Showing posts from December, 2007

When your PowerPoint file is just too big

PowerPoint can be a flexible, user-friendly way of supporting your lectures. But when the slides are a cornucopia of wonderful art images, as in the case of my colleague from History of Art, it can become a problem even opening the file - especially when trying to upload to a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment, for example, Moodle, Blackboard or WebCT). Microsoft offer some advice to reduce the size of your powerpoint files - but when that doesn't work either, it's time to look for other solutions. Here's one.
Step 1 - Save your PowerPoint slides as imagesOpen your Powerpoint file. From the 'File' menu, choose 'Save As'. Click on the drop-down menu 'Save As Type' (it's at the bottom of the 'Save As' dialogue box) Scroll down the drop-down menu and choose 'PNG Portable Network Graphics Format' Click on the 'Save' button You will be asked 'Do you want to export every slide in the presentat…
Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to seven introductory courses at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. Two of the courses are especially relevant to OLIA: 1. Modern Poetry with Professor Langdon Hammer; 2. Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) with Professor Christine Hayes. Included in the courses are handouts, activities, podcasts and videos.Open Yale Courses

Virtual Worlds in Education

Arden I: The World of William Shakespeare has been released recently (29th Nov 07). If you go to this website, you can play it. You can also download the files and modify it as you wish. There's an informative extract about it from the Beeb's excellent iPM programme here - it sounds great! However, according to this review, it seems it's over before it's begun...I've seen a lot written about Virtual Worlds and their educational use over the last year and was present at an excellent demonstration of Second Life at Educa Berlin by Dr Sian Bayne (University of Edinburgh). I certainly agreed with her focus on the 'uncanny' the weirdness of the space, but was surprised to realise just how PERFECT it might be for creating a sense of community for distance learners. Apparently, Second Life is particularly good for role playing and socialising, thus making it an excellent tool for distance learning, which depends crucially on the early scaffolding of s…