, WebCT have created several demo guides to give you an idea.

They also have another Demo collection which has some similar and some different demos of tools in 6.0.

02 December, 2005

BBC NEWS | Technology | Skype adds in video to net calls

Skype adds in video to net calls

Adaptability (From George Siemens)

George Siemen on his Connectivism blog has posted about adaptability as a vision of a learning environment which "'knows us' as learners, it adapts to respond to our actions".

I'd assume that teachers and trainers have always wanted to achieve this, but technology can play a part in this. As George and those who have left their comments on the post suggest, this could start with the class using blogs and wikis, allowing the teacher to follow the reflections and see more easily how the class are understanding the content and curriculum.

In the future we could develop more complex Virtual Learning Environments in which the technology responds to individual students. At a very basic level they could incorporate technologies similar to Amazon's recomendations system, remembering keywords used in student posts and searches to advise them of materials and content related to those subjects, when they log in. Perhaps even linking them to other people who have similar interests through profiles (as Blogger does) and the search records.

When we create our own VLE we can do this, but I'm sure it could go much further.