Monthly Archives: September 2010

Making your Moodle courses, like, WOW!

Okay, so Moodle is just plain cool, so why allow your course to be merely a list of links to readings, and a few forums thrown in for interactivity?  Your course could be so much more!  Think about adding a few blocks of html with some personalized text, or adding an occasional poll by using "Choice", or maybe an RSS feed from your favorite news source.  Just a minute of extra time here or there could really make a difference in the look and feel of your course.

And, if you really want to be creative, take a look at these fabulous ideas called 3 Ways to Jazz up Your Moodle:

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

And, when you've got it looking good, share it with us.  We'd love to see it!

Categories: Moodle

Annotating Videos

VideoANT make it possible to annotate a web-based video

VideoANT make it possible to annotate a web-based video

The University of Minnesota has developed a wonderful tool for annotating videos called VideoANT.  The program allows individuals to place markers in a web-based video and then add comments.  This is a great way for instructors to direct student attention to key points in a video, or to ask students to find key points and comment on them.   The link to the annotated video can then be emailed, which would allow students to submit their annotations as an assignment.

It's extremely easy to use.  When you first go to the site, you can watch and experiment with a demo video.  It's a great way to become familiar with the program, and takes only a few minutes to master.

One tip:  I would put the marker (or have students put their markers) at the beginning of a point of interest, rather than at the end or middle.  The markers can be moved at any time.

Categories: Audio, Education, Research, Video, Web 2.0, Writing

Welcome to a New Year

Classes officially begin today and it promises to be an exciting year at Plymouth!  In the next few months we will complete our move off of Blackboard and on to Moodle.  The adoption has been swift and from what I've seen of the courses now on Moodle, faculty are using their creative talents to develop some truly engaging course pages.  There is a block on Moodle's homepage that shows who's online, and at any given time this morning, there were over 100 active Moodlers!  In addition, we continue to see more use of our fabulous ePortfolio system (Mahara).  Speaking of Mahara, PSU will be hosting New Hampshire's first "Focus on ePortfolio Day" on October 4th.  There will be wonderful presentations by folks from K-12 on how they are using ePortfolios in their schools, and panel discussions in the afternoon.  The event has gotten attention from as far away as New Zealand--K-12 and Higher Ed working together on ePortfolios!  We are excited that PSU is able to host this significant event.  If you have not registered, be sure to do so asap as seating is limited to the first 150.  You can register here:

We're off to an exciting start.  Check back often for resources, tips, and news.

Categories: Moodle

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