Category Learning Design

Gold Award in Sustainability for VR Project

The Machu Picchu VR project has won the Gold Award in the highly competitive Sustainability Category at the 2020 QS-Wharton Reimagine Education Conference! Around 1500 groups representing educational technology companies, universities and education-focused NGOs from 74 countries submitted projects for…

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Recent NMIT LMS update

Theme Change The new theme I selected has a fresher look that connects better to the NMIT colours, the changes are purely around colour and fonts and not interaction or changes of tool locations except for three new features: Accessibility…

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Proposal for an Online Tutor Toolkit

A reference library and micro-course for those new or transitioning to online teaching; providing helpful resources and activities for enabling, enhancing and extending online student engagement and learning.

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Planning a course outline

The standard practice at NMIT for planning out how a course was going to be delivered and what content and activities were going to be in it was to use a word document like this: While this did provide tutors…

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Writing Assessments

This is my quick and opinionated guide on how to write assessments for those new to the topic. Feel free to write a comment below if you feel I have missed anything. What is an assessment? This guide is interested…

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Course Information Block v2 for Moodle Courses

This iteration, appears as a “toast” message. Disappearing within 10 seconds. Unfortunatly I am still unable to display when the next assessment is or how many students are currently active. These two elements are pretty key. One other problem I…

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Add more instruction!

When doing course design, I am often developing over the work previously created by others. They can soon become overly cluttered with new material. The solution to many is to just provide more instructions or tutorials on how to use…

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Photogrammetry experimentation

This was a quick test of using photogrammetry in Unity. Josh from Dronemate in Nelson scanned the new CGI Lab (before it had computers). I quickly threw in some smoke, spooky music and Slenderman for a Halloween theme. As you…

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Using your phone to create videos

You should never watch movies on your phone – as David Lynch so eloquently puts it: But that doesn’t mean you can’t use your phone to make a movie or at least in our context a short educational video. With…

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Choosing the right graph

“If the statistics are boring, then you’ve got the wrong numbers.” ― Edward Tufte (pioneer of data visualization ) Graphs are often used as frequently as they should, but when they are used they are often just bar-charts or pie-charts. Personally I…

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The School of the future

This video on Twitter had quite an immediate visceral reaction, from its viewers. Perhaps with you as well. The responses on Twitter were very binary: “No, just no” “I haven’t seen a class of kids so engaged in my teaching…

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Learning Objective Generators

A well written Learning Outcome is crucial to what we do, but the process of making them can be tedious and it can sometimes feel that we are turning our expansive field of interest into something clinical, dry and scientific.…

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Recently I found this clip from 1973 in the documentary BBS: The Documentary (2005). “A highly interactive graphic based individualized computer-based education system” “self-paced and tailored to the needs of each individual student”. It is the dream of many an…

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Chalk and Talk

A scene from the terrible movie “Better off Dead” that really demonstrates the problems of traditional chalk and talk teaching.

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Student Blogs Proposal

Giving students their own digital domain is a radical act. It gives them the ability to work on the Web and with the Web, to have their scholarship be meaningful and accessible by others. It allows them to demonstrate their…

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SPATnz site

In this project I was given the brief to create a onepage introduction to selective breeding of Greenshell Muscles for SPATnz. It includes Interactive Videos, Interactive Graphics, a glossary and a timeline.

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Sound art at the Wellington City Gallery

A project I developed with Claire Hopkins at the Wellington City Gallery. “A new exhibition of fruit at City Gallery is encouraging Wellingtonians to get creative and compose. The crew at City Gallery Wellington have been perfecting their banana piano…

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Brooklyn School TV

In 2012 I worked with Year 7 and 8s to develop a weekly news show. I taught the key members how to green-screen, audio mix and do lighting. Then I stood back. (Well, not completely I still helped with their…

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Piloting Tablet PCs in Primary Schools

A project with HP NZ and LEA. This pre-dated the iPad. We found that pen based work was particularly useful for dyslexic students. But the laptops and their charging were still quite cumbersome. A big focus was on the creative…

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Curriculum Integration section for TKI

As part of my job at LEA in Wellington was to build the Curriculum Integration section for the TKI website. The concepts were still relatively new to the wider teaching public and this was a resource for those beginning to…

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