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Category Archives: eLearning

Oppia for open questions and learning scenarios

Oppia is a new cloud-based authoring tool under development by a team of collaborators including Google employees. Currently in beta and due for release in February 2015, Oppia is free and open source, easy-to-use and flexible. It is built around learning activities which it calls ‘explorations’. It is good at parsing answers to open questions and branching basedContinue Reading

Blogging in UCD Nursing

Over the last few days, I have been talking to Dr Amanda Phelan co-ordinator of the graduate diploma in Person Centred Care (Older People) and students on the diploma in the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems.   The graduate diploma is part-time and blended to suit students who are working full timeContinue Reading

Student Participation in Discussion Forums

Frequently lecturers complain about the difficulty of getting students to participate in discussion forums. We are now getting close to 100% participation in a forum on reflective writing for medical students. This is part of an undergraduate module in Psychiatry. There are about 50 students in the class, which runs four times a year. WhatContinue Reading

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

I have just written a review of my participation in the Designing a New Learning Environment Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) by Stanford University in the Educational Technology and Change Journal I have now enrolled in a similarly titled course with the Open University Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum.

Models for using Wikis

I  teach a course on using Wikis in Higher Education and have found Dave Foord’s STOLEN principles to be very useful. He even provides a wiki where you can edit and improve the STOLEN principles.  To summarise: S – Specify Overall objective. The wiki must have a clear goal understood by all. If it isContinue Reading

PeerWise – Collaborative, student-generated assessment

Developing engaging learning activities for large classes of students is a challenge. PeerWise helps to address this challenge by getting students to write, discuss and evaluate assessment questions. This morning I attended a two-hour workshop on PeerWise organised by UCD Teaching and Learning. By the end of the workshop the participants had created a questionContinue Reading

Avoid Death by E-Learning

How not to do it?  ‘Avoid Death by e-Learning‘  was created by Teach America and entered for the Articulate Guru Awards.  Irony lives. Enjoy! Did it win?  See Award Winners from 2009.

eLearning Summer School – Collaboration Round Up

Representatives of all eight institutes in the DRHEA gave their views on elearning and collaboration in a round table discussion. For me, some key points raised by the panel and the audience, were that while technologies come (and in many cases go) quickly, it takes time for large institutes to adapt and change their teachingContinue Reading

Learning Resources from NDLR

There was an impressive display of learning materials on show at the National Digital Learning Repository (NDLR) Fest in the Science Gallery. Particularly impressive were the 3D tours of Trinity College (TCD), Dublin City Hall and the Honan Chapel developed by History of Art, TCD, Sports Education from Cork Institute of Technology and the TaxonomyContinue Reading

Education for Work – Education at Work

A recent UCD College of Life Sciences Teaching and Learning Symposium focused on the world beyond university. It was chaired by Declan Patton, Vice Principal for Teaching & Learning, UCD College of Life Sciences.  The first two speakers discussed the attributes required for graduates to make a successful transition to the world of work andContinue Reading