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Get started with WordPress

We just added some of the training resources we use to support our WordPress training to Share, our content repository, for you to take, use and remix for free. These materials will help you understand the potential of WordPress and how to get started with running your own installation.

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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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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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IPA Online – building a site to teach phonetics

IPA online helps students learn the International Phonetic Alphabet, a visual representation of the sounds produced by the vocal tract. This required presenting hundreds of video clips of male and a female speakers producing the same individual sounds from the chart a logical and usable way. The site also has self-text exercises where speakers produce a range of nonsense words for students to transcribe

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weeknote 02

Weeknote 02 – things I’ve read, watched, done and thought about over the last week. Includes screencasting, self-hosting a WordPress blog (this one), JISC projects and social media/networks and cognitive surplus

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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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Is anyone remotely interested?

I’ve been asked to present remotely on the JISC web2practice project and have been thinking about how best to do this. As someone who’s often in the remote audience for events, I’m aware of how difficult it can be to engage and maintain people’s interest. So, as this will be my first attempt to present to a purely remote audience, I’m hoping for some advice from those who give and receive presentations.

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