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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: Microsoft Develops Plug-in for Moodle to Aid Teachers, Students

    This is a very exciting announcement and one that I’ve certain will be welcome from many in the education sector and also an important step in Microsoft’s Education Product Group strategy as we release the Microsoft Live Services plug-in for Moodle. (see video http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/NicFill/Education...
  • Blog Post: Office Communication Server (OCS) and Blackboard

    Chris from enablingtechnologies called me earlier today with news of a project his colleagues in the US have been working on with Microsoft.  It seems that they have successfully integrated OCS with Blackboard.  Chris is based in the UK and I’d be happy to make introductions if anyone wants...
  • Blog Post: Imperial College London – Live Meeting Case Study

    I was really pleased to meet with Alex Lomas at Microsoft’s recent Tech Ed conference in Barcelona in November not least because he told me about how Imperial College London is using Office Communication Server (OCS) across the university and in particular to provide an innovative solution to space utilisation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft collaborates with Universities to make educational games

    This seems to have started from one of my colleagues in Microsoft Research wanting to improve his language skills through the medium of role-playing games.  It worked but it seems that not many people understand why. So, Microsoft is now co-funding an initiative with a number of universities to...
  • Blog Post: Wii Presenter

    All over the UK this week tens of thousands of new students will be arriving into lecture theatres full of expectation and a desire to learn.  The vast majority of these students will have had more exposure to technology than any previous intake and, frankly, it's going to be difficult to impress...
  • 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: Mobile Learning recognition from the University of Wolverhampton

    I've just noticed this posting: http://blogs.msdn.com/jasonlan/archive/2008/09/10/dave-whyley-receives-honorary-doctorate-for-mobile-learning.aspx on my Colleague, Jason Langridge's , blog.  David Whyley has been awarded an honorary Doctorate from Wolverhampton University for his work n the field...
  • Blog Post: University of Leeds – Mobile Learning – Techworld 2008 award

    I’m going to be blamed for showing some favouritism because here’s another post about the University of Leeds .   However, I’m unashamed to promote the great work and the prestigious TechWorld.COM “mobility project of the year” award achieved by Gareth Frith and his colleagues within the medical...
  • Blog Post: Event: The future of technology in education

    One of Microsoft's education partners in the UK, Waterstons , is hosting an event with Durham Business School and Microsoft in Durham on the 6 August 2008 at 12:00. The Agenda will be based on the following: Registration and refreshments - 12:00pm Seminar starts at 12:30pm Introduction Dominic Watts...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live - web-based services are coming...

    I predict that over the next few months I'm going to spending quite a bit of time thinking about, and writing about, web-based services, and the integration between traditional desktop applications and web-based applications and services. The phrase that's being used to describe this is "Software AND...
  • Blog Post: Do you Shibboleth?

    Internet2 (the US networking consortium for the research and education community - akin to Janet in the UK) has just announced a Shibboleth collaboration project with Microsoft, to develop interoperability with the Windows CardSpace system. Before we go any further, let's deal with the basics: ...
  • Blog Post: New Digital Portfolio for Microsoft’s Office's SharePoint 2007 - Free event in June

    Winvision, one of our partners in Higher Education, wrote to let me know about a free event that they are hosting in June, focusing on helping you to get more from SharePoint, and provide e-portfolio services for your students. Winvision Event: New Digital Portfolio for Microsoft’s Office &...
  • Blog Post: How to put the groove into multimodal education

    My colleagues in Australia sent this posting last night with the summary: SUMMARY BroadMeadows has created an amazing environment for children to learn via multimodal experiences: Document creation, video production, Mobile devices for discovery, pairing with older students who model successful...
  • Blog Post: JISC Funding for projects exploring e-learning, e-infrastructure and e-repositories

    That's potentially e-good news for some. The JISC Circular that has just appeared is asking for nominations from Higher and Further Education for capital funding for e-learning projects. The deadlines look tight - a briefing day for would-be participants on 9th May, with a deadline for submission of...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Learning Kit on SharePoint

    Yesterday I wrote about using Moodle on SharePoint, and today I feel the need to share another option for running a Virtual Learning Environment on SharePoint. This is the SharePoint Learning Kit, which is a SCORM 2004-conformant e-learning delivery and tracking application (that sounds good doesn...
  • Blog Post: Moodle on SharePoint

    A recent survey, by Becta, showed that around 40% of colleges are using Moodle for their virtual learning environment (VLE). I don't know of published figures for Higher Education, but believe that the use is probably about the same. If you are one of those who use it, are you aware that there are...
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