Archive for March, 2011

PE7_Final Project Part 2 – Walk Through

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—-   RILS Planning   —-

1. Target Audience is my CBR Group

2. Materials

The group will need access to a computer for research.  No additional tools will be needed to complete the assignment.

3. Objectives

At the end of this scenario the learners will recommend a open-source (free, no cost solution) learning system that could be implemented in a community center setting.

4. Procedure

1.     Describe their current experience with online learning
2.     Complete pre-assessment survey
3.     Test a sample class in each learning management system (LMS) this will be identical in each system (3-4 different LMS’s will be used)
4.     Complete a post survey and rank each LMS
5.     Describe the ideal online learning class

5. Web 2.0 tools

There will be 3 – 4 LMS’s loaded with access from a central page.  These will be open-source systems.

– Moodle

– Docobe

– Atutor

In addition there will be pre & post surveys along with free text feedback (using survey tool).

6. Social Participation/Learning

Within the LMS there will be a sample posting board for students to make posts.  In addition the feedback will be shared and additional feedback will be requested after all surveys are complete.  This will be done because after reading others surveys more comments could surface.

7. Connections

Some students are photography students, some are educators and others serve other functions like quality control.  I will have a diverse group (I hope!).  Educators will see things from a student perspective, photographers will see the basics they some times ignore and the quality person will see how all groups come together.  All of these groups will see what each of the others experience thus learning things outside their individual expertise.

8. Create/Produce

They will be producing data to support the use of open-source LMS tools in a community center setting

9. Assessment

Again this will be completed using survey tools and feedback sessions.  I will be using Advanced Survey for data collection.

10. Reflection

I’m planning to allow open feedback during each stage.  This will be done outside the data surveys.  I also plan to get some reflections on each lesson after the LMS is up and running and they begin lesson design.


Docebo is another LMS system, like moodle it has many options.  It is much more detailed, with more details come an added level training needed to create assignments.  The look is much cleaner and again there is a free addition.  This system creates a course catalog over a course number list.  A nice feature to have.

The other thing I really like about this system is the ability to assign certificates to completed classes.  The interface is clean, easy to understand after a bit of practice. This is the second option my CBR team will look at while choosing the LMS for the project.  I think is also a great choice, clean and easy for the student to use. 

The one draback I’ve found is the main page name can’t be modified easy with out some programming in the free edition.  Over all features it has all the features needed for CBR and beyond

Thanks for reading~


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I’m looking at different LMS software for my CBR project.  Moodle is the first to be loaded and running on my web host.  It was simple to setup, just create a folder, setup a database and run the setup script.  From there it is just answering questions and filling in the blanks.  At the admin screen you can change the name, add some notes, change what displays on the main page.  Here you create users and assign roles such as designer, teacher, student and administrator.

There are several options when creating classes. Imbedding video, adding slides, allowing students to add comments.  Tests can be created and of course you can assign dates to all the assignments as the come due.  It is a full service system and the best part is Moodle is a free application.  If you don’t have a web server you can use a PC or MAC as there are workstation additions.

Simple to use at a cost I can afford, this should work great for my CBR group if they decide this is the platform that is best for the project!

Thanks for reading!!

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Assignment asked to use viddler but it would not work with wordpress so there is a link to my viddler page and my movie is embedded using youtube – Thanks

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My link to Rosalynn’s blog comment

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My link to Alonzo’s blog and my comments.

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BP4_Advanced Survey

Above is the user interface for Advanced Survey Web2.0 tool

This week I chose Advanced Survey as my web 2.0 tool.  This tool seems to have a few more options on it than Google.  It works a little differently allowing you to have statements separate from the actual survey.  I think this survey tool looks a little cleaner than the Google one.  You can add people to your survey without having to use a Google account.  This might make it better to use on my challenge base research project.  My challenge group would be able to use a standard email address to take surveys.  Or better yet I can send them the survey number and they use it from the website main page (enter survey).  Each survey would have its own unique number making it easy for my group to find the correct survey.  I also like the layout of the website because you can easily add surveys.  Then add or edit questions on another questions tab.  Finally your answers are stored on the results tab.  The results are simple to read and the site builds graphs to make some data (nontext) easier to visibly understand.  For most of my research challenge needs this site would an effective tool and work very well.Tags: , , ,

As you can see the sample above, the results can be much easier to read over the spreadsheet Google creates. 

Thanks for reading my blog, hope you enjoyed my choice of web 2.0 tools for this weeks assignment.

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PE3_iMovie & Screencasting

In this blog I’m going to talk a little about’s screencasting class. This was a very informative class. It starts out with choosing a camera. Talks about being able to flip the monitor so you can see your position on screen. Next it talked about the ability to add an external microphone to the camera for better sound quality. Some additional tips on keeping the camera steady were also discussed.

Next the course goes into sound and lighting. The instructor gives several tips to improve lighting on a budget. He goes over how to setup 3 point lighting and covers outdoor lighting as well. Next he talks about sound, how to get the best sound, what to look for in a location. In studio he talks about microphones, setup and doing voiceover. This section was very informative.

The next section was on screen capture and he went over several utilities for this. The one that really stood out was screenflow, a program we use in out graduate program. He showed us how to do zoom’s, click sounds, radar clicks and zoom bubble effects. Most of these are done in the editor, which he said was the best of all the products he demonstrated for screen capture. Some of the other features include a picture in picture mode and voice over utilities. I know I for one have only scratched the surface of screenflow and look forward to using it more.

This class was wrapped up with more iMovie training. Most if not all was covered in the essential training for iMovie ’11. So if you read PLE1 & PLE2 on my blog you’ll get a better feel for iMovie. I completed the training and received my screencassting certificate! Thanks for reading – see you next time!

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In my last blog I talked about the organizational workflow built into iMovie. Now I would like to talk a bit about the editing feature. Editing is made simple, just grab a clip and drop it in place. The section of the clip that was used then has an orange bar in the event viewer. You could also use the advanced tools to automatically drop the selection without dragging the clip.

Once you have a time line created you can add transitions. There are many standard ones to choose from and each theme has special ones that match said theme. These can be added in manually or you can tell iMovie to place these automatically. This gives your project a more polished look in the end. Titles and texts are just as simple. Select the title drop it in place and the edit the text.

Sound is another thing iMovie does well. You can change the sound on your clips or on the project as a whole. There are several adjustments from editing the levels, reducing noise or even applying filters to the tracks. Of course no movie is complete without adding in some music. You can assign a clip as background music or again apply them t specific video clips.
Finally you can apply different kids of video effects. Green/Blue screen, slow motion, color correction and the list goes on. These again have been made to be easy to apply. Just remember to turn on the “advanced” editing tools in the iMovie menu to have access. There are a couple things here I didn’t like for instance you can’t add multiple greenscreen shots to the same clip. You also can’t fade in/out using green/blue-screen. But all in all iMove is a very useful and powerful tool! Thanks for reading – see you next time!

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