eT@lking: Introducing the EpCoP MOOC!

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…

The 2011 Trainer and assessor currency program

Today I participated in the Trainer and assessor currency program. I had completed the Certificate IV Training and Assessment in 2010, so taking part in the program will help to make sure my qualification stays current. It’s also a requirement under Standard 1 of the AQTF guidelines for vocational education and training (VET) practitioners who deliver training and assessment. The program covered the 4 steps involved in maintaining VET practitioner currency. To remain current I must: model high standards of performance determine professional development needs participate in professional development activities…

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

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…

Hanging out in a Google+ Hangout

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…

Office drawer archive: Newspaper clipping – MX

After a few years in the workplace you begin to accumulate a lot of stuff in your office drawer. It becomes your personal archive of your workplace existence. A place for newspaper clippings, unlabelled CDs or DVDs containing forgotten data that was burnt long ago. I call it my office drawer archive. This newspaper clipping is from MX. MX is a free daily newspaper that’s given away throughout Melbourne’s central business district. This 2005/2006 article is about a games convention in Leipzig. The gamer featured in this article looks remarkably…

Office drawer archive: Newspaper clipping – Skateistan

After a few years in the workplace you begin to accumulate a lot of stuff in your office drawer. It becomes your personal archive of your workplace existence. A place for newspaper clippings, unlabelled CDs or DVDs containing forgotten data that was burnt long ago. I call it my office drawer archive. This newspaper clipping is from The Age. It’s a feature article about the Skateistan project.

The Epidermis Edit

I created the ‘Epidermis Edit’ animation in early 2000, based on my recent discovery of Blender and my friend’s SGI and Linux computers. The aesthetic is directly influenced by skin anatomy and physiology,  medical procedures,  macro-photography, electron microscopy and non-scientific curiosity. Back then, my intent for the ‘Epidermis Edit’ animation was for it to be a realistic study in the movement and manipulation of the skin – it’s actually a surreal and strange animation that’s confusing and weird. Sorry for that. I used Blender 1.5 for all polygon modelling, animation,…

amiaskinitrite? My lesson in asking questions and getting answers

Today I learned an important lesson about asking questions. My questions weren’t being answered, let alone being answered incorrectly. The lesson remains the same. I shouldn’t have just asked “What do you mean?” I should have rephrased the question to something like “When you say X do you mean Y?” Hopefully, I would’ve at least got some sort of answer. A confirmation of  “Yes, that’s what I meant” or “No, what I meant was…” sort of answer. I didn’t receive any answer, but I’ll know for next time. A good…

ds106: Visual Assignment 141: Return to the Scene of the Crime

Visual Assignment 141 brief Take a photo from the past that you took in a particular location. Return to that stop, and take another picture, “framing” the original within the current view. Returning to the scene of my crime Mum, dad and my son Alex. February 2011. What I like about the Return to the Scene of the Crime visual assignment is how it makes me think about the way we use photographs to attach memories to location(s). Evidence of an activity or moment in time at a specific location.…

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