Choosing an online and social presence for your interest group, project, event or organization

I’ve recently been involved with several projects where the question arose how to handle online presence. Everybody always agrees that you need a website and these days somebody always asks what about Facebook. And with a really hip crowd, you Continue reading

Use Google+ Communities to run Google Hangouts with your tutorial groups in a large online course

What’s Google Hangouts Google Hangouts is a great free video service from Google for groups of up to 10 people to have an audio/video chat with each other while sharing their screens, watching videos together, or collaborating on documents. This Continue reading

Turning Wikipedia into textbooks: Tools, Ideals and Accessibility

Wikipedia just announced that you can download collections of articles in the ePub format. That reminded me that it has had a curation feature called Book Creator for 2 years. I don’t think it has been getting as much use Continue reading

“Why didn’t anyone tell me about this?”: What every learning technologist should know about accessible documents #ALTC2012

I gave this presentation at the ALT Conference 2012 in Manchester. Presentation Download presentation from Slideshare. Abstract The title of this presentation is a composite of the many responses we receive when we deliver training on accessible documents to teachers Continue reading

What’s good and what’s missing in GoToWebinar and alternative solutions for delivering live online lectures

I’ve been using GoToMeeting (GTM) and GoToWebinar (GTW) for three years now, so I thought, it’s time to share some experiences. Citrix has been very slow to innovate so I have been looking for alternatives but so far have not Continue reading

The Drupal/WordPress choice: A guide for individuals, small organizations and the Internet

Note: This is a much longer post than I intended. Therefore, I could not face rereading all of it and fixing it for clarity and grammar. Let me know if something is too opaque. Also, not everything that could be Continue reading

Make your own audio book using text to speech – Save your eyes, time

Why text to speech I’m taking a MOOC (a Massive Open Online Course) on Coursera. It’s a literature course on Fantasy and Science Fiction and I noticed on the forums some people were worried about the amount of reading. I’m pretty Continue reading

Word 2013 Preview Accessibility and Usability Review – First Impressions [Update 2 on uninstall]

In case of problems: How to uninstall Office 2013 Preview If you have trouble with the Office 2013 Consumer Preview and cannot uninstall it, you can use this tool from Microsoft [Link downloads file]. You may have to associate your Continue reading

An innovator’s dilemmas: On the resistance to technological innovation in education

The unlikely protagonist This post may sound like it was written by someone who opposes technological innovation or at least advocates a cautious wait-and-see approach to it. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have always been an early Continue reading

5 UX Improvements Moodle needs desperately

I talked about some Moodle UX problems on the admin side. These are some student facing UX improvements that would make the world a better place. 1. Better course navigation: No scroll of death There really isn’t much more to Continue reading