Posted on December 12, 2008 by davefoord
I am just starting a new project of work, which I am quite excited about. BDP Media have won a contract to roll out a National (well English) initiative regarding the use of e-learning, and in particular connecting this to CPD activity. The programme is aimed at providers of Further Education and details are available at http://www.bdplearning.com/ecpd/index.html
There will be 21 facilitators working on this (of which I am one) and I am also lucky enough to be the lead facilitator for the Midlands (which covers East Midlands, West Midlands and Eastern). For me this is a great opportunity to be involved at a high level on a National Project and to manage a team, which will be good experience for myself. The project will focus on peoples coaching and mentoring skills, in relation to learning technoloiges, and the way that the attendees bring on other people in their organisations.
There are still places for this programme, so if you are working in FE (or know someone who is) then have a look at the details, and complete the application form.
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Posted on December 9, 2008 by davefoord
It is amazing to think that the mouse has been around longer than I have, and what an impact its invention has had on the whole way that computers have evolved and the way that they work. Had the early visionaries not had this idea, what would have been the norm – would everything have been keyboard controlled, or would some other (and possibly better) way of controlling a computer been invented?
View the original video of the first mouse in action on the BBC website
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Posted on December 4, 2008 by davefoord
I was involved in a podcast the other week, debating the role (and future) of the formal VLE within education. What was interesting about this podcast was that on the panel involved there was a range of views on the topic, which should have made it interesting listening materials.
I agree with Steve Wheeler’s views that the VLEs available are not meeting the needs of advanced users (like he and I) however I think strategically, using a VLE is a phase that people and institutions have to go through, and the fact that many institutions have spent thousands (some millions) of pounds implementing them now is not the right time to stop using them.
Saying that though I have recently connected on facebook with an old friend from uni who is a maths teacher, and he made this comment…
we’re using FROG across the local authority for our VLE, the biggest advantage I can see for me right now is being able access school files from home…saves me using laptops/memory sticks etc.
Within the school sectors, many are now embracing VLEs but there doesn’t seem to be an integrated approach to training staff in how to use them. The end result, a huge investment in a system that allows a tutor to access files at home!
Anyway – to access the podcast – go to http://elearningstuff.wordpress.com/2008/11/30/e-learning-stuff-podcast-009-the-vle-debate/
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