Really Simple Surveys with Google Docs (cross posting)

Today I was looking for an alternative to Blackboard’s survey manager when I stumbled upon this great suggestion from Technology Bites. All you do is go to Google Docs (docs.google.com), create a new Google Docs Spreadsheet and share the spreadsheet with your students via a web form. It’s really quick…

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Generation Y: Plugged In Digital Natives

According to ReadWriteWeb in Why Gen[eration] Y is Going to Change the Web the current generation of young adults born between 1982-1997 is the most digitally active generation yet. They are digital natives who were born “plugged in.” The article looks at the implications for traditional media (TV, advertising, etc)…

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Screencasting tools?

This is a question for the community: what screen casting tools do you use and which would you recommend? The context for this is that as a teacher of computer things, I watch a lot of how-to videos that are made available as screencasts, and I’ve even add a go…

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Blackboard tips from the coal face

Colleagues and readers may be interested to know that I have published an article on using Blackboard’s External Links to quickly create a useful presence on Blackboard. I think that the tip will be particularly useful if the thing that’s preventing you migrating course materials to Blackboard is the effort…

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Shout out for OUseful Info!

As I mentioned it at this morning’s E-Learning and Cakes session, I regularly read OUseful Info. Tony Hirst’s regularly updated blog is a great source of ideas for new ways to use and mash-up Web 2.0 goodies into E-Learning resources. Tony is an E-Learning Technologist at the Open University (OU),…

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Don't just sit there why don't you do some web 2.0?

Newly bookmarked is this presentation by Clay Shirky (author of Here Comes Everybody, The Power of Organizing Without Organizations) about how better to use your free time. (Edited transcript here).The mesaage is “Don’t just sit there watching TV, do something with your cognitive surplus.” Recorded at the 2008 San Francisco…

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Bibliographies and WorldCat

How can we simplify the creation of bibliographies? One simple way is to use WorldCat. Here is a working introductory reading list for one of my MA modules on archaeological ethics. The list can be exported to Endnote, RefWorks, HTML or RTF. One glitch is that books in Swansea do…

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Blogs and Student Communities

I came across the Bryn Mawr Archaeology Students’ Blog. News stories, events, videos, etc. are shared in this forum. Is a blog more effective for sharing informal information than, say, Blackboard (in a Swansea context)? What are the advantages over a “closed” community on Facebook?

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GlamStart – Stimulating simulating ?

I recently attended a seminar at the University of Glamorgan on GlamStart (you need an account to access it). GlamStart is a new part of the University’s provision for student induction and initial orientation. It had been developed in close conjunction with, and to be an integrated part of the…

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Community blog?

This section of the Learning Lab has been opened up to a number of additional bloggers. In addition, anyone can comment on the posts – you don’t need an account to join the disussion.

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