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2010  Otago Polytechnic teaching staff are enmasse facing the prospect  migrating their online teaching from a proprietry Blackboard to an open learning management system Moodle.

As   there could be at least 3 possible optional pathways this which throws up a number of technical and communication issues and  an opportunity to explore these 3  options:

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1. The first option would be simply to obey the directive and to bulk transfer existing educational course content from Blackboard to Moodle. This may be the only option for teachers with privacy issues i.e. Otago Polytechnic Intellectual Property policy is to copyright with a creative commons licence (attribution 3.0 which is the @ Otago Polytechnic by default)

2. Alternatively a 2nd option would be to upload content suitable for publication on the websites such as tekotago. Blip.tv, Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikiversity or Wikieducator, Survey Monkey, Blogger, Google Docs, GoogleMaps, etc. Then provide links to theirs and others Open Educational Resources in their Moodle by simple links and embed codes. This would however require restricting course materials and licencing these as creative commons CCBy.

3. A 3rd option would be to upload the content to the web (as in 2 above) but run the course on the web (bypassing Blackboard and Moodle Learning Management Systems). Already this is the case for staff using social networking platforms to facilitate and collaborate across social networks; who understand creative commons copyright licencing CCBY;  can author, edit and publish educational content. Teachers and general staff need to consult and debate all these options with those who have taken up these practices. Those staff who have the departmental resourcing and support will also take this opportunity to review content; the way teach or facilitate online courses and find more up to date materials.

In the following posts, taking one scenario at a time I will review and analyse the skill set and begin by breaking  up the tasks into steps. Directing staff to a bunch of (agreed upon?!) tools and services that suit the needs of their programme with ongoing technical support to teaching and administration staff to make migration from Blackboard to Moodle presents a labrynth of possibilities for a small college.

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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.