S.A. E-Learning Newsletter

News from SA (supported by the National VET E-learning Strategy)

March 2012

Hi everyone, Image from http://danperkins.blogs.com

I’m having one of ‘those’ weeks…you know, the kind where you have a zillion different tasks, and it feels like you are spinning multiple plates on sticks… and you are dead scared that you are going to drop one.  Or worse… all of them! Please bear with me while I take a deep breath and try to focus on this particular important task – your Newsletter! [grin]

PERHAPS I NEED TO BE MORE ORGANISED?

If you’re feeling as scatter-brained as me, you might like to check out Workflowy:

Already organised? Well  I’ve also been thinking laterally… [sound of grinding gears]…might this not be a useful little tool to help your students organise their study and assignments?

THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Kony 2012 image You would have heard of Kony2012…I think most have by now as it went viral on Facebook and Twitter, and even hit the mainstream media.  Consider the notion that people are now “…actively engaging in a debate and a discussion about war, poverty, and responsible media representation of conflict. It is almost certainly the largest scale at which that conversation has ever taken place.” This quote comes from How The Most Viral Video In The History Of Social Change Gave Uganda A Voice…. but there are a number of different perspectives, including looking at what this means for youth…for the future…for education.  If you would like to delve a little deeper, read Kony 2012: Sharing Through Social Media Is NOT a Form of Slacktivism, and/or The Power of KONY 2012 and What it Means for Our Future. If you prefer something a little closer to home, then cast your eyes over Social Media Meets My Great Grandparents for a completely different view of the power of social media. Or maybe just keep your eye on the SA Police Facebook page so you stay tuned to what’s happenin’ locally.  :-)

LET’S TALK MOODLE TWO

For all you Moodle users…and especially for those who are yet to delve into Moodle2, I’ve dug up a reasonably good video which will ‘show you around’ the new version. [chuckles]

If you’re itching to play with Moodle2, have I got a bargain for you!! e-Skills have just acquired their very own Moodle2 site and are willing to provide a ‘sandpit’ for you or your organisation for only $55 for a whole year! If you would like to know more, email coordinator@e-skills.com.au for information. Already got Moodle2?  Then have a browse through this list of video tutorials to see if there is anything useful for you. :-)

TAPPING INTO EMPLOYEE PASSION

Heart“...if you can tap into the passion of your workforce the same way that Wikipedia taps into its army of unpaid volunteers, you can accomplish things that no amount of money can buy. ” This little quote comes from The Wikipedia Way Of Motivating Your Employees and it might provide an interesting perspective for all business owners and managers. Into the Realm of Passion mentions the sharing of ideas, growth and relationships to be important, so maybe this provides an answer to the question… Is Facebook good for the workplace? What do you think?

POWERPOINT…IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE DOT POINTS!

Powerpoint logoFor some reason Power Point has conditioned the average user to believe that “compelling” means using some geometric text boxes to frame your 10 bullet points…”  But I’m sure this doesn’t apply to anyone reading this Newsletter. [cheeky grin].  The quote comes from Stop Boring Us with Your Power Point and I also recently stumbled across Use PowerPoint for More Than Boring Presentations.  OK…so I get the message and it made me consider that perhaps we spend too much time looking for ‘you beaut’ tools, often overlooking what is right under our noses! If you’re interested in this topic, have a look at 10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck and get going on that fabulous presentation that will thoroughly engage your students!

MOODLE FOR BEGINNERS

Moodle logoRecently, I offered to do a FREE ‘Moodle (1.9) for Beginners‘ session  for e-Skills, and it was promoted via their mailing list…did you hear about it?  No?  The session is full now but you can still go to the site and put your name on the waiting list for the next one.  Oh, and if you would like to be advised first-hand when stuff like this goes out then email e-Skills Admin and ask to be put on their mailing list. In the meantime though, if you’re struggling and muttering through gritted teeth “Where on earth is the Edit button” you might find this e-resource useful: Getting Started with an Online Moodle Classroom (1.9).

DEVELOPING YOUR ONLINE IDENTITY

If you’re a professional, then don’t kid yourself that you don’t need an online identity.  It looks suspicious…like you have a past you’re trying to run away from [chuckles]. Most professionals these days have a LinkedIn profile, but did you just fill in the form and then promptly forget about it?  If you’re nodding, then why not have a read of Unlock the Secrets of LinkedIn as a place to begin, and then look at 6 Steps to a More Marketable LinkedIn Profile (yes…you LinkedIn Mapsdo have to market yourself!). Once you’ve got a reasonable network, it can be really useful to visualise it…and LinkedIn Maps is good for this.  But if you are looking for something to both collect your skills/experience and market yourself, perhaps an e-portfolio is your answer…Allison Miller explains in A Place to Call Our Own.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS PROFILE?

URLIf you’re a business, then developing your ‘digital profile’ is even more important!  I’m breaking my own rule about promoting events that cost you money [wry grin], however Presenting Yourself Online is a local forum here in Adelaide that looks quite worthwhile. You’ll also find some good points in 5 Ways Businesses Can Use Social Media as a Tool for Progress.

WHERE ARE WE WITH E-BOOKS?

It’s finally happened…After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses.  It’s the end of an era, but how are we going with digital books? The article “We Don’t Read That Way” provides an interesting perspective that…just perhaps…we aren’t quite ready to ditch the printed word altogether. If this isn’t you though, and you love a good e-book and a glass of wine [grin] then try 20 Best Sites For Downloading Free eBooks as a place to start.

THE FUTURE IS MOBILE

The 2011 Horizon Report suggests that by 2015, 80% of people accessing the Internet will be doing so from mobile devices. So, what does your website look like on a mobile phone? Not sure? Google has just released GoMo so you can easily find out, and it provides a way to rate your site and see how it needs to be improved. If you have a technical bent and know a bit about web design, check out Awesome Tutorials to Master Responsive Web Design (or maybe just send the link to the person who looks after your website) Subtle hint. Heh, heh.


Email me!Oh dear…I still have a heap of things I wanted to tell you about, but I’ve run out of time and space.  Oh well…it will have to wait until next month. :-)
Cheers,
Marlene

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