Free open eLearning Courses


For those of you who would like a (free) introduction to developing and running online courses, there is the second in a series about to start:

  • Empowering Learning Through Community September 26th – October 17th, 2012. Registration opens Wednesday, September 19th.

AND  if you don’t want to enrol in the course as it is running, you can access it in your own time later  – just like the previous course currently available:

  • Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success

Click on the image to go to the sign up page:

The courses are offered by Coursesites which is a free resource from Blackboard.

The principles could be applied in a variety of Learning Management Systems, but if Blackboard does become the new VU LMS, by doing the course, there is the extra attraction of seeing how Blackboard works.




Multimedia tool


Thanks to Tracy Batt for this lead – Educaplay is a ‘…platform for creating multimedia teaching activities’. They’re essentially designed for creating simple language exercises by the looks (see range of activity types below). They can be embedded in webpages for integration into larger web-based tasks. The one I tried (jumbled sentences) was easy to use – after a bit of orientation.
Click on either of the images to go to the sign up page (a bit confusingly referred to as sign-in here).


How to make your own eBooks

Hello all,

CAE have published a guide to creating EPUB digital books. (Click on the image to link to the CAE Report and instructions.)

What is an eBook?
An eBook is an electronic book!
It is meant to be read on an electronic device like an eReader, smart phone or tablet computer (but also on a desktop or laptop).  The eBook is portable and can contain all of the information that is published in pBooks (paper books) – but can also include digital resources through hyperlinks to websites and embedded videos.

Let me know if you’re interested in exploring further.

Do you have links and/or ideas you’d like to publicise or see explored here? Let me know by posting a comment, and I’ll look into it.

Online facilitation

Hello all,

I’m currently in a webinar being moderated by Brad Beach from Central Gippsland TAFE on online facilitation skills.

The ‘Gippsland Model’ is based on the Face-to-Face (F2F) teaching model – very structured – around a 5-day lesson model – including introduction of resources with set discussion topics for the content – facilitated asynchronously – with a synchronous session later in the week – assessment items – online courses are funded under the standard staffing funding model – same class sizes – same hours.

Requires up  front funding for development, but Gipps TAFE now make $7mill a year form online courses.

Here are a couple of screen grabs of key points brad made  (I’ll see if I can get a link to the presentation when it becomes available):

And here’s a link to a  resources on online facilitation.

Online TESOL seminars

TESOL International Association seminars

Hello everyone,

I received an email about TESOL’s series of professional ESL teaching seminars. They are free for members and $45.00 for non-members. The next one is about ‘Teaching students how to listen’.


TESOL International Association online seminars – click the image to go the site for more information

Innovating Pedagogy Report

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while since the last post. Here’s a link to a recent report from the Open University in the UK (sent by Michelle O’Brien).

It presents a:  ‘ … series of reports [exploring] new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation.’ A couple that might be of particular interest in our current climate are those on ‘New pedagogy for e-books’ and ‘Assessment for learning’.


(Click on the image to go to the report site)

Innovating Pedagogy – Open University

eLearning Plan VUC Forum presentation

Interactive PowerPoint on Slideshare

Here is the PowerPoint presentation made to the VU College Forum on Friday 20th. Hyperlinks referred to in the talk are active in the Slideshare version – access them by clicking on (most) images within the PowerPoint AND summary notes are available by clicking on ‘Notes on Slide X’ below the main Slideshow (see picture-link below).

Please contact me if there are any follow-up questions at




Click on the image to go to the Slideshare site.