E-Learning Authoring Solutions | Interactive Online Lesson Creation Tool – SoftChalk

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E-Learning Authoring Solutions | Interactive Online Lesson Creation Tool – SoftChalk.

Content authoring tools that support popular LMS’s and allow delivery on mobile devices without the LMS.

Replacing a Pile of Textbooks With an iPad – NYTimes.com

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When I’m not blogging away about technology for the Bits Blog, I’m also an adjunct professor at New York University in the Interactive Telecommunications Program.

The program is a technology-focused graduate course, so it came as no surprise when four of my students walked into class in early April with fancy new Apple iPads in hand. After the students got past the novelty factor, a debate ensued about how the iPad would fit into their school life. One factor the students discussed was the ability to carry less “stuff” in their backpacks: the iPad can replace magazines, notepads, even a laptop.

Now there’s an iPad application that could further lighten the load. A new company called Inkling hopes to break the standard textbook model and help textbooks enter the interactive age by letting students share and comment on the texts and interact with fellow students.

Matt MacInnis, founder and chief executive of Inkling, said in a phone interview that the company wants to offer a textbook experience that moves far beyond simply downloading a PDF document to an iPad.

One unique feature the service offers is the ability to discuss passages of a book with other students or professors. By selecting a piece of text you can leave a note for others to read and develop a conversation around the text.

via Replacing a Pile of Textbooks With an iPad – NYTimes.com.

The Official Mobile App for Moodle is OUT NOW | Moodle News

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The Official Mobile app for Moodle 2.1+ is now in the Apple app store.  For you iOS users out there get a copy now (free) and commence the mobile learning!

Apple Store link: http://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/my-moodle/id461289000?mt=8#

Here’s a great review by Gavin Henrick: http://www.somerandomthoughts.com/blog/2011/09/09/official-moodle-mobile-app-for-iphone-released/

From the product page:

The official Moodle app is now available on the App store. Designed as a mobile complement to the web version, you can:

– upload pictures and video (picked from your gallery or captured with your camera)

– record an audio file and upload it

– view the participant list of your courses

– view information about the participants

– send a private message

– add a private note about someone

– work offline with automatic synchronization

– add a participant to your iPhone/iPad contacts

– access the web version of your Moodle site

– access Moodle documentation

via The Official Mobile App for Moodle is OUT NOW | Moodle News.

MoodleTouch and mTouch+ now available for iOS5 | Moodle News

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Ali Özgür, developer at PragmaTouch, the makers of MoodleTouch and mTouch+, just announced that their apps are now available and compatible with iOS5.  The upgrades are now available to all customers.  The apps run for the low price of $2.99 but provide some easy to use features for both 1.9 and 2.0.

If you’re local Moodle hasn’t yet made the jump to supporting the official Moodle app (MyMoodle) then this is one of the only viable options (it requires no setup on the server).  For more information about MoodleTouch and it’s sibling products for Android, iPad, and Windows phones

via MoodleTouch and mTouch+ now available for iOS5 | Moodle News.

HOW TO STUDY

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OUTLINE and INDEX:

Introduction

Manage your time

Take notes in class & rewrite them at home

Study hard subjects first & study in a quiet place

Read texts actively & slowly, before & after class

Do your homework

Study for exams

Take Exams

Do research & write essays

Do I really have to do all this?

Are there other websites that give study hints?

via HOW TO STUDY.

Move2Moo: “Rapid and Accurate Migration of Course contents” from Blackboard to Moodle! | Moodle News

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Move2Moo: “Rapid and Accurate Migration of Course contents” from Blackboard to Moodle! | Moodle News.

Gone Moodle: Cal Poly, Andrews University and Bryn Mawr | Moodle News

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As usual here are a few institutions making the jump to Moodle,California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California article: In April this year CalPoly announced its gradual transition to Moodle from Blackboard.  The move was spurred by a forced upgrade to the newest version of Blackboard which would cause and equally disruptive learning curve comparative with the adoption of other LMSs available on the market.  This provided the impetus to reevaluate LMS needs and requirements.  The absence of licensing fees is sited as a major contributing factor in the decision.Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan article: Andrews is switching from D2L to Moodle this academic year.  The decision follows their periodic evaluation of software needs prior to the sunset of their D2L contract.  Students, according to the student paper, have reported mixed opinions.Bryn Mawr University, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania blog post:  After evaluating and comparing Moodle to Blackboard the current provider/LMS, Bryn Mawr has decided to transition to the open source software.  During a pilot of Moodle faculty and students found that both systems offered a very similar feature set and capabilities.  According to the information on Bryn Mawr’s Tech Bar site, “After the initial costs of transition, the decision to move away from a commercial product that annually increases its subscription costs at rates well ahead of inflation was seen as a major financial sustainability advantage in switching to Moodle.”

via Gone Moodle: Cal Poly, Andrews University and Bryn Mawr | Moodle News.

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