How to: Make your PowerPoints engaging and interactive with Office Mix

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Office Mix is a free Windows plugin for PowerPoint (Office 2013 and later) that lets you easily add narration, a talking head, annotations, screen recordings and more. It also allows you to add interactivity in the form quizzes and polls. It can then be saved as a regular video file or as an interactive presentation, with flexible online hosting  and … Read More

Learning Environments: Creating a positive user experience

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A few weeks ago, the Digital Learning Team published a blog post called “Designing an advanced online learning environment for higher education” in where we discussed the importance of having a set of principles in mind that could guide the design or selection of a learning environment for higher education.  I strongly encourage you to read it, if you haven’t … Read More

Be Blackboard and Google Drive/Apps ready for semester 2

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The beginning of a new semester can be a daunting experience not only for students but for teachers as well; in particular for those who are teaching for the first time, are relatively new to teaching or simply are returning to teaching after a break.  Teachers often get asked: “Are you ready to go? and the answer to this is … Read More

Starting on “I love blended learning”

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As I slowly familiarise myself with my new role, I am also making progress in learning more about the projects I will be leading and participating in for the first part of the year.  I have just returned from building 100, the Design Hub, where I met Soumitri Varadarajan (Deputy Dean Industrial and Interior Design) and Juan Sanin (Lecturer of Industrial … Read More

Student and academic needs

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Samuel Buemi states, “Somewhere along the line, our excitement over the latest technological tools has started focusing on the wrong thing.” The excitement ought to reside in the praxis of teaching, not the use of technology. I see many of us at a crossroads of sorts.” It is possible that higher education institutions are focusing on technology and not on … Read More

100 students. 20 Hangouts. 2 days. 1 teacher.

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Naomi Hertzog is an Educator in the Vocational Education sector at RMIT University. Her background is in photography and she teaches into a fully online photography course. While Naomi is located in Queensland, her students are located all across Australia. There are challenges to teaching fully online, into an arts course, however Naomi is overcoming these challenges and doing some great … Read More

Drones in teaching and learning

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Released in January 2015, an article produced by the E-Learning Innitative (ELI) arm of Educause, brings to light the use of drones in the teaching and learning environment. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been in the news for a variety of reasons including military and amateur use. If you think of a remote control model airplane, then you have the … Read More

Penn State + World Campus + Lessons learned

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In FY 2010-2011, World Campus, Penn State’s online learning arm of the university, student satisfaction survey with their undergraduate advisers, career counselors, and technical support specialists averaged more than 95 percent. That’s impressive. What is more impressive and important is what Penn State learned from the years of experience in delivering online education. Although the paper was written only two … Read More

Seamless learning

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“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.”  [Dorothy has just arrived in Oz, looking around and awed at the beauty and splendor]. Source Professor Mike Keppell Executive Director and Professor Australian Digital Futures Institute, Research and Innovation Division at the University of Southern Queensland has written a paper on Personalised Learning Strategies for Higher Education.  Professor Keppell … Read More