Our course could be your life(style): Tales of MOOC revisiting learners 2015-2020

Abstract Many studies have identified crucial factors that impact learner engagement in online courses, particularly free to join courses like MOOCs and have explored aspects of openness, freeness, production values, retention strategies and the impact of MOOCs on digital teaching and learning, but little has been said about learners who continue to revisit the same […]

I don’t always require an affirmation, but when I do, I prefer the Bene Gesserit’s litany against fear

Inspired by Tom Woodwards’s Dune-themed tweet on 24 April 2014, Rhys Fulber and Bill Leeb’s production on Fear Factory’s Fear Is the Mindkiller EP and the Bene Gesserit’s litany against fear and based on Jan Vantomme’s Drawing text and Running your sketch on an Android device  Processing recipes on Github, I created this portable litany against fear as […]

Warming up for ds106

I’m warming up for the digital storytelling (ds106) online course by conducting some animated gif tests. Image sequence sampled from the animated film Akira. The ds106 online course commences Jan 10. I can’t wait! Here we can see Tetsuo having a bit of a hard time after coming into contact with Takashi (タカシ, codename #26).

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.

Concept: As much information as possible

I use drawings to complement my learning resource scripts. I try to give as much information as possible to the development team. Sometimes it helps.  

Concept: Who you drivin’ now?

There always needs to be something to drive the learner through a learning resource. A thematically relevant scenario or problem that  ‘wraps’ the content and assessment is a good way to engage the learner cohort. This method is not without it’s own problems. Not every learner wants a narrative embedded in their learning. Some learners […]

Concept: Puttin’ it down on paper

Puttin’ a concept down on paper is one of the first things I do when I start to plan the design of an interaction. A simple pen drawing is immediate and it allows colleagues to see the flow of the interaction ‘that’s inside my head’. The drawing can be then used as the basis for […]

I registered for the Digital Storytelling (ds106) online course

Today I registered for the Digital Storytelling online course. Digital Storytelling (ds106) is an open, online course that begins January 10 next year. Do you like telling stories with digital media? If so, check out the ds106 website to find out what it is all about, then go and register!

eT@lking web event: Developing learning resources

In March 2010, I co-presented ‘Developing learning resources’ as part of Learn Central’s eT@lking web events. 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. The ‘Developing learning […]

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