Sunday, April 14, 2013

Open Educational Apps for your teaching

"Edu Apps is an open collection of learning apps built on LTI™. These apps are all live and can be used in your class today!

Not familiar with LTI? Basically it's like Facebook apps or Google widgets, but interoperable between lots of edu tools. Browse this site to find tutorials, extensions and other resources. Apps with a gray label under their configuration xml support LTI extensions that won't work in all systems. Currently these LTI extensions are only supported by Canvas.

NOTE: This site is run by Instructure. The official IMS LTI site is available here. The tools listed on this site should work in most systems."

More info

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New UOW apps and browser extentions

A cool selection of apps for mobile devices

Also LibX

Frustrated with trying to get full-text content? If you're jumping between your writing, Google, publisher's sites and the Library, the new Library plug-in provides a one-click solution. See how the plug-in can save you time at home and at work.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Tin Can API a new learning technology.

What is the Tin Can API?
The Tin Can API is a brand new learning technology specification that opens up an entire world of experiences (online and offline). This API captures the activities that happen as part of learning experiences. A wide range of systems can now securely communicate with a simple vocabulary that captures this stream of activities.
Previous specifications were difficult and had limitations — the Tin Can API is simple and flexible. It lifts many of the older restrictions. Mobile learning, simulations, virtual worlds, serious games, real-world activities, experiential learning, social learning, offline learning, and collaborative learning are just some of the things that can now be recognized and communicated well with the Tin Can API.
It’s important to know that we don’t own the Tin Can API. ADL is the steward of the specification. We just know this space so well that ADL asked us to help develop it. The Tin Can API is community-driven, and free to implement.
How does the Tin Can API work?
People learn from interactions with other people, content, and beyond. These actions can happen anywhere and signal an event where learning could occur. All of these can be recorded with the Tin Can API.
When an activity needs to be recorded, the application sends secure statements in the form of “Noun, verb, object” or “I did this” to a Learning Record Store (LRS.)
Learning Record Stores record all of the statements made. An LRS can share these statements with other LRSs. An LRS can exist on its own, or inside an LMS.

More details at

Thursday, January 31, 2013

UOW Moving to Moodle 2013 Workshops and drop-ins

Beginning Monday 4th Feb will be a series of Moodle workshops for UOW early adopters of Moodle. These will run Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks. Topics covered will include:
  • Moodle basics (Week 1)
  • Moodle advanced (Week 2)
  • Assessing students (Week 3)
  • Engaging students (Week 4)
Presentations by academic Moodle users Monday 4th & Wed 6th, 12.15 – 12.45, 1 – 1.45 (Bld 38 G01); Drop in workshops with learning designers, 2 – 5  (Bld 17 Hydra Lab ITS)
Download more info here:
More detail can be found on the MoodleLab Blog

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

5 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

Check out this article by Tony Vincent on Learning in Hand

Teachers really want to the ability to display their iPad or their students' iPads on a projector screen. Projecting on a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are several ways this can be done in the classroom.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Are you just getting started with Moodle at the University of Wollongong (UOW)?

The UOW Moodlers are able to connect with each other, share ideas and access support from a number of channels. We have a Moodle site, YouTube channel, Blog, website, Twitter channel and if you want to speak to someone in person you can call:

“Moodle LAB” Moodle site




Phone   x8500   (02 4252 8500)


How do I download files from my eLearning Space to my desktop?

If you would like to dowload your files from the BlackBoard Vista eLearning Space at UOW one way to do this is to use the WebDav function.

Here are some links that may assit you:

Using WebDav in Blackboard

Setting up WebDav in Windows 7

Setting it up in Windows XP

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

UOW Moodle Lab and support now live

UOW Moodle Lab is a support channel for the early adopters across UOW, check out the channels above or phone 8500

Check out the MoodleLAB videos on Youtube

Moodle now live at UOW

Moodle is now live at UOW. In Autumn a bunch of academics have put their hands up to be the "early adopters" of a shiny new Moodle.

If you are an early adopter you can now request your site online via the staff intranet.

So you're asking....what can it do?
While your waiting for your site to become active you might like to have a look at the activities you can build in Moodle, if so check out the link in Moodle Docs.


An activity is a general name for a group of features in a Moodle course. Usually an activity is something that a student will do that interacts with other students and or the teacher.
There are 14 different types of activities in the standard Moodle that can be found on the "add an activity" drop down menu.
Enable teachers to grade and give comments on uploaded files and assignments created on and off line
Allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion
A teacher asks a question and specifies a choice of multiple responses
Enables participants to create, maintain and search a bank of record entries
External tool
Allows participants to interact with LTI compliant learning resources and activities on other web sites.
For creating and conducting surveys to collect feedback
Allows participants to have asynchronous discussions
Enables participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary
For delivering content in flexible ways
Allows the teacher to design and set quiz tests, which may be automatically marked and feedback and/or to correct answers shown
Enables SCORM packages to be included as course content
For gathering data from students to help teachers learn about their class and reflect on their own teaching
A collection of web pages that anyone can add to or edit
Enables peer assessment
A site may add other activities which have been developed as contributed code and found in's Modules and Plugins database for adding to a site.