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New Features Added to Google Wave: More useful for e-Learning

Google’s newest features for Wave:

  1. Read-only [or full access] capabilities
  2. Restore from Playback [to correct mistakes]
  3. Undo/Redo
  4. Reply-only (coming soon!)

There are several uses for these features in e-Learning, whether during development or during delivery of instruction.  Read-only would be important as-is to a designer conducting a need assessment or a focus group, or simply managing a group of subject-matter experts. It would also be useful to project managers who have set up a wiki or other control documents in a wave.  In addition, the Wave team at Google reports that it is planning to introduce a third access setting called “Reply-only” that would let users add new blips (individual messages), but prevent them from editing blips they did not create. The team is also re-designing the interface to let the wave creator change permissions for several participants more easily. When available, these will be very important to managing synchronous events in a wave.  The combination of read-only and restore is most useful at this point for keeping a discussion on-track. The wave creator can change permissions for participants as needed, and then restore the wave to a point before the drift off-topic began.

Read more via New Features Added to Google Wave: More useful for e-Learning by Bill Brandon : Learning Solutions Magazine.

Apple’s iPad: What does it offer for e-Learning?

The Apple iPad offers an interesting combination of features and options that make it worth considering for possible mobile learning applications. But there are drawbacks to the device as well. Here’s how the iPad may (or may not) be able to fit into your plans.  After months of speculation, and several weeks of feverish hype, we have now seen the Apple iPad. People asked: “Is it a laptop without a keyboard? Is it a personal media experience? Is it something completely different?” Steve Jobs himself called the iPad “the most important thing I’ve ever done.” So what is it?

via Apple’s iPad: What does it offer for e-Learning? by Bill Brandon : Learning Solutions Magazine.

10 Social Media Tools For Learning: The eLearning Coach

10 Social Media Tools For Learning

Descriptions of ten applications representing different social media technologies that promote learning. Many of these tools and services are free or have a free trial period, which can encourage experimentation.

  1. Audacity (podcasts)
  2. Dimdim (interactive webinars)
  3. Edublogs Campus (blogs)
  4. Elgg (social networking)
  5. Google Collaboration Tools
  6. MindMeister (mind maps)
  7. TalkShoe (talk shows)
  8. VoiceThread (multimedia presentation)
  9. Wikispaces
  10. Yammer (micro-blogging)

via 10 Social Media Tools For Learning: The eLearning Coach.

Alfresco integrated with Moodle interface…

Remote Learner’s integration of Alfresco into the Moodle interface allows you and your course creators to share files from course to course through out your Moodle site.

Features:

  • User Repository, Course Repository, Shared Repository
  • Upload Once and use your shared file in any course.
  • Manage your course files and graphics from one location.
  • Drop down access to repositories from any file access screen in Moodle.
  • Integrated with ELIS

Enterprise Learning Intelligence Suite (ELIS)

  • Managing Site wide Groups of Users
  • Extensive Curriculum Reports
  • On-Line and Off-Line Curriculum Management
  • Retain a history of Moodle Users after the course.
  • Built on the JasperSoft Reporting Engine

Read more at: eSchool News on Remote Learner’s ELIS LCMS extension for Moodle

via Remote-Learner Introduces Open Source Enterprise Learning Suite for Moodle | eSchoolNews.com.

Kaltura Video Module for Moodle

Overview

Kaltura’s Video Module for Moodle makes it easy to add the robust capabilities of Kaltura’s open source online video platform to any Moodle site.
The module  was  developed  specifically  for Moodle,  and  easily  integrates  with  other  features and modules, such as resources and assignments.

The module allows Teachers and Admins to create 2 new resources and 1 assignment type:

  • Video Resource: Easily add video content to your course.
  • Video Presentation resource: Create a synchronized view of a Document  (supported formats: *.ppt;*.doc;*.xls;*.ods;*.odt;*.odp;*.pptx;*.docx;*.pdf;*.xlsx) and Video.
  • Video Assignment: Allows students to submit videos.

Facebook Connect for Moodle

Embed a Facebook Connect widget into a Moodle block.  Created a sticky block in Moodle, and then added this HTML code to a block that displays in my student’s “My Moodle” page.  The code uses a yourminis.com widget, that is embedded in the block, that students can use to pull in their Facebook data (inside the block).

Visit here for the widget for the block.
Scroll down and click on “Copy Me” to grab the embed code for your Moodle block.