Category Archives: elearning

Concept: Slope of the land under classified vegetation determines the severity of a bushfire

Concept for an interactive device that demonstrates how slope of the land under classified vegetation determines the severity of a bushfire.

The learner can increase or decrease the angle of the upslope and downslope. As a result the severity of the approaching bushfire will change. The bushfire’s severity is based on a premise of the fire’s intensity doubling for each 10° rise in slope.

Concept: The distance of vegetation from a building determines the level of bushfire risk to the building

Concept for an interactive device that demonstrates how the distance of vegetation from a building determines the level of bushfire risk to the building. The learner can select a vegetation type, increase or decrease the distance of vegetation from the building and increase or decrease the angle of the slope. The Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating, description and level of bushfire risk for permutations of the vegetation, distance and slope variables are displayed based on learner interaction. The BAL rating, description and level of bushfire risk to building is based on data from the Australian Standard AS 3959–Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas.

Updated working drawing for the Distance of vegetation demonstration with amended distance and slope controls. Show risk consent button has been removed.
Updated working drawing for the Distance of vegetation demonstration with sequencing instructions.
Original working drawing for the Distance of vegetation demonstration

eT@lking: Introducing the EpCoP MOOC!

Screen grab from the EpCoP eT@lking session.

Just finished the eT@lking: EpCoP MOOC session. eT@lking is one of the many events that are organised by The Australia Series Learn Central group. The Australia Series are online events held at Australia-friendly times and are largely organised by and for Australian educators/professionals.

Tonight’s eT@lking: EpCoP MOOC session was presented by Carole McCulloch. Carole introduced the upcoming e-portfolios community of practice Massive Open Online Course, or EpCoP MOOC for short! The EpCoP MOOC will run from August 1 – September 30 2011.

Aims and objectives of the EpCop MOOC are to help VET practitioners develop their own professional e-portfolio or a personal cyberinfrastructure to archive lifelong learning experiences, document current course participation, maintain VET practitioner currency and store RPL information. The EpCop MOOC is also an opportunity for participants to learn and network with like-minded participants.

A very brief overview of the EpCop MOOC

The EpCop MOOC is made up of 7 Levels. Each Level has a number of Quests to be completed each week. Each week also has a different discussion topic and Challenge Gallery. As Quests are completed, Achievement Badges can be collected and displayed on your e-portfolio. Complete the Quests and collect the whole set! Obviously, collecting Achievement Badges isn’t the aim of the MOOC, it’s a bit of fun.

eT@lking: Blogging++ (Travelling with Mr ‘Davo’ Devil & Student Blogging Challenge)

eT@lking

Just finished the eT@lking: Blogging++ session. eT@lking is one of the many events that are organised by The Australia Series Learn Central group. The Australia Series are Elluminate events held at Australia-friendly times and are largely organised by and for Australian educators/professionals.

Tonight’s eT@lking: Blogging++ session was presented by Sue Wyatt. Sue spoke about her new blog Travelling with Mr ‘Davo’ Devil. The blog is written from the perspective of the Tasmanian Devil. A Tasmanian Devil that is soon to embark on a 3 month USA/Canada tour with Sue. Davo will blog his adventures. Davo will be used as a narrative device to prompt Sue’s students back in Australia to discover more about USA/Canada throughout the tour. Curious about Davo? You can subscribe to Davo’s feed for news and updates of his adventures! Sue also spoke about the Student Blogging ChallengeTeacher Challenge and the PLN Challenge #8 webinars.

The recording of the Blogging++ session is now available.

Hanging out in a Google+ Hangout

Tim Owens puts out a call for people to Hangout with him!

On July 16th I joined Giulia Forsythe, Ben Rimes, Jason Green, Zach Dowell, Bryan Jackson and Jim Groom in a friendly discussion lead by Tim Owens about Google+ using it’s Hangout feature. The new features of Google+ were discussed and how they could be used in an educational/storytelling context. Interesting stuff.

Unfortunately, I had technical problems (Hangout and the Google Talk browser-plugin with Firefox/Chrome/Safari browsers) so I arrived 1 hour late. I managed to catch the Hangout in limited sound-only fashion via Windows running on VMware Fusion. VMware Fusion had problems accessing my inbuilt iSight web-cam.

Looking forward to further friendly discussions in a Hangout!

This video is derived from the Exploring Google+ Hangouts which appears in a slightly longer unedited form on Timmmmyboy’s YouTube Channel.

I had problems connecting to the Hangout, so I attempted to communicate with my Circle via comments to the Hangout request. I was eventually able to Hangout!

eT@lking: A google gathering

A google gathering

Just finished the eT@lking: A Google gathering session. The session was well attended, with many examples of how Google Apps can be used in a creative educational context. Some of the Google apps mentioned by presenters were:

Google Maps

SketchUp

Newstimeline

  • Newstimeline – A web application that organises search results chronologically. Could be used to develop a marketing strategy and to plan promotional activities.

Google squared

  • Squared – Google squared takes a category and creates a starter ‘square’ of information, automatically fetching and organising facts from across the web.

Google Apps for education

  • Apps for education – Google Apps for Education offers a free (and ad-free) set of customizable tools that enable faculty, staff and students to work together and learn more effectively.

Google Forms

  • Forms – A presenter demonstrated an example of Google Forms being used to conduct quizzing, surveys of students. Results data was easily aggregated and shared.

App inventor for Android

Concept: A persistent location based ambient sound layer

Concept sketch for a persistent location based ambient sound layer. The ambient sound layer will leverage location data (google maps, directions), photographs (Flickr, Twitpic etc), text (blog posts, wikipedia, annotation, comments via Twitter). The ambient sound layer is designed for mobile devices. Relationships between sound recordings can be created (For example, the same type of sound at different locations). Time specific recordings can also be located on the layer (For example, the sound of something last month, year or decade). So far the ambient sound layer is just a concept.

Representing ‘real life’ elements on screen

Interactions based on the ‘compliant completion of documentation’ are a resource development staple. They always present an interesting challenge. Representing a ‘real life’ element (paperwork, document, forms, pro-forma) on screen in a meaningful way.

This drawing describes how a interaction that requires the learner to complete an ‘OHS action plan’ could be represented on screen.

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