Category Archives: Opensource

Building Innovation: learning with technologies

Kathryn Moyles Building Innovation is another example of some provocative issue papers already emerging this year. The paper explores national and international policy priorities for building students’ innovation capabilities through information and communication technologies (ICT) in Australian schools. Importantly it … Continue reading

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The DET blog (BlogEd) is nearing full release – dates to be confirmed for Term 4. Below I’ve summarised key features which differentiate it from any ‘open’ blog. I’ll post a slide show after the hols.

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Week one…

Following our launch of the DET blog trial last week, time to take a moment to reflect on a number of break throughs which have occurred in achieving this. For some it might be a ‘so what’ just another blogging … Continue reading

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Open wide come inside

The Open movement is undoubtedly one of the most significant-yet misrepresented philosophies to underpin C21 education. Promises abound in terms of the open revolution, but is it just another education experiment? The 2008 publication Open Content, and Open Knowledge (MIT press), is … Continue reading

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Moving to Moodle

Interesting case study in Educause on change management (now occupying my work time)- transitioning from a home grown LMS to Moodle. The author doesn’t dwell on the reason for the changes, however the lessons learnt are carefully noted.  While not explicitly … Continue reading

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SAKAI- model for Opensource

Michaels Feldsteins summary of the recent Paris Sakai love fest, would seem to throw the gauntlet down to other LMS apps. His account is interesting from two perspectives not just the endorsement of SAKAIs feature set and road map, but … Continue reading

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BECTA rejects Office 07

Yesterday Becta sent a formal complaint to the European Union against Microsoft- claiming their products do not suport open standards. BECTA says that Office 2007’s underlying format, known as Office Open XML, is not interoperable with software from other vendors.  … Continue reading

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Virtual ‘education’worlds

Inevitably the VW market is being carved up by commercial interests. Many of the usual suspects are moving through from the entertainment/gaming side and into ‘education’. It almost seems that people in the real education industry have left this domain … Continue reading

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Achieving learning impact

This report from IMS Global Learning Consortium, looks at key trends in the use of technology to support learning. After 10 years of observing, four clear scenarios are identified: Rise of the learning platform [not sure what is defined by … Continue reading

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Open access

Mike Seyfangs dump on his frustrations reporting on the CEGSA conference in South Australia, brings home the frustrations we are all experiencing regards the limitations of network access in education systems. Ironically Gerry Whites presentation (below) at the conference was … Continue reading

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Learning Design & OpenSource Teaching

Exerpt from James Dalziels Blog contribution on open source teaching. Its work James has been leading for some time and is underpinned by the LAMS project. It takes the focus beyond just sharing content and more on teaching/learning activities-sequences. All … Continue reading

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