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Top Tips for Filming from the MILL.

July 13, 2012 1 comment

The MILL (Media and Innovation Learning Lab) have been running Final Cut Pro training for staff for a number of years now and has recently introduced a new iMovie course. As part of these courses we integrate some top tips for attendees to consider whilst filming or taking shots and here they are…

Best practices in Moodle course design

Michelle Moore, Remote Learner @ Moodlemoot 2011

Michelle provided some invaluable tips on setting up your Moodle module.
Strongly agree with points 3 and 10!

 Top 10 tips!

  1. Don’t use more than 3 font styles. It increases cognitive load for your learners. Students spend to much time processing info.
  2. Maintain consistency.
  3. Don’t use course page for your content, use it as a launchpad..
  4. Make sure you can see one complete topic on the screen and no more.
  5. Don’t be the one doing all the work, create a question creator role, let students create the quiz questions. Let the students collaborate and participate.
  6. Remember the value of logs, a link from a label cannot be shown in reports. Use labels to guide students!
  7. Don’t force constant scrolling
  8. You can wrap resources around images in sections, they don’t have to be huge and take over the page. Consider the different screen sizes students will be looking at.
  9. Build content in books and lessons.
  10. Try out new tools, vary it.

Moodle Training for 500 Academics

Janina Dewitz, Barking and Dagenham College @Moodlemoot 2011

by ULCC Events @ Moodlemoot 2011

by ULCC Events @ Moodlemoot 2011

Initially providing;

  • 1 size fits all training
  • Demand driven group training
  • Ad hoc 121
Negative impact;
  • constant cycle of retraining.
  • doing work for the lecturer

So…they redesigned their training scheme


  • Screencasts, help sheets, FAQs
  • Sent staff video tutorials instead of showing them

Essentials for teachers and admin – BADC Module Essentials Lite

  • Moodle based course short course, 3 x 90mins of independent study
  • Suitable as distance course
  • Support forum, chat room – building up the staff to mentor others (Moodle champions)
  • Layouts, themes, navigation
  • Creative commons, copyright
  • Play area for practice
  • Posted links, videos in forums to get people in discussions.
  • Demoed the value of the tools.
  • Insisted on no questions outside of session. Put them in the forum, those who have already access given 24 hrs to answer question before they answer.


  • Attendees pick one aspect they have enjoyed and book on 1hr, 1 task, high impact training session to build confidence

At BADC every course must contain these some means of communication, variety of module materials, means of assessment.

Southampton have created a medal block with means staff can earn medals depending on how they have executed the criteria. This created competition and motivated and engaged staff and led to more interaction with students.

Suggestions from the audience;

For creating guidance notes;

Screensteps –  Screen capture software – Can export to PDF and blog and can get people to comment costs £20


Problem steps –  its free and you can put in diff formats for reporting problems to techies but also does screen casts.

Contact Janina Dewitz – @elearningtechie

Grainne Conole from Open University @ Moodlemoot 2011

May 9, 2011 1 comment

New Pedagogies for Social and Participatory Media

Conole’s keynote explored open resources for enhancing teaching and learning. How increased use of the extensive open and online tools that are available could enable us to build on each others ideas and research. She promotes the idea of mixing the use of closed institutional tools with open resources.

Open design, delivery, research and evaluation

  • Fostering creativity
  • Needing new online skills for lecturers and students
  • Keeping up with fast changing technology

Sharing tools

  • Allows peer critique, creating valued critical info for research.
  • Discussions on teaching and learning i.e. OU’s use of Cloudworks ‘a place to share, find and discuss learning and teaching ideas and experiences.’ How a quick question can develop into a flash debate see ‘Is Twitter killing Blogs?’.
  • The Open Education Resource (OER)  movement was highlighted as an important move forward.
  • Conole advocates a mix of closed institutional tools and open options. Personalising our own resources, but shifting from design as individual to one that is sharable.
  • Opal Project focus on practices around use of OER, what support, design, guidelines are provided to help teachers.

Diversity of students

  • Consider that while many students are digitally aware, some don’t use social media appropriately whilst others may lack the criticality for effective use.

Relating pedagogies of e-learning to online tools- See slideshare for more details

Grainne Conole@Moodlemoot 2011

Relationship between the tools and users

  • Allowing reflective dialogue, aggregation, interactivity and characteristics and preferences of users should be evolving practices. ‘Learning through play.’
  • Developing new forms of creative practice i.e. Twitter technology simple but to use effectively is complex and personal.
  • Technologies are not being fully exploited. Predominance of old practices. Why is this happening? – lack of time, resources, skills, support?

The Solution – Open technologically mediated learning

  • Sharing of content and research. Making raw data available so others can manipulate it.
  • Focus on open practices. Speak to peers to find out what went right or wrong.
  • Look at the delivery and use of free tools.
  • Encourage reflectivity.
  • Use research repositories such as, a semantic wiki for open research.

Favourite Tweets from the keynote

@TechCzech: My take on the importance of community for open research #mootuk11

@tutor2u_econ: Your top open web resource? I have put a few here

@TechCzech: Great example of Twitter for keynote notetaking

View Conole’s Moodlemoot Slideshare Presentation here.

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