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Eyes wide open

Paying homage to a spidery web on a dewey morning. Heralds the laborious nature of spinning a web and  the refreshing of day and night. New beginnings for this week and for this year.

Project publish OER from a Otago Polytechnic Blip.tv account.

I want to outline scenarios and recommend software tools. this is taking some time as my  selection and evaluation are very important. I plan to produce some video in the process.

Learning about file exporting from camtasia studio and windows movie make, file formats and file conversion.

Next delivery modes.

the fundamental principles of on-line resources are embedding slowley although at times it feels as if objectives keep changing.

the -past

the – present

I don’t know much detail about the history of Otago Polytechnic organisational support before 2007. This is what I understand has happened with flexible learning recently. Therre has been a web baased e-learning intiative at Otago Polytechnic from 2007. Leigh Blackall when he advertised and hosted one week per month of informal lunchtime seminars on for flexible delivery elearning – and could see this as a chance to shape history – document professional practice across Web2.0 through staff weblogs. Every month one week of lunchtimes was dedicated to , e-groups, Blogs, Wikis, Web Feeds, audio podcasting, Open source software, digital copyright/referencing, tagging, recording and editing digital video, Vlogging, Networked Learning and general discussion, … with only a core group of staff taking the opportunity to learn blogging, and Network Learning, open source resources including learning and technical support. Some of these staff were distance teaching some were staff program developers from Travel and tourism massage therapy, and others were staff enroled in Design for Flexible Learning at Otago Polytechnic. All were at this the time key players supporting each other with resources via network learning groups and blog posts.

the – future ?

tomorrow will be shaped by the hands of today – the progress of collaboration between groups of teachers and students, staff training in open source course development, free education initiatives and training. There is always cautionary tale to be told. Any organisation has to set in place the right expectations of their staff development and training, networking, designing and teaching flexible innovations to learning.- staff are supposed to use what they’re being taught. No matter how enthusiastic encouraging you might be these performance objectives have to the same as staff trainers objectives. The reality in an organisation the size of OP practitioners responses will vary wildly- ranging from individuals defensive and over protective of their patch, to over committed, teachers under acknowledged by their peers and their organisation in general, to collaborative networks between teachers and students inside and across different organisations. The bottom line is that when staff performance is rewarded that in the longer term has more positive outcomes and brings benefits to new generation teachers- and learners

and what is the logical conclusion – mm I wonder

Was it ever simple. … Before flexible design open access to education can bridge the digital divide, it at least have to begin to be effective and if staff are not rewarded for structually implementing their digital/technical skills, then it’s unlikely that they will actually continue to build on the skills and continue to explore any applications of these in their practice. Digital literacy training is part of the package of implementation and is ongoing and is already transforming our conventional student and staff teaching and learning roles.


Learning4content A project that has definite goals towards advancing collaborative wikieducator content and concourse has a fun for all to try – Kaltura open source sandbox. The first wikieducator main page with tutorials demos the use of this editor this was fun I’m keento upload some stills audioandmovies.