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  • Blog Post: Online learning is better than face-to-face learning?

    The US Department of Education sponsored the Center for Technology in Learning to look into the effectiveness of online learning – and to specifically compare the effectiveness of using online learning compared to face to face learning. The results, published in May, are on the www.ed.gov website, for...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint in Welsh – SharePoint ar gael in Gymraeg

    During half-term week, we joined the Welsh Assembly Government at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay, to launch Welsh language support for SharePoint. Steve Beswick, of Microsoft, and Meri Huws, of the Welsh Language Board, officially launched the pack with Jane Hutt, the Welsh Assembly Minister for...
  • Blog Post: Using Sharepoint as a VLE

    Have you considered Sharepoint in the role of a VLE? I know that some universities are already doing this either with bespoke development, using the SharePoint Learning Kit (SLK) from www.codeplex.com/slk or just out of the box functionality. I've been working with a partner, eLearningforce, which has...
  • Blog Post: Back to school - maybe it's time to take a fresh look at Powerpoint with pptPlex

    I've been playing around with a new Office add-in for several months now.  pptPlex introduces a fresh look at how Powerpoint can be used for presentations and teaching.  Have you ever been frustrated with the typical linear format of a powerpoint presentation?  Would it be useful to think...
  • Blog Post: Live meeting next week - Collaborative Campus

    My colleague Matt sends details of a Live Meeting event he's hosting online next month: Microsoft Collaborative Campus Presentation On Tuesday 26 th February at 9.30am we will be running a Live Meeting presentation to discuss the Microsoft Collaborative Campus as a way to connect students in a way that...
  • Blog Post: Live meeting - Collaborative Campus

    My colleague Matt sends details of a Live Meeting event he's hosting online next month: Microsoft Collaborative Campus Presentation On Tuesday 26 th February at 9.30am we will be running a Live Meeting presentation to discuss the Microsoft Collaborative Campus as a way to connect students in a way that...
  • Blog Post: Accessibility kit for MOSS

    Recently, I've had a few conversations with Universities looking to use MOSS as their main Internet site Content Management System and in particular around the area of accessibility. In general, sites needing to meet AA standards require some development effort to help them on their way. In my role as...
  • Blog Post: Learning Gateway and Accessibility

    There's already quite a lot that you can do with Learning Gateway, and explicitly the SharePoint components, to increase accessibility to users, across devices. And this news item I read promises more : Shared-source software kit will advance the accessibility of SharePoint-based solutions for...
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