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Google Apps for Education

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Just seen a very interesting blog post from Google about more historically black Universities going Google for their online learning environment. Google Apps does look like an effortless solutions for Universities considering their online learning provision, with the integration offered with gmail, google docs, calendar, instant message and wikis with google sites - it's a very powerful set of tools and when G+ is rolled out in apps then it's essentially a slick and convenient social network solution...

If you want to know more, here's the Google Apps for Higher Education part of their website and here's what Google say are 10 reasons to choose apps.

All-New Panopto

Finally got round to trying out the shiny new improved panopto. Here's what to do if you want to try it out. If you don't have panopto permissions, see here for the process. If you do, you will need to download and install the new recorder - do that here  (choose 'recorder' rather than 'remote recorder').

Two little difficulties along the way:

uninstalling the older version - but that may have been my own computer playing up;
logging in - don't forget the format is adf.bham.ac.uk\yourusername

The new panopto screen doesn't look significantly different from the old one (in fact, I can't see any differences - I think that perhaps the editing screen might be a little better). Ollie at Learning Spaces is creating a new set of guidance materials to reflect any changes in the set up here - but I don't think we will, as the basic procedure remains pretty much the same (as far as I can see).

So. Just make your recording and wait for the email to see your bea…

Panopto Upgrade - don't use it tomorrow (friday)

Learning Spaces are upgrading Panopto and reccommend not using it tomorrow. Goodies we can look forward to are (Panopto say! some of the descriptions here need a pinch of salt...):

Remixing – improved Panopto Editor has always allowed you to cut out unwanted sections of a recording, but now you can add in other recordings, sections of a different recording and combine recordings in various ways.
Search – Panopto continues to provide leading edge search performance with dramatic improvements to the search engine.
Editable Captions – Panopto has supported automated captioning services for years, and now users can easily modify those captions or create their own.
DVR-like functionality – Never miss a minute of a live broadcast even if you have a scheduling conflict. Start at the beginning at any time, rapidly seek to any previous moment, or “go live” and follow along in real time.
Social Media Integration – Panopto allows you to create posts on Facebook or Twitter about available recordings.
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The threshold of your mind

If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter
the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you
to the threshold of your own mind.

(Khalil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923)

Or she, of course - but the point is to set people free, set learning free!

The Politics of Teaching and Learning

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One more from the earlier blog. Much has changed since then, but I like this post - and the video, which I just watched on a new android tablet, marking changes in technology moving on apace. What I said back then was "This course has been a real surprise - sometimes the sessions I think may be least useful directly to my research (come on, I have to be pragmatic, it's tough working and studying too - actually, the fact that I have to are part of what I've learnt as well, this is not a middle class experience for the most part) are the most thought-provoking." Well, Carl Rogers it seems has had more impact on me than Karl Marx, but read on...

This particular session was a revelation, bringing me up sharp and causing me to re-evaluate my own place in the education system that has had such a big impact on my personal development, my aspirations, my lived existence. I learnt that all education is political, suffused with power and authority and all its reinforcing symbo…

A scientific attitude (after positivism)

Robson (2002, p.18) makes a case for rejecting positivism but retaining a scientific attitude, by carrying out the research. This is another from the earlier blog, but I think it's interesting in the light of the person-centred approach, as Carl Rogers was relentlessly scientific in his attitude:
systematically - giving serious thought to what you are doing , and how and why you are doing it; in particular, being explicit about the nature of the observations that are made, the circumstances in which they are made and the role you take in making them;sceptically - subjecting your ideas to possible disconfirmation, and also subjecting your observations and conclusions to scrutiny (by yourself, initially, then by others);ethically - you follow a code of conduct for the research which ensures that the interests and concerns of those taking part, or possibly affected by, the research are safeguarded.The intention behind working in this way is to seek the 'truth' about whatever i…