Gotomeeting video conferences versus Wirecast video streaming

Gotomeeting video conferences versus Wirecast video streaming Being able make lectures available in real-time online is a valuable tool in the eLearning armoury. At Harper Adams we now have two functioning methods of providing these facilities which raises the question of which is best? Audience participation In terms of audience participation Goto has the edge.…

Virtual Classroom options for Harper Adams University

In order to avoid confusion it is important to highlight the differences between Video/Web-conferencing software and Virtual classroom software (VCS). Video/Web-conferencing is based on a single ‘virtual’ meeting room, ‘hosted’ by the presenter in which video, audio (VoIP) and desktop application are shared between the presenter and one or several ‘invited’ participants. Controls over the…

Cloud Computing in Educational Technology

Once upon a time whenever a user wanted to use a piece of software (s)he had to purchase it on a physical storage device (a Floppy Disc in the 80’s, a CD-ROM in the 90s and DVDs in the early 21 century) from which to needed to be installed onto one’s computer and run as…

ELearning and curriculum development

How can eLearning contribute when we consider curriculum design? The answer is obviously complex but for the purposes of this discussion I’ll attempt to break it down into three simplistic choices: the beginning, middle, and end. The Beginning A unified philosophy amongst all of those involved in developing a curriculum can be of enormous benefit…

Flexible Learning using Smart Devices

A cursory look around learning or social spaces at Harper Adams reveals that students like to be connected to the Internet at most times using a variety of kit thus allowing them to make use of Web-sites and Web-services during what appears to be their ‘casual’ time. Given this apparent pervasiveness of smart devices we…

Education: Will it blend?

Fear not, this post is not about throwing education into an industrial blender. Rather it considers the possibilities of blended learning. This involves the combining of educational technology with work done in a traditional classroom setting. Higher education is the setting with which this post is concerned. A great deal of existing literature suggests a…

Flipping the Classroom’ – teaching of a different kind: Part 2

So what will you need to do to get started? Before you commence consider the two pillars of ‘flipped learning’, (i) front-loading the learning content, and (ii) detailed planning and ‘storyboarding’ of the associated classroom event. Step 1: Front-loading lectures: This is achieved by creating learning objects for  pre-class study to be undertaken by your students…