Tuesday, 26 August 2008


Here's an interesting take on the theme of collaboration and the use of the internet.....


Monday, 11 August 2008

JINGle all the way.....!

Check out the Jing Project website

I can see this having great potential for virtual teams - to teach one another how to do things on screen - and share what they are doing!

I have used this to train admin staff in how to use Blackboard and my team on how to set up a personal homepage.....

Can anyone see potential in this technology for their own virtual teams? Why not have a go at creating a "Jing" and sharing it with the rest of the cohort?

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Internet meltdown

One of the problems I find with internet based sources is that the volume of trafiic is overwhelming. It's not unusual for people to have hundreds of emails each day - going on holiday just leaves us dreading the backlog when we return!

Having a blog or wiki alongside these, plus a Facebook group, and running several searches for new learning material each day means that by the end of the week I have too much to read, to many things to remember to log onto, too many listings in my Favourites - and if, as I do, we move from office to home PC or log on with a wireless laptop whilst sipping a latte in Caffe Nero - then how do we keep track of everything?

A recent discovery for me is the personal homepage such as this one by Netvibes. (see also Pageflakes)

How could these be useful for more than just personal learning and collecting together all our bits and pieces? Well, it is possible to create a public face for your page, so that others can keep track of things the group is working on : this for example is a Pageflake for DMU's elearning community

This stuff is all free too - open source, accessible anywhere, no fancy software requirements.... and needs no more technological skill than it takes to post an email or attach a file.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

25 tools

I have recently joined a community called 25 tools which includes a link to a training programme in how to use web 2.0 tools..... saving me a lot of blogging time. If you want to explore the technology for on line communication and collaboration, I suggest you have a look - I have listed the site under useful links too.
This link takes you to a quick digest on a slideshow and links to all the tools listed.