I am teaching a "Intro to Moodle" course for teachers from all over rural Alaska. Our next topic is "First Impressions Count" and I would love to assign each group of 5-6 teachers (24 total enrollment) a few courses to look at. If you have any current or past course that we could have temp guest access to (from 2/20-2/27) I WOULD REALLY appreciate it. This would be a great help for teachers that know very little about LMS/CMS. I have given them guest access to all my courses but they have a similar look and feel.
I will be delivering the lesson LIVE via Elluminate on Monday so would appreciate a response at your earliest convenience. Thanks so much!
P.S. If any of your seminar participants are interested, we're accepting applications until March 15 for the cohort that will start in June.
Thank you Tony!
I will pass along the info about your Ed M program - that sounds very interesting!
Really appreciate it and the teachers will as well!
At CICEI, (Center of Innovation for the Information Society) we would be very happy to have your teachers testing our experimental demo course on Conditional activities, that is, a course that adapts itself automatically to each individual student behaviour. I think it could be a good one for your teachers to find new, interesting features in what is called "adaptive e-learning". Our demo course is based on a modified version of Moodle 1.5.2. We are getting good feedback from people all over the World who have tested it.
Please, take a look at it, and see if it could suit your requirements. Just go to the course (CONDITIONAL ACTIVITIES) at:
Do not use guest access, just create a New account and enter the course, at the same address. It is important to create a new user, since each person have a different behaviour, and thus, a different course. Just follow the easy instructions that the course itself is going to give to you. Of course, you can get also some support from real persons in it at the forums. Hope you like it, and would LOVE to have as much feedback as we can from you and your teachers. If you have any problem or comments, just ask here or e-mail me, if you want at firstname.lastname@example.org .
You can get more information about our research in this discussion.
I wanted to output to .mp4 (iTunes compatible), and .swf. I origonally started with captivate knowing that it could be used to produce .swf screencasts and also export to the flash editor from where you should be able to import into .mov format (and thence to .mp4 - compressed version of .mov - using quicktime pro). Because you can add other neat things in the flash editor I went for captivate but I then couldn't get the exporter to work. Its a pretty crappy problem between versions of flash.
So then I looked at camtasia. Exports nicely to .mov and to .swf thank you kindly, but its an annoying program, has loads of 'modes' that you have to turn off before you can start editing something else, has other bugginess (c.w. captivate) and worst of all, crashes occasionally. So I gave up before I had to pay for it and found 'demostudio' (OS from sourceforge.net).
My final workflow is: produce screencast in captivate, export to .swf. screen capture the captivate preview using demostudio to .avi which then automatically opens in Quicktime pro player from where I export to .mp4.
- Captivate: Good if you are happy with .swf output and are screencasting mostly about 'click this button, type in this field'. Limited functionality but good usability. When you want to show animations (a fly through in google earth) the files get really big and captivate is clumsy. Doesn't export to .mov even via the flash editor route.
- Camtasia: All singing, all dancing but crashes and poor usability IMHO. If you are capturing animations the output to .mov and thence to .mp4 produces better, smaller screencasts than captivate.
- Demostudio: Free but you can't add callouts (text boxes) or edit your commentary.
- Others: Someone did a review of a windows freebie that you can use to produce .wmv files on the riley website, I'll dig out the ref if anyone's interested. I haven't looked at that nor at Wink as I wanted to use audio.
OOoooh, that was a cathartic release for about a months worth of frustration.
I'm in the same situation as Debra and really appreciate the help. Richard, I looked at your Google site last week and liked it very much - but when I tried to show it to my colleagues today, I didn't get guest access - I always ended up on the front page.
The access to exemplary courses is very important for us - since we are just getting started using Moodle for school. Is there anybody out there who has a science or maths course? I just cannot convince math teachers to moodle by showing them my language courses.
Anybody interested in sample courses in French and business is welcome to visit our site: www.mhs-moodle.de (a course in English - ESL will follow shortly) - no log in required.
Glad you liked kokae. Can you be more specific to the problem? You should get to the front page (with an 'enrol me' option) and then there is a link that takes you to the main paged?
Thanks for sharing it .
OK, well that's something else I don't need to fix
As a matter of fact i have developed a Math Learning Site. The content are adhere to Singapore-based Math curriculum. Maybe you can visit us and give us some of your valuable comments.
Here's the url: http://www.edhub.net/edhub_dorm
Thanks for the access to your course - I'm very happy to have a math course now,
of course I cannot comment on it since I know nothing about math - but I'm sure you will hear from my math colleagues,
You're welcome to look at some of the TechDis courses - these include mp3s and I think we've got some video clips on some as well. All the FE ones are guest accessible..
Thanks a lot for sharing the course. It's very interesting amd we can learn a lot from it since we have many students with learning disabilities in our college,