Thursday, November 20, 2008

Moodle Tutorials in YouTube

The following are some interesting videos relating to Moodle which I found in YouTube.

Intro to OpenShare for Moodle 1.9 - allow specific content to be "open" to the general public within a course (Moodle Add-In)

MoodleMan - YouTube user with tutorials about how to use Moodle
- setting up parent roles as "mentors"

Uploading eXe SCORM content to Moodle

Correcting Student Writings within Moodle

Adding Wikis in Moodle

Maintaining Course Sites in Moodle (hiding articles)

Embed YouTube video in Moodle

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Best Practices in Web Page Development

Here are good sites for developing better user experiences for users of your website.

  • Yahoo's Steve Souders - 14 Rules for Fast Web Pages
    (PPT, video lecture)
  • Plaxo's Joseph Smarr - High-Performance JavaScript
    (video lecture)
  • Yahoo's Matt Sweeney - Web 2.0: Getting It Right the Second Time
    (video lecture)

Other Best Practices for the Web videos from Yahoo Videos

Monday, November 10, 2008

SCORM-Compliant Content Editors for Course Design

SCORM is an acronym for Sharable Content Object Reference Model.

Connexions - Rice University (
OpenLearn - The Open University
SoftChalk (commercial product)
uDuTu Online Course Authoring (Moodle Plugin)
eLearning XHTML editor (exe) - open source (creating new styles)
Reload Editor 2004
Xerte - University of Nottingham (open source)
Microsoft Learning Essentials for Office 2007

Web Conferencing Tips

Here are some easy tips to help web-conferences run smoothly.
  • Send out Agenda and all Documents to be distributed ahead of time.
  • Initiate the connection/conference 15-minutes early ( to make sure technology works).
  • Set documents to be released by all users, and allow documents to be saved from the session.
  • Send out motions and reports ahead of time.
  • Use “track changes’ when editing motions in "application sharing" - so that all users see the updates simultaneously.
  • Let users know ahead of time if web-cams are preferred to be used or not.
  • Inform users how to keep their microphones muted until they have something to say.
  • “Share” the presentation role with those who are presenting materials - so that they have control over the pace of the slides, etc.
  • Have people introduce who is speaking before making their points.
  • When a group is meeting in one room, pass around the headset / microphone so that remote users can hear. Also make sure that the “Group” can see the WebConference screen (for Chat comments – and also to “enforce sharing” of documents under discussion through the web conference interface).