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Farewell Jisc, goodbye Netskills and hello Newcastle.

For the last 14 years, almost to the day, I’ve worked at Netskills, helping people understand how to use technology in education. On Monday though, I start a new job helping Newcastle University make our research open access. This post is part announcement mixed with a bit of reminiscence before I move on and start to think (and blog) about new things.

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According to Plan – a tool to help you plan and run events in Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate Plan lets you create a structured session plan in advance of a live event in Collaborate. This will save you time uploading content and configuring the system so that you can spend it helping people learn. Here Steve describes how Plan works and how we use it to make our online workshops run more smoothly.

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Online WordPress workshop

I’d like to offer our workshop “Making WordPress Work for You” online. However, the nature of the workshop makes translating it to an online course presents a different challenge to others I’ve done this with and so this post is a form of thinking out loud in the hope of getting some feedback on whether this is a good idea and advice on the best approaches to take.

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bit.ly – bundles of fun (well, links)

To support a screencasting workshop I ran for Newcastle University library I wanted participants to explore and evaluate a range of screencasts. As this as a custom course, I had a bit of freedom to consider the alternatives to a page on our site. I looked at using delicious with custom tags and a diigo list, but neither offered quite what I wanted – something quick, simple, that I already used, that didn’t need registration and looked stylish. Enter bit.ly bundles.

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Remote podcasting training in elluminate

This posts reflects on the first full-day Netskills workshop run entirely online through Elluminate. This was a podcasting workshop adapted from an existing face-to-face event covering planning, production and publishing. In moving this course online, I wanted to provide the same practical learning experience and meet the same outcomes. This post describes how the online event was structured and supported and highlights where remote training required a significantly different approach.

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Zipcast: Live broadcast presentations with slideshare

A quick review of a new Slideshare feature I just tried out called Zipcasting. This lets you live broadcast your slides from within Slideshare with audio, video and chat, either publicly or with an unlimited number of invited participants via a custom URL. This looks like a lightweight, but useful, approach to remote presentation where you don’t need a fully-featured web conferencing system.

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WordPress Workshop

The more I use self-hosted installs of WordPress, the more I’ve learned about how powerful, flexible and useful it is. So in my role as a trainer for JISC Netskills I’m thinking of developing a workshop to distill that experience into something that other people might benefit from. I’m aware that there are lots of great resources out there already, so see the event as a day of supported practicals where participants can install WordPress (locally), play with plugins and themes and start to explore how WordPress is put together and can be customised. I have a plan, but would love to hear if you think it’s worthwhile or how it could be improved.

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Big Blue Button

BigBlueButton is a free, open source web conferencing system that allows remote presentation with slides, audio, video, chat and desktop-sharing. The developers vision for this is to make starting a web conference as easy as clicking a single metaphorical big blue button. While that was certainly my experience with their public demonstration, I wanted to go a bit further an try self-hosting an install, so this post will touch on the hosting and management aspects, as well as the user-experience.

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It’s All Geek to Me

My lightning talk at JISC dev8D on how developers in the JISC community can communicate with a broad, non-technical audience. Whilst most of the points I make are common sense, being asked to talk about this at dev8D implies that there is still something of a communication problem between the developers of a system and it’s end-users, so it doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves of the obvious occasionally.

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Podcasting (JISC RSC-NW)

This is a slidecast produced for participants in an online training session on podcasting for JISC RSC-NW. The idea is to give participants the opportunity to come up with ideas for what formats and approaches would work for their podcast before the event, so that the time online can focus on the practicalities of producing a podcast. …

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