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July 31, 2012

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Why I’m adopting Tin Can
Ben Betts, Stoatly Different, July 26, 2012.

Tin Can is essentially 'Son of SCORM'. In this post, Ben Betts explains why it's worth a look. "There is a familiar side to Tin Can – that which allows content to talk back to a Learning Record Store (LRS). That’s not overly revolutionary and isn’t enough to redefine the standard on its own. What is much more like it is the “Statement Generation” end of the standard... Joe can contribute to a knowledge environment and his contribution can be rated by his peers. And using Tin Can, I can know this."

[Link] [Comment][Tags: SCORM, Paradigm Shift]

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Ten Innovations
Graham Attwell, Pontydysgu, July 26, 2012.

From Graham Attwell a few days ago: "The UK Open University have published a “New report from the Open University on ten innovations in teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world”. It covers ten such innovations:

  • Assessment for learning
  • Badges to accredit learning
  • Learning analytics
  • MOOCs
  • New pedagogy for e-books
  • Personal inquiry learning
  • Publisher led mini-courses
  • Rebirth of academic publishing
  • Rhizomatic learning
  • Seamless learning

Read the report here.

[Link] [Comment][Tags: Great Britain, Books, Assessment, Academia]

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On audience and connections
D'Arcy Norman, Weblog, July 26, 2012.

My views are aligned with D'Arcy Norman on audience interaction: "I don’t want to be tempted to write about anything unless I want to. The audience feedback can be pretty strong, and it’s distracting. As Gould described it, it’s conservatising. To pay attention to that audience is to try to repeat previous successes, and to possibly improve on them, rather than to explore new and uncharted territory."

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Five YouTube video downloaders worth a look
Brien Posey, Tech Republic, July 24, 2012.

I personally used Download Helper, a Firefox extension (yes, I still use Firefox) to download videos. But if you want a standalone application any of threse five recommended by Tech Republic will do the trick. Though that said you'll probably find an application that converts videos from .flv (Flash format) to other formats, such as MP4, to be more flexcible. You'll be able to play the converted videos anywhere and to import them into your own video projects.

[Link] [Comment][Tags: YouTube, Project Based Learning, Video]

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