Monthly Archives: September 2011

Lifestream Week 2

I am finding the summary of logos postings, comments and image uploads that I engage in across a typical work week an interesting observational sport.  I did a bit of analysis of the keywords and phrases in my postings across … Continue reading

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Understanding Learning – Essay Notes

Essay Topics for Understanding Learning in On-line Environments Possible areas could pick up on my interests in mixed initiative tutorial environments, and the process-product planning cycle (relate to Carroll’s task-artifact cycle model – http://www.interaction-design.org/encyclopedia/task_artifact_cycle.html ). We could contrast the mixed-initiative … Continue reading

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Reflections on Week 2.4 – Life Wall Dominates Word Count in my Blogs

A Wordle word scatter diagram of my blogs for IDEL11 on Holyrood Park and for EDEDC11 on edc11.education show that the work I did to create a “Life Wall” at http://atate.org/ has been my top focus in the first couple … Continue reading

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Recollections of the first few years of the net

While reading Bell (2001) I was reminded of the time in the late 1960s and early 1970s when cyberculture was beginning.. and how quickly it grew after basic computer access and communication became possible.  We are social beings. Let me recall … Continue reading

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Reflections on Week 2.3 – Balance, Push and Pull

Reading More Under Control Having got a bit more organised with my reading I am just about on top of it at the end of week 2. I had time to read the papers ahead of a Skype chat in … Continue reading

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Other Worlds in Serious Games

Simulations of real or imagined worlds have been used for many years to assist in training. One of my favourite simulated games is the PlayStation Gran Turismo series… our long loved Toyota MR2 Mk.I, now no longer with us, is still … Continue reading

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Other Worlds in Film – Avatar and Pandora

The detailed realisation of Pandora, its geography, flora and fauna by James Cameron and his creative team for the film “Avatar” is a good example of the detailed imagination and background hard science that goes into the creation of an … Continue reading

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Lifestream Week 1

My Lifestream was set up on Monday 19th September 2011, and allowed to import activity in a number of feeds backdated to 1st September, so there were quite a few initial records. I blog and tweet as myself and as … Continue reading

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Moodle/SLoodle Experiments – Issue 3

A way to display good quality text is important in the classrooms. Shared Media/Media-on-a-Prim (MOAP) allows a small number (say 4-6 simultaneously active) feeds from web pages, video, Flash, etc. to be visible on prim surfaces (like screens). This can … Continue reading

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Life Wall Pro – and Refinements – and the Baby Pictures

The elements of the Life Wall have been encouraging me to dig out all sorts of stuff that was buried away, and recall events and dates (sometimes with the aid of my wife and others) which were already only dimly … Continue reading

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Life Wall Pro – and Refinements – and the Baby Pictures

The elements of the Life Wall have been encouraging me to dig out all sorts of stuff that was buried away, and recall events and dates (sometimes with the aid of my wife and others) which were already only dimly … Continue reading

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Reflections on Week 2.2 – Reading Pace and Settling Down

Reading Pace and Settling Down I had anticipated that settling down to read significant numbers of papers on academic topics would be a challenge for me. I know that I have a high work rate, but am so divided in … Continue reading

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Reflections on Week 2.1 – Readings, PDF and Publisher Restrictions on Access

I have now got more organised with the various core and secondary readings I need to do on my courses. PDF is handy as I can load it onto my iPad, and will be able to take it on my … Continue reading

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Reflections on Week 1.2 – Work Proper

Now we are into the course proper… and a pattern of work has to be set that can be maintained. There are a number of web areas, WallWisher displays, blogs, discussion forums and WebCT work areas to be monitored. My … Continue reading

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BAT Life Wall – Refining the Idea

I have found the development of the “Life Wall” a very interesting experience, and sort of went to town on developing something that potentially could be reused in different contexts and used by others. Here are some notes I am making … Continue reading

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Life Wall

I have been inspired by the WallWisher and ideas for creative media in some of the course guides for the MSc in e-Learning… and have begun to think of ways to explore the use of tags and clippings to let … Continue reading

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Wimba Classroom Tests

On the suggestion of Fiona Littleton of Information Services, and a tutor on the MSc in e-Learning, I have had a Wimba Classroom set up for test related to the Open Virtual Collaboration Environment in OpenVCE.net

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BAT Life Wall

I have been inspired by the WallWisher and ideas for creative media in some of the course guides for the MSc in e-Learning… and have begun to think of ways to explore the use of tags and clippings to let … Continue reading

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Welcome to my MSc in e-Learning EDC11 Blog

I am pleased to announce the creation of my blog for the MSc in e-Learning at http://edc11.education.ed.ac.uk/austint/ (from October 2012 this has been copied over to my Informatics Blog at http://blog.inf.ed.ac.uk/atate). Feeds on my LifeStream are being aggregated from myself and … Continue reading

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Moodle/SLoodle Experiments – Issue 2

I attended a briefing about the new SLoodle 2 toolset on the EduNation III region of Second Life on Sunday 18-Sep-2011 by Paul Priebsch (avatar name: Fire Centaur). About 30 other educators were there. The new toolset assumes a viewer … Continue reading

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Reflections on Week 1.1 – EUCLID, Using Tools and Looking Right Ahead

EUCLID Experience I applied last week on EUCLID having been asked to do a formal application by the College Office. The whole process was pretty smooth. It provided good feedback to students at all stages. It was good to see … Continue reading

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Understanding Learning – Learner Group – Emergency Response Training

Choice of Learner Group One element of my recent research has involved providing an instrumented virtual collaboration environment to allow emergency responders to train and perform experimental exercises together (Tate et al., 2010). This is both to improve their own … Continue reading

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Understanding Learning – Learning Challenge

Choice of Challenge and Setup I had been considering an appropriate and suitably interesting, challenging and achievable learning task… I was intrigued to see that motor skills could be considered as well as more cognitive knowledge-based tasks. So I was … Continue reading

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Personal Aims for Participating in the MSc in e-Learning

I will note these here to return to them nearer the end of the course to see if they are valid and how I change in my view of what I am seeking… but also to see if my objectives … Continue reading

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Reflections on Week 0 – Joining, Issues and Orientation

Joining Well… from applying to participating took 3 days. Thanks to some very cooperative colleagues in the School of Education. I was wondering if they might not take well to having a colleague join in as a student. But they … Continue reading

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Supercar in Full Flight

This is the 3D model created in the 1990s of Supercar in collaboration between myself and Mick Imrie. Mick is the expert modeller. I did some simple Black Rock Lab buildings rather than the core vehicle. The model has been … Continue reading

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Ghosts of a Chance – All Eyes

My interests include 3D/CGI modelling (useful backgound for my interests in using Virtual Worlds), and graphic art. I very much like team projects and collaborative working, and have loved working in teams scattered across the globe on my projects and … Continue reading

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I-Room – a Virtual Space for Intelligent Interaction

One of my research interests is in the creation of “intelligent” meeting spaces for interaction between people, systems and the environment. The programme is called the “I-Room”. More details are at: http://openvce.net/iroom An I-Room is a meeting space for collaboration … Continue reading

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Creation of IDEL11-1 Austin and Christine Group

Christine, I have amended the Blogging group to have you, me and Clara as members as required. I have now named it “IDEL11-1 Austin and Christine”. This is the previous message content to Rory… , I am following the Technologies … Continue reading

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Moodle/SLoodle Experiments – Issue 1

A couple of years back we rigged up a Moodle VLE server (http://moodle.org) and set up some “courses” to support collaborative meetings especially to allow for file resource interchange and sharing, and for questionnaire’s and feedback during meetings. We connected … Continue reading

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