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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

An extra day - leaping!

Difficult to decide what to do today. The 29th of February is bound to have an entry in this blog, that's one thing. Will write as I go along, let's see what comes out of this 'bonus' day.

Just started to tackle the 2nd case study in the POOLP project. It always takes time to gather all the bits and pieces because there's always too much time going by when working on a project. How much nicer would it be to be able to concentrate on a project and get it done without having to pick up the pieces from the last time I worked on it ...

Bob (Pomfret) has sent new graphics this morning. That's always what gets me going. Having visuals including a permission to adapt them makes it so much more enjoyable to do the job!

Okay - lots of interruptions today, as usual, but part of the preparation for case study 2 is done. More tomorrow. Planning to see 'The Wistleblower' in UPP. On screen tonight as part of the 10th annual human rights film festival in Oxford!

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Definitely tough stuff

Learning the 'ins and outs' of a new VLE can be quite tiresome. Most of the neat solutions and work-arounds which I discovered over the years in Blackboard cum CE8 need to be re-learned and/or re-invented. The key phrase in my previous sentence is 'over the years'. Finding equivalent solutions in Moodle has to be done in months, I'm afraid. Today I discovered that there's no such thing as 'fill-in-the-blank' questions in Respondus with a 'Moodle' personality, because there's no such question type in Moodle. There's a 'cloze' question type, which could perhaps be used to replace 'fill-in-the-blank', but it requires a complicated syntax. My solution for today was to replace 2 'fill-in-the-blank' questions with 'matching' questions. My head is aching. Editing in Respondus is still pretty awkward. Nothing seems to be just simple and straight forward. Downloading questions or quizzes into Respondus? Uploading them to Moodle - how to deal with question sets? Formatting in Respondus or in Moodle? How does RADAR fit into this equation? Anyone around with experience in uploading and linking to quizzes in RADAR? Where should the editing be done?

And there are so many more open questions ...


Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Learning Technologies Fair 2012

Went there on 26 January, meant to summarise my discoveries ever since, and didn't find the time. The young guys in the picture below certainly would have deserved a larger audience, but their presentation was late in the day:


For today, I've got to call it a day - fresh start tomorrow!