Author: jrconlon95

This is an archive of the 2013 version of ocTEL.

Flexible Learning

Exactly a week ago I was presenting at HEA Flexible learning through professional practice at Bath Spa University Corsham Court Campus.  The place is beautiful!  Worth the long drive from Huddersfield (as much as I love Huddersfield too – do visit, you will be surprised!)  The event was great too. I was presenting a module re-design to […]

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Sometimes you have got to take the risk of failing #octel

Reblogged from More than just Content:[youtube=] “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” ― Michelangelo Buonarroti As you have probably guessed I have gone “off piste” again this week.  The #octel mooc is looking […]

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Prioritization using MoSCoW

During the first ocTEL webinar week 9 the acronym ‘moscow’ was mentioned for setting priorities in in project management. I hadn’t heard of it before so had a Google and found quite a few useful resources via the Agile Academy:  the slide below probably explains enough but there is also a video clip Slide from:

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Thoughts in motion

  (Image: Keep the thought in motion – Olimpia Zagnoli) Some strands from ocTEL are beginning to slice together today.  As a course team we are preparing for course planning next month.  We had a useful pre-meeting and have agreed to map out through all the modules of the course some key themes. Three elements […]

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Reading: Chapter 15 HEA / TEL – Learners in Control

As earlier postings,  the OcTEL orientation resources takes you to this publication: Transforming Higher Education Through Technology Enhanced Learning Publication Date: 23-12-2009 Available at  I’ve put the full link in again after being unable to find it for 10 minutes!  The chapter 15 link is here too: I don’t know how come  I initially skipped […]

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Reading: Chapter 17 HEA / TEL – podcasting for pedagogic purposes

Chapter 17 by Newton and Middleton Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes: The journey so far and some lessons learned I really liked this chapter.  I think I was influenced by the early inclusion of CoP, Biggs’ constructive alignment and a whiff of ‘it’s not napster’ in the opening paragraphs. P236:If we aspire to a learner-centred, well-aligned, constructivist paradigm, we […]

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Reading Chapter 16 HEA / TEL

Chapter 16: Transforming higher education through technology-enhanced learning is about DeMonfort’s pathfinder project It describes how Web 2.0 technologies have transformed the learning context and argues for a debate on the challenges that have emerged. Case studies are also provided. Page 225: How can an HEI begin to make sense of the proliferation of read/write […]

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Information Obesity: Why it’s not just about having too much

In the webinar for week 4 (I think) the term ‘information obesity’ (Andrew Whitworth) made sufficient impact for me to note it down, along with the term info-whelmed (see youtube clip: as I think we really need to give our learners the heads-up on this.  This takes me back (yet again) to Rheingold’s literacies. This […]

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ocTEL week 3 resources – Best Practice Models for e-learning

From Keith Smyth webinar (ocTEL week 3)
This page gives more information about the Best Practice Models project run in the Learning Development and Innovation team at Staffordshire University and details of how you can get involved.
Helen Walmsley http…

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ocTEL week 4 – resources (activity 4.1)

Activity 4.1 challenges us to compare resources.  I chose to do this using Jorum and open-learn.  I listed design thinking, textile testing and textile properties as the resources to search for.  Obscure but needed, this is no easy task… Design Thinking – neither did well, but I could take a 60 credit OU module, which […]

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